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We have seen what are the effects, which it is intended to produce. Do we look to it to produce these effects on ourselves? Do we read and hear the Word of God with a real desire that it may effectually work in our hearts, and produce in us true repentance and genuine faith? To this end do we offer op our supplications at the throne of Grace, that God would be pleased to bless his Word to our conviction and comfort Do we pray that He would make it powerful for awakening our consciences, for discovering to us our sins, and for bringing us to Christ ?-One reason why men receive so little profit from the Word, is that they expect so little. They do not consider it to be “as it is in truth) the Word of God." They regard it merely as intended to convey instruction to the understanding, not as the appointed instrument for converting the heart. Hence they do not pray to feel its saving influence on their souls. They do not pray for the Spirit to accompany the Word and to mix it with faith in their hearts. My Brethren, if we did but pray more constantly and earnestly for God's blessing on what we hear and read, we should

soon find a blessed work within, to which, it is to be feared, that'some as yet are strangers. If we did but seek to de

rive more benefit from the Word, we should soon experience more. If we did but receive it as the Word of God, we should surely find it to be His Word, by its powerful efficacy on our souls. That all of us may thus receive and find it, God of his infinite mercy grant, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord!




HEBREWS, ix, 22.

Without shedding of Blood is no remission.

THE chief design of St. Paul in this Epistle, was to point out to the Jews the real meaning of their sacrifices; and so to lead them to Christ, the One great Sacrifice for sin. With this view having reminded them of the continual use of blood in almost every part of their religious worship, he adds, in the words of the text, “ without shedding of blood is no remission.” This is a truth, which the whole Jewish Religion taught; which the whole history of man, as set before us in the Scriptures, teaches; and which I now purpose to explain and apply.

To which end, I shall endeavour,

I. To establish the fact, that in all ages of the world, the revealed and acceptable way

of the sinner's drawing near to God, has been by " the shedding of blood.

II. To shew what the fact, thus esta

blished, proves.

It must be granted that we have no express account of the appointment of sacrifices from the beginning, nor of the exact manner in which Adam, as a sinner, was taught to draw nigh unto God. But we read in the third chapter of Genesis, that " unto Adam and to his wife, did the Lord God make coats of skins, and cloathed them."* Now it is certain that the beasts, from which these skins were taken, were not slain for purposes of food; because before the flood no leave to feed on the flesh of animals was given. It is therefore probable, that they were slain for sacrifices; and that Adam was thus taught in this significant manner to express his belief of the great truth; revealed to him under the first promise of a Saviour, that, “ without shedding of blood was no remission." This probability is greatly increased by finding, that within a few years after, the offering of animals was a distinguishing part of that way of worshipping God, which he accepted. “In process of time, it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground, an offering unto the

• Genesis, iii. 21.

Lord: and Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering, but unto Cain and to his of fering He had no respect.

But the history of Noah furnishes a more decisive proof to the point in question. In the directions given to the patriarch before his entering into the ark, the division of animals into clean asid unclean strongly inti. mates, that the offering of animals wag at usual and an appointed way of worshipping God For since, as was observed above, animals were not then used for food, on what other account, except on that of their being used for sacrifices, could such a distinction have been made? In this view clean beasts were such as were appointed for sacrifice; and hence for this reason a greater number of these were preserved in the ark, than of the other kinds. “Of every clean beast, thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female ; but of beasts that are not clean, by two, the male and his female."

What is said of Noah immediately on his coming out of the ark? He“ built an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast and of every clean fowl, and offered burntofferings on the altar." And how was this * Gen. iv. 3,

4 Gen. yii. 2.

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