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MR. ALCOTT. Spirit and Matter. Nature and Man double God, and thus present him in appreciable forms to the senses.
What have we been talking about-what
MR. ALCOTT. What does Jesus testify to here?
SAMUEL R. Spirit, and Conscience, and God. MR. ALCOTT. Conscience is the testimony or witness of the Spirit in Man. Its testimony is ever true. It is the Law of God in the Soul.
SABBATH OF SPIRIT.
Review. The Disciples plucking the Ears of Corn, from the Sacred Text.
As usual, Mr. Alcott began with remarks to bring their attention to the subject, and then asked what was the subject of the last conversation, (omitting the review of Wednesday.)
LUCIA. It was a subject, I remember, very difficult to get hold of, and which required a great deal of thought.
CHARLES. It was about Witness of Spirit.
MOST. Could not remember.
MR. ALCOTT. I am not surprised it was on a very abstract subject.
CHARLES. I do not know what abstract means.
Mr. Alcott explained, and then read the last lesson, which revived the last conversation. He then read the lesson for the day.
THE DISCIPLES PLUCKING THE EARS OF CORN ON THE
Luke vi. 1.
MATT. xii. 1-8. MARK ii. 23 to the end. LUKE vi. 1-5.
Matt. xii 1.
Mark ii. 23. Matt. xii. 1. Luke vi. 1. Matt. xii. 2.
Mark ii. 24. Luke vi. 2.
Luke vi. 3.
Mark ii. 26.
Luke vi. 4.
Matt. xii. 4.
Matt. xii. 5.
Matt. xii. 6.
Matt. xii. 7.
Vulgar Æra, 27. Julian Period, 4740.
and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the
ears of corn
as they went,
And it came to pass on the second Sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn-fields:
rubbing them in their hands.
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day.
Why do they on the Sabbath day that which is not lawful?
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye
said unto them, Have ye never read
when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that
* 1 Sam. xxi. 6. Num xxviii. 9.
How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did
take, and eat the show-bread, and gave also to them that were with him, which
was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests?
Or have ye not read in the law, how that, on the Sabbath days, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless?
But I say unto you, that in this place is one greater than the temple.
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the
Mark ii. 27.
Mark ii. 28.
Vulgar Æra, 27. Julian Period, 4740.
MR. ALCOTT. What interested you?
And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:
Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
LUCIA. I liked the fourth verse, and I know why, but I cannot tell. What is the showbread?
MR. ALCOTT. The showbread was prepared for the priests, and for them alone.
CHARLES. I liked the second verse. It was not lawful according to their law. They made their own law. MR. ALCOTT. That law was made by Moses. CHARLES. They did not understand it right.
MR. ALCOTT. What was their mistake? Was it in the nature of the work?
CHARLES. They thought every thing was work. MR. ALCOTT. What distinction is there in work? CHARLES. Work of the hands, and work of the spirit. The Pharisees did not consider.
MR. ALCOTT. What was their mistake, as to the nature of work?
GEORGE K. They were mistaken they thought they ought to think on the Sabbath day, and not to do any thing else.
I think the Pharisees did not understand.
MR. ALCOTT. What part of their nature
LEMUEL. I don't know.
MR. ALCOTT. What is the proper work for Sunday?
That will explain your ideas.
ANDREW. Going to church, and not playing all the time as on week days. We may read other books beside the Bible, such as Psalm books.
CORINNA. Watts's Hymns.
EDWARD J. Pilgrim's Progress.
NATHAN. I read any book I can get.
MR. ALCOTT. Such as German Popular Tales?
NATHAN. Yes; if I could get it.
MR. ALCOTT. Would it be right?
NATHAN. No; but I do.
MR. ALCOTT. All who think it right to select their reading on Sunday, may rise.
(Almost all rose.)
All who read what they please any thing they can get, may rise,
(Nathan and Edward J.)
ANDREW. I generally read in the Bible, when I read on Sunday; and sometimes I draw.
MR. ALCOTT. What other ways of spend
Church-Going. ing Sunday are there?
W. AUGUSTUS. Going to Church.
CHARLES. We should go to Church to hear, and understand, and think about the sermon; but if we go because other people go, it is better to stay at home. FRANKLIN. I think so too.
GEORGE K. I think it is not the going to Church, but the hearing, and thinking, and improving.
MR. ALCOTT. What is Sunday for? End of Sunday. FRANKLIN. To learn and think about moral subjects to make resolutions, &c.
MR. ALCOTT. Which of our faculties is Sunday for?
FRANKLIN. The Spiritual.