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vii. 44-49; 1 Pet. ii. 5. Solomon built after David's pattern, as he followed Moses. David overlaid with gold-Solomon did the same. Each provided abundantly, yet neither too much, because it was secretly the Righteousness of Christ. Remember, “ The house that is to be builded for the Lord, must be exceeding magnifical of fame and of glory throughout all countries." “Ask, Seek, Knock."-"In the mount of the Lord it may be seen.”
2 Chro. iii. 17. 6 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.” The margin says, of Jachin-he shall establish ; of Boaz-in it is strength. Now it appears mere child's play, for a King, like Solomon, to give names to pillars of such mag. nitude, placed right and left of the Temple, if actuated by no motive: the consideration led to this spiritual view of the building of the Lord's house; which has been blessed with no ordinary delight to the searcher of the word : it is a little extraordinary that no light arises upon this verse.
“ I will stain the pride of all glory."
THE LORD'S PASSOVER. Upon this subject a patient perusal is requested. Suffer not prejudice, the weakest of all governors of the intellect, to rule over reason; prejudices we must have because we are in the flesh ; but let us not willingly desire the night of prejudice, when we may have the day of understanding. The subject is not enforced upon the mind : if it be not according to the word, reject it, but if it be, receive the truth, and live upon Him, who said, “I am that bread of life.”
You may speak against the King, you may speak against your God, and men will bear with you; but if you oppose the traditions of your Fathers, old, worldly customs, “ they be almost ready to stone” you.
Suppositions and probabilities are inadınissible in Scripture, there being sufficient evidence of truth in the word; and by the word, it will not be difficult to prove the Supper our Lord never designed for continuance-neither did the Apostles ever administer the Supper. It is a human institution.
Jesus and his disciples assembled to celebrate the Passover: There were seventy disciples in Jerusalem, and many more believers: the twelve Apostles only were needful to be witnessess of this last type, shadow, symbol, emblem, or figurative representation, of the true Messiah, which he finished himself in bread and wine; (there is no mention of any other afterwards ;) and thus concluded all types for ever!”
The term Sacrament is not to be found in the Holy Oracles. It is the Lord's Supper, not man's, or properly the Lord's Passover, that where his blood be found, he will pass-over, and not destroy. See Exo. xii. 13. “ For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.”— Matthew and Mark say, “while they were eating,” Luke says, “after supper.”
Of the twelve who were called to partake, two only record the fact, Matthew and Mark: Luke also mentions the Supper, but he was not a partaker, not an Apostle, not a preacher, but a layman, a physician, a holy, beloved believer;—by his own testimony he never saw Jesus; and surely none would prefer his testimony to an eye-witness and partaker ; not at all that his evidence is at variance with the brethren, but they had the true light shining before them, which Luke as it were, received only by reflection.
Matt. xxvi. 26—29, says, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
Mark, xiv. 22–25, writes, “ And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them : and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the New Testament, which
is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
In neither of whose testimony is there the shadow of continuance, but quite the reverse ; our Saviour declaring, “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Here is no command, it amounts to a negative, if not prohibitory; as the absence of all light proves darkness. And where is the benefit if the Lord's presence be not in the service ?
Luke, xxii. 15–20, thus records. “And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” As if our Lord had said, “ Ye who are present, when my body is broken on the cross, and my blood shed by mine enemies--by this type, remember me-in this last type of broken bread, and wine poured out, remember me: in
type I have shown you things to come-remember me.” And Christ crucified, was what they were to bring to remembrance-his cross-his atonement-his love-his commandments! This is the finishing type of the Passover, “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” “ The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his Fa. thers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the Sanctuary.” 2 Chro. xxx. 19-20.
John wrote his Gospel eighty years after Christ was crucified; he never mentions the supper at all. This beloved Apostle, knew more of his MASTER's mind than all the rest. In the 6th chap. with what spiritual light does he manifest the life of the true believer--the real partaker of his flesh and blood-his daily life-not a monthly, or weekly partaker of a dead ordinance.
“The law of commandments contained in ordinances,” Paul considered our Lord to have abolished in his flesh.” Eph. ii. 15; see Col. 2. Take then living supplies for every moment from the precious substance by faith-let Christ perceive continually, “that virtue is gone out of him!”
Jesus blessed, and brake, and gave to the multitude, when twelve baskets of fragments were taken up; and gave thanks, and brake, and gave, to the seven thousand, when seven baskets full of fragments were taken up:-the same expressions precisely as at the Passover. In Luke, xxiv. 30, the same expressions are used to two