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pkce is Jerusalem, Thus faith the Hord*. |5ut what faith political expediency? She whispers in the ear of Jehu, as she whispered to Jeroboam,; If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at yerusalem; then shall the,heart of this people turn again,, and the . king,dotn shall return to the house os David (q). The choice of the king is; afc once decided. It is too much for you, he proclaims to the people, to go up to Jerusalem. Behold thy gods, 0 Israel, the golden calves of Bethel and Dan, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. He who has recently been a pretended worshipper of Baal, now becomes a real worshipper of the golden calves. He who has been exalted to sovereign power for the express purpose of annihilating idolaters, converts his authority and his example Into instruments of upholding and perpetrating idolatry among his subjects. But perhaps this heinous dereliction of God is the "crime of a moment, the error of surprise, the delusion of unaccountable yet transient timidity; and h closely followed by bitter contrition, by signal public and faithful reformation. Vain la every ajttempt ta ... , ,.;•., 'isrx:\

{q) i Kings, xii. 26, 27,



extenuate. The varnish but serves to bring forth into stronger prominence the native features of deformity. During a reign of eight-and-twenty years, unmoved by the recollection of antecedent mercies, unappalled by judicial calamities, wherewith in his latter days the Lord cut IsraelJhort, and delivered the regions beyond Jordan into the hands of the Syrians; the obdurate monarch perseveringly bows down with his people before the images erected in violation of the commandment of God, before the altars reared as antagonists and sopplanters of His temple. Behold Jehu's Zeal for the Lord. To that sacred principle he is a stranger. Hypocritically afliiming the garb of the servant of Jehovah, he is the slave of selfishness and ambition.

It is thu6 that, by examining the character of Jehu, we may be taught completely *& understand, and duly to estimate, the virtue of zeal; a virtue whieh that character has illustrated in one point by fictitious resemblance, in many others by opposition and contrast. The subject may not improperly be closed with some reflections, partly addressed to persons who underrate M 4 the


the importance of religious .zeal; and partly to those who, highly valuing.the abstract, principle, imperfectly guasdt.jt, .pr^pply it amiss,, • , . .. i }...,fi .foVs.yiaw.'

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,,, X Let men of the former description bear,with me while I ask; what ,is the scriptural statement of the estimation in. which Zeal is held in the eyes of pod? The Scriptures answer the question by pre.f cept and by example: and in each mode of reply their answer is unequivocal. Jt is good? pronounces St. Paul, to be jealously affeEled always in a good thing (r). When the lukewarmness of the Laodiceans . is stigmatized with marked aversion by. our Lord; what injunction is subjoined? Be zealous, and repent (s).., When' St. Paul delineates the peculiar people for whom Jesus Christ gave himself a sacrifice; how does he characterise them? As zealous of good works (/). When he is anxious to describe his brethren the Jews in the most favourable terms consistent with truth; what is his testimony? / bear them record (bat they have a zeal oj'God\ but not aecordtng' so knowledge (u). When Isaiah prophetically pictures the Son' of God advanckig^As the destroyer of his enemies, as an intercessor and a Saviour for man; is it not among the most conspicuous parts of the representation, that he is clad with seal i^a'doke arrayed with zeal as a vesture enfolding his breast-plate of righteousness and his garments of vengeance (w)? When the disciples beheld him regardless of the malice of the Jews, and. resolutely bent on the immediate purification of the temple; did they call to mind no similar description from the pen of another prophet? They remembered that it was written; the zeal of thine House hath eaten me up \x). Why was the priesthood rendered perpetual in the family of Phinehas? The Lord spake unto Moses, faying; Phinehas hath turned away my wrath from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my fake among them. Wherefore fay, Behold I give unto him my covenant of Peace. And he shall have it, and his feed after him, even the covenant of &n everlajling priejlhood, because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for

'(#') Gal. iv. 18.. '"(*). Rev. iii. 19.'."

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the children of ■srael (y). What is th$ distinctive characteristic of Noah, the prcjpcktr as righteousness (z), of Abraham, of Moses, of Samuel, of Elijah, of Daniel, of Sfradrach, of Meshech, of Abednego, of other eminent servants of the Most High ho-i noured in the sacred records by special tokens of His approbation? Zeal for the Lord; zeal evidencing itself by faith, hy obedience, by holy fortitude, hy strenuous exertions for the glory of God. Is not zeal extolled in Holy Writ as powerfully efficacious in exciting the languid virtue of thoje who behold it? Your zeal, affirms the Apostle to the Corinthians, hath provoked very many {a) to imitation. When the Old Testament and the New, when the Apostles and their Divine Master, pronounce zeal to be acceptable in the sight of God, a badge of religious excellence, an imitation ps Christ, the duty and the characteristic of the servant of heaven : on what ground compatible with revelation, do you venture to regard it with aversion or with indifference?' When, in friendship, in patriotism, in, conjugal, parental, filial, fraternal rela

(y) Numbers,, xxv. 10—13. (*) 2 Pet. 4. 5..

(a) 2 Cor. ix. 2..

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