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informs us when he asserts, “ that it is evi. dent our Lord sprang out of Judah.”


· Isaiah declares that he shall be descended. from David, and be born of a pure virgin. A virgin Mall conceive and bear a son, and they Mall call his name Immanuel There shall come a rod out of the stem of Jelle, and the Spirit of the Lord shall reft upon him, and the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. The descent of Joseph the reputed father, and of Mary the Mother of our Lord, is regularly traced from David the son of Jesse, by the Evangelists. " Mary was found with child by the Holy Ghost. -- When Jesus was bap-, tized by John in the river Jordan, the Spirit of God descended like a dove, and lighted upon him.” His life and doctrine fully showed that the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, did indeed rest or remain with him always, “ for it was not given unto him by measure.” ...

Rising to a loftier strain of description, Isaiah represents the dignity of his nature and attributes, and among other appropriate epic

3 Isaiah vii. 14. Matt. i. 20. Luke iii. 23. Matt. iii. 16. . . . . . ani . _ N 3


thets, gives him one that peculiarly marks the mild and heavenly purpose of his Gospelk, Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder ; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Couna sellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. — Thus our Saviour himself initructs Nicodemus, “ that God fo loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son;" and St. Paul declares what is indeed proved by the whole tenor of Evangelical History, “ that God hath in these last times spoken unto us by his Son." He declares likewise, “ that Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God that he is our peace, and the Lord of peace himself

the image of the invisible God that he is - before all things, and by him all things con

fist ---the brightnefs of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person." The Evangelists i assert, that the voice heard from heaven, when our Lord was baptized in the river Jordan, declared, “ This is my beloved Son,” The government was given to him,

' Ifaiah ix. 6. John iii. 16. Heb. i. 2. Ephefi ii. 14. I Cor. į. 24. Col. i. 15. 17. 20. ? Thess. iii. 16. Heb. i. 3: .

Matt. jii. 17. Isaiah xix. 6. Matt. xxviii. 18. Luke ji. 14.

for he cast out evil spirits, he overruled the Laws of nature by his miraculous power-and “ he had all power given unto him both in heaven and earth.” At his birth the angels, in their song of triumph, déclared " peace on earth and good will towards men," thus celebrating his high and gracious office, as Redeemer of a sinful world, and marking the characteristics of the mild and benevolent religion he came to establish.

Isaiah likewise specifies the particular kinds of miracles by which the divine origin of the Christian Revelation should be proved.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as ån bårt, and the tongue of the dumb singk. The following words of Christ, when speaking particularly of his miracles to the disciples of John, and which plainly refer to the Prophecies, are confirmed by the Gospels, in the fullest mani ner : “ The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up.”

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The reward given by the High Priests to Judas the betrayer, is exactly specified by Zechariah?. They weighed for my price thirty pieces of filver. Thus the Evangelists relate, that “. Judas Iscariot went unto the chief Priests, and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver."

“The cruel and most undeserved treatment, which he suffered previous to his death, is thus mentioned by Isaiahm. I gave my back to the fmiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I bid not my face from mame and Spitting. It is particularly recorded, “' that they did fpit in his face, and buffet him, and that others smote him with the palms of their hands.".

· His particular kind of death, by being nailed to a cross, is described by David TM. They pierced ny hands and my feet. And the Evangelists say expressly, that "the Jews crucified him.”

:1 Zech. xi. 12. Matt. xxvi. 15.
in Ifaiah 1. 6. Matt. xxvi. 67."
• Pfalm xxii. i6. Matt. xxvii. 35


And the particular kind of drink that was offered him is mentioned likewise by Davido. They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. The Evangelists relate, that " they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall.”

And the manner likewise, in which his garments were adjudged to the soldiers who attended his execution, is exactly stated in the Psalms P. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. Thus in the Gospel it is particularly mentioned, :“ that they parted his raiment and cast lots for his coat, as it was without seam, and woven from the top throughout.”

The manner of his interment is foretold by Isaiah 4. That he should make his grave with the rich. Thus “ a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, took the body of Jesus, and laid it in his own new tomb."

That he should rise again, without being fubject to decay, is the glorious declaration

• Psalm lxix. 21. Matt. xxvii. 34.

Pfalm xxii, 18.' John xix. 23.' 4 Ifaiah liii. g. Matt. xxvii. 57, 58.

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