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be met out of His strength, and his wants from the storehouse of His abundance. Needy we are, and our God has grace and ability to supply all our need.
“ And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for thee.” How well is our nature understood. He who gave us our sympathies, how aptly can He strike the chord which awakens them
“ The journey is too great for thee.”
Wonderful grace! Elijah and his labours filled the heart of Elijah, and here was one admitting the weight of his burden, and soothing the sorrowing one with sympathy under it. “ The journey is too great for thee.” Who would not praise Thee, thou King of saints? Who is a God like unto our God? “ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” " And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights, unto Horeb, the mount of God.”
And not until he was strengthened to stand before Him, would the Lord plead with Elijah. He would speak to him about his failure in the light of the grace which could pass it by.
6. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life to take it away.” Surely we have in these words the secret of his failure disclosed. “ I have been very jealous; I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life to take it away.” One is not surprised that the servant in service should be wholly taken up with it, when we remember our weakness and folly; but we may well wonder at the grace of God in bearing with such. 6. And he said, Go forth and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, , the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the
wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
How frail and insignificant is man in the presence of the power of God. How striking His omnipotence. “ Fire and hail; snow and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word” (Ps. cxlviii. 8). But it is not the way of God to strike terror alone by the display of his greatness. Almighty he is, yet so gracious to his children as to speak in a whisper. His power can only be delighted in when manifested for protection, as the heart of the child in the presence of danger delights in the consciousness of the ability of its father to protect it. Surpassingly gracious was this still small voice to Elijah: wonderful too its effects upon him. “ It was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life to take it away."
Still himself in contrast with others, and himself surrounded with dangers, occupies Elijah. The wind, earthquake, and fire, had not shaken it out of him, nor the still small voice as yet fully humbled him. But the purpose of God to Elijah is fraught with blessing, and his way of doing it should be the comfort of after-generations, for children as yet unborn :
“And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria; and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay."
The servant who ran away from his service, and repined at his Master; who wished that he might die and have done with it, this servant should still be re
tained in his place; honourable commissions were entrusted to him; two kings should be anointed for the sceptre by him, and a prophet sealed for his mission also. How wondrously gracious is this! Not one word has reached his ear of reproof, not one hint of his failure, until, in the recognised character of his service, and set apart for great works, in the consciousness that he was still the called of God, and approved of by his Master, with his heart full of the blessedness of his station, then, and not till then, does the word of reproof fall upon his ears,--so gentle in the manner, yet so pregnant with meaning. When Elijah is setting off for the further manifestation of the power and will of the Lord, the Lord arrests his attention, and gives him ballast for his journey: “Yet I have left seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” How potent the communication. “I, even 1,” is amongst the seven thousand, levelled down with the rest in his standing, but exalted by the grace of God to be a sign-post of His gentleness, and to kindle in the hearts of others a longing for the service of Him who swayed by His grace, and that so touchingly, the weakness and self-will of Elijah.
“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was ploughing with twelve yoke of before him, and he with the twelfth : and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again : for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him."--(ver. 19-21).
Surely, it is as much of God that our lot is cast in these days, as that Paul's lot was cast in his days. And the works prepared for us to do are as much prepared of God, as were the works prepared for Paul. Let us take heart; strengthen ourselves in God, and do His present will.”—I.
THE RESURRECTION. The following arrangement of 1 Corinthians xv. is given,
accompanied by an annotation or two, with the hope that the order thereof, may help to throw it into stronger and clearer relief, than that in which it is commonly seen. Here we discover a chain of reasoning, so exquisitely framed, and linked together with such wonderful skill, that it is impossible that it can be the work of any but ONE HAND ALONE.
It naturally divides itself, as will be seen, into eight leading subjects, each comprising a series of parallelisms and contrasts, all bearing on the main point-the doctrine of THE RESURRECTION; and as the believer, having proceeded, step after step, through the argument, reaches at last the close of the chapter, he will
, in reviewing all the power, the goodness, the love here displayed, gladly echo the words of the apostle, and exclaim, " Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ !"
1 CORINTHIANS XV.
(VERSES 1–4). Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you THE GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 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. CHRIST'S APOSTLES AND MESSENGERS (ayyedoi)
OF WHOM HE WAS SEEN WHEN RISEN (VERSES 5—11). And that he was seen of Cephas, then of 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
ALL THE APOSTLES.
are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of JAMES; then of
And last of all he was seen of ME ALSO, as of one born out of due time (see 1 Cor. ix. 1). For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am : and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain ; but I laboured more abundantly than they all : yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed—“ preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world”-1 Tim. iii. 16).
THE RESURRECTION DENIED.
ANSWER.-A CHAIN OF HYPOTHESES AND CONSEQUENCES
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how
Con.—Then is Christ NOT RISEN :
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that he raised
Hyp.- If so be that the dead rise not:
Con.-We are of all men MOST MISERABL