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toxicated in the Roman church, who copy after this mighty Lord,

Boy: Meffiah shall be cut off, but' not for himself, and he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week, and he fhall cause the fa cribce to cease, and the city and temple to be destroyed, and to the end desolations are determined.

na rin Moses. Here I am loft in horror and despair. Mestiah cut off, his covenant confirmed, Ifrael with her temple and sacrifice cast off, Jerusalem deftroyed, and judea laid waste and given to the Gentiles, themselves made Naves. Othe the misery of two thousand years. ..Buy. Ifaiah gth chapter. For unto us a child is born, unto us á fon is given, and the government Jhall be upon his poulders, and bis name shall be called, Wonderful Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Faiber, the Prince of peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, and upon the throne of David and his kingdom to order and establish it with judgment and with justice, from benceforth even for ever ; the zeal of the Lord of Hofts will perform this.

Mofes. Ifrael grants her Meffiah no part of the Divinity, but every perfection of human nature, and great share of the Spirit, far exceeding, if possible, Moses, whom the Almighty spoke with face to face. Affuming to himself this infinite dignity was the condemnation and deach of Jesus Christ ; for many accufations proved ineffectuat and abortive unto our high and chief priest, Caiphas asked him, (as he had declared himself) Art thou Chrift


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the son of the Blessed? Without hesitating,

he answered, Lam; zand you fall fee, the don of man fitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven" Thenthe high priest rent his clothes and faith, 13 What need we further witness, you have heard the blasi phemy; what think you?" and they allr.con

to be guilty of death. Then they spit upon him, covered his face, buffeted him, and said deridingly, “ Prophesy," and the fervants ftruck him; and to confirm to you more fully that Jesus, taking on himself the dignity of the Divinity, was his condemnation, and death. The words of our high-priest to Pilate is fufficient with the body of the people, when the governor would

have let him free, There are their words: “ We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself; the Son of God.

10 moi on diten en Boy. If this have ever been the sentiments of the Jews, it explains very clearly the cause which influenced them to put the prophets ton death, for almost the whole have spoken of the divinity of Christ, and you well know that they were unpleasing companions to Israel, for they put them to death. vir 100 b3!!

Mofes. Ifrael has been complained of as a ftiff-necked and stony hearted race, through, out her scriptures, bug where is the nation without this obduracy: Israel has her foibles, but she also has her virtues. What other peo.. ple have attended as Israel upon her God, from the time of our father Abraham, the term four : thousand uland years,;;jco this day, fuffering from

time to time, and this laßt period opon the ètofe of lewo thouland years; "the greatest con kuraelies, reproach, and the most grievous hördens'; 'why? because we remain firm to our God, and religion of our fore fathers. Yet Hrael has finned, or why banished. 7. i!!! - Boy. Mefliah cut off, his covenant confirmed, city, temple, and facrifice destroyed, Ifrael catt out, and country parcelled out to the

Moses. A bitter draught I confess, the wound enters deep, but still I am in the dark; "Ifrael cannot be guilty of fo black a crime, and not know her guilt. Boy. Isaiah 53 chap. Who hath believed our reports, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed, for he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we fould delite him. He is despised and rejecied of men; a man of forrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him. He was despised, and we esteemed him not: surely he hath borne dur griefs, and carried our forrows, yet we did efteem hini stricken, fiiiten of God, and affict.d. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities the chattisement of our peace was upon hiin, and with his ftripes we are biealed. All we, like sheep, have gore aftray, we have turned every one to his own way;" and the Lord has laid on Hini the iniquity a all.o 'He was opprefied, and he was afflicted,




yet, he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the flaughter, and as a sheep, before her shearers, is dumb; so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people was he tricken, and he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, because he hath done no violence; neither was there any deceit in his mouth; yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him. He hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make bis soul an offering for fin: he fhail fee his feed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord fall profper in his hands. He shall fee of che travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knewledge shall my righteous servant justify many ; for he shall bear their iniquities; therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong ; because he hath poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Moses. These are dark and hidden mysteries, fealed up in the vision of God from the begining: the prophecy of our father Jacob concerning the Messiah's (when the sceptre should be taken from Judah) appearing, and the pro

hecy as we took notice of Daniel's seventy weeks, reflects and marks out the epoch, also confirming his covenant. Ifaiah goes farther, and treats of ingratitude, sufferings, and igno


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minious death of the Meffiah ; hated, despised, villified, fcorned, and derided as the fcum or dregs, not worthy the name of man: executing him with che malefactors, as a most base culprit. That he died for others, both Daniel.and Ifaiah agree;

this proves him to be more than man, they being all involved in the fin of our first parent, and this against the Deity; which guilt could not be cancelled by a creature ; for had man maintained his innocence, or even the higher order of angels, they have nothing they can claim or offer, but belongs to their Creator. This reflection involves my mind, and like a dagger pierces my heart : where have I been wandering in the shades of night, for four-fcore years, ever learning, but never learned: my pursuit limited to the narrow boundaries of Palatine, and my Meffiah an earthly prince ; ( the mifery of terrestrial glory, it robs us of all that is truly glorious ; how often have I considered, Moses, our great legiflator, and king Solomon, as types of our Meffiah, but him in a far more perfect and fublime sphere, with a long series of years and tranfcending bliss; but still terrestrial, and hirn not: God; for the thought I fhould be condemned blafphemeous. But now a ray of celeftial light breaks through, and discovers to my deluded understanding the weakness of the human mind, left to its own reasoning in the way of spirit; four-score years travelling over sea and land in search of cruth; this from my youth, my chief concern, but alas to no effect; scripture has ever been my chief companion,


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