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16 it is of thy mercy we are not consumed, becaule hy compassions fail not."
The historical fact which follows, as the accomplik nent of this promise, is one of the most singular upon ccord; and so mixes itself with the leading objeds of he New Testament dispensation, that it well merits a parate and particular consideration. Being arrived at another of the great epochas, of riods of ancient history, the going out of Egypt; ? shall make a brief recapitulation of the whole, om the beginning. The first great period of the tory of the world, is from the creation down to • deluge; containing the space of one thousand lix ndred and fifty-six years; and a succellion of ht lives, from Adam, to the fix hundredth year of ah. The second is, from the flood to the call.
of Abraham, and contains four hundred and nty-seven years; and a succession of ten lives, n the hundred and eighth year of Shem, the lon Voah, to the seventy-fifth of Abraham, the father founder of the Jewish nation: fix of the patriarchs,
the flood, being now dead, Noah, Phaleg, Rebu, g, Nahor, and Terah ; and four of them still liv. Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, and Heber. So that one that of Shem, connects the antediluvian world, he call of Abraham. For he was ninety-eight
old before the flood came ; and lived till Abra. was one hundred and fifty, and Isaac fifty years
The third grand period of the world, containing undred and thirty years, commences on the me day of the month Abib, which answers to the our April, or the beginning of May. And 101 I chronologists have undertaken to prove, to pture history and astronomical calculations, ca m departed from Haran, the pafchal lamb Way d in Egypt, and Christ expired upon the crowy ropitiation for the sins of the world, on Calvin he identical month of the year, day of and hour and ininute of the day. This po
riod contains a succession of seven lives, including | Abraham's, from his seventy-fifth year to the eighti.eth of the life of Moses,
From the creation, then, to the exodus, is the space of two thousand five hundred and thirteen years, and a succession of twenty-four lives. The date of this event, in relation to other important and wellknown events in the history of mankind, stands as follows: it happened after the death of Abraham, three hundred and thirty years. After the death of Isaac, two hundred and twenty-five. After the death of Jacob, one hundred and ninety-eight. After the death of Jofeph, one hundred and forty-four. Before the destruction of Troy, about three hundred. Before the first Olympiad, or the earliest reckoning of time among the Greeks, seven hundred and fourteen, Before the building of the temple, when the Ifraelitish glory was in its zenith, five hundred and fix. Before the Babylonish captivity, nine hundred and fixty-three. Before the building of Rome, feven hundred and thirty-eight. Before Christ was born at Bethlehem, one thousand five hundred fifty-one. Before the present year 1793, three thousand three hundred and forty-four,
What is the conclusion of the whole matter? “A thousand years,” O Lord, “in thy fight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."! * “Our fathers, where are they? the prophets, do they live forever?” “Seeing then that all these things shall be diffolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness; looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” + “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."I “Many shall come from the east
and * PGI. XC. 4. + 2 Pet. iii. 11, 12, 13. I Psal. xc. 126
and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Ifaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."* " The law was given by Moses, but grace, and truth came by Jesus Christ."* " And he thar fat upon the throne faid, Behold, I make all things new." “ He which testifieth these things faith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even fo, come, Lord Jesus.”
* Mat. viii. 11.
t Jahn i. 17.
i Rev. xxi. 20
ind west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Ifaac and acob in the kingdom of heaven."* “ The law was girn by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jefus Christ.”+ “ And he that fat upon the throne faid, Be. DIJ, I make all things new." "He which teftifech lefe things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. ven so, come, Lord Jesus.”
EXODUS xvi. 11–15. And the Lord spake unto Mofes, saying, I have heard the murnurings of the children of Israel ; fpeak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye hall be filled with bread : and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp : and in the morning the dew lay round about the hot. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hear-frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel jaw it, they said one to another, It is manna : for they cijt not what it was. And Mofes faid unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given
you to eat. M an, composed of body and spirit, is giving con. tinual indication of the origin from which he springs. His creative imagination, his penetrating understand. ing, his quickness of apprehension, loftiness of thought, eagerness of desire, fondness of hope; nay, even his erect figure, and a countenance turned upward to the skies, bespeak him the son of God, into whose noftrils Jehovah has breathed the breath of life, and whom he has framed after his own image. On the other hand, appetites perpetually craving a supply out of the earth; the law of his nature, which stretches him in a state of insensibility upon the lap of his
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mother, for one third of his existence, in order to : support the employments of the other two; and rational powers subjected to the will of sense, shew us a creature taken from the dust of the ground, always dependent upon it, and hastening to return thitherward again.
Providence permits us not for a moment to forget who and whence we are. Have we laboured an hour or two? Hunger and thirst and weariness irresistibly draw us to the groffer elements of which we are compounded. A little bread and water having dispensed · their nourishing virtue, a short sleep having restored our wasted powers, the foul starts up into conscious immortality, it springs forward to eternity, grasps the globe, expatiates from sphere to sphere, ascends to the throne of God himself. At one time, we behold a grovelling contemptible being, all body, absorbed in the low and grofs desire of the moment, a fit companion to the beasts that perilh ; and anon we see that very fame wretched creature becoming all spirit, leaving the earth behind him, mixing with angels, and holding fellowship with the Father of spirits.
Religion is constantly aiming at the restoration of our fallen nature, is still exerting her quickening power to raise the beastial into rational, the rational into divine ; she graciously enıploys herself in gradually detaching us from things seen and temporal, and in uniting us to those which are unseen and are eternal. The world, on the contrary, is as constantly striving to de. grade, to depress, to extinguish the inmortal princi. ple, and to sink the man in the brute, Hence we fee the worldling dreaming of much goods laid up for many years, endeavouring to confer duration even upon his sensuality; while Christ teacheth his disciples to pray, saying, “Give us this day our daily bread.” And by this admonition, he powerfully checks immoderate anxiety about the future. “Therefore, I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall cat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
for your body, what ye hall put on: is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air : for they fow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them: Are ye not much better than they ?"'*
To teach men their constant dependence, their provision is bestowed in a gradual, daily fupply; not in heaps but in handfuls. And when God was pleaf. ed miraculously to feed Ifrael in the wilderness for forty years together, the food of every day came in its day. All attempts to hoard were defeated. Every one's portion was fufficiently ample; and accumulation became a nuisance instead of wealth. .
Men, under the impulse of their passions sluggishly crawl, or eagerly run to the objects of their pursuit; but God is ever advancing towards his in the fame. steady, majestic pace. When we hear of the birth of Moses, the deliverer of Israel, we immediately conclude that the time of their redemption is now at hand. But behold forty years elapse before a single effort is made for this purpose. And, it is then the feeble effort of a folitary individual to avenge a pria vate wrong; while the general enfranchisement feems rather retarded than accelerated by it ; and another period of forty years passes, without one apparent step taken towards public liberty. The fetters of Egypt are at length broken,' and 'Ifrael is enlarged; but the posseffion of Canaan is still at a distance; and a third space of forty years consumes that whole generation in the wilderness; and Moses, their conductor, dies at the age of one hundred and twentyyears, before the sole of one foot enters into the land of promise, as a possession. So unlike are the preconceptions of erring men to the designs of the infinitely wise God.
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