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Further; as all the people dressed it in the What is exhibited to us in the history same manner, it is most likely there was of Jesus? The love of the Father, whose but one way in which it could be con- displeasure we dread, because we know verted into food, which would be at the how justly merited it has been. And same time both wholesome and palatable. what love? An only Son given up to Nor do I think there is anything forced, agonies indescribable, for the sake of in carrying on the very remarkable pa- enemies, who,“ when they saw him, rallel which can be drawn between the said, “this is the heir ; come, let us kill manna which fell in the wilderness and | him.”-The love of the Son, who could Him who said, “ I am the bread of life." | " endure the cross, despising the shame;"
It is the glory of the Gospel, that it who in his woes could only say, “ Father sets forth a crucified Saviour. There is forgive them !” “ Daughters of Jerusalem, to the world much that is offensive in weep not for me !” for “mine eye only such a truth. The natural man, when runneth down sore because the Lord's the evil within is stirred up by a partial people are carried away captive!" The apprehension of the assertions to be vin- love of the Spirit, who, though he loved dicated by such a doctrine, sees in it the Son equally with the Father, yet nothing but what attaches to it shame could anoint the Son to his work and and unnecessary reproach; but an Apos. carry him through it, though he ever was tle would say, “ God forbid that I should resisted, mocked and grieved! Oh! talk glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus no more of the virtues, the amiabilities, Christ;" “ yea, doubtless, and I count the tenderness of human nature, if this all things but loss for the excellency of cannot constrain you to yield yourselves the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” | unto God! Can you really, as professing What benefit would or could the Lord disciples, behold. the Son of God in an Jesus have bestowed upon man, had he agony--the Creator of worlds given up to not been “ delivered up into the hands the powers of darkness ;-can you witness of wicked men," and by them been cru him in the restlessness of grief, walking cified and slain ? Would the world have to and fro in the garden, whilst the been advantaged by his example, how bloody sweat poured down upon the ever holy; or would it have been a whit earth, whose curse he was then taking more inclined to follow his steps, how upon himself-casting himself on the ever surely they might have conducted ground, and in the travail pains of Rehis followers to happiness? By no demption-delivery, exclaiming, “Oh ! means. An example, to be influential, my Father, if it be possible let this cup must ever be accompanied by some pass from me!” Can you behold his sacrifice in the individual affording it, sacred temples pierced with the thorns where it is intended that that example which crowned him “ King of sorrows," should warp us from practices to which “his visage marred more than any we are enslaved. In such cases, example man's,” spat upon, buffetted “his form has its effects, and these will generally more than the sons of men,” scourged, be found to be very much proportioned transfixed with nails, impierced with a to the sacrifice made by the individual ruthless soldier's spear-can you, I say, i who sets his example forward to stem the and I demand an answer which shall be course of opposite principles, and habits. recorded against or for you, and which My friends, I put it to your observation, either Christ or the devil shall urge in to your knowledge of human nature, to your name at the great day of judgment, answer me, if anything has ever yet -can you hear these truths--can you effected any change in the moral world profess to believe them-can you have but the exhibition of the glories of the any well-founded hope for hereafter, or cross of Christ ? Have not morals been can you plead in behalf of human na. most lax, where infidelity or paganism ture, and yet go away, cold, indifferent, have been the religion of a people? Is unmoved !-be engrossed by the first not the cross of Jesus an antidote to the vain pursuit, or be hurried away by the indifference of one party, and the licenti- | first remarks of levity with which the ousness of the other? Let me for a subtlety of Satan will rempt your friends moment introduce you again to some of to assail you! Ah! no, my friends. But those excellencies by which in the only would that I had safe grounds for “hoprational manner, yet with a full acknow- i ing better things of you, and things that ledgment of the necessity of the influ. accompany salvation !" Oh! come to ence of the Holy Spirit, this change is this Saviour. There is nothing in Him . effected,
repulsive--every thing attractive. Others
may be cruel enough, or inexperienced selves on what you have been—be enough, to make no allowances for you ; thankful to God, that by his grace, you but not so with him. He is all tender. were what you were-take shame and ness-he “ can have compassion on them | confusion to yourselves that you were not that are ignorant and out of the way.” what you should have been; and above You may have many a bitter sarcasm all things, never think yourselves proof from others; but none from the meek, the against the power of temptation, when mild, the patient, long-suffering Saviour. you cannot realize the presence and He was bruised, but it was for you ; he support of your God in those views of the is ascended_but it is to prepare a place Gospel which at that particular moment for you. Follow him, and though you you may be enabled by his Spirit to call may, and ought, and will, repent of into exercise. having so grieved him, you will never There were other points which I had repent of having trusted him too fully intended bringing before you, viz.-the
VIII. NONE OF THE MANNA WAS TO | continuance of the manna till the arrival BE KEPT TILL THE MORROW. Alas! of Israel in Canaan, showing the unhow many even of true disciples are ceasing faithfulness of God towards his overtaken by the snare of Satan, who people the circumstance of a pot of tempts them to believe that former views manna being laid up before the Lord in of Christ will avail them in seasons of the ark, as a memorial of his past goodpresent temptation, tho' Christ be not nessa type of His people having, in then present to the mind! My friends, you the world to come, a recollection of his may have been favored with revelations goodness in the world through which as great as St. Paul had; your past ex- they have been led; and lastly, the obperience may have been of the most ject of the children of Israel being fed with elevating character, but it will avail no. manna-to teach them the habit of conthing in the hour of trial, if the power stant dependance on the Lord_.but these, of the Gospel be not then realized in time does not allow me to enter on. I the soul. Manna kept till the second would only say in conclusion, never day, putrefied, i. e. became unsuitable as doubt the love of God-He will give you an article of food—was detrimental, any thing, even his own Son. Never rather than otherwise, in the same man- | trust yourselves--you will be treacherous, ner, he who depends upon any happiness unfaithful, in spite of the strongest mohe has had in times past, any quickenings
tives. Look not to the world for comof spirit, any of what he has conceived to fort,-'tis at best but a wilderness, and you have been bright manifestations of truth, have a better before you, even an heaas sufficient to carry him through coming venly. Tamper not with your souls, for temptations, will find them to be as inef- they may be put beyond the possibility of fectual barriers against the power of change in a moment. Resist not the Satan, as was the Manna insufficient to Spirit-for great as is his patience, (far support, if kept till the next day. The be it from me to limit it,) God hath said, putrefied Manna of past experiences has “ it shall not always strive with man.”_ been the ground of dependance of thou- Depend not on what you have felt of sands, but it has been the ruin of all who the power of the Gospel, but seek to ever depended on it-tis true, that in feel it always; and may God give you the absence of other motives, habit, and to drink of the new wine in his kingdom, habit alone has kept a person in some to “ eat of the fruit of the land” that degree of consistency-yet only for a lies before you; "to hunger no more, time_but habit, unsupported by princi- neither thirst any more," because the ple, quickly fails; and if the supply of Lamb which is in the midst of the throne oil to the lamp in the soul be cut off, it shall feed you, and shall lead you unto will soon be found that there will be no living fountains of waters, and God shall light within to illumine itself--no light wipe away all tears from your eyes.without to be a beacon to others. Never AMEN. then, dear friends, congratulate your
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PREACHED IN THE EPISCOPAL CHAPEL, UPPER BAGGOT.ST. DUBLIN,
ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1840,
ON BEHALF OF THE SOCIETY FOR PENITENT FEMALES,
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ZECHARIAN xii, 10th verse to end, and xiji. 1.
. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upou me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first born. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the fainily of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness."
The allusions and illustrations in this pas. , bereaved mother, or sorrow for any loss sage are sufficiently familiar and intelligi. of this world, will be responded to unible to us. We know what is the sorrow of a versally, that which is occasioned by mother, bereaved of a darling child ;-we “looking upon Him whom we pierced,” is, can picture to ourselves the state of Egypt, to the great mass of those whom it conwhen all the first-born were struck dead : cerns, utterly unintelligible. Nay, they nor have we any difficulty in under do not even look upon him. Their eyes standing the universal grief of Israel at are turned away from him. They “look the great national calamity referred to, at the things that are seen.” The when that best of kings, Josiah, was objects which “the lust of the flesh and slain in battle at Megiddo_according the lust of the eye and the pride of life,” to what we read in 2 Chron. xxxv. that present, fill their whole sphere of vision. “ Jeremiah lamented for Josiah ; and it is as though you heard from them what all the singing men and singing women the demoniacs cried out, “what have spake of Josiah in their lamentations to we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of this day, and made them an ordinance in God ?" Israel.”
1 Yet there is such mourning : and the But the mourning, which these allu- subject presented for our consideration sions are employed to illustrate, is not in this passage is, what is the source of so familiar. While the sorrow of a it. And while we are thus engaged, let
it be present to our minds, that, “ blessed | for our iniquities—if he endured stripes, are they who so mourn," and they only. it was that we might be healedif he
It is while we look, then, upon Him was in that agony, it was the chastisefrom whom others turn away their eyes, ment of our peace that was upon him ! that the springs of this sorrow are touched, Was he condemned ?- It was that for us —and while we look upon him with the there might be no condemnation. Did guilty consciousness, that we pierced he cry out, as forsaken of his Father ?him. For we are not to think, that it is It was that we might be restored to the upon those who cried out, “crucify him, favor of his Father. Was he made a crucify him”-upon Caiphas who con- curse ? - It was that we might be delivered demned him—upon Pilate who delivered from the curse. Was he made sin ?- It him to their will—the whole guilt lies. was that we might be made the righteousIt is not so much the executioner who is ness of God in him. He took our sins the cause of the death of the criminal, upon himself, that we might stand before nor yet the judge who pronounces sen God, accepted in his righteousness. We tence upon him. We pierced him. His see him bending over the deep gulph, actual crucifiers were but the representa which was yawning at his feet, looking tives of our whole race. Every man down into it with a trembling eye, which born into the world, as regarded in his pierced to its lowest depths, and counted fallen nature, was an accomplice in the | up all its miseries and horrors—then conspiracy against the Son of God; was saying, it is very terrible; yet, if there implicated in the crucifixion of the Son be no way of saving sinners from falling of God.
into it, except by falling into it myself, This is our deep condemnation, that let them take me, then, and cast me man, sinful man, not only rejected God | headlong. He gave himself a ransom in heaven, but that when the brightness for us_“the just for the unjust”-it was of his glory and the express image of his our sins he bore in his body upon that person," appeared upon earth, he was tree. the object of the same rancourous en- My brethren, it is thus-those wounds mity, was “despised and rejected” upon which sin had made, according to the earth; that not only upon the throne of promise of the text, became “a fountain" Heaven, but “God manifest in the flesh” to wash away the sin which made them. was rejected_“we will not have this A fountain was opened in them for sin and man to reign over us." In what colours for uncleanness. Out of that side which we does our sin appear, when we see in it pierced, issued forth a stream to cleanse the expression of such enmity to Christwhen we see it stained with the blood of It is as we “look upon him” in such Christ-guilty of the death of Christ! an association—as we see, those arms
Ah! and is it only that he was pierced which we had nailed to the accursed tree, by our sins, but was he not also pierced extended to embrace those who nailed for them? When I was in Italy, I heard them to it-as we hear the voice from it from the master of the deaf and dumb“ look unto me, and be saved" -it is as institution at Pisa, that one of the pupils, we see a throne of grace erected upon from having been shown continually by the cross, that they are pierced themhis parents, as often as he did any thing selves, who pierced him. It is as we see wrong, a picture of the Saviour writhing “ God in this his bleeding Son, reconin agony upon the cross, was under ciling sinners unto himself, not imputing the impression that he had been the their trespasses unto them,” blotting out worst and wickedest of men; as though their sins in the blood which they had the object of his parents in pointing themselves shed, that the heart of stone to the picture had been to deter relents, melts—that we mourn and are him from those courses which might in bitterness as for an only son. It is the bring him to a like end. What may we Spirit of grace, (" I will pour upon them suppose he felt, when he came to under the Spirit of grace and of supplications") stand, that if he was treated as the worst it is the spirit of grace that smites and wickedest of men, it was for us and the rock within us, that the waters gush for our wickedness he was so treated_ out, while we taste that the Lord is so that if he was wounded, it was for our gracious. The spirit of grace it is that transgressions—if he was bruised, it was ' is a spirit of supplications, that puts it even into the heart that is wrung with well as for their own. In the scene of its sin, to cry Abba, Father.
mourning presented to us in the text, "Grace taught my soul to pray,
while the whole land mourns, and every Grace made my eyes o'erfluw." family apart, there is a mourning for the It is as we taste that the Lord is só sin common to all, as well as for the sin gracious, that sin appears exceeding sin- of which each individual was conscious ful It is according to those words in in his own bosom. Ezek. xvi. “ when he is pacified towards Let me now ask, my brethren, whether us for all that we have done,” that “we we be among those who thus mourn ?remember and are confounded, and open For as sure as the spirit of grace has our mouth no more, because of our been poured upon us, we are. Ah ! shame," when we see the Lord our after this, to make a mock at sin ! or to God pacified towards us for all that we make light of it! Do not we hear him have done against him.
from the cross, “behold and see if there Such was the sorrow of that woman | be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, with who was a sinner, whose sins, which were which the Lord hath afflicted me in the many, had been forgiven her. It was day of his fierce anger !” in the fierce as she saw in one view, her own abound- anger to which he subjected himself for ing sin, and the grace which abounded our sins. And is there no sorrow on our beyond her sin, that the food gushed part, whose the sins were? “Is it noout, with which she washed the Saviour's thing to you”-might he not well comfeet. Such was the sorrow presented to plain—"is it nothing to you, all ye that us in the second chapter of the Acts of pass by?” Alas! with how many it is the Apostles, “Therefore, let all the as though it were nothing to them. It is house of Israel know assuredly," as Peter with the great mass, according to those closes his address to them, “ that God words in Isaiah xxii. 12, 13. “ In that hath made that same Jesus whom ye have day did the Lord God of hosts call to crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now, weeping, and to mourning, and to baldwhen they heard this,” we read, “they ness, and to girding with sackcloth : and were pricked in their hearts, (stung with behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen compunction) and said unto Peter and and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinkthe rest of the apostles, men and breth- | ing wine : let us eat and drink, for toren, what shall we do? then Peter said | morrow we shall die.” unto them, repent and be baptised every Are we, I ask, among those who mourn one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, as He would have us? In the confession for the remission of sins.” It was at that in which we joined an hour ago, while word, remission of sins, in the name of we repeated, “we have erred and strayed Him against whom they had been com- from thy ways like lost sheep—we have mitted, that their hearts began to bleed followed too much the devices and detruly.
sires of our own hearts—we have offended Nor is it for our own sin only we thus against thy holy laws—we have left mourn, but for sin universally; as by undone those things which we ought to which, while man is degraded and des- have done, and we have done those troyed, God is so fearfully insulted and things which we ought not to have dishonoured. The licentious jest, pro- done,” as our past history, all our selffane mirth, would sound in our ears, seeking, self-pleasing, self-indulging, as if we heard some bosom friend self-exalting-our living to do our own vilified, a revered parent derided. - will, rather than the will of him who sent To be capable of any familiarity with us into the world to do his-as our neglect sin, were as though we should take to of God, our misspent time, our misapour bosom the murderer of that revered plied talents—as all passed in rapid parent or beloved friend. It is as when review before us, were we conscious of “ the righteous soul of Lot was vexed any thing of this mourning, if it passed with the filthy conversation of the in review before us at all? Nay, it may wicked.” We partake of his feeling, who be, the confession of sin appears of so cried out, “rivers of waters run down little moment to us, that we often do not mine eyes, because men keep not thy come into church, till it be over. And law”_of theirs who “ sighed and cried then in the absolution, when forgivenes for the abominations of Jerusalem,” as' was pronounced.--- In the case, however,