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the author and giver of all good things ; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

SERMON VI.

OUR FATHER'S GRACIOUS ADMONITION.

Seek ye the Lord while He may be found,

call ye upon Him while He is near : Let the wicked forsake his way, and the un

righteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him ; and to our God, for He

will abundantly pardon.—Isai. lv. 6, 7. THE prophecy of Isaiah is replete with passages which would almost seem, by their tenor, to have been penned during or after the coming of Messiah. We are scarcely preyears before

pared to find, seven hundred Christ's advent, such statements as are to be met with in this facred book. The holy prophet, moved by the Spirit of God, predicts events in terms usually employed for contemporary narrative, and utters truths and invitations which we should expect to hear propounded by our blessed Saviour Himself, or by one of His immediate followers. Hence, as you know, Isaiah is commonly called the Evangelic Prophet ; because it pleased the Holy Spirit to reveal to him more largely than to others those rich gospel blessings which were to accompany the birth of Christ into the world – blessings which were not to be confined to God's ancient race, but to be co-extensive with the wants of the whole human family.

The opening verse of this 55th chapter we may easily picture to ourselves as being addressed by Jesus Christ to an assembled multitude. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which fatisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let

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your itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live : and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts : and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him ; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Oh, that all here would hear and obey them, as from His

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