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fairly surmount.-But how would you answer our Saviour's question, Theophilus?
Theophilus. Jesus Christ was the son of David, according to his human nature; but he was the Lord of David, even when David wrote, inasmuch as he was the eternal Son of God, the Word who "was in the beginning with God," and who "was God."
Reader. True. Well may we be reminded of that expression of St. Paul (Rom. ix. 5), "Whose are the "Whose are the fathers," such as Abraham and David,—" and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen." "Whose goings forth," to use the noble language of the inspired Micah (v. 2), "have been from of old, from everlasting."
It should be borne in mind also, that when the Lord Jesus Christ is spoken of as the son of David, he is presented to our notice chiefly in his exalted character of the king or head of his people. When the heavenly messenger proclaimed to the Virgin Mary the honour which she was about to receive in giving birth to the expected Messiah, he finished his salutation by applying to our blessed Lord a portion of an illustrious prophecy which had been delivered by Isaiah (ch. ix.), wherein the Redeemer is described as being at once the Son of the Highest, and the Son of David, and as being established in the possession of an endless dominion. "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him
the throne of his father David; and he shall reign over the house of David for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke i. 32, 33.
We must content ourselves, at present, with the reading and examination of the single verse which has thus occupied our thoughts. But we shall derive no small degree of profit from the consideration of these few words, if we have been hereby assisted in forming any correct idea of the greatness and glory of our Saviour's person, and the honours of his mediatorial kingdom. Let me exhort you to direct your minds, especially, to the contemplation of the wonderful constitution of our Saviour's person, who is at once the Lord and the son of David, or, as it is elsewhere expressed, "the root and the offspring of David." Rev. xxii. 16. Think of him as "God manifest in the flesh," so constituted that in him "two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and very man." Think of him as that glorious Being to whom the Lord has said, "Sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool." And, before we part, let me remind you that this subject, the glory of Christ, in his person and in his office, is one of the most important and most salutary which you will find in the whole compass of the word of revelation. Let it be one leading desire of your hearts, while we are engaged in our
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(307) Hirm bem'u the har- in his own gorious person. I read Many of Herigeure! Let me prove the history as it stands in St. Luke's to you, in the vaxt pare, that the Gospel." He said unto them, How 1,6 MG ** - o brasid" was commonly say they that Christ is David's son? ngagwar, by the Jews and others, to And David himself saith in the the Moriah, rither expected or ac- Book of Psalms, The Lord said unto kturwledyed Purad Matt. xv. 22. my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Thewphilus, “ Behold, a woman of till I make thine enemies thy footC'mman came out of the same coasts, stool. Dasid therefore calleth him and cried unto him, saying, Have Lord, how is he then his son ?" merry on me, O Lord, thou Son of Reader. St. Matthew tells us that Davidl."
“ no man was able to answer him Ileader. And Matt. xx. 30.
a word.” So true it is that when Theophilus. “ Behold, two blind men do not choose to be convinced men, sittiity by the way-side, when of divine truth in general, or of any They heard that Jesus passed by, portion of divine truth in particular, cried out, saying, Have mercy on the Bible presents many difficulties 114, () Lord, thou Son of David."
to their minds, which they cannot fairly surmount.-But how would the throne of his father David ; and you answer our Saviour's question, he shall reign over the house of DaTheophilus ?
vid for ever; and of his kingdom Theophilus. Jesus Christ was the there shall be no end.” Luke i. 32, son of David, according to his human 33. nature; but he was the Lord of Da- We must content ourselves, at previd, even when David wrote, inas- sent, with the reading and examinamuch as he was the eternal Son of tion of the single verse which has Gods—the Word who " was in the thus occupied our thoughts. But we beginning with God," and who "was shall derive no small degree of profit God."
from the consideration of these few Reader. True. Well may we be words, if we have been hereby asreminded of that expression of St. sisted in forming any correct idea of Paul (Rom. ix. 5), “Whose are the the greatness and glory of our Safathers,"—such as Abraham and Da- viour's person, and the honours of vid," and of whom, as concerning his mediatorial kingdom. Let me the flesh, Christ came, who is over exhort you to direct your minds, all, God blessed for ever. Amen." especially, to the contemplation of " Whose goings forth,” to use the the wonderful constitution of our Sanoble language of the inspired Mi- viour's person, who is at once the cah (v. 2), “ have been from of old, Lord and the son of David, or, as it from everlasting.”
is elsewhere expressed, “ the root It should be borne in mind also, and the offspring of David." Rev. that when the Lord Jesus Christ is xxii. 16. Think of him as “ God spoken of as the son of David, he is manifest in the flesh,”-s0 constipresented to our notice chiefly in his tuted that in him " two whole and exalted character of the king or head perfect natures, that is to say, the of his people. When the heavenly Godhead and Manhood, were joined messenger proclaimed to the Virgin together in one person, never to be Mary the honour which she was divided, whereof is one Christ, very about to receive in giving birth to God and very man.” Think of him the expected Messiah, he finished his as that glorious Being to whom the salutation by applying to our blessed Lord has said, “ Sit thou on my Lord a portion of an illustrious pro- right hand until I make thine enephecy which had been delivered by mies thy footstool.” And, before Isaiah (ch. ix.), wherein the Re- we part, let me remind you that this deemer is described as being at once subject, the glory of Christ, in his the Son of the Highest, and the Son person and in his office, is one of the of David, and as being established in most important and most salutary the possession of an endless domi- which you will find in the whole nion. “He shall be great, and shall compass of the word of revelation.
. be called the Son of the Highest ; and Let it be one leading desire of your the Lord God shall give unto him hearts, while we are engaged in our
proposed study of the New Testa- judge in these things : 'yea, doubtment, to behold here “ the glory of less,' saith he, and I count all God in the face of Jesus Christ.” things but loss for the excellency of May we be enabled truly to behold the knowledge of Christ Jesus my “his glory, the glory as of the only- | Lord.' Phil. ii. 8. He who doth begotten of the Father,” and may not so, hath no part in him. we know him to be “ full of
grace " The revelation made of Christ in and truth.”
the blessed Gospel is far more exIn conclusion, I read to you a few cellent, more glorious, and more filled lines from the pen of an old writer, with rays of divine wisdom and goodcontaining some sentiments on this ness, than the whole creation and point which I wish to leave upon the just comprehension of it, if atyour minds. “Alas," says he, "after tainable, can contain or afford. Withour utmost and most diligent in- out the knowledge hereof, the mind quiries, we must say, how little a of man, however priding itself in · portion of him is it that we can un- other inventions and discoveries, is derstand! His glory is incompre- wrapped up in darkness and confuhensible, and his praises are unutter- sion. able. An illuminated mind may con- “This, therefore, deserves the seceive something of it; but what we verest of our thoughts, the best of can express, in comparison of what meditations, and our utmost diligence it is in itself, is even less than no- in them. For, if our future blessedthing. But as for those who have ness shall consist in being where he forsaken the only true guide herein, is, and beholding his glory, what endeavouring to be wise above what better preparation can there be for is written, and to raise their contem- | it, than in a constant previous conplations, by fancy and imagination, templation of that glory, in the reabove Scripture revelation (as many velation that is made in the Gospel, have done), they have darkened that, by a view of it, we may be counsel without knowledge, uttering gradually transformed into the same things which they understand not, glory.” which have no substance or spiritual
PSALM LXXXIX. food of faith in them.
For ever shall my song record “ Howbeit, that real view which
The truth and mercy of the Lord ; we may have of Christ and his glory, Mercy and truth for ever stand, in this world, by faith, however weak Like heaven, establish'd by his hand. and obscure, and that knowledge Thus to his Son he sware, and said, which we may obtain of them, by
“ With thee my covenant first is made; divine revelation, is inexpressibly to
In thee shall dying sinners live ;
Glory and grace are thine to give. be preferred above all other wisdom, understanding, or knowledge what
Be thou my Prophet, thou my Priest;
Thy children shall be ever blest ; ever. So it is declared by him, who
Thou art my chosen King; thy throne will be acknowledged a competent Shall stand 'eternal, like my own.
There's none of all my sons above,
David, my servant, whom I chose
Now let the church rejoice and sing,
CHAP. I. 2-17.
The Genealogy of Christ from Abraham to Joseph.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and 'Isaac begat Jacob; and 'Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and 'Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Sal
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jes
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud ;
15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away
7 And 'Solomon begat Ro- into Babylon are fourteen ge