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10. How does Christ esteem acts of kindness done to his young or weak disciples?
Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (10 Mt. 42.)
11. Did Christ commend the praises of children?.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosannah* to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (21 Mt. 15, 16.) (See also 8 P. 2.)
12. Is Christ willing to receive the young?
How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings;, and ye would not! (23 Mt.37.)
13. Are the hearts of the young evil?
The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. (8 Gn. 21.)
14. Do children love folly? Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. (22 Pr. 15.) 15. Are the young vain? Childhood and youth are vanity. (11 Ec. 10.) 16. How is the character of a child discovered?
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (20 Pr. 11.)
17. Are any of us by nature better than others?
And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (2 Eph. 3.)
18. Are early impressions often fading?
Your goodness is as a morning cloud; and as the early dew it goeth away. (6 Hos. 4.)
19. What is a suitable prayer for a young sinner? Remember not the sins of my youth. (25 P.7.)
* This word means “Save, I beseech thee."
20. May the young pray for God's mercy?
O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (90 P. 14.)
21. Are the young earnestly and immediately invited to seek God as their guide ?
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth? (3 Jer. 4.)
22. What does God require of every youth?
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. (23 Pr. 26.)
23. How did the Psalmist review his early piety when he became an old man?
Thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth.-0 God, thou hast taught me from my youth. (71 P.5. 17.),
24. Has God given any promise to the children of the 'poor?
He shall judge the poor of the people: he shall save the children of the needy. (72 P. 4.)
25. Are early afflictions and restraints beneficial? It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (3 Lam. 27.)
26. Is a pious education of vast importance to the young?
A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (29 Pr. 15.)
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (22 Pr. 6.).
27. What was the Psalmist anxious to teach the young ?
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (34 P. 11.)
28. Should the young praise God, and rejoicc in his goodness?
Both young men and maidens, old men and children, let them praise the name of the Lord. (148 P. 12, 13.)
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy. youth is renewed like the eagle's. (103 P.5.)
29. How did the Psalmist express his prayers and wishes for the young?
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner-stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. (144 P. 12.)
30. Will God bring the young into judgment? Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. (11 Ec. 9.)
31. Was Samuel an instance of early piety?
And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child-And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him. (1 Sam. 3.1, 8, and 19.)
32. What was Josiah's conduct in youth?
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign-And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord—In the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father. (Il Ch. 34. 1, 2, & 3.)
33. What did Obadiah say of his early days? I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth. (I K. 18. 12.) 34. What does the historian say of Obadiah’s excellent character ?
Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly. (I K. 18.3.) 35. How does the Apostle Paul describe the youthful character of Timothy?
From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (II Tim. 3. 15.)
36. Will the knowledge of God be continued from age to age?
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. (145 P. 4.)
37. Are the wisdom and piety of the young intimately connected with the extension of the cause of Christ?
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice'den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (11 Is. 6 to 10.)
38. What will be the state of the young in those blessed days?
All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (54 Is. 13.)
Thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. (60 Is. 4.)
39. Will the young be then blessed in a most extraordinary manner?
There shall be no more thence an infant of days;—for the child shall die an hundred years old. For they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock-they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. (65 Is. 20, 23, 25.)
III. OF GOD.
Man unable of himself to obtain the right knowledge of God
-God's revelation of himself-God, one, self-existent, eternal-His power and greatness-Omniscience, omnipresence, knowledge-Love, mercy, goodness Holiness, justice-Truth, unchangeableness-God to be worshipped and glorified
1. Is man of himself able to attain a right knowledge of God?
The world by wisdom knew not God. (I Cor. 1.21.)
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? (11 Job 7.)
2. Do the works of nature bear witness to a God?
The invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead. (1 Ro. 20.)
3. When men acknowledged the existence of a God, was their conduct consistent with this belief?
When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened: professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, 'and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (1 Ro. 21, 22, 23, and 25.)
4. Was the knowledge of God esteemed by men? They did not like to retain God in their knowledge.(1 Ro.28.) 5. To whom did the men of Athens direct their worship? To the unknown God. (17 Ac. 23 )