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2. His fatherly compassion.

My fatherly compassion. As a father pitieth his children, so will I pity you. I will consider your frame, and not be extreme to mark what is done amiss by you; but cover all with a mantle of my pardoning love.b

3. His fatherly instruction.

My fatherly instruction. I will cause you to hear the sweet voice behind you, saying “This is the way.” I will tender your weakness, and inculcate mine admonitiors, line upon line;c and feed you with milk, when you cannot digest stronger meat.d I will instruct you, and guide you with mine eye.e

4. His fatherly protection. My fatherly protection. In my fear is strong confidence, and my children shall have a place of refuge. My name shall be your strong tower; to which you may at all times fly, and be safe.s To your strong hold, ye prisoners of hope !! I am an open refuge, a near and inviolable refuge

for you.

a Psalm ciii. 13, 14. b Psalm lxxviii. 39. c Isa. xxx 21. d Isa. xxviii. 13. 1 Cor. iii. 2. e Psalm xxxii. 8. f Prov. xiv. 26. g Prov. xviii. 10. h Zech. ix. 12. i Ps. xlviii. 3. Deut. iy. 7. Job. xi. 18, 19.

5. His fatherly provision. My fatherly provision. Be not afraid of want; in your father's house there is bread enough. Í will care for your bodies. Care not

for what yon shall eat, drink, or put on : let it suffice you, that your Heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. I will provide for your souls; meat for them, mansions for them, and portions for them.c

Behold, I have spread the table of my gospel for you, with privileges and comforts that no man taketh from you.d I have set before you the bread of life, and the tree of life, and the water of life:e eat; O friends! Drink abundantly, O beloved.

But all this is but a taste of what I have prepared. You must have but similes and hints now; and be contented with glimpses and glances here: but you shall be shortly taken up into your Father's bosom, and live for ever in the fullest views of his glory.

6. His fatherly probation. My fatherly obation. I will chasten you, because I love you ; that you may not be condemned with the world.s

a Psalm xxxiv. 9. Luke xv. 17. b Matt. vi. 25 to the ond. Luke xii. 22 to 34. c John vi. 30 to 59. Psalm cxlvi. 15. Psalm xvi.5, 6. Lam. iv. 24. d Isa. xxv. 6. Matt. xxii. 4. Prov. ix. 2. e John vi. 48. Rev. ü. 7. xxi. 17. fI Those. Iv. 17. & 1 Cor, xi. 32. Prov. üi. 11, 12.


Secondly, God the Son, to be a husband to us,

My Son I give unto you, in a marriage-covenant for ever. I make him over to you, as wis. dom for your illumination; righteousness, for your justification; sanctification, for the curing

your corruptions; redemption, for your deliverance from your enemies. I bestow him upon you with all his fulness, all his merits, and all his graces.

He shall be yours in all his offices. I have anointed him for a prophet. Are you ignorant ? He shall teach you; He shall be eye-salve to you. I have sent him to preach the gospel to the poor, to restore sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.d

I have established him, by oath, as a priest for ever. If any sin, he shall be your advocate; he shall expiate your guilt, and make the atonement. Have you any sacrifice and service to offer ? Bring it unto him, and you shall receive an answer of peace. Present your petitions by his hand; him will I accept." Having such an high priest over the house of God, you may come and welcome; come with boldness.

Him have I set up as a king upon my holy hill of Sion. He shall rule you, he shall defend you.j He is the king of righteousness, king of

a Isa. ix. 6. xlii. 6. 2 Cor. xi. 2. b 1 Cor. i. 30. c [sa, xlix. 6. xlii. 16. Rev. iii. 18. d Luke iv. 18. e Psalm

fi John ii. 1, 2. Zech. xiii. 1. g1 Pet. ii. 5. Heb. xiii. 15. h John xiv. 13, 14. i Heb. x. 19, 20, 21, 2. j lea. ix. 6, 7. Matt. i. 21.

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peace; and such a king shall he be to you. I will set up his standard for you ; I will set up his throne in you. He shall reign in righteousness, and rule in judgment. He shall be a hidingplace from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, and the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. He shall hear your causes, judge your enemies,e and reign till he hath put all under his feet ;' yea, and under your feet : for they shall be as ashes under you, and you shall tread them, saith the Lord of hosts. Yea, I will undo them that afflict you; and all they that despised you, shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet." And you shall go forth, and behold the carcases of the men that have trespassed against me: their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire bc quenched ; and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh.

Thirdly. God the Spirit to be counsellor and com

forter to us.

My Spirit do I give unto you, for your counsellor and comforter.j He shall be a constant inmate with you, and shall dwell in you, and abide with you for ever. I consecrate you as temples

a Heb. vii. 2. Jer. xxiii. 6. Eph.ii 14. b Isa. xlix. 22. c Psalm cx. 2. Luke xvii. 21. d Isa. xxxi. 2. e Isa. xi. 3, 4, 5. fPsalm cx. 1. I Cor. xv. 25. g Mal. iv. 3. b Isa. Ix. 14. Zeph. iü. 19. i Isa. lxvi. 24. j John xvi. 7. Rom. viii. 14. k Ezek. xxxvi. 27. John xiv. 16, 17.

to his holiness. He shall be your guide, he shall lead you into all truth." He shall be your advocate, to indite your prayers and make intercession for you. He shall be oil to your wheels, and strength to your ankles; wine to your hearts, marrow to your bones, and wind to your sails. He shall witness your adoption :d He shall seal you up to the day of redemption, and be to you the earnest of your inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession.e


He giveth all things with himself, both present and

to come.

And as I give you myself, so much more all things with myself;f earth and heaven; life and death; things present, and things to come.s

I. Things present ours. Things present are yours. Lo, I give you Caleb's blessing,—the upper springs and the nether springs. I will bless you with all spiritual blessings, in heavenly places, in Christ..

a 1 Cor. iii. 16, 17. vi. 19. b Gal. v. 18. John xiv. 26. c Rom. viii. 26, 27. d Rom. viii. 16. e Eph. i. 14. iii. 14. 2 Cor. i. 22. f Rom. viii. 32. 1 Cor. iii. 22. & John xvi. 13. b Eph. i. 3.

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