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went down to the skirts | ture itself applies the instiof his garments.” It was tutions of the law; and by always ap undoubted truth so doing, I put a light into in every state of the the hands of those who Church, that unity is from read the Bible, with which the Spirit of God; begin- they may go farther and ning in those of superior examine things for themauthority, and spreading selves. Yet, among the itself with a progress of offerings of the tabernacle descent from the highest and temple, there are two to the lowest members of more for which I shall the community : but the have room in this disthing is most evident to us course ; I mean the “first under the gospel ; who are fruitsu” and the “burning taught, that the Church is of incense *.” the body of Christ; that In 1 Cor. xv. Christ, as He Himself is the Head of risen from the dead, is it; and that the Divine called the first-fruits ; “But Spirit first shed upon Him, i now," saith St. Paul, “is is from thence diffused to Christ risen from the dead, all orders of Christians, to and become the first-fruits the least and lowest mem- of them that slept." From bers of the Church.
the term thus applied he The Scripture has num- confirins, and opens in a berless other references to wonderful manner, the docthe sacrifices and priest- trine of the Resurrection ; hood of the law, more than and therefore it is proper the plan of these Lectures we should have a right unwill admit: for I do not derstanding of it. When undertake to explain all the harvest was ripe and that is referred to in the ready for the sickle, a first law: my meaning is to sheaf was reaped and carshew, by several examples, ried into the temple, where in what manner the Scrip- the priest waved it before the Lord to be accepted ; | sanctified
u Exod. xxiii. 19.
* Exod. xxx. 8.
in its proper and till this was done, the order ; “ Christ the firstrest of the harvest was not fruits, afterward they that sanctified to the use of the are Christ's at His compeople, nor had they any ing.” right to partake of it.
If there seems any imThe use the Apostle propriety in making Christ makes of this is very ex- the first-fruits, when we tensive. In the first place, know that others were the growing of grain from raised to life before Him; the earth where it was as the Shunamite's son by buried, is an exact image Elisha, and Lazarus by of the resurrection of the Christ Himself: it is to body : for as the one is be observed, that they were sown, so is the other, and raised ; He only rose from neither is quickened, except the dead by His own power, it first die and be buried. as the grain springeth from Then the whole harvest, the ground of itself. Befrom its relation to the sides, though they were first-fruits, explains and raised, they died again ; ensures the order of our but Christ, “ being raised resurrection. For, is the from the dead dieth no sheaf of the first-fruits more, death hath no more reaped ? Then is the whole dominion over Him :" He harvest ready. Is Christ was the first who rose to risen from the dead? Then life eternal. Nothing folshall all rise in like man- lowed to mankind from the
Is He accepted of resurrection of others; but God as an Holy Offering He sanctified the harvest and lifted up in His hea of the whole field, and had venly sanctuary? Then the efficacy as well as the shall every sheaf that has appearance of the firstgrown up with Him be fruits. taken from the earth and St. Paul in his apology before King Agrippa plead- devotions, and explains its ed in defence of his doc- meaning by his application trine, that he said none of it: “Let my prayer be other things than those set forth in Thy sight as which the prophets and the incenseb.” As the Moses did say should come;" smoke and odour of this that “ Christ should suffer, offering was wafted into and that He should be the the holy place, close by first that should rise from the veil of which stood the the deadz." Now these altar of incense ; so do the things are nowhere said prayers of the faithful by Moses in the letter ; ascend upwards and find therefore they were foretold admission in the highest figuratively and in the heaven. Cornelius, said spirit. Christ, according to the angel, “ thy prayers are the doctrine of Moses, was come up for a memorial to suffer in the passover, before Godc.” The prayer and to rise again in the of faith is acceptable to first-fruits of the harvest. God, as the fragrance of And as this assertion of the incense is agreeable to the Apostle shews us the style senses of man: and as the and manner in which Moses incense was offered twice a preached the gospel, it is day, in the morning and of great importance to us evening, the spirit of this in our present enquiry. service is to be kept up at
y Rom. vi. 9.
The other offering, which those times throughout all I proposed to speak of, is generations. The prophet that of the daily incense. Malachi foretold that it Morning and evening it should be observed throughwas to be offered up upon out the world : “From the an altar of gold, where no rising of the sun, even unto bloody sacrifice to the going down of the
same, comea. This offering the My Name shall be great Psalmist refers to in his 'among the gentiles, and in Acts xxvi. 22. a Exod. xxx. 8, 9.
b Psalm cxli, 2.
c Acts x, 4.
every place incense shall be Perhaps, they call upon offered to My Named.” In God for curses upon themthe Revelation we hear selves and others : and then of this incense now their mouth, instead of ofactually carried up and fering incense, is an open presented in heaven ; where sepulchre, sending forth the the “elders fall down before filthy odours of death and the Lamb with golden vials uncleanness. From this unin their hands, filled with profitable and most miserodours” (of incense) “which able state, may God deliver are the prayers of saints e.” all Christian families, who Happy are they who fulfil look for any blessing upon this service; and at the themselves and their affairs : rising and going down of may His grace open their the sun send up this offer- lips, and dispose their afing to heaven, as all Chris- fections; that they may tians are supposed to do, meet together in peace,
and' at least twice in every day. make a morning and an What then are they, and to evening sacrifice to that whom do they belong, who God Whose eyes are upon do not pray ? What is their them all the day long ; incense ? Perhaps it is no- Who made them, and rething but a faithless mur- deemed them, and is alone muring and complaining able to save those that call against the Providence they upon Him through Jesus ought to bless and adore. Christ.
d Mal. i. 11,
e Rev. v. 8.
SOME FARTHER EXAMPLES, WHICH SHEW HOW THE LAN
GUAGE OF THE OTHER PARTS OF THE SCRIPTURE IS BORROWED FROM THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAW OF MOSES, AND TO BE INTERPRETED THEREBY, THE TEMPLE, THE SABBATH, CIRCUMCISION, CLEAN AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS, &c.—THE WONDERFUL TESTIMONY OF THE LAW TO THE RELIGION OF JESUS CHRIST.
Next in order to the were on their pilgrimage to offerings and the priest- Canaan. It contained two hood of the law, is the apartments; the first of place of divine worship, which was called the Holy wherein these services were Place, appointed for the accomplished, called the daily services of sacrifice tabernacle ; to which the and prayer; beyond which Scriptures both of the Old there was an inner apartand New Testament refer ment, called the most Holy us in many figurative pas- Place, in which a service sages, for the right under- was performed once in the standing of which, we must year by the high-priest first enquire what the taber- only: and these two apartnacle was in itself.
ments were separated by a It was a moveable habi- veil reaching from the top tation ; like a large tent, to the bottom. In the first erected in the wilder- most holy place, the Preness, when the Israelites sence of God was mani