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petite. They are held short by the head, and it is but drops and sips that are got in this world; the sull seast, where they shall hunger no more, is reserved to the pleasant land, where there is fulness of joy, and pleasures evermore. But in this respect Christ is a suitable shadow, he keeps the foul from fainting; rather than they should want, bread shall be sent from heaven, and water shall flow out of the flinty rock: "Open thy mouth wide, (lays he), and I will sill it," Fsal. lxxxi. 10. He has the keys of heaven, and is the great steward of the Father's treasures, who, in the greatest scarcity, has enough amply to surnish those who by faith come to him.
10. Little company in the road to Zion makes it a weary land to the traveller thitherward. The multitude go all the other way; sew take the narrow road. Christ's flock is but a little flock; in Elijah's days there were so very sew upon the road, that he thought he had been all rlone; he had so little help of the seven thousand, that he knew not of them. See how Micah longed for company on. the road, but they were hid out of his view, Mic. vii. 1. and downwards. Now, this circumstance makes it a weary land; for at this rate the traveller has sew to take a lift of his burden, and bear it with him. The apostle fays, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so sulsil the law of Christ." But, alas! we are in a strange land, and there are many to lay a load above a burden, but sew to take a iift of it. But people must even creep under their own burdens as they can, and keep to it themselves. This is what makes a weary world. But they are not to be moaned in this case, who get in under Christ's shadow; he can bear them, and their burden also. The Lord even reduces his people to this case, that they may depend the more
upon himself. When we have created props standing about us, we are ready to lay over much weight on them, and therefore the Lord suffers people to sind their own weight, that they may be constrained to employ himself, to put the work in his own hand.—Again, the traveller has sew to consult with, when he comes to a difsicult and dark step. There are such steps which Christians meet with in their way to Zion, and it is no small mercy to have those who will help by their sympathy, advice, and prayers. But, alas! the unseeling world affords sew such; and this is what makes it a weary land. But Christ lives, and he lives to be a counsellor, an interpreter, one among a thousand. Therefore, let us not complain in this cafe:' Mic. iv. o. "Now, why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished?" They are well-guided whom Jesus guides; and if he do not guide'us, we may blame ourselves,. for " the meek he will guide in judgement, and the meek will he teach his way," Pfal. xxv. 9. Let us go to the oracle, and improve his prophetical ofsice.—Finally, they have sew to keep them out of languor by the way. It would be a great comfort to the weary traveller, to have the benesit of conserence about the[holy city, the New Jerusalem, to which the travellers are going, and of the glory, ease, and rest, that are to be enjoyed there ^ it would tend to comfort and stir them up to vigorous walking. But they are not alone, who have Christ with them; he can bear the foul company by his word and Spirit, he can keep them from languishing in the weary land. We now proceed,.
III. To shew in what respects Christ is a suitable and refreshsul shade or shelter. The truth is, there is nothing in Christ but what affords a reI i 2 freshful frestisul shade to the believer in the weary land: Song, v. 16. "Yea, he is altogether lovely." But the breaking of the spices will make them the more fr.igrant to those that have their senses spiritually exercised. Therefore observe,
i. That his very name assords a broad shade for the refreshment of the traveller in the weary land, sufsicient to recover the soul that is swooning away: Song, i. 3. "Because of the savour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee." When Moses would see the glory of God, the Lord proclaimed his name before him: Exod. xxxiv. 6. "The Lord, the Lord God, mercisul and gracious, long sussvring, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty." His name is more glorious than if it were written in letters of gold; it is written to us in letters of his precious blood. The truth is, all things in the world are rather names than things, the most desirable things in it are the name of nothing: Prov. xxiii. 5. "Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings, they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." The terrible things of it are but frightsul names, 2 Cor. vi. 9. 10. j but here is a name that is abtnie every name, Phil. ii. 9. I shall mention only three instances. His name is,
(1.) Jesus, a Saviour: Matth. i. 2i. "His name shall be called Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins." How sweet must this name be to a sensible lost sinner! in the world we hear of Adam the destroyer, who ruined himself and all his posterity; of sinners, his children, selfdestroyers, Hos. xiii. <^.; of Abaddon, the great
destroyer, who goes about like a roaring Hon, seeking whom he may devour. But to.all these we may comfortably oppose Jesus the Saviour; stronger than Adam, saving those that he destroyed; stronger than sinners, helping those that have destroyed themselves; stronger than Satan, whom he spoils of his prey: Isa. xlix. 25. "Thus faith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children." —His name is,.
(2.) Messiah, .or Christ, the anointed of the Father, pointing at his three offices. For under the Old Testament, prophets, priests, and kings were anointed; it'signisied their call to the office: so that in this name, we see him in all his offices,. called to the Mediatory office by the Father, and sully surnished for it; and so there is enough in him for all our needs, to be drawn forth by faith in his name. And we have it in Greek, as well as in Hebrew, shewing that the Gentiles, as well as the Jews, have access to him: John, i. 41. "We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ."—His name is,
(3.) Immanuel, God with us, Matth. i. 23. If we press this name by faith, the sap of it will come forth to the believer in three things.—There is,
1st, God in our nature: John, i. 14. "And the word was made flesh." God made man; Satan having withdrawn- man from his allegiance, the whole human nature was corrupted, and set at enmity with God. But, behold in Christ the divine and human natures united, heaven and earth joined together in him, under the shade of which sinners may, with comfort and considence, approach to God.—There is,
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iil!yt God reconciled to us in Christ: John, £. 14. " And dwelt among us;" (Gr. tabernacled)r Christ is the tabernacle of meeting, wherein God and iinncrs meet in peace: Rev. xxi. 3. "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." There the weapons fall out of the hand of Justice, and there the arms of Mercy embrace the sinner. When the sinner comes there, he is out of the dark and black region, where death, wrath, and the curse reign; he comes into a place of light, the light of the Lord's countenance, that shines on sinners ,in the face of Jesus, our Immanuel. O what a blessed shade is here !—There is,
2.d/y, God on our side: Psal. xbi. 7. "The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our resuge." Under this shade, believers may bid desiance to all their enemies,. the united powers of earth and hell: Rom. viii. 31. "If God be for us, who can be against us." This is the best shade the Lord's people can betake themselves to in a time of consusion and danger. Before the wars of Canaan began, the Lord brought Joshua under it, Josh. v. 13. 14. And if people could be got awakened out of their steep upon these pillows which their enemies have laid under their heads, the directing them to this shadow by the word would be both reckoned sweet and seasonable, as Exod. ix. 20. This was the shadow Isaiah directed the people to, when the news came, that the malignant Ephraimites, and the idolatrous Syrians, were consederated to war against Judah, and to set up a king of their own stamp over Judah: Isa. vii. 2.—6. "And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is consederate with Ephraim; and his heart ^was moved, and the hearts of his people, as the