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christian mind, is the application of it in 1 Cor. x. 3, 4; from which it is manifest that the rock, the water of which followed Israel through the wilderness, as well as the manna that came down from heaven, set forth the Lord Jesus. Yes, my dear children, He was the angel (the angel of the covenant) that was with his people in the wilderness, guiding all their ways. (Acts vii. 38.) He was also the Lion of the tribe of Judah, (Rev. v. 5;)—the true High Priest, (Heb. iii. 1;)—the Lamb of God, (1 Pet. i. 19;)—the Vail, (Heb. x. 20;)—the golden Mercy-seat, (Rom. iii. 25;)—the Bread which came down from heaven, (John vi.33;) —and the Rock that followed. (1 Cor. x. 4.) Truly he was the Alpha and Omega of the church in the wilderness in type and shadow, as he is to the church now in reality and substance. (Rev. i. 11.)

Sometimes the church of God is set forth as a temple; then the stone—the tried stone—the sure foundation—the precious corner-stone Jehovah laid in Zion, even that stone on which was engraven the seven eyes, only gets its ANSWER in our blessed Lord; for other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid, even Christ Jesus, (compare Isa. xxviii. 16 and Zech. iii. 9 with 1 Pet. ii. 6;) and he that builds on this foundation can never fail; for though the storm beat vehemently against his house, it falls not; it is founded on a rock-THE ROCK OF AGES. (Luke vi. 47, 48.)

The Rock is also blessedly introduced, as the emblem of protection and shade ; and the traveller in an open plain can well understand the beauty of the text, when, reaching some towering rock, he shelters

himself beneath its shade from the fervent heat of the sun. Such is the Lord: “the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isa. xxxii. 2.)

Sometimes in our walks in Ireland, we came between two heights, where the impending rocks seemed to threaten us with destruction ; nothing could be more awful, and we were glad to escape; and yet, when the sixth seal opens, and the Lamb of God is manifested, that countenance that beamed with compassion when he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” (Luke xxiii. 34,) shall then be covered with wrath; and so terrible will be the sight, that the wicked, high and low, rich and poor, bond and free, shall CALL on the mountains and rocks to fall on them, to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. (Rev. vi. 12—17.)

The wrath of the Lamb! There is something inconceivably awful in this scripture; indeed, the three characters in which the Lord Jesus was and is now manifested in mercy, will then be changed into judgment; for the Son will be angry, (Ps. ii. 12,) the Lamb will be wroth, (Rev. vi. 17,) and the Man will be Judge. (Acts xvii. 31; Rev. xx. 11, 12.) O my beloved children, may each of you “to-day, while it is called to-day,” flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before you. Now is the day of grace, and now there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (Luke xv. 10.)

I alluded to the Harvest in my last letter, and promised to enlarge on it a little in this. We saw the High Priest wave the sheaf of firstfruits the morning after the sabbath, which sheaf had been reaped

previous to the sabbath, and laid up during the sabbath. This the Spirit of God, in 1 Cor. xv. 23, explains to us; and passing beyond the offering of thanksgiving for the temporal harvest, (though that is most blessed in its place,) we see in that wave sheaf the Lord Jesus raised from the dead ;-gathered previous to the sabbath-laid up during the sabbath—and raised up on high the morning after the sabbath, the first-fruits of an abundant harvest. To this the Psalmist alludes, for the original word is the same. There shall be a handful, an omer of corn in the earth, on the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon. (Ps. lxxii. 16.) Jesus was the true corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died, and brought forth much fruit. If he had not died, he would have remained alone; but he died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. (Rom. xiv. 9; 1 Thess. iv. 16, 17.)

If you search the Scriptures, my dear children, you will find abundance of passages where the figures taken from the creation of this third day, are used by the Holy Spirit to set forth divine truth, but perhaps in none more than in the Psalms. I would call


attention particularly to those commencing at Ps. xcvi. and extending to Ps. c. Ps. xcvi. and xcviii., and xcvii. and xcix., seem to go together; the two previous ones being the exhortation to the church to sing the hymn of triumph; and the two latter, the song itself. The scene is explained by Rom. viii. 22, 23: "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only

they, but ourselves also which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” But when the Second Adam, the Lord from heaven, shall be manifested, and all his saints with him, he will take unto himself his great power and reign, (Rev. xi. 15,) and then will all creation rejoice. Nothing can exceed the triumph of the Psalms I have alluded to :-“Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad ; let the sea roar and the fulness thereof; let the field be joyful and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord; for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth; he shall judge the world with righteousness, and his people with truth.” (Ps. xcvi. 11–13; see also Ps. xcvii. 6—9.) You remember, my dear children, how beautifully our favourite poet Cowper speaks of this glorious period- the times of restitution. (Acts iïi. 21.)

“ O scenes surpassing fable; and yet true!

Scenes of accomplished bliss ! which who can see,
Though but in distant prospect, and not feel
His soul refreshed with foretaste of the joy?
Rivers of gladness water all the earth,
And clothe all climes with beauty: the reproach
Of barrenness is past: the fruitful field
Laughs with abundance; and the land, once lean,
Or fertile only in its own disgrace,
Exults to see the thistly curse removed ;-
The various seasons woven into one,
And that one season an eternal Spring."-Winter Walk at Noon.

But not only do the Psalms, under these sublime similitudes, thus speak of the glories of the latter day; they also set forth the more retired walk of the individual believer. How sweet is that description in Ps. i. of the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord :-“ He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Ver. 3.) In winter, as in summer, the Christian bears his leaf; and the Lord ever watches over him, and prospers him in his ways. One more Psalm I cannot but refer to, as it is


the earliest in my remembrance:-“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and Aourishing; to shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” (Ps. xcii. 12–15.)

The New Testament does not so abound in figurative language as the prophetical parts of the Old, though indeed the instruction of our blessed Lord was greatly after this order. The parable of the sower, and all the parables of Matt. xiii.—the scenes of every-day life-are used in spiritual instruction. And in that solemn word spoken on the Mount of Olives, but a few hours before the crucifixion, how forcible is the instruction from the similitude of the VINE! Christ is the TRUE Vine; the Father the Husbandman; his people the branches. There is no fruitfulness but by continually abiding in him. Fruitfulness is

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