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or faint appearance of returning blessings from our God! jilirael has' sinned, a grievous sin, (!) Lord our God, which has brought this confusion on our guilty heads, but which is hidden from our eyes. Yet, my God, Israel will not sorsake the covenant you made with our fathers, neither will she sorget the promise you have, given her, nor give your glory to another. [Zichariah, rhap. 8. besore Christ 518.] Thus faith the Lord of Hosts: " It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come proplr, and the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, faying "Let us go speedily to pray besore the Lord; and to seek the Lord of Hosts; I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations, shall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray besore the Lord." Thus faith the Lord of Hosts. "In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold os the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, ee We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." This with many other prophecies confirm Israel not to suffer any innovator to seduce her, but to persevere in the law of your soresathers until Messiah our Prince be manisested to the glory of his people and consusion of our foes.
Boy, Zachariah 9th chapter. "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation, lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass. And I wi!l cm off the chariot from
Ephrairrtj Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle-bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even unto the ends of the earth.
Moses. O my God, Jesus, who is called Christ, a sew days besore his death, rid upon the foal of an ass, attended by an innumerable concourse of people that had gathered from many countries to the great sestival with great acclamations. Hosanna to the son of David, blessed is. he that cometh in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. This multitude was egged by a strange miracle he performed a sew days besore, in the presence of many persons; raising one Lazarus, after being in the grave some days. These matters are enrolled by the evangelists, with a thousand other extraordinary events, which Israel has ever attributed to collusion and art magic. Israel is too closely and powerssully linked and attached to her Messiah, Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, the High and glorious Prince, transcending all who have been seated on the throne, or wore the diadem of Majesty, to consent, even by thought, to favour one she condemned by an impartial process, for assuming that sacred character, to retract, or be cajoled, from the upright sentence passed j this by no means will, or can, Israel be induced to do.
Messiah Great and Glorious, whose sphere is Majesty, kings and princes compose his train, and nations lick up the dust besore him. Jesus, poor and abject, placed in lurking holes, ac's companied companied by fishers, publicans, and other vagrants of the pestiserous scum. Can the glory of the one be transserred to the other? Light and darkness are opposites, which the two characters before us bear the most faithsul resemblance.
Boy. You have declared the cause, or quality, that has entailed unremitted misery, for near two thousand years, on the people of the Jews, not; leaving a vestige or least appearance of alleviation; which cause, or quality, is insused or animated by pride and vain-glory, clouds and darkens the foul, and prevents the display of reason j the fruits are purely terrestrial, neither can we be at a loss to account for this grange infatuation, when' we observe the scourge continually exercised upon that people for their obduracy, even from that memorable* epoch of their unrelenting villainy to their brother Joseph, in resolving his death, through envy and hatred. The scriptures are one corr-' tinued chain of threatening;; and chastisements, and which has come down to us, your own speech gives evidence. Which of the prophets have you not calumniated, harrassed, and put to death, last of all your Messiah i and, althonear two thousand years, your rancour and thirst of blood speaks the malignity of your imbittered freart, against whom, your Father, your Lord, and your God. The cause, his manifesting himself in a . meek and humble state, and degrading himself even to the most disgracessul death of the Cross, as a common malesactor, jpetwixt two thieves. Why this humiliation?
to to place himself the barrier betwixt the offended Deity and bis criminal creature. Who were his executioners? These criminals, for whom he died, his chosen. What were the manner of his death? The princes and ancients of his favorite nation, through envy and malice, plotted and bribed one of his select friends to betray him, for thirty pieces of silver i and when their prisoner spent the night in calumniating, bufseting, blaspheming, spitting in his face, and insulting him with every affront their bloody minds could invent. How ended this tragical scene? In the morning he was taken to the heathen, Pilate, and insisted to have him crucified. Was he proved guilty of any ofsence? So far from being even derided by thej judge, though heathen, that he used every persuasive argument to wrest him from your malice; so far, that when he found you were not to be gained upon, he declared himself innocent from the-blood of that Just Man. You even carried your perfidy to the choice of a common thief rather than not be of that inveterate and invidious temper, or spirit, which actuated without controul your fathers against your God, and his servants, the prophets. But in this last tragedy you have outstripc them;. you are guilty osDeicide, for which crime that unparalelled malediction remains unabated on the whole nation of the Jews, as is obvious to the world at this day. What was done to the Messiah when Pilate passed sentence of death, though at the same time testified his innocence? He was taken into the governor-s ha.U,
'cloathed cloathed with a garment, crowned with thorns, and many other insults, and derided as a mock king, as he was a sew hours besore by Herod and his courr. He was also tied to a pillar, and most inhumanly mangled, as was also done a little besore by Pilate, with a view to appease the obduracy of the Jews, to save his lise. When he had passed through. various sufferings in the hall of Pilate, you loaded him with the gibbet on which he was to make his exit. Your insults accompanied to the place of execution, when your obduracy, having no bounds, nailed him through his hands and seet to the gibbet, then raising him in the air to the world, proclaimed yourselves the most abandoned and wicked men, leagued in the most atrocious and infamous perfidy with the fiends of darkness; arid during this bloody spectacle you continued your insults, your chies priests and ancients . mixing in the common mob, deriding and reviling him, offering vinegar, with gall, to quench his thirst; nay, after his death, his side was opened by a spear, piercing into his heart, to prevent his return to lise. Every transaction. throughout this bloody scene do we observe the sulfilling and accomplishing some prophecy. We have compared, as we have proceeded, the prophecies relating, to the dea h of the Messiah, with the particular circumstances relating, at the death of Christ. and find the whole, as you acknowledge, perssectly correspond with each other. You will take this caution, that many prophecies, expressing the restoration of Israel, were besore the captivities