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brought them into his fold, he supplies all their wants, and feeds them with food convenient for them. How fweetly did David sing under the sense of this privilege, “ The “ Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want: ” he maketh me to lie down in green pa“ stures; he leadeth me beside the still “ waters.” — “ The young lions may lack “ and suffer hunger, but they that fear the. “ Lord shall not lack any good thing.”— “ I will feed them,” (faid God by the Prophet Ezekiel, chap. xxxiv. 14.), “ I will “ feed them in a good pasture, and upon " the high mountains of Israel shall their “ fold be: there shall they lie in a good “ fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed “ upon the mountains of Israel.” Here peace and affluence are represented in the moft striking and agreeable colours. And that this promise has a spiritual meaning, and extends to the gospel church, appears from verfe 23d, where the Messiah, under the well-known title of David, is brought fully into view, as the person by whose hand these blessings are dispensed. “ I will “ feț up one shepherd over them, and hç

“ fall « shall feed them, even my servant David, “ he shall feed them, and he shall be their “ Thepherd. And I the Lord will be their “ God, and my servant David a prince “ among them : I the Lord have spoken it. « And I will make with them a covenant of 6 peace, and will cause the evil beafts to • cease out of the land: and they shall « dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep “ in the woods. And I will make them, “ and the places round about my hill, a “ blessing; and I will cause the shower to * come down in his season : there shall be « showers of blessing.–And I will raise up s for them a plant of renown, and they “ shall be no more consumed with hunger “ in the land.” It is not improbable that our Lord had this prophetical description in his eye, when he said in the oth verse of this chapter, “ I am the door (of the sheep); « by me if any man enter in, he shall be “ faved, and shall go in and out, and find ” pasture.” But how must it amaze us, to hear from his own lips, that he is not only the door by which the sheep enter into the pasture, but is himself the pasture upon which they feed; yet these are his words, in the 6th chapter of this gofpel, at the 5ift and following verses: “ I am the bread “ of life, the living bread which came down “ from heaven; if any man eat of this “ bread, he shall live for ever : and the “ bread that I will give is my fesh, which “ I will give for the life of the world : • Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye “ eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink “ his blood, ye have no life in you. Who“ fo eateth my flesh and drinketh my « blood, hath eternal life: for my flesh is “ meat indeed, and my blood is drink in- deed.” Nay, is not this precious food to be dispensed to us this day, in the holy facrament *, under the significant emblems of bread and wine, when the good Shepherd shall say, and say it with power, to those who believe in him, and know his voice, “ Take and eat; this is my body broken “ for you: and this cup is the New Testa“ ment in my blood ; drink ye all of it.” I suppose I need not inform you, that these expressions are figurative. You have long been taught, that the Lord's Supper is a facrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine; according to Christ's appointment, his death is showed forth, and the worthy receivers are not after a corporeal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace. This is not the worldling's portion, the whole amount of which is vanity and vexation : no, this is fubftantial food, even all the blessings of the new and well ordered covenant, the justification of our persons, the renovation of our natures, adoption into the family of God, assurance of his love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost; in a word, all the unsearchable riches of his grace. Thus doth Christ feed his sheep; he invests them with a right to all the blessings of his purchase, and distributes these blessings as their necessities require, till, as Paul hath expressed it, (Eph. üi. 19.), “ They are filled with all the ful“ ness of God.”_But farther, in the · 4th place, It belongs to a good shepherd to defend his flock, as well as to feed them. And this office he likewise performs in the

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most effectual manner. He watches over them by night and by day; for “he that “ keeps Ifrael, neither slumbers nor sleeps.”

-“ Fear not,” says he, “' for I am with “ thee, be not dismayed, for I am thy God : “ I will strengthen thee, yea I will help " thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right “ hand of my righteousness.” Their enemies indeed are many and strong, but he is mighty on whom their help is laid. He makes his grace sufficient for them, and will keep them by his power through faith

to salvation. Hear his own words, in the 27th and following verses of this chapter, “ My sheep hear my voice, and I know “ thein, and they follow me. And I give “ unto them eternal life, and they shall ne“ ver perish, neither shall any pluck them “ out of my hand. My Father who gave “ them me, is greater than all : and none is “ able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. “. I and my Father are one.” He foresees the trials which are coming upon them; and prays for them effectually, that their faith may not fail. He gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might he

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