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abundance, and to lay it up in store against the coming of the seven years of famine. The advice was approved by all, and Pharaoh immediately said, "Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art. Thou shalt be over my house, and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou." Then he arrayed him in magnificent apparel, and put a gold chain about his neck, and seated him in the chariot which was next in splendour to his own, and proclaimed the authority to which he was raised by the cry made before him of "Bow the knee." Moreover he gave him the name of Zaphrath-paaneah, which means, The revealer of secrets, and gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potipharah, priest of On, and a person of great distinction in the kingdom, to be his wife.

And now contemplate this so lately despised and oppressed Hebrew youth raised up to be the second person in the powerful kingdom of Egypt, covered with honours and dignities, and sustaining an office of the utmost

importance for the benefit of the country. The whole history should teach us that the Lord is the governor in all the earth, and that whatever they do there, he is the doer of it. The hearts of kings and of all creatures are in his hands, and are turned as he pleases. It may well confirm our faith and encourage our trust in God. It is an exemplification of that gracious declaration of God by the prophet Isaiah to the Jewish church, which may be applied to every individual of the household of faith, "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer." The saints of God are under his care and protection in all places, at home or abroad, in the palace or the dungeon. He chastens them for their profit; he strengthens them for duty; he exalts them for his own glory; and he makes all persons and all circumstances to further his purposes of mercy towards them. Have you traced the dealings of God with his servant

Joseph? Now apply them to yourselves. Gather the fruits of resignation, hope, and patience, from them. Especially take care to secure a character like his. Remember what you heard of him in the last sermon: take notice in this how he owns and glorifies his God. This is the way to exaltation and honour. I say not to exaltation and honour here. I say not that the holy and pious shall always stand before kings on earth. But I say that themselves shall be both kings and priests in the kingdom of heaven: they shall have a crown of glory that fadeth not away, and a place at the right hand of Him, who is King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Now think also of another who in his sufferings found no favour with the princes and great ones of earth. "The kings of the earth rose up and the rulers took counsel together against the Lord and against his anointed." He indeed was clothed with a purple robe, and they bowed the knee before him, but it was in cruel mockery and scorn. He was not made to ride in the second chariot of the kingdom, but they led him away to crucify

him, and as they led him they made him to bear on his own shoulders that cross which was to be the instrument of his cruel and ignominious death. Yet did that cross become as a triumphal chariot; and as such the Apostle alludes to it in his powerful language in Coloss. ii. 15. where he writes, "Having spoiled principalities and powers he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it," as if there, like a victorious general of the Roman armies exhibiting the captured kings and princes of the nations which he had subdued in his triumphal procession to the capital, he also exhibited the powers of hell in the sight of the whole world as totally discomfited, and brought into subjection to him. He truly is raised to a state of the highest exaltation. We see him, "for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour." He is for ever "set down at the right hand of the majesty on high." God "hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,

and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father." Moreover, this his mediatorial exaltation is for the benefit of his people. Like Joseph in Egypt, he sustains an office in heaven full of mercy and grace to the needy who come unto him for relief, and extends his watchful care and protection to those over whom he rules." "He is made head over all things to his church," "It has pleased the father that in him all fulness should dwell," and out of that fulness he dispenses all various graces and spiritual blessings to all who wait on him as every man hath read, "Out of his fulness do we all receive:" "he filleth the hungry with good things." And as when the years of famine came on in Egypt, and the people cried unto the king for food, the direction of Pharaoh was, "Go to Joseph ;" so now since "the father hath committed all judgment unto the Son," the direction is, Go to Jesus, that you may " obtain mercy, and find grace to help in every time of need." He also himself gives his own

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