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words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. " Awake, awake,

17 God's anger is expressed by a stand up, O Jerusalem, which cup of fury and a cup of trembling. hast drunk at the hand of Therefore Jesus, when he chose to the Lord the cup of his fury; bear our sins, and endure his Father's thou hast drunken the dregs wrath, drank the very dregs of this

cup—“ wrung them out." of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth ; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. These two things are 18 It is a sad state of the Church come unto thee; who shall when her sons are faithless, and leave be sorry for thee ? desolation, her helpless and deserted. and destruction, and the famine, and the sword : by whom shall I comfort thee? 20 Thy 20 O mournful condition of sinners! sons have fainted, they lie at cut off from the favour of their God, the head of all the streets, as

bewildered, stupid, and senseless ; a wild bull in a net: they are

drunken from grief and dismay. full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine : ” thus saith thy Lord 22 But the way of return is ever the LORD, and thy God that open to the penitent, because God pleadeth the cause of his peo- himself is their pleader and their

advocate. ple, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trem- Let these gracious assurances relieve

Is my soul heavy and afflicted ? bling, eren the dregs of the and comfort me. If God be for us, cup of my fury; thou shalt who can be against us! no more drink it again : but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

EVENING. Isaiau lüi. Who hath believed our re- 1 The Jews believe not the glad port? and to whom is the tidings of Christ crucified. arm of the Lord revealed ? putation.” The family of his mother

* Jesus came “lowly and of no re· For he shall grow up before Mary, though of the lineage of David, him as a tender plant, and as had become so obscure, that it was a root out of a dry ground :

as a root in a dry ground.” he hath no form nor comeliness ; and when we shall see him,

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* God's love and reconciliation are represented as the cup of blessing.

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there is no beauty that we 3 He was also poor and despised. should desire him. despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief : and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed

4 But when He chose thus to lay him not. Surely he hath

aside his glory, and take upon Him borne our griefs, and carried the form of a servant, it was for us! our sorrows : yet we did es

Blessed, for ever blessed be his teem him stricken, smitten of

name! welcome his humiliation ! God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. • All we like sheep have gone 6 Am I of the number of those who astray; we have turned every “have erred and strayed from God's one to his own way; and the ways ?” Olet me return nou ! he LORD hath laid on him the

is ready to receive me. iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth : he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation ? for he was cut off out of the land of the living : for the transgression of my people was he 9 The whole of this prophecy is so stricken. And he made his clear and full, that it is more like a grave with the wicked, and history of the past than a declaration

of the future *. Let me rejoice with the rich in his death ;

more and more in my Bible, the because he had done no vio

word of God. Every word is truth. lence, neither was any deceit These its prophecies were fully accomin his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased plished: who shall doubt the fulfilthe Lord to bruise him; he

ment of its promises ?

10 From his death springs life : He hath put him to grief : when “shall see his seed,” a long race of thou shalt make his soul an followers spreading over the world ; offering for sin, he shall see called by his name, happyin his love t. his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied : by his knowledge shall my

Righteous men do not usually make their grave with the wicked, or malefactors find their sepulchres among the rich : yet the righteous Jesus died the shameful death of guilt ; and the crucified was buried by the rich Joseph in his own new tomb with reverence and honour.

+ The faithful followers of Jesus Christ are, even here, justified in their fidelity : for he is their Saviour, having removed their iniquities ; and, hereafter, shall see in them, when glorified, the fruit of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. They will be his glory and his crown.

righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. % Therefore will I di

12 At last He who died and rose vide him a portion with the again, and ascended into heaven for great, and he shall divide the us, shall come as a mighty conquespoil with the strong; be- ror, leading captivity captive, and cause he hath poured out his bringing his redeemed with him. His

triumph shall be the recompense of soul unto death : and he was

his humiliation. numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

of his grace.

The third Sunday after the Epiphany.

MORNING. Isaiah lv. Ho, every one that thirsteth, 1 “ To the poor the Gospel is come ye to the waters, and preached.” Thus it was foretold :

the poor in spirit as in station ; the he that hath no money ; come

poor, who had no merits which might ye, buy, and eat ; yea, come, claim pardon in exchange, are inbuy wine and milk without vited to buy without money and money and without price.

without price. God's offer of salva

tion by the Messiah is the free gift ? Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not

20 the folly of men, neglecting the bread ? and your labour for

welfare of the soul, and labouring that which satisfieth not ? after riches, or power, or worldly hearken diligently unto me, knowledge,“ which is not bread, and eat ye that which is good,

not that which satisfies the soul, as

bread satisfies the body *. and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline 3 The promise to David was, that your ear, and come unto me: from him should spring the Messiah. hear, and your soul shall It proved sure, as it was merciful. live ; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

* Jesus was given “ for a witness 4 Behold, I have given him to the people,” their Leader and for a witness to the people, Commander ; the great Captain of

their salvation. Let us follow him. a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou known, were at length called by

5 The Gentiles, long spiritually unshalt call a nation that thou Christ, who had risen not only knowest not, and nations that glory to God's people Israel, but also knew not thee shall run unto a light to lighten the Gentiles." thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of

Thus our Lord declares of the bread blessed by Him, “ This is my body,"—this represents my body; for as bread sustains the natural man, so faith in Me sustains the spiritual man.

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Israel ; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon 7 What a noble and heart-stirring him while he is near: ? let call to a sound and serious amendment the wicked forsake his way,

of heart and life, in token of repentand the unrighteous man his

ance ! Let not that call be in vain ! thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for be will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your

10 Nor let any say, They understand thoughts. 10 For as the rain not the doctrine of grace. They becometh down, and the snow hold the rain from heaven, and refrom heaven, and returneth joice in its effects ; making the earth

to nourish the seed till it give bread. not thither, but watereth the

So is the dew of the Spirit ; it makes earth, and maketh it bring the heart to nourish the word of forth and bud, that it may God—the good seed sown there; and give seed to the sower, and gives it power to produce the meet bread to the eater: so shall

fruits of a good and holy life. my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth : it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace : the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field

13 The moral world shall be changed. shall clap their hands. " In- Evil, which, like thorns and briers, stead of the thorn shall come had spread over men, shall yield to up the fir tree, and instead good ; virtues, like the fir and myrtle of the brier shall come up abound : mountains and plains, hills

tree, flourishing and beauteous, shall the myrtle tree : and it shall and valleys-high and low, rich and be to the Lord for a name, poor-they shall rejoice together, and for an everlasting sign that # shall be to the Lord for a name"

for ever. shall not be cut off.

EVENING. ISAIAH lvi. Thus saith the LORD, Keep

1 As I receive thankfully the graye judgment, and do justice: cious promises of the Gospel, never

let me forget the terms and confor my salvation is near to

ditions upon which they are offered. come, and my righteousness Salvation is by grace, to the holy to be revealed. Blessed is and the good. the man that doeth this, and

2 The Sabbath has ever been “ the son of man that layeth people " not without reason. Well

special sign between God and his hold on it; that keepeth the spent Sabbaths give a good earnest sabbath from polluting it, and of a well-spent life.

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keepeth his hand from doing 3 Let not the desolate and despised any evil. "Neither let the son think of the Gospel dispensation as of

the Mosaic. None are now excluded of the stranger, that hath join- for nation, rank, station, or degree. ed himself to the LORD, speak, The Christian's God has no such resaying, The LORD had utterly spect of persons. His only distincseparated me from his people': tion is between those who do good

and those who do evil. neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 'even them

? To the lowly of heart, God's house will I bring to my holy of prayer is a delight; their sacrimountain, and make them fices are accepted upon his altar ; joyful in my house of prayer: jected as sons of the stranger and

and those who formerly were retheir burnt offerings and their under reproach, He brings through sacrifices shall be accepted Christ to his holy mount Zion-his upon mine altar; for mine Church. house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. All ye beasts of

9 God, seeing the desolation which the field, come to devour, would come upon his people, partly yea, all ye beasts in the from their own wickedness, partly forest. His watchmen are

from the appalling negligence of blind: they are all ignorant,

their rulers, and the awful apathy of

their spiritual shepherds—in the bitthey are all dumb dogs, they

terness of his vexation and disapcannot bark; sleeping, lying pointment, so to speak, invites their down, loving to slumber. enemies at once to their overthrow Yea, they are greedy dogs

and slaughter * which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand : they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

* Let me, then, offer up with heartfelt fervour the beautiful prayers with which our Liturgy furnishes me, for my sovereign, and for all who bear rule in the state ; especially for our spiritual shepherds, that they may watch over the flock--the Church of God and not watch in vain.

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