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the brightness and splendor, their ears will be dinned with the sound, and their hearts overwhelmed with the revelations and exhibitions of it. Four thousand years therefore, will be little enough to give notice of it. On this account, God sent forth heralds and made proclamations in all ages, and caused the sound of his feet to be heard upon the mountains, till time was of age and the creation come to maturity.
The subject was too big for utterance, and man in his best state, too weak and feeble to hear it. So marvellous and matchless is this love, that it transcends everything great besides; and nullifies all other things, and remains alone the object of wonder and admiration. There was no room to pour it forth, and therefore there must be time allowed for it. And beside, God would hereby , raise the expectations of mankind, that he might come at their desire; and be received with affection and esteem by them; and be, as the Prophet has it, Haggai 2. 7. the desire of all nations.
And if fir had not entered, and Satan become by the lord and god of the world, and · filled men with wrath against him, it had been
so. He would have been the joyous desire of all the nations of the world, and would have been received by them with suitable affections and applause. But the deceiver throwing things into disorder and confusion, prevented it, and made his gracious
appearance and engagement for us, a matter of - disgust and offence.
This wickedness of the devil prevented that general jubilee, which all nations would have had by the coming of their universal mediator and subftituté, whose coming and engagement, was pregnant with love and good will. And many would have been joyful spectators of the scene, while he
was fulfilling all righteousness, and rendering every * human character truly respectable and sublime. .
Nothing but this would satisfy the love of God to man. Time and eternity had been filled and burdened with it; and mankind are unable to this day, either to look at it or hear it. Not absolutely unable; but accidentally, through their own fault, · they can endure neither the sight nor found of it.. The creation has been declaring and publishing
Now to justify a man is not the same as to pardon him. To pardon him is to overlook his faults, and to forbear the punishment which is due. But to '. justify him is to vindicate his character, to disprove all that may be laid to his charge as slanders, and to declare him innocent and unblemished in the eye of the law. And, as it is to be taken here, it is to vindicate him so far as to prove, that it was impossible to be better, or to do more good than he has done. He has magnified the law and made it honorable.
The law by which his righteousness is measured, is the law of ten commands, delivered on mount Sinai. This law, is nothing but the result and expression of the inward aversion which God has to what is evil, and the delight he has in,' what is good. All the force, with which he hates injustice and confusion, and all the energy with which he loves what is reasonable, just and good, is come - H2
This appears more evident still in the matter of the ears of corn. Matthew 12. 1. At that time Jesus went through the corn fields on the sabbáths. So it should be read,
By Luke 6. 1. We find that it was the second sabbath after the firft, the pharisees found fault with him. That is, they found fault with him upon his allowing it to be done two fabbaths, successively. And he vindicates himself and disciples, by alluding to David's breach of a
temporary command, in a certain case, without being censured for it. And asserts that he was Lord of the fabbath: and therefore had power over it, intimating, I think, his design of bringing it under a new administration.
But be this as it will, that the sabbath is removed into the first day of the week, is clear from the testimonies above. And consequently, the christian fabbath, has in it everything that is possible to be in a sabbath; all the contents, all the principles and all the ideas that can contribute to give it greatness and authority.
The primitive saints had a prospect of this transcendent day under the gospel, and sung over it, and prophesied of its coming; and, by an anticipating faith made it present, when as yet it was many years forward in futurity. . An instance of this we have in Psalm 118. 23. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
The day here alluded to, is some way or other made remarkable and folemn; and, that it is the first