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fere to check the wicked suggestion of the heart of the proud Egyptian, but after repeated trials gave him over to his presumption and to its consequences.
As to the Lessons from the Prophetical Scriptures it will not be necessary that I should enter on any detail of their contents. Generally we may say, that they are the volumes which testify of Christ, predictions of various particulars respecting his character and his sufferings, his coming in the flesh, and the extension of his kingdom on the earth. Many of the prophecies in their immediate view relate to some other person at or near the time of the Prophet, whose acts or history they directly predict or record. Still there is a farther reference beyond the person named, and the Jews treasured up many of this sort as in a secondary sense indicative of the Messiah elsewhere distinctly pointed out and expected by the nation. In making the selection from the books of the Prophets for the Sunday Lessons, two circumstances seem chiefly to have directed the choice. First, such chapters appear to have been selected as should give the most sublime descriptions of God's of his purity, the most affecting expostulations of his love, and the most powerful denunciations of his anger against sin. For the Prophets were the Messengers of the Lord, sent to rebuke and to alarm his people when they departed from his ways, to awake them
to remorse and to recall them to obedience, and secondly, such chapters have been selected, as have been particularly quoted by the writers of the New Testament, by our Lord himself and his Evangelists, as fulfilled in his person and the History of his Church. The congregation thus perceive the connection of the New and the Old Testament, and the unlearned hear Christ in each of the Lessons of the day. It should be kept in remembrance against any complaint of the difficulty of the constructions and the obscurity of the high wrought figures in some of these Scriptures, that
of the prophecies as well as the Psalms are poetical compositions, and that prophecy is only to be thoroughly understood in its accomplishment, a more clear exposition of God's will not being in all cases suited to his purposes. It may naturally occur that had the contents of the book of God been made perfectly clear, much of what it must have contained in its predictions, whatever in fact was not accommodated to the liking of the Jews, would not be preserved by them with any extroardinary strictness and precision. It is certain that were all clear to demonstration irresistible, and wholly above objection, the faith which rested on such evidence could not have been a trial of the heart.
To conclude. It has in this discourse, my beloved brethren, been shewn to you, with what judgment the selection of Sunday Lessons has been made by your Church. They aře portions of Holy Writ chosen especially for your instruction, from the whole of that Scripture which it has been shewn to you was given by the inspiration of God. Is it not the duty of a congregation, to listen with all respectful attention to the wise counsels of its pious Church !—to hear with reverential awe those sacred words which proclaim the Majesty of the Creator, and announce the wonders which he doeth for the children of men ? Be it then always the office of your gratitude, of your wisdom, and of your piety, to let his words sink deep into your ears, to drive away the intrusion of worldly objects, and to give, as far as may be, your undivided thought to the message of his communication. For know, my brethren, that in the Lesson of the day, to each of you a message from the Lord is sent. The denunciation of the sinner, and the promises to the faithful are addressed to all. The words of the Prophet, “ Thou art the man, belong not exclusively to David : the Scripture which records the destruction of a world of sinners by a general deluge, is followed by our Lord's comment with the warning voice, to all who heard him. “ Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord will come.” The interest then in these Scriptures is for each who hears them. Let this secure for the
Lesson attention unabated — lively perception-reflecting intelligence: and may God vouchsafe such a measure of his grace as shall produce the remembrance that endures, the impression that shall never be effaced—that may convert the careless hearer into the doer of the word, and through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, make him “ blessed in his deed."
THE TE DEUM AND JUBILATE, &c. THE THREE COLLECTS OF THE DAY-THE PRAYER FOR
ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN.
1 CORINTHIANS XIV. 15.
I will pray with the Spirit and I will pray with the understand
The public reading of God's Holy Word is, by the order of the compilers of our Liturgy mixed with the setting forth his most worthy praise : for what can be more fitting, than that they to whom any portion has been imparted from the book of God's blessing, should immediately testify their gratitude in the praise of their benefactor. The Psalms in themselves perform both offices: and after each of the Lessons an appropriate Hymn has been appointed for recital. This arrangement answers the further purpose, of securing the people by this variety of office against the languor, that too long hearing a part of the