John Gifford Bellett

Chapter 7 Closing Days

Early in September my dear uncle proposed coming to us. His visit was eagerly looked forward to, and on his arrival, my dear father threw his arms round his neck, and they kissed each other as if they had been boys again. My father talked to him a good deal in the evening, went through the history of his illness, and spoke clearly on some matters of business. From this time my uncle was constantly with us, only returning home occasionally for his Sunday duty. The remembrance of his untiri...

Chapter 6 Loosening Of Earthly Ties

The state of my dear mother’s health had from time to time made us anxious, but during the summer of 1863 she was not more feeble than usual, and was able to enjoy the prospect of a visit from my uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Richey. The very day they arrived, however, she had a fall, but as such an accident had often happened before without any serious consequences, we were not made unusually anxious. She recovered from the shock, and was looking as well and as sweet as we could wish wh...

Woollen and Linen

"Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together", Deuteronomy 22:11 KJV.   The path of the church of God is a narrow path, such a one that the mere moral sense will continually mistake it. But this should be welcome to us, because it tells us that the Lord looks that His saints be exercised in His truth and ways, unlearning the mere right and wrong of human thoughts that they may be filled with the mind of Christ.  Elijah ...

Careless Choices

The command to the nation of Israel at the very beginning was to keep the way of the Lord very particularly as to marriage. They were by no means either to give their daughters to the sons of the Canaanites, or take the Canaanites’ daughters of their sons. "Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto they son" (Deut. 7:3). If they did so, it would be on the pain of being no longer owned of the Lord...

Six Lessons from Six Patriarchs (Overview of Genesis)

1. ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD AND WAS NOT (Gen. 5:24) Noah was carried through the judgment; but Enoch, before it came, was borne to the place out of which it came. Nothing peculiar ushered forth that glorious hour. No big expectations or strange events gave token of its coming. It was the natural heavenly close of an undeviating heavenly journey. Paul speaks of our being caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and of that great expectation as being our comfort and relief agai...

Hosea

Hosea J. G. Bellett. Section 1 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Hosea prophesied in the prospect of the breaking up of the kingdom of the ten tribes, and near the end of the house of Jehu. He is full of the thought of the ruin that was at hand; but he anticipates scenes of restoration and glory beyond it. As I may express it, the death and resurrection of Israel is contemplated by him, and announced under different figures, in a very abrupt and vivid style. At the openi...

The Canticles - Song of Solomon

The Canticles. J. G. Bellett. Section 8 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. "Will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee." This was the devout breathing of the king of Israel (the penman, too, of this little book to which we are now proposing, in the Lord's grace, to introduce ourselves), when the glory ...

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth. J. G. Bellett. Section 9 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The scene of the divine handiwork was twofold; and, accordingly, "in the dispensation of the fulness of times," God will display Himself again, both in heaven and on earth. I would begin my meditation on this divine subject with Genesis ...

Job

Job James 5: 11. J. G. Bellett. Section 7 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. "Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face" May surely be said, upon the reading of this deeply affecting story. Said, too, with peculiar fitness and fulness of truth, as though the thought of the Christian poet had been suggested by the tale of the inspired historian. The frown w...

Jacob

Jacob Genesis 28 - 36. J. G. Bellett. Section 5 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. Have already followed the course of the Book of Genesis to the close of chapter 27. From that chapter to chapter 36, Jacob is principal; and it is that portion which I now purpose to consider. There is a very important era in the life of Jacob afterwards — his sojourn in Egypt for ...
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