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*bi8Wfif8«i 3«l*'iftis- M period opori the itofc^bf'^^tttStftsftfiJ- years; the greatestr ronfistftelJ^^iip^afefiJ intone most grievous biirdeflS V^y^ because we remain firm ro our God, and religfWlor Bur fore fathers. Yet }fta§l -tab firnittl, W,4hy• banished? y*TM" ^ Bvy. Meffiah cut off, his covenant confirmed, city, temple, and sacrifice destroyed, Israel cast out,-and country parcelled but to the Gentil«?ri} '.V -i-;- -- 1 ;• •'
Mo/es. A bitter draught I consess, the wound enters deep, but still I am in the dark. Israel cannot be guilty of so black a crime, and not kfiowher guilt. r .
Boy. Isaiah 53 chap. Who hath believed our reports, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed* for he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we ihall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and atquainted with gries; and- we hid as it were our sices from him. He was despised, and we esteemed him not: surely he hath borne bur griess, and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruistd for our iniquities; the chastisement os our pearJeii;wa§ 'ikpon him, and with his stripes we are heated: All we, lrkefrnep, have gore astray, we have-turned every one to his own way; anil theliord'has laid on Him the iniquity of 6k all-."'' He was oppressed, and he was afflicted; yet, he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and. as a sheep, before her shearers, is dum,b so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living-, for the transgressions of My people was fee stricken, and he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he hath done no violence; neither was there any deceit in his mouth; yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him. He hath put him to gries-; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for ilh: he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hands. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: bv his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many % for he shall bear their iniquities; theresore will 1 divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his foul unto death, and'he was numbered with the transgressors j and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. .
Moses. These are dark and hidden mysteries, sealed up in the vision of God from the begioing: the prophecy of our father Jacob concerning the Messiah-s (when the sceptre should be taken from Judah) appearing, and the prx»phecy as we tpok notice of Daniel-s seventy weeks, reflects and marks out the epoch $ also confirming his covenant. Isaiah goes farther, and treats of ingratitude, sufferings, and ignominious tninious death of the Messiah; hated, despised, viULfied, scorned, and derided as the scum or dregs, not worth? the name of man: executing him with the malesactors, as a most bass culp'it. That he died sor others, both Daniel and Isaiah agree; this proves him to be mare than man, they being all involved in the sin of our first parent, and this against the Deiiy; which guilt could not be cancelled by a creature j for had man maintained his innocence, or even the higher order of angels, they have nothing they can claim or ofser, but belongs to their Creator. This reflection involves my mind, and like a dagger pierces mv heart: where have I been wandering in the shades of night, for four-score years, ever learning, but never learned: my pu;suit limited to the narrow boundaries of Palastine, arid my Messiah an earthly prince; O the misery of terrestrial glory, it robs us of all that is truly glorious; how often have 1 considered, Moses, our great legislator, and king Solomon, as types of our Messiah, but him in a far more persect and sublime sphere, with a long s.ries of years and trans ending bliss; but still terrestrial, and him not God; for the thought i should be condemned blasphemeous. Eut now a ray of celestial light breaks through, and discovers to my ckluded understanding the weakness of the human mind, lest to its own reasoning in the way of ipirit; sour-score years travelling over sea and ia;nd in search of truth; this from my youth, my chies concern, but alas to no efsect; scripture has ever been my chies companion,
bur but no spiritual nourishment could I receive, being tenacious to maintain the law of my forefathers, which I considered as the law of my God; whereof it was nothing more than the early impression I imbibed in my infant state, which ripened into maturity as I grew up, and became mistress both of my reason and actions, sor I always made it a rule . hat my actions throlise should be conformable and coincide with the sentiments of my mind: but still there was a dark mist that for ever clouded and caused a secret dread, which hung on my mind; and when I reverted to the scriptures for relief, and dispelling the gloom that hung besore me, I found none, but rather added to my gries: my adhering close to the letter as I was taught, settered my reason, so that all seemed one mass of contrarieties; - but now the scripture unfolds, the light of reason brightens and dispels the mist of ignorance and vain presumption, under whose captivity I have been long an alien and stranger to my God; his divine truth was no truth to me, as I reprobated and changed this truth to my condemnation-, nourishing and inculcating tenets opposite and destructive to this truth; my foul callous, and crusted as a toad lay perdue to spit its poison and sester the minds of others; but the night is past, all thanks to my God, for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderssul Counsellor, the Mighty God. the Everlasting Father, the Prince of PvfKc, \°t>(jtfie increase of his government and
peace there shall be no end, and upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from hencesonh, even for ever j the zeal os the Lord of Hosts will persorm this. Here is my God manisested in human flesh, the infinite God manisested in man-s flesh, the eternal born in time, the Creator become a creature; the infinite, to whom the universe is not more than a grain of sand; who creates, nourishes, supports, and keeps the whole in a ballance, to be a sellow companion with man, dering, directing, and training them to be ewels for replacing and filling the thrones became vacant by the fall of angels. What we express worthy of this God Man; man ised to the infinite height of taking his seat upon the right hand of the Infinite Majesty, lacing his friends in seats of glory. David in the 24th Psalm gives us the glory of the ascension of Christ. Life heads. O you g;ues, and be you lifted everlasting; doors; and the kins of
.11 come in. Who is the king of glory? Lord, strong and mighty, even the 7 in battle. Lift up your heads. O ind be you lifted up, you ever, and the king of glory shall come ho is the king of glory? even the Lord cf Hosts, he is the king of glory. Also in the 16th Psalm gives our Lord-s resurrection: I Have set God always before me, for he is on my ^Si?? h^ssd/^^refore LM^oot fall; wheresore my hear: was glad, and my glory