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Bible Lessons From the Monkey

Bible Lessons From the Monkey

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" Bringing gold, and silver, and apes.^'—! Kings x. 22.


" Bringing gold, and silver, and apes.^'—! Kings x. 22.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 22, 2013
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BIBLE LESSOS FROM THE MOKEYBY REV. RICHARD EWTOTHE MOKEY." Bringing gold, and silver, and apes.^'—! Kings x. 22.WE come to-day to the most curious and interest-ing and amusing of all the creatures in theanimal world. There is nothing in the animal worldso funny as the Monkey. He looks like an old man,and seems to know a great deal. The monkey-cageat the Zoological Gardens is always the one where thechildren congregate most. The monkey is scarcely aBible animal. Monkeys as such are not mentioned inthe Old or ew Testament.But in the First Book of Kings and Second Book of Chronicles, the historian gives an account of the car-goes which were brought by king Solomon's fleet fromTarshish, the articles found in the ships being " goldand ivory, peacocks and apes.'' King Solomon musthave had some great zoological garden, for which hewas always collecting new material. He was con-tinually bringing from the East, from India, and theMediterranean ports, all sorts of curious and interest-ing objects, for his great city of Jerusalem ; so thatDigitizedbyGoogk 
310 THE MOKEY.very probably the elephants and peacocks and mon-keys which came to King Solomon's garden in Jeru-salem, came from India or the large island of Ceylon.It would be much easier to write five or six ser-mons about this animal than to condense all that wecan find about him into one discourse ; but we willtry in this sermon to find out something about theIDIA MOKEVS.monkey, and then, hard as it may seem, we willtry to find the lessons which this curious teachergives us.Of all the lower animals, the monkey race ap-proaches nearest to the structure of man. Monkeysalso possess a very large share of sagacity ; they willact in concert with each other, and seem by naturedevoted to mischief, apparently merely from the loveDigitizedbyGoogk THE MOKEY. 311of mischief itself. When they perform their trickson people, they seem to enjoy the fun to the utmost.
I had a monkey once which I kept in a large roomin my house called the play-room. This monkey usedto sit in the window and look at the people passingalong the street. He would try to catch their glances,and would bow, and make grimaces at them, as if hewanted above all things to make them laugh. Thenhe would hide thimbles, scissors, needles, prayer-books,Bibles, and everything he could get. When alone inthe room he would put these things in nooks andcorners where he thought no one would be able tofind them ; and then, when any one would come intothe room, he would sit upon his box and look at thevisitors, as if waiting to see if they were not surprisedat losing their valuables. My monkey's name wasJocko ; we had a parrot in the same room, and Jockotried the old trick of pulling out the parrot's feathers,and in every way he seemed to think that the chief end of life was to make fun.The word "monkey" is derived from the word"monakin," meaning a little old man. The firstperson who ever described a monkey in the Englishlanguage called it a "monakin," because it was somuch like a little old man. The word "monkey"has come to embody in a great many ways thethought of a little imitation of a larger thing. Amonkey boat is a little boat ; a monkey jacket is alittle jacket ; monkey bread is a little piece of bread ;DigitizedbyGoogk 

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