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quoted from the 54th chapter of Isaiah, or this of King David which I have now been repeating from the 23rd chapter of the second book of Samuel, or the description of the new covenant and its spiritual blessings given by the Apostle in the 8th chapter of his epistle to the Hebrews, wherein he says, “ This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Happy the man who can go from contemplating this interesting object of nature to meditate on the infinite grace of God to his soul.
And will not his thoughts be led to the Mediator of this covenant, even the blessed Jesus, the eternal Son, who “being the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high ?” Will he not think that that throne on wbich he is seated, had round about it, as it was seen by the Apostle John, a rainbow in sight like unto an emerald ? And will not this dispose him to think of that mercy and compassion, which appear conspicuously in every part of his undertaking for the redemption and final glory of his believing people? Will not mercy shine more brightly in the face of Jesus Christ, than in either the bow that appears in the cloud, or that which surrounds the throne ? Yes truly he will know, that He is the only medium through which divine forbearance and mercy and love are received; and in every scriptural record of the Redeemer's character, as in every line of the covenant of which he is the mediator, he will read his own security from the final pouring out of the vials of the wrath of God upon the impenitent and unbelieving. With what admiring and adoring emotions will he contemplate the Saviour's mercy, power, and grace! With what fulness of gratitude and love will he
" whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.”
This happy art, my Christian brethren,
of improving every suitable object that is visible in nature to the raising of spiritual and devout affections in our hearts, we should all desire to learn. And well shall we be repaid for learning it: for while it induces a spiritual mindedness, and forms a meetness for heaven, it produces the happiest sensations which the human heart can feel. We rise by it from earth to heaven ; step after step we mount upwards, as on Jacob's ladder, till in spirit we meet the angels descending to commune with us, till in spirit we enter into the
presence of God, and behold the glory of his Son. It is thus, my Christian brethren, that we not only render all earthly objects subservient to our highest interests, but extract from them the richest sweets which they contain. May the Holy Spirit of grace, the effectual teacher of every thing good, enable you to read many lessons from other objects similar to those which are taught by the rainbow, and as you read them may he shed abroad the love of God on your hearts, and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, in the most abundant measure,
Alas that any, with every proof of divine power, mercy, and goodness, daily before their eyes, and with the Bible, that heavenly book of spiritual instruction, in their hands, should be little better than the beasts of the field, as if they had no God to love and worship, nor souls of their own to be saved ! Alas that any should be negligent of the mercy proposed to them in the Gospel, and shew no desire for a part in the covenant of peace which it sets before them! Except these shall repent and be converted, and come to a better mind, a more terrible judgment awaits them than that from the fear of which they are delivered by the appearance of the Rainbow. They may die a natural death in their beds, with every attention and comfort which their families and friends can give, but their souls will perish eternally. I pray for you also. May God give you grace to seek a personal interest in that covenant, of which Christ is the mediator, that you may obtain the salvation which it conveys to every true believer.
THE TOWER OF BABEL.
GENESIS xi. 9.
Therefore the name of it is called Babel ;
because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth : and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
THERE are several customs and ceremonies observed among the various nations of the earth, of the origin of which we should haye had no knowledge whatever, had we not possessed the records of the sacred scriptures. Of these the universal use of sacrifices to propitiate the Deity is one, which evidently owes its rise to traditions, handed down through all generations of the human race from its first progenitors, of the manner in which they offered sacrifices to God, taught