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This is again the second miracle that Jesus did when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.
ANNOTATIONS and REFLECTIONS.
The nobleman who applied to Christ for the cure of his son was a person belonging to Herod's court, supposed to have been Chuza “his steward, whose wife was afterwards a constant attendant on our Saviour. The youth's disease was beyond the power of medicine; his father, therefore, resolved to go and intreat CHR 1st to save a life so dear to his parents. From his earnest request, that Christ would go down with him to Capernaum, we may conclude that this nobleman had not a proper idea of our SAv Iou R’s power; but no sooner did our Lord intimate, that his personal attendance was not necessary, than he withdrew his solicitations; and by this act, gave a satisfactory proof that he had a firm belief in our Lord’s power: this belief, founded upon the report or sight of former miracles, was the substance of that faith which CHRIST commended, and rewarded by curing his son. ... ' To have his dear child thus mercifully and miraculously snatched from death, was a most joyful event to the affectionate father; but his journey was attended with still happier effects, for the nobleman and his whole family became converts to Christianity, and from that time had cause to rejoice in the hopes of salvation. Cana was the place where our Lord performed his first miracle; and it is in reference to this circumstance that his cure of the nobleman’s son is called the second. - This portion of Sacred History shews in a very strong
light the efficacy of faith; and this faith may be testified in as acceptable a manner by those who, from reading or hearing of this miracle, receive it as a proof of the divine power of our Lord, as it was by the nobleman, for whose sake it was first wrought. - -
- 9. --~ SECTION XXVII. . rassaces of the prophecies of DANrg1, RELAT. ING TO THE Kingdom or heaven.
- *1 = - - - • * * * * * . From Daniel, Chap. ii. vii. ix. so I. Thou, O king, sawest, and behold, a great image; this great image, whose brightness was excellett, stbo before thee, and the form thereof was terrible. * * * This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of Brass. * * His legs of iron, his feet, part of iron, and part of clay. - 1 - . * * * Thou sawest till that a stone was cut but without hands, which smote the image, upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. o, e Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the sitwer, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors, and the wind car. ried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image, became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. " " ' " " " . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o.o. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. . . . . . . . . . Thou, O king, art a king of kings; for the Gob of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .'; . And wheresover the children of men dwell, the - beasts beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over, them all : thou art this head of gold. - ... i
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. . . . . . .
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces, and subdueth all things; and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces, and bruise. . . . . .
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, Part of potters clay, and part of iron : the kingdom shall be divided, but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay; so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. - - - - - -
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but
they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not
mixed with clay. . . . . . . ; And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces, and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. . - . . r Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in
pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the
geld; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter ; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. oc
II, I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like - the the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed.
III. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.
ANNOTATIONS and REFLECTIONS.
From these and other passages of the prophetic writings, the Jews were accustomed to call the expected kingdom of the Messi Ah the Kingdom of Heaven; and John the Baptist was understood by them to allude to these prophecies, when he preached, that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand; only they did not comprehend the spiritual meaning of the predictions, but expected a temporal kingdom, instead of the Church of CHR 1st, which reigns over the souls and spirits of Inen.
There was, as has been already observed, a particular time fixed for the coming of this kingdom. Before it, according to the first of the above predictions four Gentile kingdoms were to arise. First, the Babylonian, compared to gold. Secondly, that of the Medes and Persians, represented by silver. Thirdly, the Grecian power, compared to brass. Fourthly, the Roman Em
‘pire, compared to iron feet stamping and destroying all
that that came in their way. During this last, the KiscDom of HE Ave N, represented by a stone cut without hands, was to arise and break in pieces the mighty Roman Empire, which was composed of all the others, having gradually subdued and incorporated them with itself.
It has been shewn, in the former part of this history, how these monarchies succeeded each other; and that the Roman Empire was at the highest pitch of power when our Sav Iou R was born into the world : therefore the Messi AH was expected (by all who paid attention to the prophecies) to appear at this period. But to fix the attention of the Jews with more certainty, the exact time of his coming was also foretold by Daniel, in the third of the above-cited pasSages.
Much has been written by way of explanation of this latter prediction; but it is sufficient to observe, at present, that the Jews, according to their law, counted their times and years by sevens. Every seventh day was a sabbath, or day of rest from labour : every seventh year was also a year of rest for the land, and for giving freedom to servants; and was called on this account a sabbatical year. Seven years might therefore be called a week of years, seventy of which amounted to four hundred and ninety. The meaning of the prophecy then is, that when the temple, city, and commonwealth, of the Jews (which in Daniel’s time was laid waste by the Babylonish captivity) should be restored and set up again, it should continue four hundred and ninety years, and no more ; for before that time was ended, the Mess 1Ah should come. The remaining part of this prophecy, respecting the intent of his coming, we will endeavour to explain as we proceed.