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geance on the murderer ; and the guilty wretch rendered a terror to himself.
We have seen these, one after another, dropping into the grave; and in that, the triumph of sin and death. But in Enoch we hehold the triumph of faith and holiness, the triumph of almighty grace over sin and death, and over him who has the power of death. Our ryes follow "the holy man who walked with God," not to the "dreary house appointed for all living," but, through the higher regions of the air, toward the blessed abodes of immortality, till a cloud receives him out of our sight. <
We sought suiter with Noah, and his little saved remnaut, from that deluge which destroyed a world of ungodly men, in the ark which God commanded; which that *« preacher of righteousness prepared for the saving of his house :" and which Providence conducted and preserved amidst the wild uproar of contending elements...and with him perceived the wrathful storm spending Its fury, and the dawning light of a day of mercy returning.
We have seen the renewed, res!ored world, again overspread with violence, ignorance, impiety and idolatry ; and the hope of the human race ready to be extinguished in the person of a wandering, aged, childless man ; that in the decay of exhausted, expiring nature, the world might be made to see, and to acknowledge the vigor, the infallibility, the unchangeableness of God's covenant of promise. We removed with that illustrious exile from place to place, and with joy beheld his faith crowned at length with the promised seed, " in whom all the families of the earth should be blessed."
From that "tender plant," that "root out of a 'f'ry ground," we saw a succession of fair and fruitful branches arise, while we studied the noiseless, sequestered, contemplative life of Isaac, and the active, variegated, chequered life of Jacob, his youuger son.
In the affliction of Joseph we felt ourselves afflicted, m his exaltation we rejoiced, and by his virtues and piety, in every variety of human coudition, we received at once instruction and reproof. •
The sweet historian, who had disclosed all these wonders of antiquity to our view, opened to us all these stores of knowledge, all these sources of delight, comes forward himself at last upon the scene, and continues to minister to our pleasure and improvement, by a faithful and affecting detail of his own eventful story, and a candid display of his own sentiments, character and conduct. What heart so hard as not to melt at sight of yonder weeping babe, a deserted, exposed, perishing Hebrew child, floating down the stream! What heart does not glow to see him the pride and ornament of Pharaoh's imperial court, instructed in all the learning of the Egyptians! What bosom catches not the hallowed ardor of patriotic fire from the intrepid avenger of his country's wrongs! In whatever situation or character we view him, whithersoever we follow his steps, we feel ourselves attracttd, delighted, instructed.
He furnishes us with the history of his brother Aaron and his family, and of the estabhsment of the Levitical priesthood, a type of the everlasting and unchangeable priesthood of the Redeemer. We attended the venerable pair pf brothers to the top of the mountain, and beheld Aaron stript of his pontifical robCs, resigning h;s charge, closing his eyes in death; and heard Most s himself warned to prepare for his departure.
Not only by a display of worth and excellence, but by a delineation of vice, by the exhibition of a " heart deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked," has he convened to us the means of instruction and improvement; in presenting us with the portrait of Balaam, who "loved the wages of unrighteousness' In the character of that bad man, we behold the humiliating union of great talents and a corrupted heart; prophetic gifts and moral depravity; knowledge of the truth, and wilful adherence to error; admiration of virtue, and fixed habits of vice; an earnest wish to "die the death of the righteuus," with the deliberate determination to live the life of the wicked; and ail -this mystery of iniquity explained iu one short sentence; his heart went out after its covetousness.
All these have passed in review before us; and their existence, in succession to one another, occupies u space of two thousand five hundred years. But the text collects them, and us, and all succeeding generations of men, into one great co-existent assembly, to undergo a judgment infmitely more solemn than ever was pronounced Jrom human tribunal; a judgment infallible, fmal, irreversible; which shall bring to trial, and condemn all hasty, rash, erroneous judgments of men, clear injured innocence, bring to light and reward Tiidden worth, abase insolence and pride, detect and expose hypocrisy. Let the prospect of it direct all our inquiries, animate all our exertions, dictate all our decisions on the character and conduct of other men, and influence, form and govern our own. Thus the review of preceding personages and events, and the prospect of those to come shall be animated, improved, sanctified; thus shall we feel our interest in, and connexion with the church of God universal, of every age, and converse with Moses and the prophets as our eontempoiaries, countrymen and friends, whom we shall shortly join, and be united to them in bunds of pure and everlasting love. Recollecting times past, anticipating ages to come, let us draw near and consider this great sight, and may God grant us to feel and improve its influence.
The imagery ot the scene is sublime and striking. "I saw a great white throne." "A throne," royal state, established empire, acknowledged sway, the right and power of judgment united, universal,everlastiug, uncontrollable dominion. A great" throne. r
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The seat of kings is raised a little above the people; that of Salomon had six steps ; ivory and gold lent their ,combined aid to enrich and adorn it. But what is the ;dorv of Solomon? His throne once the seat of wisdom, to whose oracular voice foreign potentates and their nations listened with admiration and respect, was at length dishonored, degraded, defiled by the impurities of idolatry, and by the imprudence and apostacy .of him who sat upon it, and thus deprived of one of its firmest supporters, it shook under him, and he at length dropped from it, a monument of the nothingness and vanity of human grandeur, wealth and wisdom. Ten of its twelve props slipt from beneath it, through the imprudence of his son; and, after a few convulsive struggles, it sunk at length mto the dust, a poor, precarious, subordinate throne, subject to the Jordly state of an Assyrian prince. What is the glory of angels that excel m strength? -Delegated power, derived splendor, imparted wisdom, dignity under authority. But, behold on yonder radiant throne, one *? made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." "He maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.1' "Sit on my right hatld until 1 make thine enemies thy footstool." Behold "the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up," surrounded with the seraphim, crying continually unto one another, and saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the I^ord of Hosts, the whole earth is full of his goodness."
"...A great while throne," the emblem of purity, truth and righteousness; itself unsullied, and purifying all that approach it. "Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne; mercy and truth go before his face." "Shall not the Judge of the whole earth do right?" With 'the purest inteo
lion, with the highest degree of human^s^ltc^ty^jsUtor the most extensive knowledge of the law,, and^tlempst determined resolution faithfully to apply it, earthly tri<bunals are not secure from error: craft may overreach wisdom; hypocrisy may disguise the truth, or cover falsehood; the stream< of justice may be diverted or forced out of its channel, and the pellucid tide undergo a temporary pollution. The princes of this world must sec with the eyes and hear with the ears of other men; the worthy and the wise may, of course, be kept at a distance, while demerit, wickedness and folly bask iu the sunshine of royal favor. But yonder radiant throne applies an infallible test to all that approach it: hopocrisy drops the mask, the windmgs of deceit and cunning stand exposed, the brazen, imposing forehead of impudence is covered with a blush, and the stony, unfeeling, unrelenting heart is dissolved into water... modest worth rears its drooping bead, conscious integrity expands its glowmg bosom, and purity seeks the source from which it sprung.
Observe the difference; mark the changes which these uudergo, as they draw nigh; see the hardened sinner, cased in sevenfold adamant, advancing with intrepid step, striving to make assurance pass for innocence. But, lo, the rays of that white throne have fallen upon him; the spots begin to appear, they grow blacker and blacker, he gradually becomes abominable and more abominable; odious to the beholder, a terror to himself, he shrinks from inquiry, darkness is diffused around from the brightness of that light; he calls upon the mountains to fall upon him, and upon the v hills to cover him.
Not so the humble follower of the Lamb. His countenance becomes more and more serene, his confidence increases, every blemish disappears, " the glory of the Lord is risen upon him," bis lustre brightens as he proceeds, at length he is united to, he is lost in the fountain of joy. ....