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DISC. bling and dying for fear : nay “ so terrible
“ exceedingly fear and quake".” And if
- his lightning to the ends of the earth. DISC. " At this my heart trembleth, and is moved XI. “ out of his place W.” What sensations then would be produced in the hearts even of the best of men by a manifestation like that at Sinai ? And if the righteous scarcely sustain it, where shall the ungodly and the finner appear?
Nor let any man think himself unconcerned in that scene, because it is past. The terrors of mount Sinai are still in force against every one who is not found in Christ Jesus ; unless we suppose that the despisers of the Gospel will fare better than the conteinners of the Law, and not rather be thought worthy of much forer punishment. The hour is coming, when our eyes shall see more amazing lights, and our ears shall hear more terrifying sounds, than were seen and heard by the house of Israel in the wilderness. For yet a little while, and the fame God who was revealed from heaven in flaming fire to give the
disc. law, shall again be revealed from heaven in
flaming fire to inquire how it hath been observed, and to take vengeance on those who have not secured unto themselves a fponfor to stand in the gap for them. So that although the things seen and heard at mount Sinai did not affect us, yet the argument enlarged upon by the Apostle, Heb. xii. undoubtedly doth; namely, that if the law was fo terrible, when enacted, how much more terrible must it be, when required at our hands by God, coming in glorious majesty to judge the world ! Then Thall there be blackness of darkness, not for a time, but for ever ; then shall the lightnings of Sinai be extended over all the earth, and a fire be kindled which shall not be quenched; then shall the heavens pass away with the noise of a great and intolerable thunder ; a far louder trumpet shall then not only pierce the ears of the living, but also found an alarm through all the regions of the grave, and awaken those who Thall have slept for ages in the dust; then he whose voice formerly shook the earth, shall fulfil his promise, “ Yet once Disc. “ more I shake not the earth only, but XI. “ also heaven;" both of which shall be removed, and their place no more be found; then shall all the tribes of the earth, as well as those of Israel, tremble, and mourn, and wail ; and who, where is he, that thinketh he shall not then find cause to say with Moses, “ So terrible is “ the fight, that I exceedingly fear and “ quake !"
Such therefore is the wrath which the law worketh, and such is the condemnation of that “ hand writing against us,” from which our dear Master and Redeemer, as at this time, the time of his circumcifion, engaged to rescue all who should believe in him. Then it was, that he took upon himself the law, and the penalty annexed to the breach of it, being (as an Apostle has expressed it) “ made a " curse for us, to redeem us from the s curse of the lawy;" that is, to deliver
* Heb. xii. 26. Gal. iii. 13. VOL. I.
DISC us from the black darkness of fin and
death ; from the thunders and lightnings of the Father's vengeance; from the dread of the trumpet of eternal judgment; the diffolution and destruction of the world; the words of condemnation, and the unextinguishable flame; and having delivered us from all these terrors, to introduce us to a far different scene of things; to the light of righteousness and immortality; to the peace and love of God; to the still small voice of evangelical grace; to the harps of angels, and the music of Hallelujahs; to the final sentence of absolution, “ Come, “ye blessed ;” to a kingdom that cannot be moved; to the joys of heaven, and the glories of eternity. “ For we are not come “ unto the mount that inight be touched “ (the palpable, material mount), that “ burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and “ darkness, and tempeít, and the sound of ' " a trumpet, and the voice of words, which
“ voice they that heard, intreated that the “ word should not be spoken to them any more (for they could not endure that