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Tecovery were entertained ; and he felt inclined to visit some friends at Nottingham, &c. On Sept. 20th be left home ; but had not proceeded further than Bedworth before he had a second stroke; and was obliged to return home. When his daughters saw him at Bedworth, and asked him how he did, he answered, “ Alive, and that is all. I have quite lost the use of my arm and leg. And when she said, “ But I hope you will recover it again,” he replied, "Never, till the resurrection-day!"
For some time after the commencement of his disorder, his mind was greatly depressed ; and if we recollect the nature of his complaint, which commonly lowers the spirits-he sudden stop put to a life of great activity-his confinement to his bed or chair and when we consider how usual it is for the great enemy of souls to seize advantages of this kind, for shooting his fiery darts of temptation, we may easily account for his mental sufferings on this occasion.
When his usefulness in the ministry was mentioned to him what an enemy he had been to Satan and his kingdom,-and that it was not to be wondered at if he now harrassed him, he immediately stopped this conversation, and said that nothing offended his ears so much as mentioning any thing that he had ever done; and then proceeded to speak of himself in the most humiliating terms imaginable.
When a person said to him, “ I wonder that you should express any fear, for you have been seldom a day without setting death before you,"-he answered, My office led me to think much on the subject; but it is a different thing to meditate on it, and to see it approaching.'
This depression of mind was however happily renhoved; and for many weeks before his death his mind was generally calm, sometimes joyful in the Lord; his resignation to the Divine Will was exemplary, and he scemed to have no desire of his own, eitlier for life or death, referring it wholly to the Lord.
At one time, being asked by the servant how he did he answered, " I dare not say, though I am sensible of my state, lest I discourage my dear family; but, I think I am very near
On the Lord's Day, in prayer, he begged that he might glorify God while passing ihrough the valley of the shadow of death, and that God would sanctify him in his captivity. To bis daughter be said, “ My child! my child! wrestle with God an hour for me to-day. With what pleasure did I formerly lead the devotions in the lacuse of God! I should think it an hopour now to join with my people in their worslip; but I trust, bctore long, to join the General Assembly of the redeemed in glory."
At another time, lae said, “kam pretty well.” Mrs. M. said, I am glad to bçar you say so;' he added, “ 1 mcan I shall
soon be well: I shall soon bave no more head-ache pain. Mrs. M. asked him whether he did not wish to recover: he said, “ I dare not choose ; let God do as he pleases with
One morning, taking his daughter by the hand, and appearing to be engaged in devotion, Mrs. M. asked him if he was praying for Miss Moody : he answerel, “ I am.
- May the Lord keep you in his ways, my dear child, and guide you, and preserve you from sin and temptation. I leave you, my dear, the same inheritance which is left to all the children of gospelministers, The Lord will provide.? Ilo continued for some time speaking of the Lord's goodness to her : “Your bread has been given, and your water has been sure ; and what can you want more ?"
During several weeks previous to his removal, he was generally in a lethargic state; but wlien something bappenei to rouse him from the stupor, he would drop some pleasing and encouraging sentences. On one of these occasions he said,
66 \Vhat are the bext words to those (repeating, with a siveet smile)
" Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are?-This was spoken evidently with a design to encourage his mourning relatives. At another time he said, “ Come, let us comfort one another with these words: And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” “() what a thought," said he,“ to be ever with the Lord!"
After this he said but little. Disorder gained ground; his strength was quite exhausted, and he breathed his last about twenty minutes before twelve on Saturday night, Nov. 22; thus leaving his family and friends to weep over their own loss, while his triumphant spirit soared to the regions of immortality, to be with Christ, the beloved of his soul, for ever and ever.
The mortal remains of Mr. Moodly were interrel in the Meet. ing-house where he had laboured, on Friday Nov. 28th. The body was carried to the grave by six of his congregations. Tire pall was supported by six ministers ; Mr. Jerard of Govcutry, Mr. James of Birmingham, Mr. Whitehouse of Stratford, Nir. Ilewitt of Bedworth, Mr. Burton of Bedworth, and Mr. Reid of Warwick. The Rev. Mr. Evans of Folcshill, the Rev. Mr. Burkitt of Kenilworth, and Mr. Rowton of Coventry, walked before the corpse, which was followed by three of the relations of the deceased, and the three deacons of the church. The cotlin being placed by the side of the brick-grave, which was made near the pulpit, and under the Communion a tabie, Mr. Evans read The 90ih psalm ; after which the congregation, which was very numerous, sang the 110th hymy of Dr. Marts, B. 4, " And must this body die?" &c.' The corpse was then deposited in the receptacle prepared for it; and Mr. Evans gave an exhortation to the people, founded on Matt. xxiv. 42-44, “ Watch, therefore, for ve know not what bour your Lord doth come; therefore be ye also ready,” &c.
The high estimatio: in which Mr. Moody was held by his brethren in the neighbourhood, may be judged of by the many funeral-sermons which they delivered to their respective congregations on the Sabbath-day after his interment.
Tire pulpits of the 'Tabernacle and of Tottenham-court Chapel, in London, were covered with black cloth, as a token of respect to his memory. A funeral discourse was delivered, at the latter place, on Lord's Day morning, Dec. 7, by the Rev. Matthew Wilks, from Acts viii. 3. “ And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.” The Rev. Mr. Hyat preached a funeral sermon, in the evening of the same day, at the Tabernacle, from Matt. xxiv, 41..“ Therefore, be ye also ready,” &c. Both the places were exceeilingly crowded. On the same day, a funeral-discourse was delivered to Mr. Moody's bereaved and mournful people at Warwick, by the Rev. G. Burder, of London, from 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8, “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteonsness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” From a larger account of the deceased, included in that sermon, whith has since been published, the preceding pages are chicfly extracted. We shall close our brief Memoir of This truly excellent minister of Christ with the following just and honourable testimony borne to his character in the Warwick newspaper of Nov. 29:
“On Saturday evening died, aged 50, the Rev. James Moody, a Disscnting Minister of the Independent denomination in this Borough; where, for 25 years, he laboured in the Ministry of the Gospel. Few men, of any religious community, have deserved a warnier eulogiun than this worthy man. He was a diligent:tudent, an able, faithful, and evangelical preacher; a kind husband, a tencler father, an affectionate friend, a pleasant companion ; in a word, a true philanthropist, whose heart constantly glowed with a generous concern for the gooil of his fellow-men, and whose . . lite was a continued series of energies for their spiritual benefit. This is not the language of adulation ; his family, his congregation, the inhabitants of Warwick and of the neighbouring towns, and his numerous friends and correspondents in various parts of the kingdom, wi'l bear testimony to the superior excellence of his character, and long cherish his remembrance as one of the best of men.”
THOUGHTS ON THE ATONEMENT.
The Holy Scriptures represent the sins of men as a heavy burden. “ Mine iniquities," says David, “ are gone over mine head: as a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me." Under its pressure, the bodies of men by disease, have been crushed down to the dust of death. “I am bowed down," he adds: “I go mourning all the day long, there is no soundness in my flesh,
I am feeble and sore broken !" Under it have sunk the characters and fair fame of men, who by their transgressions have become a “ reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, an asa tonishment and a by-word among the nations. Under it, “ rivers have been turned into a wilderness, and water-springs into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness." Its enormous weight hath overturned thrones and altars, and stately cities; as the rub. bish of Jerusalem, the extinction of her royalty, and the desolations of Zion, awfully testify. Under its pressure, Pharaoh and his host of Egyptians sunk as lead in the waters of the Red Sea. The throne of Lucifer the Archangel, reared by the hand of God himself, shook under the crimes of him who filled its pre-eminent seat, and himself, with all who joined in his foul revolt, was hnurled down into the lowest hell. The whole creation groans under the sin of man.
How awfully perilous our condition ! - to be exposed to the wrathful displeasure of Omnipotence! How passionately dich Job exclaim under the feeling only of God's fatherly chastiscment,-" Have pity upon me, O my friends; have pity upon me, for the hand of God hath touched me. What are the roarings of a lion in the ear of the benighted and defenceless traveller, what the horrible din of war, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting, when compared with the frown, the uplifted arm of the Almighty?
When we seriously listen to the denunciations of divine wrath against transgressors, well may our lips quiver at the voice, rottenness enter into our bones, and we tremble in ourselves. ()! that the Spirit of God would deeply impress on our minds a sense of our danger, that we may relish and duly prize the relieving truth, That Jesus Christ his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree !
“ The Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The language is brought from a Jewish institution, the nature of which is well understood. 66 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goal.” Suitably to this view, ** God," says Paul,“ hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Standing before the cross, we behold all the sins of God's chosen people meeting together, and forming the moun, tainous load which the Saviour bare; -- we behold the unbelief of the father of the human race, the intemperance of their second father, the murder and aclultery of Judah's first king, and the foul apostacy of his son, the cruel deels of Manasseh, and all the other offences of the persons for whom expiation was made, uni: ted and charged upon the Holy One and the Just. My pride, my contempt of God's authority, my ingratitude, my excessive love of this world, were there also, and augmented the ponderous weight which bowed his blessed head. It was my hypocrisy with God which procured the traitorous salutation of Judas. it was my lust of being uppermost which put the crown of thorns on his sacred head, I drank iniquity like water, and that iniguity became gall and vinegar to him. The abduracy of my heart produced the tears which he shed. Į forsook my Maker, and therefore his Father forsook him, and at a period when most he needed his gracious and soothing presence and support. The unholiness of my soul, made his pure and spotless soul to become exceeding sorrowful, sorrowful even unto death. " All we, like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way:” One man hath turned to the way of covetousness, ano ther to the way of vanity, angther to the way of ambition ; “and the Lord hath laid on him, Messiah, the iniquity of us all :"
or, as in the margin, “ he hath made the iniquities of us all to meet
Our sins being thus laid on him, he bare the punishment due to us on account of our sins. When the Jews saw the man of sorrows" and the accumulated miseries with which he was oyer whelmerl, they concluded that there must have been some hidden crimes of enormous magnitude, for which yengeance would not suffer him longer to live: “ They esteemed him to be stricken, smitten of God, and afflictei.” But, says the prophet, correct ing the mistake of his countrymen, " Surely, he hath borne our gricss, and carried our sorrows. “ He was wounded for our transgressions, - he was bruisedd for our iniquitics: the chastisement of our peace (or by which our peace was elected) was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” Thus the sins of the Jewish nation, for which sacrifice was provided, being put upon the head of the goat, it is said, “ And ihe goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities." So accursed was the animal deemed as bearing the sins of the people, that the servaut who led him out to the wilderness, was not permitted to return to the camp till lie had washed his clothes, and bathed his flesh in water. Jesus was “ made a curse for us ; stricken for the transgression of God's people; suffered, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.”—The punishments due to us for our sins are various