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to be the complete conquest of their empire: "He, by his death, conquered death, and him that had the power of it, that is, the devil.” By his obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, brought in everlasting righteousness, made peace by the blood of his cross, trod upon the head of the old serpent, called the devil, and spoiled principalities and powers, and made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them on his cross, saying, “It is finished.”
Thus the person of Samson, as a nazarite, his work and office as a deliverer and judge, served to be a shadow and symbol, figure and type of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath, as the substance and truth of what was represented and fore-signified, saved his people out of the hands of all their enemies, and delivered them out of the hands of law and justice, sin and satan, death and hell; and who, as their Judge, will decidegir cause, and give righteous judgment between them and their enemies, and be a refuge for them in times of trouble. He hath saved them in himself with an everlasting salvation; he will put forth his everlasting strength on their behalf, and for their security. In his name they shall do valiantly; therefore in the belief of it, they may well go on from conquering to conquer.
May the Lord Jesus give his blessing to what has been delivered, and lead you to understand the whole scripture to be written concerning him, and lead you to understand that it is full of him. Even so. Amen.
ON THE FINISHING THE TEMPLE BUILT BY SOLOMON, SETTING THE FURNITURE OF IT IN ITS PROPER FORM AND PLACE, OPENING IT WITH SOLEMN, COSTLY, AND MAGNIFICENT SACRIFICES, WITH GOD'S TESTIMONY OF APPROBATION, BY THE CLOUD of glorY WHICH CAME DOWN ON THE HOUSE AND FILLED IT; A PREFIGURATION OF CHRIST'S INCARNATION, AND FILLING THE TEMPLE OF HIS BODY WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD.
2 CHRONICLES v. 13, 14.
"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lift up their voice with the trumpets, and cymbals, and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests
could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."
THE tabernacle built by Moses, and the temple built by Solomon, were one and the same, as to their spiritual and mystical significancy. The former was reared up after the pattern which the Lord shewed Moses in the mount; the latter was built after the pattern which the Lord God caused David to understand by the Spirit, which David made known to Solomon, and which he caused most exactly to be executed.
I am not about to treat of the Lord's temple at Jerusalem, so as to give an exact account of its situation, dimensions, platform, fabric, and furniture, both within and without, with the walls, gates, courts, cloisters, chambers, and buildings that were about it; nor of the altar, lavers, brazen sea, rings, pillars, hooks, tables, and stations for men; slaughter places for beasts, and all the offices belonging to it; this is beyond my present attainment and ability, though a right knowledge of all these particulars would most surely be very pleasing and profitable; but I must be content with a brief and general account of the temple, and its holy vessels, such as may lead to an opening and explaining the subject before me; in which I design to set forth the following things.
First. I will shew how the temple of Solomon being finished, and the furniture of it set in its proper place, it was opened with very costly, solemn, and magnificent sacrifices.
Secondly. The testimony which the Lord God gave of his acceptance of the work and services, both of building the temple, placing the furniture, and offering the sacrifices. This is expressed in our text, "It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals, and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister, by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."
And lastly. That this was a type and prefiguration of Christ's incarnation, and filling the temple of his body with all the fuluess of the Godhead.
I am, first, to shew how the temple of Solomon being finished, and the furniture of it set in its proper place, it was opened with solemn, costly, and magnificent sacrifices.
The temple was begun in the fourth year of Solomon's reign, in the month Ziff, or Jair; which