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Lord had appeared unto him, and spake by him; earth and water and air bore their united testimony to his d.vine legation; and the most enlightened nation of the globe was made to feel his ascendant by arguments addressed at once to the senses and the understanding. Is it needful to say that the great Prophet, "Apostle and High-Priest of our profession," by similar means, by more irrisistible evidence, evinced that he was. " a teacher sent from God?" I shall say nothing inspecting the great number, variety and notoriety ol Christ's miracles; though every one of these circumstances furnishes ample matter of discussion; I satisfy myself at present with mentioning two particulars « Inch strikingly establish Christ's prophetic character, ami give it a clear and decided superiority to that of Moses. The latter acted by a delegated authority, accordmg to a prescribed form ., he assumed nothmg to himself but was checked, reproved, coudemned, the moment lie presumed to arrogate independence, to s;jeak or act lor himself. But Jesus Christ wrought miracles in his own name, by his own power, as the Lord of nature, as possessed of independent sovereignty. Again, the signs which Moses exhibited were of a mixed nature, they declared both the mercy and judgment of Gud, they poured down hail, and tempest, and pestilence on Egypt, as well as dropped manna on the tents of Israel; whereas the signs which Jesus adduced in support of his nfissiou were all miracles of mercy; the powers ol hell alone ftlt the rod of his anger; and the miracles by which he confirmed his doctrine breathed its meekness aud gentleness aud chaiitv.
"Of the things which have been spoken this is the sum: we have sucli an High-Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the tru<- tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man," Heb. vui, 1,2.
** Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appomted him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more gHry than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house ha:il enore honor than the house. For every house is build ed by some man; hut he that built all tilings is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be .spoken after; but Christ as a son over his own house.: whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end," Heb. lii. 1. .6. "We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at an}' time we should let them slip. For if the word-spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, which at first began to besp <ken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?" Heb. U I....4. "He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses: of bow much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hajth counted the blood of tine covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" Heb. x. 2«, S9.
Having now, in the course of these exercises, through a series of years, endeavored to trace the history of mankind, in a series of characters, from Adam to Moses, copied from the original portraits which the pencil of inspiration has itself vouchsafed to delmeate; the whole in general, and every one in particular, re* ferring themselves to one great Original, from n<hvcr
their meaning, use and importance are derived ....I lta>ten to conclude my plan, by turning over to the gospel history, which exhibits tbat same Moses, wb^m We saw expire on Mount Nebo, and " buried in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Belli Peor Whose dying benediction yet trembles on our ear, and whose funeral elogy we attempted to sing, alive again on Mount Tabor, and giving personal testimony and bomage to him whom he prefigured and foretold. The h.story of Moses is not properly ended till then: and in vanishing from our sight on the mount of transfiguration, he becomes a glorious harbinger of the " life and immortality which are brought to light by the gospel." HISTORY OF MOSES.
And it came to pass about an eight days after ihf^ Savings, he took Peter and John, and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as hepraved, the Jashion of his countenance teas altered, and his raiment was whi'e and glistering. And behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Ettas, who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter, and they that were with him, were heavy ivith sleep: and lohen they were awake, they saic his glory, and the two men that stood with hitn. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is goodJor us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, oneJor thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knoiving what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and oi'ershadoived them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, 'J his is my beloved Son, hear him.
IN the narrowness of their conceptions and the pre. sumptuousness of their pride, men are apt tocon» eider themselves as the only, or, at least, the chief inhabitants of the creation of God. A false patriotism, or rat her a spirit of insolence and selfishness has gone farther, has ascribed the consequence of a whole universe to some insignificant little region or district of this little globe, and has represented the men who breathe on such a spot, and converse in such a language, as the only persons who are worthy of consideration. We reflect not, what a speck our own country is, compared with the whole earth; what a point the earth is, compared to the vast solar system; and how the solar system itself is lost, in the contemplation of infinite space. We. reflect not on the myriads of "just men made perfect," from the death of " righteous Abel," down to the expiring saint, whose disengaged spirit is just now on the wing to the bosom of his God; of those who, lost to us, yet live to their Creator. We reflect not on the myriads of, probably, more glorious beings, who people the greater and moreglorious worlds which surround «urs. We reflect not on the myriads of pure spirits who never left their first estate, that innumerable company of angels who" excel in strength," the least of whom could wield these elements."
Sound reason and " the wisdom which is from above" correct our narrowness of thought and pride of heart; and teach us to say, in the words which our immortal bard puts in the mouth of Adam first of men, addressed to his fair consort....
..* "Nor think, tho' men were none,
*1 hat heaven would want spectators, God want praise. Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth, , Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep; All these with ceaseless praise his works behold, Both day and night."
If our ears were notdull and limitedas our spirits....
** How often, from the steep
Of echoing hill or thicket should we hear,