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public worship of God, and by his special direction, among the Jews. Exodus, xxv. In it the ark of the covenant was preserved, as lasting

records of God's wonderful acts among his people. 664 Messiah king annointed,

Messiah, the annointed, (Psalms, ii. 2.) and notified with many other different names in the sacred oracles. The Messiah, is that grand prophet, whom the eternal father promised, to redeem fallen mankind from sin, Satan, death, from the beginning of the world; (Gen. iii. 15) and by the voice of all succeeding prophets. The Jews expect him daily ; but Christians believe, that Jesus, the so


of the blessed Virgin Mary, born in Bethlem, about A. M. 400, in the reign of Augustus, is the true Messiah or Christ, because in him all the

ancient prophecies, types and character of the Messiah are really and fully accomplished.

Why did the Gentiles rage,

And Jews, with one accord,
Bend all their counsels, to destroy

The Anointed of the Lord ?

The Lord derides their rage,

And will support his throne;
He that hath rais'd him from the dead,

Hath own'd him for his Son.

Be wise, ye rulers, now,

And worship at his throne,
With trembling joy, ye people bow,

To God's exalted Son.

If once his wrath arise,

Ye perish on the place :
Then blessed is the soul that flies

For refuge to his grace. Ps. ii. 710 Drew after him the third part of Heaven's host.

His tail drew down a third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth; Rey, xii. 4. which signifies that many whose business it was to enlighten and preserve others, should themselves be corrupted by the attempts of this great and subtle deceiver, whose artifice and rage were 80 aptly represented by the seducing nature of this vast and yoracious dragon.

Oh send thy spirit down to write

Thy law upon my heart !
Nor let my tongue indulge deceit,

Nor act the liars part.

From vanity turn off my eyes :

Let no corrupt design,
Nor covetous desire arise

Within this soul of mine.

Order my footsteps by thy word,

And make my heart sincere ;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,

But keep my conscience clear. Hymn 63. 714

saw without their light Rebellion rising,

While the prince of darkness and his legions are employed in counteracting the divine counsels, in producing new scenes of corruption and turbulence, in aiding the wicked, and in persecuting

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the virtuous; the omnipotent Creator of the universe turns the evil ultimately to other purposes, causes the crafty to be caught in their own snares, and “ make all things work together for good to

them that love God.” Romans viii. 28. 735

Mighty Father, that thy foes
Justly hast in derision,

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh ;
Jehovah shall have them in derision. Psalms,

ii. 4. 753

from one entire globose
Round as a bowl or globe.
Stretch'd into longitude;

The length of any thing that is measurable, as

time, place, motion, &c. 755

into the limits of the north They came, and Satan to his royal seat

I will ascend into heaven, will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Isa. xiv.

13. 805 Abdiel

An holy seraph, who zealously opposed Luci

fer in the revolt. 822 Shalt thou give law to God, shalt thou dispute

Let us remember that he is our Almighty Creator, and not imagine we can ever have any room or right to expostulate with him, or in any circumstance to complain of him ; let us own his right to confer on whom he pleaseth those favours which none of us can pretend to have deserved ; and adore his goodness in choosing to exercise mercy and compassion on any of the children of men. Who art thou that replied against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it,

Why hast thou made me thus ? Rom. ix. 20. 836 As by his Word the mighty Father made

His nature has a transcendent excellency, infinitely superior to anything that is made ; for by him were all things created, things in heaven and things on earth. From him were derived the visible splendour of the celestial luminaries, the sun, the moon, and the stars, even all the beings who dwell and reign above, by whatever names and honours distinguished ; and he is before all, both in the duration and dignity of his nature, and in him all things which constitute this universal system do continually subsist in that harmonious order of being which renders it one beautiful whole; whereas, unsupported by him, it would immediately run into confusion, or fall back into

its original nothing. 846 And tempt not these, but hasten to appease

Th' incensed Father,

Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve Jehovah with fear ; Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled

but a little. Ps. ii. 10, 11, 12. 872 He said, and as the sound of waters deep

And I heard a sound which was the voice of a great multitude, and loud as the voice of many

waters, when the waves of the sea are in a violent agitation, and like the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Hallelujah, for the Lord God Almighty, the omnipotent Jehovah, who is the Author and support of universal nature reigneth, and is about to exalt his kingdom among men to more visible splendour than it has ever yet known.

Rev, xix. 6. 886 That golden sceptre,

I shall see him but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Numb. xxiv. 17. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; The sceptre

of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Ps. xlv. 6. 887 Is now an iron rod

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron ; thou shalt dash then in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now, therefore, 'O ye kings ; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Ps. ii.

9, 10, 11. 890 These wicked tents devoted

Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, lest ye be consumed in their sins. Numb. xvi. 26. Enoch is said, by an evangelical writer, to have preached Christ unto the Antideluvian sinners ; a position strange and unnatural, if the knowledge of the Messiah was not communicated to man at that early period. “ And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied


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