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pressive of the blood-shedding, dolors, pains, and griefs of Jesus Christ. This girdle tied or bound the linen coat fast to the body, and was expressive of the firmness of Christ's heart, and his readiness to accomplish the work of salvation. The robe of blue, which was a long garment put on this, was made of threads twelve times double, and the hole of it was woven at the beginning of the weaving; it had no sleeves, but was divided into two skirts; the neck of it was bound about with a collar that it might not be rent; ou the skirts of it were bells and pomegranates. The bells were of gold, to signify the purity and preciousness of the words of Christ; the pomegranates were symbolical of the coinforts, blessings, and graces which are in Christ, and which he makes his church and people partakers of. The pomegranates were in number four-and-twenty, placed between the bells, so that there were a golden bell and a poinegranate alternately upon the hem of the robe round about. The pomegranates were made of blue, and purple, and scarlet, expressive that all the fruits of Christ's priesthood, would be the effect of his most precious blood-shedding. The pomegranates were very significant of saints, as receiving all their spiritual life, vigour, and grace from Christ. The care to weave and bind the robe of blue, that it might not rend, was expressive of the unity of the doctrine of Christ, and that his

in the likeness of sinful flesh. The tabernacle being to be taken down and set up, as occasion required, might serve to point out how our Lord's body would be pulled down by death, and raised up again by his resurrection from the

and power of death. The tabernacle being all-glorious within, served to point out Christ, who though essentially and personally glorious, as one in the incomprehensible Jehovah, and as God-man, all fulness of grace and glory was inherently in him, yet it was suspended and concealed under and within the tabernacle of bis earthy body. The fine linen sculptured curtains were emblematical of the immaculate purity and perfection of his human nature; which was prepared by the Father, framed and articulated by the Holy Ghost, and assumed by the only begotten Son of God into personal union, so that God and man became one Christ. The man and lion, and the lion and man united in the profile cherubic figure on the curtains of fine linen, were a memorial of the union of the Second Person in Jehovah, to the man Christ Jesus. The colours of blue, purple, and scarlet, with which the figures of the cherubs were wrought in the curtains, may be considered as expressive of the bloody sweat, the bleeding body, and the death of Christ. The several coverings might denote the protection and safety which Christ affords his church. The tabernacle was Jehovah's dwelling-place. It shadowed forth Christ's becoming incarnate, and tabernacling with his people.


The tabernacle and its vails also were types of the body of Christ. The first vail or curtain, by which the priest entered into the holy place, was expressive of Christ, who is the way of access to God. '. Our Lord says of himself, “I am the door; by me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” As the priest entered, he saw the golden candlestick, with its seven lamps; an exhibition of Christ, the light of everlasting life. Opposite to it was the table of shew bread, with the cups of frankincense; expressive of Christ, who bears up his people in remembrance before the Lord; he is always in his Father's presence on their behalf; he perfumes both their persons and services, so that they are a sweet perfume to God: Christ remembers his church and people with everlasting kindness. It was also expressive of Christ, the bread of everlasting life. The golden altar of incense was typical of Christ, the intercessor of his church. The curious vail or curtain, which parted the holy from the most holy place, was expressive of the body of Christ; it pointed out his flesh, as rent by death, to open a passage way into the holiest of all. The ark, mercy-seat, and cherubims of glory, were sacred records of the covenant transactions of the eternal Three; they were symbolical of Christ, who

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is the most holy; they were memorials of him, as the propitiation; they pointed him out as the great law-fuller, “Who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” The cherubims were the figures of the great ones, the Three in the Essence, who engaged before all worlds, by their covenant transactions and oath, to save the elect in Christ, with an everlasting salvation. And the golden pot of manpa, in the holy of holies, was typical of Christ, the everlasting life and glory of his people.

The court of the tabernacle, which was the inclosure of the tabernacle, as it surrounded it, might serve to shadow out the church of Christ as a sacred inclosure, guarded, secured, and surrounded by the Lord, who is as "a wall of fire round about his penple, and their glory in the midst." The altar of burnt-offering, was a solemn memorial of Christ, as God's ordinance of salvation ; his oblation and death being the true and only atonement for sin. The laver of brass, with the water in it, was emblematical of Christ's blood, as a fountain opened to the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sia and for uncleanness.

Having thus set before you in this brief man. ner, what the tabernacle, with its sacred emblems, and the court, with its sacred furniture, signified, I am brought to my last head of dis course, and shall go on to shew,

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Lastly, how the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord filled it, when it was set up, according to the divine command.

The tabernacle, with all its sacred emblems and symbols, and the court, with its peculiar and mystical furniture, being perfected according to the divine cominand, it pleased Jehovah to testify his divine acceptance and approbation thereof, as says ny text, “ Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." Jehovah descended in this cloud, which, I conceive, was the same in which he went before the people when he had brought them out of Egypt, and covered the tent or tabernacle with it. Its covering the tent was a symbol of the Lord's immediate presence, and shewed his acceptance of what had been done in preparing and rearing it. The tabernacle was itself a symbol of the Lord's presence with his people, and by the cloud and glory of the Lord which now filled it, Jehovah took up his dwelling in this bis tent or pavilion thus prepared for him, As it was a testimony of his divine approbation, so it shewed that he was come to dwell with them, according to his promise, Exod. xxv. 8. “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” And again, Exod. xxix. 43.“ The tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” The Lord at this time

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