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in which ye go, then will ye bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.”
VII. CATECHETICAL QUESTIONS.
1. What did Jacob see? That there was corn in Egypt.
2. How many of Joseph's brethren went to Egypt? Ten.
3. Who was it that staid at home? Benjamin, the youngest child.
4. When Joseph saw his brethren, in what manner did he receive them? He spoke roughly unto them.
5. What crime did he accuse them of? That they were spies of the country.
6. How long were they in prison? Three days.
7. When they were delivered from prison and heard Joseph say that he feared God, what did they say one to another? "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he be sought us; and we would not hear: therefore is this distress come upon us."
8. What effect had their words on Jo"He turned himself from them and
seph ? wept."
9. Who did he bind before their eyes? Simeon.
10. What command did he give concerning them? To fill their sacks with corn and restore every man's money in his sack.
11. When they found their money in the sacks, what effect had it on their minds? Their hearts failed them, and they were afraid,
12. What did they say to each other? "What is this that God hath done unto us.”
VIII. PRACTICAL ADDRess.
See what a terrible thing experience of famine is.-How many people have died for want of bread in England. How many have died for want of rice in India. It is bad to be without bread, worse not to know where to obtain it; but it is worse than all when you have no money to buy bread when you are hungry. When in distress we must not stand looking at each other, but use means for our relief: ifin danger, let us pray to God and then do what we cau to help ourselves. It is pleasant to have company on a journey, but it is better to travel
N. B. Similar questions may be asked on the remaining part of the Chapter.
travel alone than in bad
company. It is pleasant when we see all the children in family travelling the road to heaven: seeking Christ, who is the bread of life. We must not speak too rough or severe to some children, or we shall terrify and discourage them. We must sometimes behave roughly to children when there is love and pity in the heart. A se vere look is sometimes worse to a child than a reproof or even blows. It is sad to be falsely accused, and a great support to the mind to know that we are innocent of the crime laid to our charge. We hear Joseph saying, “I fear God." Do you fear God, my dear children? Are you afraid of his wrath? Do you desire his love? Do you desire to live with God? Then seek for the pardon of all your sins through Christ Jesus, his dear Son. We cannot flee from a guilty conscience. Though our consciences may sleep for a time, yet they will awake. We may be deaf to the voice of conscience, warning us against the commission of sin, but we must hear the voice of conscience, when it accuses us before the bar of God at the last day. Be sure your sin will find you out. God cannot only make your con
science your accuser, but your tormentor also. Bad children are sometimes put in coffinement. It is the worst punishment they can suffer, to be left alone in the dark. They cannot bear the stings of a guilty conscience. It is bad to slight the warning voice of God and our friends. They would not hear what Reuben said. They must hear the voice of an accusing conscience. Let us always ascribe our distress to the right cause. When we are in trouble, let us ascribe it to God. We have reason to expect the worst from Satan, but yet we may hope in the mercy of God in Christ. We see what it is to have a guilty conscience. Wicked children sometimes break their parents' hearts and send them with sorrow to the grave.
THE SECOND JOURNEY OF JOSEPH'S BRE THREN TO EGYPT.
GEN. 43. 15. And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
THE corn which Joseph's brethren brought home, was soon eaten up, and their father requested them to go down to Egypt and buy more. "Go again, and buy us a little food." Not much, we must be content with a little. Judah then spoke, and told his father, that they dare not appear in the presence of the governor of Egypt, without Benjamin, and if he would not consent to Benjamin's going with them, they dare not, they could not run the risk and hazard of their lives, by going without him. Why, said Israel, dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had vet a brother. Judah replied that they examined them so closely, and put such questions