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26. GALILEE, 'revolution, circuit, or heap.'
palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that Kedesh in Galilee appointed a city of refuge :- Jos. XX. wrote. 6, Then the king's countenance was changed, and 7; xxi. 32.
his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in Galilee:-1 Ki. were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.' ix. u. (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished these had reason to be troubled, but the prophet himself Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, was so :-Da. vii. 15, I Daniel was grieved in my spirit according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head trouHiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.'
bled me.'-X. 3, I ate no pleasant bread, neither came is invaded by the king of Assyria:-2 Ki. xv. 29, In the flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath-pileser king at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.' of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maachah, and Cornelius:-Ac. X. 3, 4. 3, 'He saw in a vision evidently Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Gali about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming lee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4, And when Assyria..
he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, prediction respecting the people who sat in darkness Lord ? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine there :-Is. ix, 1, 2—see ch. ix. p. (14).
alms are come up for a memorial before God.' Jesus made many circuits around Galilee, and thence chiefy chose his first witnesses :-See Sect. 18, 30, .8, 61-70.
31. CONCEIVE. the word began from Galilee :-Ac. x. 37, That word,
prediction :-Is. vii. 14, Therefore the Lord himself I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Ju
shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, dæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which
and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.' John preached.'
fulfillment :-Mt. i. 23, & 2, p. 14, Behold, a virgin shall
be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall NAZARETH, kept, or preserved.' - See Scripture Il call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, lustrations,' page opposite.
God with us.'-Lu.ii. 7, 4, p. 20, 'And she brought forth Jesus was subject to his parents there :-Lu. ii. 51, 2, S6, her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, p. 42. 51, 'And he went down with them,' &c.
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room where he had been brought up : Lu. iv. 16, § 15, p. 102. for them in the inn.'-Ga. iv. 4, But when the fulness after having been preserved, as being taken into Egpyt: of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of -Mt. ii. 1323, § 5, pp. 34, .5.
a woman, made under the law.' remarkably preserved in Nazareth :-Lu. iv. 28-30, $ 15, p. 105. 28, 'And all they in the synagogue,' &c.
the Lord the Saviour :-Is. xliii. 11, I, even I, am the 27. MARY, bitterness, or my myrrh, or of the sea.' LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.'-Zep. iii. 17,
Marah Ex. xv. 23.6. 23, And when they came to The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty : he Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.'-Mt. i. 25. Marah. 24, And the people murmured against Moses, $ 2, p. 14, 'And knew her not till she had brought forth saying, What shall we drink? 25, And he cried unto the her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.'-Lu. LÖRD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he ii. 11, 21, S4, pp. 21, .2. 11, For uinto you is born this had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and Lord.' 21, 'And when eight days were accomplished for there he proved them, 26, and said, If thou wilt dili the circumcising of the child, his name was called JEgently learken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and SUS, which was so named of the angel before he was wilt do that which is right in bis sight, and wilt give ear conceived in the womb." to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will saves his people from their sins :-Mt. i. 21, p. 13, And put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. | JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.' Mara :-Ruth i. 20, And she said unto them, Call me
from the present evil world :-Ga. i. 4, Who gave himnot Naomi, call me Mara : for the Almighty hath dealt self for our sins, that he might deliver us from this prevery bitterly with me.'
sent evil world, according to the will of God and our enmity between the seed of the woman and that of the Father.' serpent :-Ge. iii. 15, 'And I will put enmity between from the wrath to come:-1 Th. i. 10, And to wait for thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.'
Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.' Mary sorely tried as to character :-Mt. i. 18-20, § 2, his salvation exemplified :-Lu. vii. 47–50, § 2947, p. 13. 18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was,' &c. • Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many.
privations: Lu. ii. 7, § 4, p. 20, 'And she brought,' &c. are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is a fugitive into Egypt :-Mt. ii. 1422, S 5, pp. 34, .5. forgiven, the same loveth little. 48, And he said unto her. forewarned of affliction :-Lu. ii. 34, .5, S4, p. 26. 35, Thy sins are forgiven. 49, And they that sat at meat yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also.' with him began to say within themselves, Who is this
Jesus lighllu esteemed as being her son:-Mk. vi. 3, § 37, that forgiveth sins also ? 50, And he said to the woman. • Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.' of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon ? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended
PSALM XIX. The heavens declare the glory of
God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork, at him.'
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night Jesus upon the cross :Jno. xix. 26, 91,When Jesus
3 sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by,
4 where their voice is not heard. whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, be
Their line [or, their
rule, or direction] is gone out through all the earth, hold thy son !
and their words to the end of the world. In them 28. THE LORD IS WITH THEE.
5 hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a the true ground of confidence :--Examples: 'Gideon, bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and reJu. vi. 12, And the angel of the LORD appeared unto 6 joiceth as a strong mau to run a race. His going him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit mighty man of valour.'
unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from Israel, as new created, and called by the Lord's name:
| 7 the heat thereof. The law [or, doctrine] of the Is. xliii. 1. But now thus saith the LORD that created
LORD is perfect, converting [or, restoring) the soul: thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the not for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy 8 simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoic. name; thou art mine. 2, When thou ... I will be with thee.
log the heart: the commandment of the LORD is Paul :-Ac. xviii. 9, 10.9,. Then spake the Lord to
9 pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak,
is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the and hold not thy peace: 10, for I am with thee, and no 10 LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much peo
be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine ple in this city.'-xxiii. 11, 'And the night following the
gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in as thou hast testifed of me in Jerusalem, so must thou 12 keeping of them there is great reward. Who can bear witness also at Rome.'
understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from secret 29. TROUBLED.
13 faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumpNebuchadnezzar :-Da. ii. 3, And the king said unto tuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was trou
then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from bled to know the dream.-And iv. 4-18.
14 the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, Belshassar:-Da. v. 5, 6. 5, In the same hour came and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the sight, O LORD, my strength (Heb. my rock), and my candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's redeemer.
CHRIST LOVES HIS PEOPLE WIEN IN THEIR RAGS AS WELL AS IN THEIR PROSPERITY.
SECTION 2.-THE BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD. - MARY VISITS ELISABETH, AND
RETURNS HOME. Luke i. 26—56.
xth month the angel Gabriel was-sent from God unto a-city of Galilee, 27 named Nazareth, to a-virgin espoused to-a-man whose name was Joseph, of the28 house of - David;d and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came-in unto
her, and -said, Hail, thou that art highly-favoured, kexapıtwuevn the Lord is with 29 thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she-was-troubled at
his saying, and cast-in-her-mind/ dielycero what-manner-of salutation this should-be. 30 And the angel said unto-her, Fear not, Mary: for thou-hast-found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou-shalt-conceive in thy-womb, and bring-forth a-son, and shalt-call MARGINAL READINGS:- Circuit or revolution. Branch or slip preserved. He (the Lord) shall add, or give increase. d Beloved. Given great cause of joy. Reasoned or debated.
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 26. Galilee-revolution, circuit, or heap,' Jos. XX., character, Mt. i. 18-20, $ 2-privations, Lu. ii. 7. S 4 7: xxi. 32-Solomon gave to Hiram 20 cities in Ga-1-a fugitive, Mt. ii. 14-22, 95-forewarned of affliclilee, 1 Ki. ix. Il--the king of Assyria took Galilee, tion, Lu. ii. 34, 5, $ 4- Jesus lightly esteemed as 1 2 Ki. xv. 29-prediction respecting it, Is. ix. 1, 2 being her son, Mk. vi. 3, § 37--Jesus upon the cross
Jesus made many circuits around Galilee, in raising said to her, "Woman, behold thy son,' Jno. xix. 26, &91. up that heap of witness, which is contained in the
28. the Lord is with thee - the true ground of gospels, $ 18, (first circuit); $30, (second circ.); $ 38,
coufidence: examples, Gideon, Ju. vi. 12 Israel, as (third circ.)-the word began from Galilee, Ac. x. 37.
new created, and called by the Lord's name, Is. xliii. Nazareth-kept or preserved.' The word signi 1-Paul, Ac. xviii. 9, 10; xxiii. II. fies a valuable young stem or shoot; hedged around, 29. troubled-Nebuchadnezzar, Da. ii. 3; iv. 4-18 or defended, from destroying animals. The place -Belshazzar, v. 6-these had reason to be troubled; where the Rod out of the stem of Jesse (Is. xi. 1) but the prophet himself was so, Da. vii. 15; X. 3was brought up, Lu. iv. 16, § 15-after having been Cornelius, Ac. X. 3, 4. preserved, as being taken into Egypt, Mt. ii. 13-23,
1 31. conceive-prediction, Is. vii. 14-fulfil. Mt, i. 22 $5-remarkably preserved in Nazareth, Lu. iv. 28-30,
1-5, p. 14; Lu. ii. 7, $ 4; Ga. iv. 4. | $ 15.-See Nazarene, $ 5.
Jesus—the Lord the Saviour,' Is. xliii. 11; Zep. 27. Mary bitterness, or my myrrh, or of the iii. 17; Mt. i. 25, p. 14: Lu. ii. 11, 21, $ 4-saves his peosea - Marah, Ex. xv. 23-6-Mara, Ru. i. 20-enmity | ple from their sins, Mt. i. 21, p. 13-from the present predicted between the seed of the woman and that evil world, Ga. i. 4-from the wrath to come, I Th. of the ser peut, Ge. iii. 15-Mary sorely tried, as to l i. 10-His salvation exemplified, Lu. vii. 47-50, S 29.
NOTES. 26. Angel, or messenger, is the common name(He forwarded the ruin of Persia, Da. X. 13, 20. given to those spiritual and intelligent beings, by He explained to Daniel his visions of the four beasts, Whom God partly executeth his providential work, I of the ram and goat ; he declared the time of our and who are most ready and active in his service. Saviour's appearance on earth, and his death, and They were created with eminent. wisdom, holiness, the fearful consequents thereof to the Jewish nation. and purity, and placed in a most happy and honour- He informed him of the ruin of the Persian empire; able estate ; but capable of change. Their knowledge of the wars between the Grecian kings of Egypt and is great, but not infinite: they desire to look into the | Syria: of the distress of the Jews under Antiochus mystery of our salvation, and learn from the church Epiphanes; of the rise and fall of Anti-Christ; and the manifold wisdom of God. Nor can they search of the present adversity, and future restoration of the hearts of men, nor know future things, but as Israel, Da. vii.-xii.] particularly instructed of God. Mt. xxiv. 36, § 86,
27. To a virgin espoused.-See Mt. i. 18, p. 13. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not
Matthew informs us of the subsequent appearance of the angels of heaven, but my Father only.' Nor do
the angel to Joseph; Luke, of the previous annunwe understand their manner of knowing things cor
ciation to Mary. poreal and visible; nor the manner of their impressing bodies, or their method of communicating
28. Highly favoured. As the mother of the among themselves. Their power, too, is very exten
long expected Messiah: the mother of the Redeemer
of mankind. To be reckoned among his ancestors, sive; but reaches to nothing strictly called miraculous. Their number is very great, amounting to a vast
was accounted sufficient honour for even Abraham many millions : Ps. lxviii. 17, .The chariots of God
and David. But now on Mary, a poor virgin of Naare twenty thousand, even thousands of angels.' Mt.
zareth, was to come this honour of giving birth to xxvi. 53, 6 88, Thinkest thou that I cannot now prav
the world's Redeemer-the Son of God. to my Father, and he shall presently give me more Blessed art thou. A form of salutation denoting than tuelve legions of angels?' Rev. v. 11, And I kindness, but not necessarily implying reverence; beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round the happiest, most fortunate, art thou of women. about 'the throne and the beasts and the elders : and 30. Found favour with God. God hath chosen the number of them was ten thousand times ten thou
thee before all others. sand, and thousands of thousands.' And their names,
31. JESUS. The Lord and Saviour of mankind. of archangels, thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, suggest an order among them, though of
He is called JESUS because, by his righteousness, what kind we know not. Col. i. 16, . For by him were
power, and Spirit, he is qualified to save, to the all things created that are in heaven, and that are in
uttermost, them that come unto God through him, earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,
and appointed of God for that end, and freely given or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things
in the offer of the gospel. Isa. lxi. 1, 2, 3, . The spirit toere created by him, and for him.'
of the Lord God is upon me,' &c. Mt. i. 21, p. 13, He
is the eternal Son of God, equal with his adored Gabriel. A noted angel of God.
I Father in every unbounded perfection.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS 26–9 der. It becomes us, not only with reverence to Mary, and so there is to that of every repentant sinlisten to the Lord's messenger, but, with Mary, ear- ner who receives the message respecting the Rod out nestly to inquire into the import of the message which of the stem of Jesse; to such are the words, Pear is brought to us ; those who so listen and inquire not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God.'will find it a message of joy and peace, however it may See Ex. XY. 224.7.) at first excite alarm in the poor in spirit.
[31 ver. How wonderful that Jesus, the Lord, the (27 ver. The woman's own name, as having come Saviour, should condescend to become the seed of under the curse, was Mary, bitterness, but, as the the woman! And how marvellous the grace, that waters of Marah were sweetened by the tree cast into we should have the privilege of having Christ formed them. so was there sweetness to the troubled spirit of in us, the hope of glory Ga. iv. 19: Col. i. 27.1
BLESSED ARE ALL THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM.-Psalm ii. 12.
THE CLOTH OF HUMILITY SHOULD BE WORN ON THE BACK OF THE SAINTS.
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST IS TO BE MAGNIFIED, WHEN
32 his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall-be-called the Son of-the-Highest: and 33 the Lord Godb Kupros ó Oeos shall-give unto him the throne of-his father David: and
he-shall-reign over en the house of Jacob for ever els TOUS alwvas; and of-his 34 kingdom there-shall-be no end." OUK EoTat Telos. Then said Mary unto the angel, 35 How shall- this -be, seeing I-know not a-man? And the angel answered and said
unto-her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the-power of-the-Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy-thing which shall-be-born of thee shall-be36 called the Son of-God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath- also-conceived
a-son in her old-age: and this is the-sixth month with-her, who-was-called barren.s 37 For with God nothing shall-be-impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid
of-the-Lord; be-it unto-me according-to thy word. And the angel departed from her. MARGINAL READINGS: a The Lord shall save. Lord the God. Heeler or supplanter. d Unto the ages.
e Shall not be an end. s Sterile.
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 32. great, fc.-predicted, Mi. v. 2, 4; Ps. lxxxix. 26-confirmation, Ac. iv. 24-31; Col. i. 12-.9—with 27; Is. ix. 6, 7; xii. 6-confirmution, Ph. ii. 9-11; his servants in the fire, Da, iii. 25-acknowledged of He. i. 3-6; Mt. iii. 17, 98-confessed by devils, Mk. the Father, Mt. iii. 17, S 8; xvii. 5, 951-questioned i. 24, S 17 ; v. 7, § 35.
| by the tempter, Mt. iv. 3, 6, 89-confessed by devils, throne of his father David - Jerusalem, 2 Sa. y.
Lu. iv. 41, § 17 ; Mk. iii. 11, S26, see great,' above6-10-prediction, vii. 12-.6— shall call Jerusalem
Jesus declared himself to be the Son of God, Jno. the throne of the LORD,' Je. iii. 17, see Notes, infra
iii. 16, .7, S 12; v. 25, $ 23; ix. 35-7, S 55; X. 36, S 56; -confirm., Mt. xix. 28, $75; xxi. 5, $ 82 - Christ is
xi. 4, S58; xvii. 1, § 87-His accusation, Jno. xix. 7, now on the throne of his father in heaven. Rev. iii. 21. 1990; Lu. xx11. 70, 989; Mt. xxvii. 43, § 91-witnessed
by the Baptist, Jno. i. 34, S 10-by Nathanael, ver. 49, father David - prediction, 2 Sa. vii. 11-29; Ps.is
$ 10-by the centurion, Mt. xxvii. 54, S 92-the gospel lxxxix. 35, .6; cxxxii. ll; Je. xxill. 5, 6-recognition, of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Mk. i.l, s 7-by the Mt. i. 1. $ 4; xxi. 9, § 82-David's Lord, as well as apostles. Ac. ix. 20; xiii. 32, .3; Ro. i. 4; v. 10; Ga. David's son, Mt. xxii. 41-.5, $ 85.
iv. 4; 1 Jno. i. 7: iv. 10, .5; v. 5, 20-for what pur33. reign--prediction, my servant David their pose, Jno. iii. 16, .8, § 12; xx. 31, S 100-His manifestPrince for ever,' Eze. xxxvii. 25-the Lord, Ps. cxlvi. ation in power, Re. ii. 18, 27-compare Ps. ii. 7-9. 10; Mi. iv. 2; v. 2--confirm., 2 Ti. ii. 11, .2; Re. xi. 15; xx. 4, 6.
37. with God nothing shall be impossible said
to Abraham, Ge. xviii. 14-to Moses, Nu. xi. 23-by no end-prediction, Is. ix. 7; Da. ii. 44; vii. 13, .4,
Job, xlii. 2-by Nebuchadnezzar, Da. iv. 35-by and 27-confirm., He. i. 8; Re. xi. 15; xxii. 5.
to the prophet Jeremiah, xxxii, 17-27-by Jesus, Mt. 35. Son of God-His name, a subject of inquiry xix. 26, 875-the power to be had in Christ, 2 Co. xii. for the wise, Pr. xxx. 4-prediction, Ps. ii. ; lxxxix. 9, 10; Ph. iv. 13.
NOTES. 32. He shall be great. Illustrious.-See Is. ix. 6, 7, [The promise seems to be that he would not oniy Por unto us a child is born, unto us a son is,' &c. have the throne of David, which, latterly, was more
[Great in power and authority, in glory and fame, connected with the house of Judah, but that he in office and administration, when he shall reign.' would reign over the house of Jacob, which had • Great in his person, as God and man united ;' in his separated from the house of Judah; had been subProphetic office, mighty in word and deed,' doctrine sequently taken away by the Assyrians, (see 2 Ki. xv. and miracles; in his Priesthood, establishing upon 27-.9; xvii. 6-23); and was to appearance lost.] its merit a constant and universal intercession.]
of his kingdom there shall be no end. His is the The Son of the Highest : that is, of God; one of kingdom predicted by the prophets, as by Da. ii. 44, whose names is the Most High.' The Highest [And in the days of these kings shall the God of often stands as a title of God. The Son of God,' heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be dein a sense in which no creature can be. "The Son of i stroyed : and the kingdom shall not be left to other God,' in his higher and Divine nature.
people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all Throne of his father David. David is called his fa- these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.'-vii. 27. ther, because Jesus was lineally descended from him. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of _See Mt. i. 1. & 4. The promise to David was, that the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to there should not fail a man to sit on his throne, 1 Ki. the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingviii. 25. David had reigued over all Israel-the Jews dom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions rejected his rightful heir when he appeared among shall serve and obey him.'] men. But, by the foundation being laid in Zion, at the 35. The power of the highest, fc. This evidently time of Christ's first coming to suffer, the purpose of
means that the body of Jesus should be created by God was not frustrated, but rather infallibly secured. I the direct power of God. To Christ not only belongs the kingdom, or throne of the house of Judah, he was appointed to reign over
Shall be called the Son of God. Rom. i. 4, And the house of all Israel,' few belonging to which were
declared to be the Son of God with power, according then in the land, and in whose empty heritages the
to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the Jews, such as Joseph and Mary, were then dwelling. I
dead.'-Ac. xiii. 33- compare with Ps. ii. 7. See Until the kingdomn shall come, when Israel will ac
| above, in Scrip. Illustra. ;' and see' Jesus,' p. 9. knowledge their King, and submit to his righteous 38. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. This expresses government, permanent peace cannot be expected. prompt obedience.-See Ac. ix. 10; He. x. 7.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 32 ver. Not Herod, who had usurped the throne of 33 ver. However we may refuse allegiance to the David, was recognised as 'great' by God, but he King of Israel, there is no time in which entire subwhose right it is, although the child of a poor inha- mission to him is not due: and the Father will vinbitant of despised Nazareth. Let us patiently wait | dicate the Son's right to reign throughout all ages. upon Him who, however we may be tried, forgettetheven unto the dispensation of the fulness of times: not the cause of the poor and needy. Jesus was fro- and thenceforth shall his dominion be for ever: of perly the Son of the Highest; but behold what man- his kingdom there shall be no end.' ner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us poor sinners, that we, accepted in that Son, should be
34 ver. Whilst we avoid the unbelief of Zacharias, called the sons of God!
as asking, whereby we shall know that God will [Although, by men, Jesns was denied, with cruelty
accomplish his word ? let us, with Mary, exercise and scorn, the throne of his father David;' yet was
| believing solicitude as to how the will of God is to it given to him by the Lord God, as a place in which
be done. should be displayed his truth as a prophet, and his 37, .8 ver. God is omnipotent; and we do well, like awful justice as a king, seeing it refused to come Mary, to resign ourselves willingly into his hands. uuder the blessing of his priesthood.]
who can do for his people marvellous things.
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRISTIANS IS NOT TO BE MENTIONED.
I DELIGHT TO DO THY WILL, O MY GOD.-Psalm xl. 8.
32. GREAT, &c.
the Lord :-Ps. cxlvi. 10, The LORD shall reign for predicted : --Mi. . 2, 4. 2, But thou, Beth-lehem ever, even thy God, o Zion, unto all generations. Praise Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of ye the LORD.'-Mi. iv. 2, And many nations shall come, Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will from of old, from everlasting.' 4, ' And he shall stand teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths : for and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of | the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: from Jerusalem,'-v. 2, But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, for now shall he be great anto the ends of the earth.' though,' &c. - See ver. 32, under . Great, predicted.' Ps. lxxxix. 27. • Also I will make him my firstborn, confirmation : -2 Ti. ii. 11, .2. 11, 'It is a faithful say. higher than the kings of the earth.'-Is. ix. 6, 7-see ing: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with p. (14).-xii. 6, Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of him : 12, if we sufler, we shall also reign with him: if we Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst deny him, he also will deny is.'-Rev. xi. 15, And the of thee.'
seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in confirmation :--Ph. ii. 9-11-see p. (36), Wherefore God heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become also hath highly exalted him,' &c.--He. i. 36. 3, Who the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall being the brightness of his glory, and the express image reign for ever and ever.' --XX. 4, 6. 4, 'And I saw thrones, of his person, and upholding all things by the word of and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded down on the right hand of the Majesty on high ; 4, being for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and made so much better than the angels, as he hath by in- which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, heritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, a thousand years.' 6, Blessed and holy is he that hath I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son ? part in the first resurrection : on such the second death 6. And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God wor- Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.' ship him.'--Mt. iii. 17, S8, p. 59.
NO END. confessed by devils :-Mk. i. 24, § 17, p. 110; v. 7, § 35.
Is. ix. 7-see p. (14), of the increase of his government, TERONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID.
&c.-Da. ii. 44, And in the days of these kings shall the all Israel:--2 Sa. v. 10. 4, David was thirty years
God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be old when he began to reign ; and he reigned forty years. | destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other 5, In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these months and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three
kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.'vii. 13,4, 27-see years over all Israel and Judah. 6... 7, David took the ch. vii. p. (37). 13, I saw in the night visions,' &c. strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. confirmation :-He. i. 8. But unto the Son he saith, 8, And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of the gutter, and smniteth the Jebusites, and the lame and righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.'-Rev. xi. 15 the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief -see above, under confirmation.'-xxii. 5, And there and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither lame shall not come into the house. 9, So David dwelt in light of the sun : for the Lord God giveth them light: the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built and they shall reign for ever and ever.' round about from Millo and inward. 10, And David went 35. SON OF GOD. on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with
his name a subject of inquiry for the noise :-Pr. XXX. 4, him.-vii. 12 .6. 12, 'And when thy days be fulfilled, and Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended ? who thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends establish bis kingdom. 13, He shall build an house for my l of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for
name, if thou canst tell?' ever. 14. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he
prediction :-Ps. ii.-see p. (7), and lxxxix. 26, He shall commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock and with the stripes of the children of men: 15, but my of my salvation.' merey shall not depart away from him, as I took it from
confirmation :- Ac. iv. 24-31-see p. (35).-Col. i. 12-9 Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16, And thine house
-see p. (7). and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee:
with his servants in the fire : Da. iii. 25, . He answered tby throne shall be established for ever.'-Seen & 90.
J and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst thull call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord Je. iii. 17, 1 of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the * At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the fourth is like the Son of God.' LORD: and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to
acknowledged of the Father :-see "Scripture Illustrathe name of the LORD, to Jerusalem : neither shall they | tions,' page opposite. walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart'
by the apostles:-Ac. ix. 20, 'And straightway he -See NOTES infra; and for ch. iii. see p. (39).
preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son confirmation:-Mt. xix. 28, $ 75, Ye which have fol of God.'-xiii. 32, .3. 32, 'And we declare unto you glad lowed me, in the regeneration when the Sou,' &c.-xxi. tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the 5, S 82,. Tell ye the daughter of Ziou,' &c.
fathers, 33, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their Christ is now on the throne, &c. Rev. iii. 21, 'Tol children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again ; as it is him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this throne,' &c.
day have I begotten thee.'-Rom. i. 4, And declared FATHER DAVID.
to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit prediction :-2 Sa. vii. 11-29; Ps. Ixxxix. 35, .6. 35. of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.'--V. 10, Ouce have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to unto David. 36, His seed shall endure for ever, and his God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconthrone as the sun before me.'-exxxii. 11, The LORD | eiled, we shall be saved by his life.'-Ga. iv. 4, But bath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth it: Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.'- his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.'- Jno. Je. xxiii 5, 6. 5, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD. i. 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.'-iv. 10,5 and justice in the earth. 6, In his days Judah shall be -see p. (56).-v. 5, 20. 5, 'Who is he that overcometh saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his naine the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the son of whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHT- God?' 20, 'And we know that the Son of God is come, and EOUSNESS.'
hath given us an understanding, that we may know him recognition :--Mt. i. 1, § 4, p. 23, The book of the ge- that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his neration,' &c.--Mt. XXI. 9, § 82, The multitudes... | Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.' cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David,' &c.
for what purpose :Jno. iii. 16,.8, $ 12, p. 86; XX. 31, S 100. Darid's Lord, as well as David's son-Mt. xxii. 412.5, his manifestation in power :-Rev. ii. 18, 27. 18, And $ 85, Jesus asked them... What think ye of Christ? '&c. unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These 33. REIGN
things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto prediction Eze. xxxvii. 25. And they shall dwell in a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass.' 27'And the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant,
| he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dweli 1 potter shall they be broken to shivers : even as I received therein, even they, and their children, and their chil. 1 of my Father. dren's ebildren for ever: and my servant David shall be compare:-Ps. ii. 7-9-see p. (7), I will declare,' &c. their prince for ever.'-See ch. Xxxvii. p. (30).
[For Scripture Illustrations,' ver. 37, see p. (11).]
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46. MY SOUL. 37. WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.
Hannah so rejoiced in song :- Sa. ii. 1-10. 1, And said to Abraham:Ge. xviii. 14. Is anything too hard Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto | LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy a son.'
salvation. 2, There is none holy as the LORD: for there to Moses :-Nu. xi. 23, Is the LORD's hand waxed is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our short ? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come
God. 3, Talk no more so exceeding proudly ; let not to pass unto thee or not.'
arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a by Job :ch. xlii. 2, I know that thou canst do every
God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
4, The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they by Nebuchadnezzar Da. iv. 35, And all the inha that stumbled are girded with strength. 5, They that bitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he
were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and
that were hungry ceased : so that the barren hath born among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay
seven ; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?'
6, The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth by and to the prophet Jeremiah : Jer. xxxii. 17-27
down to the grave, and bringeth up. 7, The LORD see p. (67). 17, Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and the heaven and the earth by thy great power,' &c.
lifteth up. 8, He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, by Jesus :Mt. xix. 26, & 75, With men this is,' &e. and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them
the power to be had in Christ :-2 Co. xii. 9, 10.9, 'And among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of he said unto me, My grace is suflicient for thee: for my
glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
hathi set the world upon them. 9, He will keep the feet therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness : power of Christ may rest upon me. 10, Therefore I take
| for by strength shall no man prevail. 10, The adversaries pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the am weak, then am I strong.'-Ph. iv. 13, I can do all
ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his things through Christ which strengtheneth me.'
king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.'
David:-Ps. xxxiv. 2, 3. 2. My soul shall make her
boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and 39. HILL COUNTRY.
be glad. 3,0 magnify the LORD with me, and let us where the children of Aaron had portions :-Jos. xxi. 4, 19.
exalt his name together.' 42. BLESSED.
80 all the seed of Israel shall glory : Is. xlv. 25, In the those that trust in the Son :-Ps. ii. 12—see p. (7). LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall they that hear the word, &c. :-Lu. xi. 27,.8, $ 62.
glory.' - See ch. xlv. p. (22). John the Baptist :-Mt. xi. 6, § 29,' And blessed is he,
48. ALL GENERATIONS. whosoever shall not be offended in me.'
all families of the earth to be blessed:Ge. xii. 1-3this truth declared to Thomas :-Jno. XX. 29, S 95.
see ch. xii. p. (32) 45. PERFORMANCE.
all nations :-Ps. lxxii. 17-9. 17, His name shall enof the oath to Abraham :--Ge. xxii. 15—8_see p. (1). dure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the promised to Isaac:-Ge. xxvi. 3, Sojourn in this land,
"Sou in this iand sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, call him blessed. 18, Blessed be the LORD God, the God and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I
of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19. And will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy
blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole father.'
earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.'-See confirmed to Jacob:-Ge. xxviii. 135. 13, And, be Ps. lxxii. p. (23). hold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD I call you blessed :-Mal. iii. 12, And all nations shall God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy the LORD of hosts.' seed: 14, and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth,
| the word to a thousand generations :-Ps. cv. 6-11. 6. and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east,
O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in
his chosen. 7. He is the LORD our God: his judgments thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
are in all the earth. 8, He hath remembered his covenant 15. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in
for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again
generations. 9, Which covenant he made with Abraham, into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have
and his oath unto Isaac; 10, and confirmed the same done that which I have spoken to thee of.'
unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting same in the prophets : Je. xxxiii. 14, Behold, the days
covenant: 11, saying, Unto thee will I give the land of come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good Cataan, the lot of your inheritance.' thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and
the blessing upon the nations through Christ :-Ga. iii. to the house of Judah,'-Mi. vii. 20, Thou wilt perform
13, 4—see ch. iii. p. (16). the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which 49. HOLY thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.' glorious in holiness :-Ex. xv. 11, 'Who is like unto thee,
God did not become the Son of man that he should re- O LORD,' &e.-See p. (12), ver. 51, under "STRENGTH.' ment:_Nu. xxiii. 19. God is not a man, that he should holy in all his works :-Ps. cxlv. 17, The LORD is rightlie: neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath | eous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.' he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and holy, holy, holy :-Is. vi. 3, And one cried unto another, shall he not make it good?'
and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the but in order to confirm the promises made unto the fa- whole earth is full of his glory.'- Rev. iv. 8, And the thers:-Rom. xv. 8, Now I say that Jesus Christ was a four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to they were full of eyes within ; and they rest not day and confirm the promises made unto the fathers.'
night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. performance continuous from its commencement at which was, and is, and is to come.' Philippi :-Ph. i. 6, Being confident of this very thing, his name holy :-Is. Ivii. 15, For thus saith the high that he which hath begun a good,' &c.-ii. 16, Holding and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is forth the word of life; that 1,' &c.-- see ch. ii. p. (36). Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also
where the gospel began to be preached in Europe Ac. that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit xvi. 6-12. 6, Now when they had gone throughout of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of ones.'-Ps. xcix. 3, Let them praise thy great and terri. the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7, after they ble name; for it is holy.' were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Holy One of God: his coming disturbed the unclean the Spirit suffered them not. 8, And they passing by My. spirits in the synagogue : Lu. iv. 34, S 17, p. 110. sia came down to Troas. 9, And a vision appeared to Paul the saints to reflect his holiness Lev. xix. 2, Speak in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. say unto tben, Ye shall be holy : for I the LORD your 10, And after he had seen the vision, immediately we en-God am holy,'- Pe. i. 15, .6. 15, But as he which hath deavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conver. the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. sation; 16, because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am 11. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight holy.'-1 Co. vi. 19, 20. 19, What? know ye not that course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis ; your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in 12, and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in 20, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God that city abiding certain days.'
in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."