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who is called (Hebrewş i, 3:) the brightness of his Father's glory and the express image of his perfon. This is the scripture account of Jesus Christ, God manifeft in the flesh-according as he said to Philip (John Xiv: 9:) (he that hath seen me, hath seen the Fa. ther.!! So the disciples beheld his glory when he was made Aesh, and dwelt among them, though the world knew him not, John i. 19, 14. Apd so his being said to cease in the view of Psalm xii. 1. confitent with his being a Son to continue' his Fathes's name for ever, Pralm Ixxü. 17. may be further illustrated from Psalın cxviii. 22. ( the ftone which the builders refused, is bécoine the head of the corner, compared with ift of Peter ii. 4: " disallowed indeed of men, but chofen of God.!!..The reason of this opposition, is, because

the world fieth in the wicked one," ift of John v. 19: And “ the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them who believe not, left the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them," sd of Corinthians iv. 4. “ The prince of the power of the air is the spirit that now worketh in the chiļdren of disobedience,'' Ephef, ii. 2,

And thus we are brought to the consideration of the fufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, as the subject of the Pfalms, ..

His enemies are Satan and his adherents who at the first mention seem to strike the mind with something shocking in the openly profane way, which the natural conscience of every one condemns. But the opposition we are speaking of, is not that which shews itself openly against the moral law.; but an op : position to Chrift. " Hie abode not in the truth," John yiii. 44. and carries on his opposition to Chrift in a way of transforming himself into an angel of : light, according to Pfalm ly, 12 to 14. " for it was not an enemy that reproached me, then I could have þorn it ; neither was it he that hated me, that did magnify himself against upe, then I would have hid

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- inyfelf from him. But it was thou, a man, mine stal, my guide; and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company;", However this Psalm may have a respect to Abithophel, David's counsellor, yet it chiefly and ultimately points to the case' of Judas, as is evident from verses 20, 21, 66 he hath put forth his hand against such as be at peace with him ; he hath bro. ken his covenant." It is supposed that it might be ren. dered" he hath broken hia..peace :"-And so the place may receive, illustration from Hebrews x. 26, 27.6 if we fin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more facrifice for sin but a certain fearful looking for of judga ment, &c." which seems to have been the case of Judas in putting forth his hand against him whom the apostle calls, our peace, and breaking his covenant.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,, yet war was in his heart. His words were fofter than oil, yet were they drawn fwords. His words

are," whomsoever I shall kifs, that same is he, hold I him faft. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said,

hail, mafter, and killed him,'' Matt. xxvi. 48, 49.* This was under the influence of Satan (Luke xxii. 3.) as appears from verse 3, of the forecited lv. Pfalm, 65. becaute of the voice of the enemy, because of the

oppression of the wicked one, which is his character :: in the Psalms, in opposition to the character of Chrift;

as in verse 224 " the Lord {hall never suffer the righte. ous ONE to be, moved, as they are: Taid to be literally rendered

. .! I have already said, that wherever the blessed man, the upright nian, the righteous one, the just one, the poor one, the meek one c. is spoken of in the Psalms in the langular number, Jefus Chrift is intendedi , It may not be, amils to point to several passages for illaftration.'?, Dining

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and her feathers with yellow rigold. When the Almighty scatters kings for her, the shall be like the snow. in Salmon" (asitis said the Hebrew fignifies...)

Of the sufferings of Christ we have an early account in the Pfalmse So foon as the character of thiş blessed one is brought to view in his perfect conformity to the law. of God, insuring his prosperity, and in opposition to the, ungodly, ąs in Pfalmi, we have the heathen raging, and the people imagining a yain thing, the kings of the earth setting themselves, and their rulers against the Lord, and against his anointed, Let us break their. bandso afunder, and cast their cords from us, Psalm ii. So we have in the history of his life in the New-Testament. For fo, faod as Herod the king heard of his birth, die was troubled, and all. Jerusalem, with him, And that opposition to him then took place, which followed him through his whole life, from all forts of men, his natural relations... not excepted, Psalm 1xix. 8.4 I am become a ftranger unto my brethren, and an alien, upto my mother's children.", According to this we find in Jolin-vii. 3, 4, 5. they were , difpleafed, with him. His brethren therefore said unto him, depart hence, and go into Judea, that thy difciples also may see the works that shou doft. For no man doth any thing in, fecret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly; -1fithou;do these things, shew thyfelf, to the world. Før neither did his bre=; thren.believe in him. And their concern for him excited them at length to go and lay hold on him," for they said, he is befide himselfi" Majk ii, 21. His fuf- . ferings were from all ranks of men,from the highest to the lowest, Plalm, Ixix. 12. They that fit in the gate, (by. whislı fuppose is to beunderstood ihofe,in pow? erga 96ording to Proverbs-xxxipc987) spake against nge, and I was the song of the drunkards:" Was not this fulfilled in the combination, from the chief priests, and, forjbeş, and elders, to, the lawetaw the


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mob, cotinected with Satan, against him! Saús fefus Christ, “ this is your hour, and the power of darkar the fa... These prevailed till he could say; es reproach hath broken my heart, and I am full of Heavtriefs and I looked for fome to take pity, and there was none j and for comfort, but I found Hotite 30 for he was betrayed by one disciple, dehted by anów ther, and forsaken by all. But to finish the hortor of his faferings, the Father hid luis face from him, which wallowed up all his other complaints. I only men tion these as a hint of what may more fully he feent' by looking over either the prophecies in the Palms and other parts of the Old Testament, or the histado rieb' exhibited in the New 71

His disciples and firft followers foon met with that? treatment which caused them to bear lh theit bodies the farks of the Lord Jelus, that confirmed their faith in the Old Testarttent fériptures concerning Chrift: See Ads tv.-24-28. And of them it is said Pfalm xliv. 224 yea, for tlry fáké are we killed all the day! long we are accounted as sheep for the flaughter and See Romans viii. 360. ..? *. is 0 1 0 A

And there are many of the Prálms which seem egter preffive of the prayers of Chrift under his fufferings which always end in assured confidence in God for de* liverance, in virtue" of his perfect righteousness: See Pfalñis v. vi. viia xii:'xvii. xxii: Xxxv. Ixix: 1***. &eri Some verfés out of thefe' Pfalmis expreffing this? confidence; I here producer: Plalmar 42: For tkou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous with favoür wit thou acompass him as with a fhicla. Pralni vizet co The Lord hath heard my fupplieation the Lord will receive my prayette Palm vii. 16. My defence of God, who saveth the upright in heater Platha fin But I have trusted in thy terey : "My Weart fhiah Ten" joice in thy 'falvation. Plaliti xvs. isAl for thes

all' behold thy face to tighteousness: Ithat be Yatire fied when't awake with thy likenets, Pfalra **: 242 dong


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