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School (Newspaper) - December 7, 1893, London, Middlesex A Religious and Literary Journal. Vol. II.-No. 51. LONDON: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1893. One Penny. CONTENTS. page. To the Friends of" The Sunday School.'' .. .. 401 The Sign a Babe. .. .. .. ... .. 401 How Our Saviour Knows Us* By Theodore L. Cuyler, D.D..... 102 Men and Books. A Hieroglyphic Bible. The Out-door World. Paternus and His Son. Little Miss Vixen. Dried Rose Leaves. Sir Arthur Blackwood. Ida Cameron. After Long Years. The Old House at Home. Bible Noel. The Way and the Will. A Garden of Girls. St. Mervyn's. Nemo. Puzzles. The Bents of Battersby. .. .. ...... .. .. .. .. 403 David Stow. By the Rev. G. M. Philps, B.D. ........ 301 Stamfrag grdjool............... 90S Fresh Notes of Foreign Work. By the Rev. Archibald Torrance, B.D. , 408 Jesus-Saviour. A Talk on the Golden Text. By the Rev. R. C. Ford, M.A... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 408 A Morning Lesson from the Gospel. The Angels' Song. Luke ii. 8-20 407 Phussandphret...... .. .. .... .. 407 The Boys' and Girls' Competition. Rules. Report for Lesson of November 26..... ...... .. .. .. 409 THE INTERNATIONAL LESSONS for December 24. Subject: The Birth of Jesus. Matt. ii. 1-11 ...... .. 409 1. The Text of the Lesson. .. .......... 409 2. The Words and their Meaning. .. .. ...... 409 5. The Sense. .. .. .. .. ........ 410 4. A Bird's Eye View. .. ...... 410 8. Notes. By the Rev. John Taylor, D.Lit., M.A. .. .. 410 6. Trouble and Joy. By the Rev, James Hastings, M.A. .. 41i 7. Illustrations of Some Things in the Lesson..... .. 411 8. Ordinary Class Lesson. By S. R. Crockett .. .. 9. Infant Class Lesson. By S. R. Crockett....... 413 The Oxford Bibles and th j Oxford Helps....... .. 413 With the Children at Home ............ .. &i$ TO THE FRIENDS OF � THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. Before closing the first year of The Sunday School we wish heartily to thank all our friends who have read it and recommended it. We have made some new and very interesting arrangements for the coming year-a short story in six chapters by a celebrated authoress ; humorous and descriptive papers by a no less celebrated author ; practical articles on Sunday School methods of work by an accomplished writer and experienced teacher; and many other things besides these. Then the Infant Lesson will be done in future by a lady ; done in a fresh and exceedingly suggestive way, and so that it should be a pleasure for even the youngest teacher to teach it, and the youngest pupil to learn it. -- Those who wish to recommend The Sunday School to their friends may therefore do so at this time with confidence. We believe that it will contain nothing but the most wholesome reading, and that it will be readable from first page to last. That last page-the children's own page-will be as happy as ever, and as useful whether to parents, teachers, or preachers. And now, while we thank our friends for what they have done in the past, we wish to encourage them for the future, and we have the following important proposal to make. A parcel of books will be made up every week for a few weeks, containing a copy of every book reviewed under the heading "Men and Books," and the parcel will be sent to the person who secures the highest number of new subscribers up to that date. They do not require to subscribe at the publishing office, it is enough if they order The Sunday School in the usual way from their b@okseller or newsagent. But they must be actual subscribers and new, and their names and addresses must be sent to the Editor at KinnefT, Bervie, N.B. .--- Any persons who send the names of new subscribers, but not the highest number for the week, will not lose what they have done. A list will be kept of all sent in, and if others are sent they will be added to each person's list, and then the person who has reached the highest number will receive the parcel of books. The first lists must be received on Wednesday, the 20th of December, and every Wednesday thereafter for a few weeks the numbers will be counted and the parcel awarded. As soon as we have satisfied ourselves that the highest list, which must contain at least ten names, is genuine, the parcel of books will be sent. No names will be pub' lished. This is an opportunity that pastors, superintendents, and librarians should not miss. Sometimes the parcel will be larger, sometimes smaller, but it will always contain a copy of every book reviewed under the title " Men and Books," and the books will thus be always of the freshest description. If the teachers in a Sunday School choose to unite and subscribe for The Sunday School they will be able to make a valuable addition to their library of the very newest books. THE SIGN A BABE. " The Jews require a sign." That was their characteristic. When a man came forward and claimed the right to speak, " What sign showest thou ? " was the question they put to him always. Before he was allowed to utter what was in him, before he could deliver the message he professed to be sent with, he must first make clear his right to speak, his right to carry a message at all. " What sign showest thou ?." It was different with the Greeks. They did not care for signs. Experience taught them that signs were deceptive, and therefore useless. Any man could work a miracle and be a liar after all. They did not ask for a sign. Speak, they said, if you have anything to say, and let the truth witness for itself. We will soon judge whether you are sent by God or. merely sent by your own conceited self. Speak, and let us hear what is in you. So, when St. Paul appeared in the streets of Athens and began his story, at once they said, " Let us hear what this word-chopper has to say; " and they took him to the Areopagus. They took him to the usual place of debate, and they listened to his story till he came to t'is Resurrection. But they stoppad him there. " That is a miracle, is it not ? We do not care to hear of that. Tell that to the Jews. The Jews demand a sign, but we seek after wisdom." The Jews require a sign. And when Jesus made up his whip and drove these Jewish merchantmen and thieves out of the temple precincts, " What sign showest thou, that thoudoest these things ? " was the question that they put to Him. It was an act that clearly claimed authority. Then He must show his authority. To us the act itsel is authority enough. We are more akin to the Greeks in this matter than to the Jews. We say, if He was able with a whip of small cords to drive them forth, overturn their tables and pour their money out, that was authority enough, and we do not ask for more. So in like manner we say, His words are their own best evidence. We say we do not need His miracles to prove to us that He spoke the truth of God; the truth of God impresses its own reality on our heart and conscience. We are much nearer the Greeks than the Jews in this matter. But the Jews were not altogether in the wrong. And we may easily go too far. Some of us actually do go much too far, when we say that our belief in Christ is independent of the miracles which He wrought. That cannot be, else had they not been re*
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