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to take branches of palm and strew them in the wayas tokens of victory over sin, by faith in their Saviour : and they that went before, (the Jews,) and they that followed, (the Gentiles,) and all the children of the Holy ONE, have need to cry—“Hosanna to the Son of David's LORD! Hosanna in the Highest!”
ROMANS, XII. 20. " THEREFORE if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”
The enemies of the Truth, take occasion from this verse, to say, “ That the children of God have pleasure in destroying his fellow-man.”
As there is the burning coals of God's wrath, so there is the live coals from off the altar; holy fire, burning with the pure flame of holy love—these are the burning coals to heap upon his head ;-—or as one has sweetly illustrated the passage, “ Your good deeds soften and melt his heart, as fire softens iron.”
THE TREE OF LIFE.
Rev. ii. 7. “ He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches : To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
The first blessing promised to the Churches is “ The Tree of Life" in paradise-Jesus :—and him that over. cometh will inherit the seven blessings in Jesus, for we " are complete in Him."
What tenderness in our Father, to restore our first blessing in our first loss : and yet how could it be otherwise, when our first loss was our LORD Himself!
THE EIGHT BEATITUDES.
Mat. v. 3–10. The eight beatitudes, is one blessing; it begins and ends with “ The kingdom of Heaven”- each is the portion of the “called, chosen, and precious.”
ESTHER, V. 3. " Then said the King unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.”
The half of the kingdom offered to Esther, was the whole; she heing the Gentile type ;—the other half is the Jews, and they are united. Eph. ii. 14, 15, 16.
MAT. X. 41. “ He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man's reward.”
A prophet and a righteous man are both one; and both Prophet, and Righteous Man, are Jesus.
EZEK. X. 14. “And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.”
The first face a cherub, Adam in his innocence ;-the second face man, Adam in his guilt ;-the third face a lion, Jesus, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah ;”—the fourth face, an eagle, Jesus, the Eagle as expressed in Deu. xxxii. 11, 12.
Mat. xxiii. 5. “ But all their works they do to be seen of men ; they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments."
Phylacteries, slips of parchment, in which were written passages of Scripture, bound round the wrist, which the Jews ostentatiously displayed before men. Deu. xi. 18—21. “ Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.” They were to be familiar with the sign,
(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 Lord,” 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 reply, this is the end, this is the object of every soul who lives a life of faith upon the Son of God, lo 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 atunch which the shone brightly. Gen. xxiv. 4, 10. Isa. xli. 8.
-In Isaac as the Son, whose dutiful obedience ren.