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here let children learn duty to their parents here let us all learn to love as brethren
as the children of one common parent, let us seek to be reconciled to those with whom we are at variance, and learn to exchange mutual forgiveness. In the love of Jacob for Joseph, we see the image of God's everlasting love; for parental affection in man, is but the faint transcript of his fatherly care. Instead of abating, it increases with age; long absence and separation produce no change; Joseph is still as dear to his father as ever. If such be love in its image, seen as through a glass darkly, what inust be love in its essence, as it exists in the Divine Being himself! From the love of parents towards their children we learn what the love of God is. It is the same in nature, but infinitely more perfect in degree. Yea,
like as a father pitieth his own children, even so is the Lord merciful to them that fear him. Who then shall separate us from the love of God. It is eternal and unchangeable like himself. All his works began in love, are carried on in love, and fhall at last end in love -- For of him, and through him, and to him are all things, to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
JACOB BEFORE PHARAOH.
GENESIS, xlvii. 7, 8, 9, 10.
And Jofeph brought in Jacob his father, and fèt
him before Pharaoh : And Jacob bleffed Pharach. And Pharaoh faid unto Jacob, How old art thou ? And Jacob faid unto PhaTaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years; few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. And Jacob blessed Pha
raoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. A new scene presents itself ;—the fhepherds of Judea at the court of Pharaoh—they who had been accuftomed to dwell in tents, and to attend the care of their flocks on the plains
of their native country, now lodged in the palace of the king of Egypt. Driven from the land of Canaan by a grievous famine, they are come to place themselves under the fostering arm of Joseph. Pharaoh being informed of their arrival, assigns them the land of Goshen for the place of their residence, where they might pursue their favourite employment, unmolested by the prejudices of his Egyptian subjects, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.
It must appear rather singular, that the Egyptians should hold in such abhorrence the office of a shepherd, when we consider how highly that employment was generally esteemed by the people of antiquity. The first inhabitants of the earth were shepherds; even kings have been proud, among
their other titles, to be accounted, the fhepherds of their people: Nor was it uncommon, in the days of priinitive simplicity, for the shepherd to be called from his fold, to undertake the weightier care of government. Thus we read of David, that God took him from the fheep-folds, as he was following the ewes great with young, that lie might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. The care of the Deity over his people is compared to that of a shepherd for his tlock: One of the Pfalms opens thus; Give ear, 0 thou shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock: And our blessed Saviour represents himfelf under the similitude of a good shepherd, come to seek and to fave kis sheep that were loft.
But the Egyptians were a people, eminent above all others, for worldly