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pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."* This confirms the observation we have been all along endeavouring to inculcate respecting the uniformity and perseverance of the divine procedure. Men start from purpose to purpose, from pursuit to pursuit; they lose sight, they tire of their object; they waste their strength, they are discouraged by opposition, they began to build before they counted the cost. But “known to God are all his works from the beginning.” He forms his plan, and undeviatingly pursues it. “I am the Lord, I change not.” He lays his foundation, and it standeth sure, and the building rises ; “ he willeth and none can let it." “ God made man upright;" and to maintain or restore that uprightness is his great aim and end, under every dispensation of his providence, under the law and the gospel, by Moses and by Christ.
-A prophet must have the necessary qualifications for his office, must be instructed in the mind of God, be filled with zeal for his glory, be animated with ardent love to mankind, be fortified against the assaults and opposition of ignorance, and prejudice, and envy. And such an one was Moses, “ whom the Lord knew face to face," with whom he conversed as a man with his friend; his zeal was inextinguishable; for the good of Israel he was ready to make the sacrifice of self; his meekness was unruffled, his patience not to be fubdued, his perseverance indefatigable, his resolution undaunted. How much more eminently conspicuous were these characters of a prophet, in the great
"Author and Finisher of the christian faith?” The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him ;" “ the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” “I came not to do mine own will, but the will of him that fent me." “The cup which my Father giveth me, shall I not drink it?” « This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” VOL. V. M
Mores * Matt. v. 17, 18. + Matt. iii. 17.
Mofes conversed forty days with God, in the mount; but thus faith uncreated Wisdom, “ The Lord poffeffed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old, I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning or ever the earth was ;" before Abraham was,
“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The fame was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him ; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”*
The spirit of Moses was sometimes stirred within him; he dashed the tables of the law to the ground, " he spake unadvisedły with his lips ;" he incurred the displeasure of his heavenly Father, he drew down a fentence of just condemnation upon his head; but the spirit of the christian Leader was in no one instance discomposed. “He did no fin, neither was guile found in his lips.” He suffered indeed and died, but it was without a crime, “ the just for the unjust, that he might bring us unto God.” Mofes expressed à willingness to be blotted out of God's book, to be deprived of his perfonal right as a son of Israel, provided Israel might receive the remiffion of sin, have their rights preserved, and the covenant of promife be confirmed. But Christ became "a curfe for us,” was “hanged on a tree,” was “cut off from the land of the living,” became “a propitiation for fin,” « bare our fins in his own body on the tree,” “ became fin for us, though he knew no fin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in hiin.”
-A prophet must exhibit the signs of his mission. Men will not believe him on his own report, will fufpect him of attention to his own fame, or intereft, or authority. To prove therefore that he came from God, that he speaks in his name, that he is vested with his authority, he must do the works of God. And thus was Mofes commissioned and permitted to prove
* John i. I 4.
his mission. By sign upon sign he demonstrated that the Lord had appeared unto him, and spake by him ; earth and water and air bore their united testimony to his divine legation ; and the most enlightened nation of the globe was made to feel his ascendant by arguments addressed at once to the senses and the understanding. Is it needful to say that the great Prophet, “ Apostle and High-Priest of our profession,” by fimilar means, by more irresistible evidence, evinced that he was “a teacher sent from God?” I shall say noth, ing respecting the greater number, variety and notoriety of Christ's miracles ; though every one of these circumstances furnishes ample matter of discussion; Į satisfy myself at present with mentioning two particu. lars which strikingly establish Christ's prophetic char, acter, and give it a clear and decided superiority to that of Mofes. The latter acted by a delegated authority, according to a prescribed form ; he alsumed nothing to himself, but was checked, reproyed, condemned, the moment he presumed to arrogate independence, to speak or act for himself. But Jesus Christ wrought miracles in his own name, by his own power, as the Lord of nature, as possessed of independent sovereignty. Again, the signs which Mofes exhibited were of a mixed nature, they declared both the mercy and judgment of God, they poured down hail, and tempeft, and pestilence on Egypt, as well as dropped manna on the tents of Ifrael; whereas the signs which Jesus adduced in support of his million were all mira. cles of mercy; the powere of hell alone felt the rod of his anger; and the miracles by which he confirm ed his doctrine breathed its meekness and gentleness and charity.
“.Of the things which have been spoken this is the fum: we have such an High-Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heave
A minister of the fanctuary, and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man.
“ Holy * Heb. Fiil. I, 2.
Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High-Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Mofes, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Mofes verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after ; but Christ as a fon over his own house : whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."*
“We ought to give the more earneft heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them ftip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will ?”† “ He that despised Moses's law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses : of how much forer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was fanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ?" I
Having now, in the course of these exercises, through a series of years, endeavoured to trace the history of mankind, in a series of characters, from Adam to Moses, copied from the original portraits which the pencil of inspiration has itself vouchsafed to delineate ; the whole in general, and every one in
particular, * Heb. ü. 1-6. + Heb. i. 1-4.
| Heb. X. 28, 29.
particular, referring themselves to one great OrigiNAL, from whom their meaning, use and importance are derived, I hasten to conclude my plan, by turning over to the gospel history, which exhibits that same Moses, whom we saw expire on Mount Nebo, and “ buried in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor ;' whose dying benediction yet trembles on our ear, and whose funeral elogy we attempted to fing, alive again on Mount Tabor,
and giving personal testimony and homage to him whom he prefigured and foretold. The history of Moses is not properly ended till then : and in vanishing from our sight on the mount of transfiguration, he becomes a glorious harbinger of the “ life and immortality which are brought to light by the gospel.”