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(or word,) and the word is the sign the Lord himself gives to every soul brought out of Egypt: in Exo. xiii. 9, Frontlets are termed memorials, and the whole verse clearly indicates the meaning of the figure; that they were to live as obedient children. “And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes; that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth : for with a strong hand the Lord brought thee out of Egypt.” 1 John, i. 1. interprets the real meaning of Phylacteries :-" That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life.” &c.
Next to the eye in activity is the hand; and the Lord has chosen these two most active members of the human frame, to teach us to be of quick eye to remember the Word, and of diligent hand to be ready in his service.
TYPES SHOWING THE ANTETYPE.
It is at all times interesting to discover “ The glorious Lorn,” throughout the Scriptures ;—and “Sir, we would see Jesus” is still the voice of every believer, as it was of the Greeks to Philip, who reported it to the disciples, and they again to their Lord: “And Jesus answered them saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified: "—this was the memorable u
reply, this is the end, this is the object of every soul who lives a life of faith upon the Son of God, to glorify Jesus, “ LORD of all.”
In condescension to our moderated capacities, Jehovah, the eternal I AM, has styled himself by every endearing title that can win, move, or draw the heart to love, honour, and obey.
In type our Lord may be traced, in Abraham as the Father, the Master, and the Friend : in each of ch which the shone brightly. Gen. xxiv. 4, 10. Isa. xli. 8.
-In Isaac as the Son, whose dutiful obedience rendered his life happy to old age. Gen. xxii. 9, and xxvii. 2, and xxvi. 7–12.-In Joseph as the Brother, who went before “ to preserve life." Gen. xlv. 4, 5. He is also an eminent type in the extraordinary claim of Birth-right. i Chro. v. 2.-Jer. xxxi. 9.-In Aaron he is seen as the High-Priest. Heb. v. 4, 5.—In Moses, the Prophet and Servant. Acts, vii. 37. Rev. xv. 3,In Joshua, the Minister and Saviour. Josh. i. 1, and iv. 14. Mark, x. 45.—In Nehemiah, the Governor. Neh. viii. 9. Ps. xxii. 28.-In Samuel, the Judge. 1 Sam. vii. 5, 6. John, v. 22.-In Judah, the Surety. Gen. xliii. 9, and xliv. 32. Prov. xxvii. 18.-In Hushai, the Counsellor. 2 Sam. xv. 34, and xvii. 14, 15. Isai. ix. 6. -Shepherd and Captain, in David. Ezk. xxxiv. 23. Jobn, x. 14. 2 Sam. v. 2. Heb. ii. 10.--The ANOINTED and King, in Solomon. 1 Kings, i. 39. Acts, iv. 27. Ps. X. 16.--The Prince, in Jacob, surnamed Israel, be
cause he wrestled and prevailed with God. Gen. Xxxii. 28. Isa. ix. 6.--As the Messenger in John, (Baptist). Mark, i. 2. Mal. iii. 1.-In Abraham's Servant our Lord may be slightly traced as Servant: Our LORD « who is over all, and in all, God blessed for ever.” Gen. xxiv. Mat. X. 25. Phil. ii. 7
DROPS OF BLOOD.
Luke, xxii. 44. " And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly : and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
This passage has been often quoted as if Christ had sweat drops of blood, which neither the words, or meaning warrant. It is said, “ as it were,” an expression now in common use when we design to speak in stronger terms than usual. Isa. v. 18 will illustrate this :-“ Woe UNTO them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart-rope.” Surely no man would think a cart-rope was actually used for the purpose of sin !—but in EITHER FLACE is to be understood an ex. treme case :-in our Saviour such agony of suffering as no words can express; and in the sinner such determined delinquency that he will sin though cords of death should be the consequence. .
48 AHAZ AND HEZEKIAH.-THE BRAZEN SERPENT.
AHAZ AND HEZEKIAH.
Isa. vii. 11, 12; xxxviii. 22. Ahaz refused to ask a sign of the Lord, it was sin in him; his son Hezekiah asked a sign, it was a snare unto him: in Ahaz it was hypocrisy he did not wish to bear of Jesus ;-in Hezekiah it was unbelief, he could not trust, he wanted evidence : both suffered, the one by rejection of The Truth, and the other in his request being granted. 2.Chro. xxxii. 24–31.
THE BRAZEN SERPENT.
Num. xxi. 8, 9; 2 Kings, xviii. 4. THERE is an awful grandeur in “ the Serpent of Brass” coupled with mystery that it should be the means of giving life to the beholder. It will admit of the following interpretation that “God may give to his (children) an answer of peace.”
As gold typifies Jesus, so does brass represent sinful man: and when man discovers his sinfulness, or the brazen serpent, which in type he is commanded to behold, his soul knows no rest intil he believes in him who was “ lifted up,” that " whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life;” and thus is fulfilled the Baptist's first preaching—- Repent ye,” &c. or behold the brazen serpent, or sin destroying your souls, and turn, or “repent ye, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” All the invitations of the Gospel are in effect, “Behold the serpent of brass!" And then no longer can that soul live without the precious Saviour Jesus Christ!
Hezekiah destroyed the brazen serpent, calling it “ Nehushtan,” which signifies “a trifle of brass ;” and such is the state of sinful man before the LORD of Glory : he must break in pieces his own works—bring them to nought. “I am the LORD, that is my name : and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Hezekiah “ trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.” See Isa. lx. 17; Jer. vi. 28–30; John, iii. 14.
"It has been said, “ If the sun shine on brass, and those diseased in the brain look thereon, it will drive them to madness ;” so will sin without Christ.-Ask for the Holy Spirit.
THE TWELVE GATES.
Rev. xxi. 12, 21. THERE are twelve Gates to enter “ The Holy City;"Who knows at which gate he shall enter ?
“The twelve gates were twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one pearl”_"the Pearl of great price,” Jesus. Mat. xii. 45, 6.