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Christ Among the Cattle

Christ Among the Cattle

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BY FREDERIC ROWLAND MARVIN


HE sendeth the springs into the
valleys, which run among the
hills. They give drink to every beast
of the field ; the wild asses quench
their thirst. By them shall the fowls
of the heaven have their habitation,
which sing among the branches. —
Psalm CIV. 10-12.

BEHOLD the fowls of the air; for
they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. —
Matthew VI. 26.
BY FREDERIC ROWLAND MARVIN


HE sendeth the springs into the
valleys, which run among the
hills. They give drink to every beast
of the field ; the wild asses quench
their thirst. By them shall the fowls
of the heaven have their habitation,
which sing among the branches. —
Psalm CIV. 10-12.

BEHOLD the fowls of the air; for
they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. —
Matthew VI. 26.

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CHRIST AMOG THE CATTLEBY FREDERIC ROWLAD MARVIHE sendeth the springs into thevalleys, which run among thehills. They give drink to every beastof the field ; the wild asses quenchtheir thirst. By them shall the fowlsof the heaven have their habitation,which sing among the branches. — Psalm CIV. 10-12.BEHOLD the fowls of the air; forthey sow not, neither do theyreap, nor gather into barns ; yet yourheavenly Father feedeth them. — Matthew VI. 26.Among the noblest in the land,Though he may count himself the least,That man I honor and revereWho without favor, without fear.In the great city dares to standThe friend of every friendless beast. — Longfellow.CHRIST AMOG THE CATTLEIT is a significant fact that our Saviourwas cradled in a manger, and thatMary, crowded out from the innor caravansary, found shelter with the
 
beasts of burden and cattle of the field,and brought forth the Prince of Peacein a common stable. It was literallytrue, as we sing at Christmas-time — *' Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining,Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall."othing in our Saviour's life is with-out its lesson of divine wisdom, and wemay study the circumstances of Hisbirth, sure of finding at every pointample reward for our industry.I call attention to '' Christ among theCattle." Why was our Savior cradled2 CHRIST AMOG THE CATTLEin a manger? Why was He, whoseadvent had been the exalted themeof prophet and psalmist, denied thehonor so readily accorded children of a royal line ? Excellent reasons havebeen advanced, and yet one of greatimportance seems to have been over-looked. Was not our Saviour's adventassociated with beasts of the stall toteach us lessons of respect for andkindness toward the animal world ?The dictates of the human heart andof religion are agreed that kindness toanimals is a sacred duty, and that weought*' ever to mix our pleasure or our prideWith sorrow of the meanest thing that feels."
 
We read in Scripture, " A righteousman regardeth the life of his beast."The angel of the Lord rebuked theCHRIST AMOG THE CATTLE 3cruel Balaam for smiting the ass threetimes. God spared ineveh becausethere was " much cattle in the city."The law of Moses forbade muzzlingthe ox that treadeth out the corn. •That law contained several specialprecepts enjoining mercy to animals.We read : " If a bird's nest chance tobe before thee in the way, in any tree,or on the ground, whether they beyoung ones, or eggs, and the dam sit-ting upon the young, or upon the eggs,thou shalt not take the dam with theyoung; but thou shalt in anywise letthe dam go." Again we read : " Thoushalt not plough with an ox and an asstogether" — that is, thou shalt adaptthe work to the strength of the animal.Jacob was studiously careful for hisflocks and herds, and treated them4 CHRIST AMOG THE CATTLEwith something of the tenderness hebestowed upon his children. " If menshould overdrive them one day, all theflocks will die, so I will lead on softly,"said he to Esau, " according as thecattle that goeth before me be able to

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