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him in trcuble. I will deliver him and honour him. , With long life will I satisfy him, and . Shew him my salvation (2). "

In the psalm from which the text is taken, no less clearly than in that which has recently been quoted, a greater than David presents himself. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is on my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth : My flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: neither wilt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt few me the path of life, In thy presence is fulness of joy: and at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. In Jesus the Saviour, in the Son of God become man, in Him who alone was by nature without sin, in Him who alone was perfect in obedience to the will of his Father ; thele 'promises received a literal accomplishment. His Father sustained Him in His anguilh. His soul speedily returned from the abode of departed spirits. His body faw not corruption. He ascended, as man, to everlasting life, to the presence of God, to unchangeable blessedness, to the Mediatorial throne of the universe. But through the atonement of his (1) Pfalm xci. 14–16.


blood the promises are substantially extended to every individual among his faithful followers. The true Christian, like his Master, must suffer : but, like his Master, he looks to God, and is supported. His body must see corruption. The child of Adam must bear the full penalty of temporal death. He must return unto the dust from whence he was taken. He shall say to corruption, Thou art my father : to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister (m). Yet his heart is glad and his glory rejoiceth: his fesh also shall rest in hope. For though worms defroy this body ; yet in his flesh shall be fee God. For this corruptible fall put on incorruption; this mortal shall put on immortality (n). He shall behold the path of life. He shall hear the voice of his Redeemer; “ Because I live, thou shalt " live also (0).” He all meet the Lord in the air. He shall afcend to the presence of God. He shall stand before the Most High justified and accepted in the righteousness of Christ. He shall enter into bliss ; into bliss that fadeth not away; the bliss of angels, to whom he is made equal; the bliss of the children of God in the light of the glory of God and of the Lamb (P). He shall be with (m) Job, xvii. 14. (n) Job, xix. 26. 1 Cor. xv. 53. (0) John, xiv. 19. (P) Luke, xx. 36. Rev. xxi. 23.. T2


Christ, he shall be for ever with the Lord, and behold his glory, and see him as he is, face to face, and be like unto him (g). He hath overcome: and he shall fit with Christ on His throne, even as Christ also overcame, and is set down with His Father on His throne. He shall reign with Christ for ever and ever (r).

(g) John, xii. 26. xvii. 24. 1 Theff. iv. 17. 1 John, iïi. 2 1 Cor. xiii. 12. (r) Rev. iii. 21. xxii. 5. 2 Tim. ii. 12,


On the Character of Herod Antipas.

MARK, vi. 16.

When Herod beard thereof, he said; It is John whom I beheaded : he is risen from the deado

AT the time of which the Evangelist is ** speaking, the fame of Jesus Christ had diffused itself over the land of Judea. Multitudes had seen the wonderful works which he had performed. Those who had not seeni them had heard of them. The fick whom he had healed, the blind, the deaf; and the dumb whom he had restored; filled every part of the country with their gratitude and praises. “ But who is he," demanded the people, “ by whom these signs and wonders

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“ are wrought?” This question was variously answered. Some affirmed our Lord to be the promised Saviour. Others conceived that he was one of the ancient prophets returned to life. Others imagined that he was a mefsenger of God like unto the prophets of old. But all men plainly discerned that he exercised powers out of the common course of nature; and that he must have been sent' upon earth for some very interesting purpose. Accounts of these singular events foon reached the palace of Herod Antipas (a); and came so frequently repeated, and so strongly confirmed, that it was impossible not to credit them. The king, however, concluded that the Jews were led astray by erroneous conjectures respecting Jesus Christ; and felt assured that he was himself able to pronounce who this extraordinary person was. It is John, said he, whom I beheaded. He is risen from the dead.

Herod, in defiance of the Mofaic law, had contracted a marriage with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. John the Baptist, whom God had ordained to be a preacher of righteousness, and had commissioned to call

(a) He was fon to that Herod who is memorable for the Naughter of Bethlehem ; and successor to part of his domi. nions.

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