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you he bursts death's iron fetters; and for you he intercedes at the court of heaven. This entire atonement and mediation were for you, as though you had been the only object of his care and solicitude, and from his own glorious abode, he now reaches down his arm of mercy to draw you out of the deep waters, and to plant your feet in "a large place.” Will you not raise your head from the miry clay, and lifting your eye to him whose presence gives heaven its charms, say, this is THE LORD, and my LORD, I will rejoice and be glad in his salvation ? Will you not receive his word as TRUTII, and himself as the true God and eternal life?

“ Hail to the Lord's anointed !

Great David's greater So.2 :
Hail, in the time appointed,

llis reign on earth begun!
He
e comes to break oppression,

To set the Captive free;
To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.

He comes with succor speedy,

To those who suffer wrong;
To help the poor and needy,

And bid the weak be strong;
To give them songs for sighing,

Their darkness turn to light,
Whose souls, condemn'd and dying,

Were precious in his sight.

By such shall He be feared,

While sun and moon endure,

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His kingdom still increasing,

A Kingdom without end;
The mountain-dews shall nourish,

A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shake like Lebanon.

O'er every foe victorious,

He on his throne shall rest, From age to age more glorious,

All-blessing and all blest;
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove ;
His name shall stand forever :
That name to us is--Love."

J. MONTGOMERY.

LECTURE X.

MIRACLES OF TIIE MESSIAH.

WE KNOW THAT THOU ART A TEACHER, COME FROM God; FOR NO MAN CAN DO THESE MIRACLES THAT THOU DOEST, EXCEPT GOD BE WITH HIM.-John 3: 2.

For I DELIVERED UNTO YOU FIRST OF ALL THAT which I ALSO RECEIVED, HOW

THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; AND THAT HE WAS BURIED; AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE ScrIPTURES; AND THAT HE WAS SEEN OF CEPHAS, THEN OP THE TWELVE: AFTER THAT, HE WAS SEEN OF ABOVE FIVE HUNDRED BRETHREN AT ONCE; OF WHOM THE GREATER PART REMAIN UNTO THIS PRESENT, BUT SOME ARE FALLEN ASLEEP. AFTER THAT, HE WAS SEEN OF James; THEN OF ALL THE APOSTLES. AND LAST OF ALL, HE WAS SEEN OF ME ALSO, AS OF ONE BORN OUT OF DUE TIME.—1st Corinthians 15: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

What is a miracle? In the Hebrew, we have ot, a sign, and mophat and neephlo, a wonder, with which two Greek words perfectly accord in signification-seemaion, a sign, and dunamis, a wonderful work. A miracle then, according to the common acceptation of the term, is any event that excites our astonishment. The discharge of a musket,

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or the working of a steam engine, would be miraculous to a savage,

who had never before witnessed such events. But the term miracle in the Scriptures, has a peculiar, as well as a common signification. The word is oftentimes evidently applied to such wonders as the knowledge of man cannot classify with other events, but stand isolated and alone. The burning of gunpowder, the freezing of water, the rising of the sun, the growth of a spire of grass, and the birth of an infant, are events that take place, on principles as much beyond our comprehension, are as directly performed by the agency of God, and are as much miracles, in the common sense of that term, as would be the resurrection of a man from the dead. What then is the difference between a miracle or wonder, (for both words are · from the same original,) in the ordinary, and in the extraordinary sense of that term ? What constitutes the difference between the wonderful event of a human birth, and the wonderful event of a human resurrection from the dead ? Both are alike wonderful, and both are effected by the same Divine power.

The chief difference, we conceive to be this : one is a common event which our long experience, and the experience of mankind, has taught to classify with ten thousand other events of the same kind, and hence it does not excite our wonder; whereas, the other is one that does not come within the range of our observation, and such events, having been so rare in the world, their history can be reduced to no order or regularity at all. Should we see a man who had been dead three days, arise from his grave, we should regard it as a miracle in the peculiar sense of that term. But should this event occur on the full of the moon, and

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