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THE SOCIETY FOR PROPAGATING THE GOSPEL

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By Joshua BATES, A. M.
Pastor of the First Church in Dedham. -

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Voted—That DR. LATHRoP, DR. HolMEs, and DR. WARE be a committee, to present the thanks of the Society to the Rev. Mr. BATEs for his Sermon, delivered before them this day, and to request a copy for the press.

A. HOLMES, Secretary. `

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-HIS DOMINION SHALL BE FROM SEA EVEN TO SEA3 AND FROM The RIVER, EVEN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH,

Do you, with reference to this prophecy, make the inquiry, which the Ethiopian eunuch made concerning the fifty third chapter of Isaiah—do you ask, “ of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?” We adopt in substance the answer of Philip; and, in imitation of that primitive preacher, we begin at this scripture, and preach unto you Jesus. That Jesus of Nazareth, who by his mighty works and heavenly doctrines proved himself to be the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the world, is the subject of this prophecy, will readily appear from a view of the context. Zechariah had been uttering a prediction concerning the temple, the house of the Lord. From this type of Christ he suddenly changes to the antitype, and in language of prophetic transport calls upon the church to rejoice at the prospect of the coming Messiah, and the future glories of his kingdom; “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold thy king cometh unto thee. He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, * Acts viii. 34.

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