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The prophet, instead of chiding the afflicted parent, humbly expostulates with his God. Though he was fervent in spirit, his pity extinguishes all anger at this unjust accusation--it rather ferves to increase the ardour of his application to the Almighty. His only remedy is prayer. That which shut heaven from rain, seeks to open it for life. He pleads his interest with God--the distress of the fufferer-her insupportable calamity, in being deprived of her last remaining comfort—and he presumes to urge the consequences which would befal himself. " See what a return Elijah has made for

hospitality—surely he must be devoid * either of power, or of gratitude!”

Having thus made interceflion with his God, the prophet, in an extafy of spirit, approaches the lifeless remains. Thrice does he stretch himself upon the body, as if he would transmit into the child a portion of his own existence

thrice does he call on the Almighry to restore the departed soul. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous, in all cafes of difficulty and danger, has recourse to the divine omnipotence. What can Elijah ask, that God shall deny ? The Lord heard the voice of his fervant--the foul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

CALL upon me in the time of trou“ ble—fo will I hear thee, and thou “ fhalt praise me.” With what delight doth the man of God take the living child in his arms, and present him to his mother, a glorious proof of the power, the mercy, and the peculiar favour of Heaven !

Now, when the astonished parent grasps the warm hand of her son-fees his eyes once more fixed on hers-beholds life, health, and activity in every action, in every gestuie-now she exclaims, “ By this I know that thou art

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a man of God, and that the word or " the Lord in thy mouth is truth." Alas, had she not before sufficient evidence of Elijah's divine commission ? Was not the barrel of meal, was not the cruse of oil, demonstration? The most enlightened soul may fonetimes stand in need of fresh supplies of heavenly affiltance. Blessed be the mercy of that God, who provides help for our infirmities, and condescends, (as it were on our own terms) to increase our faith, and work out our salvation.

XXXVIII.

XXXVIII.

ELIJAH ON CARMEL.

FOR more than three years was the land of Israel afflicted by drought and famine. Elijah, to whom the people ascribe their misery, is all this time the object of their hatred and execrations. They abhor, not those fins which had deserved God's vengeance, but the righteous prophet, by whose ministry it was infli&ted. At length the voice of Heaven calls the holy man from Sarepta, and sends him on his perilous embaffy“ Go, shew thyself to Ahab, and I will " send rain upon the earth.” The king and people of Israel shall witness, that

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God performeth the word of his servants, and approves his own veracity in theirs.

The governor of Ahab's house is faithful to Jehovah, while his master is the flave of Baal : he had hazarded his own life to preserve those prophets, whom Jezebel fought to destroy. To him, therefore, while he is fent in search of pasture and springs of water, Elijah fears not to present himself, demanding an interview with his master.

OBADIAH, who had proftrated himfelf to the earth on sight of the prophet, receives the message with terrour-he sees nothing but danger and death, either to himself, or to Elijah-to himself, if the object of Ahab's fury be rescued ; to Elijah, if he encounter the tyrant's indignation.

But when the holy man confirms his purpose with an oath, and declares that he will furely behold the face of Ahab, Obadiah delays no longer. No

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