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CARE OF THE SOUL:
You throw it away-you A Sermon,
break it against the wall — you tread it under
foot. So, if people care nothing about the By The Rev. GEORGE BRYAN, M.A.
soul of another, they will care nothing about Minister of Huttoft, Lincolnshire.
slandering his character, injuring his proPsalm cxlii. 4.
perty, maiming his person, yea, and tread"No man cared for
ing his life down to the ground. This David The Psalm, in which we find the text, declares, knew ; he knew that the man who would do in pitiable terms, the loss and destitution to him a greater evil would not care about doing which David was on one occasion reduced. him a less; he knew that they who cared not David, it may be observed, was at that time for his soul would not care about shedding his the elect king of Israel; but he had to go blood; and therefore fear and trembling gat through innumerable troubles in his way to hold of him, and, as he says in another the crown
-he was every where persecuted, Psalm, my heart in me is desolate.” afflicted, hated. Now, we think this a true But when David says, “No man cared formy representation of the Christian's condition in soul,” does he speak forth the words of truth this life. If you believe, you are destined to and soberness? We think not; we think he wear a crown, a brighter crown than David's, spoke unadvisedly with his lips; we think a crown of glory that fadeth not away ; but fear got, for a time, the mastery of his faith; until you come into possession of it, expect we think that, so far from no man, we can more or less of trial and trouble. The Scrip- | point out two men that cared for his soul. tures deal fairly with us, and tell us the na- First,—He cared for his soul himself. He ture of religion, and what we may expect from might not know its full value ; but he knew it hereafter, and what we shall have with it so much of it, that he wished it to be safe in the present time. In the covenant of and happy; he would not for worlds have it grace, it is determined that the cross shall cast away, or hurt, or betrayed in any way. take precedence of the crown, and that it is How do I know this? I know, because I see even through much tribulation that we must in the Psalm, that he had put his soul under enter the kingdom of heaven. The world Divine protection; and this done, prayed and Satan will not allow the believer rest | God to take care of it and him. He knew and quietness ; and his own heart will give he could not safely be his own keeper; therehim as much trouble to keep it in order as fore he begs God to keep him, and, says he, either of them. And God will often see it“ bring my soul out of prison.” Here, then, needful to lay stripes on his children, to shew there is proof that one man cared for his them their errors, and to lead them in the good soul. and the right way. For these reasons, many
Secondly,--The man Jesus Christ cared for are the afflictions of the righteous.
him. Christ shews that he cared for David, The thing which seems most of all to have by giving him life, and breath, and all things distressed David in his difficulties is that richly to enjoy-an earthly crown, and a stated in the text—"No man cared for my crown of glory. Of these tokens for good, soul.” And it is no wonder that this cir- | David might be insensible for a season; but cumstance should harass his mind greatly. when the sun broke out afresh upon him, it There is much more implied in the words gave him light to see his favourable position, than can be seen at a glance —"no man and he exclaims, " Bless the Lord, O my cared for my soul.” Then, what care men soul, and forget not all his benefits; who for any thing that I have or am? My soul redeemeth thy life from destruction, and is a treasure of more value to me than a crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tenthousand worlds, and they care nothing about der mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with it. Then, what care they about me in any good things, making thee young and lusty as way? He that despises my best possession an eagle" (Ps. ciii.). will have no regard for those things of mine Thus David's complaint, “No man cared which are of less value, and common. He for my soul,” is proved to have its foundathat cares nothing about my soul, cares in tion rather in despondency than in fact. He reality nothing about my interest in this life walked in darkness; but he was all the time or in the next; yea, all I have is in his esteem on safe ground. Enemies gathered round as a wind that passeth away and cometh not him; but he had at his right hand a Friend again.
that sticketh closer than a brother, And But there is another reason why the cir- this is what we wish further to shew, cumstance, "no man cared for my soul,” dis- I. That Christ careth for our soul; and tressed David. He felt sure, after this, that II. To inquire whether we have a care for no man would hesitate to do him the worst our own soul. injury. What do you do with that you care I. The man Jesus Christ careth for our
soul. You cannot doubt of this, when you of people. Of the young he says,
• Suffer consider that Christ is man. It is true, that the little children to come unto me;" and of you cannot so conclude of men in general; the old, "To your hoar hairs I will carry but if you know a certain person to be a you." If people are in trouble, he bids them, good man, you may always expect from him • Come unto me, and I will give you rest;" considerate and kind offices. A good man if under conviction of sin, “ I will abundantly is merciful to his beast ; will he be any thing pardon you;" if in fear, “ All things shall less to a fellow-creature and a fellow-Chris- work together for good to them that love tian? Now, we know Christ to be man, a God;" if resolved to do wickedly, "Hearken good man, the best of men. We know him unto me, ye stout-hearted, I bring near my to be a man of God, and the man after God's righteousness." Certainly, if these passages own heart, yea, God-man and God. Now, prove any thing, they prove Christ's care if good men are kind to their fellow-men, for us. what may we not expect from the first and But there is this further proof to the same best of men, from a Divine man, of care and effect-a proof and evidence which as far outlove; who being man, can be touched with a shines all others together as the sun outshines feeling of our infirmities, and being God, the stars - Christ died for us. He gave his can supply all our wants out of his riches in life to save us from death, and to exalt us to grace and glory?
everlasting life. Am I sure of this? Then And, perhaps, some of us have experienced it is impossible for me any longer to doubt the care of Jesus over us. We have been in Christ's care for my soul. I may doubt that trouble. In the trouble we have spread out, man's regard who gives me a good word or by the prayer of faith, our desires before God money, because he may expect as much again. to be kept in the trial, or delivered out of it. Self-interest may be the sole ground of his In time we have the experience of both generosity ; but I can have no such misgiving mercies ; and we have therefore in that ex- when a man yields his life for me. This perience an inward, and, it may be too, an sacrifice settles the point at once; and by outward witness of Christ's regard for our this we prove Christ careth for us. He interests and for our soul. If he had meant us careth for my soul; and my body and cirill, he had left us in trouble ; but, inasmuch cumstances are no less under his care. The as he interposes at the needful moment to same hand that takes care of my chief treadeliver us out of evil, we can doubt of his sure will duly regard my inferior affairs; and care no longer; only it is to be regretted, He who gave himself for us will with himself that when good cometh in this way, people freely give us all things. do not always see the hand that brings it. And thus, we think, it is made to appear on They look at second causes, not at the first; good evidence that Christ careth for us. His they praise the medicine which promotes a care of us began at our creation, and did not cure, but forget the mercy out of sight by cease on the sad miscarriage of the human which the cure is performed. The proper race in Paradise. After that, the kindness spirit to be of, is that which actuated the and love of God toward man appeared in Jesus Psalmist : “ Not unto us, O Lord, but unto Christ our Saviour (Tit. iii. 4), and continues thy name be the praise.”
to this day, and will continue for ever, over Again; if Jesus has had a care for us in them that love him. Happy, surely, are the the past and at the present, it is our hope people which are in such a case. They find that he will extend his care for us into the that the true way of taking care of themselves time to come ; for, whether we see them in is to accept the Saviour to take care of them. the distance or not, dark and dismal days are his care is their shield and bulwark, their approaching upon us. There are the days consolation, their exceeding great and everof old age, when a man shall say, I have no lasting reward. And we leave them in his pleasure in them; days of sickness, when hands, to inquire whether we are of their every bone in our skin and every atom of number, i. e. in other words, flesh shall cry out for pain ; days of disap- II. Whether we have a care for our pointment over ourselves and our children, soul? Alas, that there should be a doubt on when we shall lament that we have spent this point in respect to any of us ! Yet we money for that which is not bread ; days of fear that it is with thousands not a doubt, but dying, when we shall stand on the borders of a certainty, that they care not for their soul. two worlds, bidding farewell to the one, and How do I know this? I answer, What do
lunging into the eternal joy or woe of the people care for the ing which they never other. Now, what is our comfort in these un- think of? If I were to tell you of certain tried emergencies? Simply this, that Christ common occurrences which took place in a careth for us. In the holy Scriptures we
distant land a thousand years ago, possibly find him addressing and encouraging all sorts you would not think of them. Why? Because
you care nothing about them. Is not this the to secure its interest and happiness. And, case with many thousands of mankind in our 2dly, that men care not for the soul when they day? People do not think of their soul. continue to do wickedly. Why? Because they care nothing about it. But a man may say, Christ cares for it. They know of its existence, and believe it will That is enough, quite enough, we answer, if exist for ever ; but they do not consider its you have by faith committed your soul to his interests, and destiny, and happiness. They care. If not, you have no part in Christ. take all the care they can of their body, their Christ's care for us was never intended to character, their health, their estate : they make us careless of ourselves ; rather it was leave their soul, as if to take care of itself. intended to make our care of ourselves effecThe soul is a precious jewel; but they never tual to our peace and salvation. If Christ set a guard about it to keep it safe, nor had not cared for us, our care of ourselves polish it to make it bright, nor wash it to would do us no good. Also, Christ's care of us make it pure. This, then, is our rule: if now will do us no good, if we have no care people do not seriously and perseveringly, for ourselves. They that have knowledge of and after a scriptural manner, think of the Christ's care for us all, are required, each in soul, you may be sure they care nothing for
his own person, to accept his care of them, it. And this is a lamentation, and shall stand and to shew they accept it, by working out for a lamentation.
their salvation. But we have another rule at hand on this
And now, having shewn who have no care subject. If you disregard a thing, we suppose for their soul, it is easy, and this, we think, you care nothing about it; but if we see you is the proper place, to declare who has such injure it, we are sure on good evidence. a care-the man of faith, the man of religion, Thus, if in your journey, you see and pass the man of God. We set aside the impeniunnoticed a garment in the way, we presume tent transgressor, and the mere professor of you care not for it; but if we see you take it godliness, as having no part nor lot in this and tear it in pieces, we are sure on that point. matter, and declare the whole field of grace Just so, some people prove that they care not on earth to be in the occupation and the profor the soul by their neglect of it; other perty of those who know and obey the Gospel people, by their direct insults and injuries of of our Lord Jesus Christ. These men shew it. They lie, they swear, they steal ; they that they have a right understanding of their make a mock of religion and of sin; they state, when they own their own care of themslight the Bible and Prayer-book, the house selves insufficient for their safety and happiof God, and the sacramental table. Now, ness, and freely, and without reserve, accept these acts are the damage of the soul ; these Christ's, to deliver them from evil, and to acts are so many stabs in the heart and wounds. preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. And And we conclude that if people continue to repeat those stabs, to renew iniquity, to 1. Tell these people, they are indeed in a delight in evil-doing, they do not care for good way.
good way. You are come to great estate ; the soul. You cannot, it is true, read their and it will not be long before you take pos, mind; but their actions read their mind to session of an inheritance incorruptible and you, in language which you cannot misunder- that fadeth not away.
On your way to the stand or mistake. Silence speaks much, land of promise, a thorn may now and then words more, works most of all. And when pierce into your feet; trials from within and you see a man indulging in sin of any kind, from without may overtake you : but you you may justly conclude, " whatever that man know Him who has engaged io overrule all cares for, he cares not for his soul." And
And things for your good, and to give medicine this, we may repeat, is a lamentation, and shall to heal your sorrows.
You have begun a stand for a lamentation.
life which shall never end ; you are under a We might further put the same subject in sun which shall never go down ; you have in other different positions, which would lead to the Saviour one that careth for you—a refuge the same conclusion. Thus we might tell in the stormy wind, and a perpetual home. you, that what is first should be first served ; Only go on in this way; let faith be your and that if you do not serve it first, you may guiding star, and it will lead you straight be said to have no true regard for it. Now, home to the land where the inhabitants never the soul is our first and best possession ; but say, "I am sick,” and where the people which if we give our best thoughts to other things, dwell therein are forgiven their iniquities. and our secondary to that, we do in reality Let me shew that we care not for it at all. But we 2. Advertise the people who care not for have not time for that consideration. We the soul a few words. Your conduct differs have done what we could to shew that, 1st, widely from that of the persons mentioned in men care not for the soul when they neglect | Isaiah ii., who cast their idols to the moles
and to the bats. You cast your jewels of linen garments. And this he did that he might offer silver and jewels of gold to those creatures,
sacrifices for his own sins, and make an atonement for and keep your idols to worship; you make | (Heb. v. 3). In correspondence with this, the High
himself (Lev. xvi. 4-6), “as well as for the people” gods of earthly things, which cannot profit, priest of our Christian profession vailed his divine and esteem as trifles the things which endure glory, and arrayed himself in a holy human nature, not unto life everlasting. In neglecting the soul,
to present sacrifices for his own sins, and then for you give it over to Satan, to be buffeted and
those of the people” (Heb. vii. 27), but that he might,
in the most effectual manner, "make atonement for tormented for ever. If another person should the sins of the people” (Heb. ii. 17). On this solemn do this for you, it would surprise us ; but occasion, the high-priest entered yearly (Heb. ix. 7, for you to do this deed yourself leaves us,
x. 1; Lev. xvi. 2, 34) into the holy place, or earthly through surprise, no words to utter but | (Heb. ix. 25), that is, of bulls and goats
, but which
tabernacle made with hands, with the blood of others David's, “ o that they were wise, that they could not take away or make a proper atonement for understood this, that they would consider sins (Heb. x. 4). Our High-priest entered not yearly, their latter end!" or, “What will ye do in but once for all into the real tabernacle or heavenly the end thereof?” But before the end come,
sanctuary, Heb. viii. 1, 2) the holy place not made with which will burn as an oven, and not be by his own blood, and by a greater and more perfect
hands, yet “not by the blood of goats and calves, but quenched, let us advise," let the sinner for- tabernacle" (the true tabernacle, Heb. viii. 2), even sake his way, and the self-righteous his his own transcendently excellent manhood, which also thoughts." You profess to believe the Scrip
was not made with hands, and who thereby obtained
eternal redemption for us (Heb. ix. 11, 12). Again : tures ; make it your business to act as you it is said that the Aaronic priest offered up sacrifice, believe. Then your eyes shall be opened, first for himself, then for the people (Heb. vii. 27; and the day shall come when your heart shall
Lev. xvi. 11, 15). Our High-priest needed not, as be regenerate ; and though you came late
those high-priests, to offer first for his own sins, and
then for those of the people; for the law makes men into the vineyard, you shall not fail to gain a
high-priests who have infirmities which need expiaportion now of the peace which passeth all tion; but the word of the oath, or promise, which had understanding, and hereafter an inheritance an oath joined with it (Psal. cx. 4), was since the law with them who through faith and patience office the Son of God, who is for ever consecrated to
of the priesthood of Aaron, and constitutes to that inherit the promises. Amen.
the execution of it (Zech. vi. 13), and who is far above all need of sacrificing for himself (Heb. vii. 26-28;
Dan. ix. 26). And there shall be no man with the THE SCAPE-GOAT; OR, THE TABERNACLE high-priest when he goeth into the holy place to make IN THE WILDERNESS,
an atonement (Lev. xvi. 17); he alone shall enter
that apartment (Heb. ix. 7): and is it not written, “I We will therefore conclude with a reference only to one have irodden the winepress alone, and of the people other instance of a legal type, which is that of the scape- there was none with me?” (Isa. Ixiii. 3, 5). All his goat, or of the two expiatory goats (Lev. xvi. 5, 7, 10;. disciples, it is said, forsook him-left him alone, and They typified, in a most remarkable manner, the death Aed (John, xvi. 32; Matt. xxvi. 56); so that he his own and resurrection of Christ, and the atonement thereby self exclusively bare our sins in his own body on the inade, which we will afterwards notice more parti- tree (1 Pet. ii. 24). The atonement made by the cularly. This type was in the “shadow of good things Jewish high-priests only averted temporal evils, and lo come” (Heb. x. 1); it mystically testified of the respected the time then present; extending to that antitype, and along with all the other ancient expia- dispensation only (Heb. ix. 9). That of the antitype tions of the Jewish Church, it prefigured the sacrifice High-priest, and the efficacy of his blood, extends to all of himself (Heb. ix. 12). Therefore this, as well as believers from the foundation of the world ; and its every other type, refers us to Him who is the body and virtue will be continued to all who shall hereafter substance of all the legal shadows, figures, and sacri- believe on him to life everlasting (comp. Heb. ix. 15, fices (Col. ii. 17); “ to what purpose else is the multi- 26; Rev. xiii. 8). Therefore it was not necessary tude of your sacrifices to me? saith the Lord:"-I that he should offer himself often, as the Jewish highhave desired mercy, that is, purity of heart, and not priest entered into the holy place yearly on the day of mere external worship or sacrifice. “I delight not in atonement (Heb. ix. 25); moreover, his blood is still the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats” (Isa. i. considered as in the act of being continually poured 11; 1 Sam. xv. 22 ; Psal. li. 16-19; Hos. vi. 6; comp. out (comp. Rev. v. 6). The atonement made by the Mat. ix. 13, xii. 7); which at the best are but the ancient high-priest pertained only to the congregation figures or imperfect copies of the true (Heb. ix. 24). and children of Israel (Lev. xvi. 7, 21). That of our " Wherefore, he saith (in Psal. xl. 6), sacrifice and High-priest is not for their sins only, but for the sins offering thou wouldest not accept, but a body thou of the Gentile world also (1 John, ii. 2). Beside hast prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for offering a bullock for a sin-offering for himself, and a sin thou hast had no pleasure" (Heb. x. 5, 6). Now ram for the people (Lev. xvi. 3), Aaron was also to in order to perform the service of this great fast of take two kids of the goats for a sin-offering (Lev. xvi. expiation, the annual purification of the Jewish nation 5); but not kill both, yet to cast lots upon the two, (Lev. xvi. 29, 30, xxiii. 27, 28 ; Acts, xxvii. 9), the which should be sacrificed to the Lord, and which high-priest was not arrayed in his golden robes, or should be set at liberty, or be the scape-goat (Lev. ephod with precious stones, but in his plain, yet holy xvi. 8), He that was determined by lot to be sacrificed
was put to death, and offered for the sins of the people From “ Christ the True and Faithful Witness of the Ever. lasting Covenant.” By Henry Bourne, Esq. 8vo, pp. 284. Lon
(Lev. xvi. 9, 15). He that was to be set at liberty, con, Seeleys; Nisbet and Co. 1338.-A work manifesting no
was to be presented alive before the Lord (Lev. xvi. small assiduity and biblical research on the part of the author. 10). The former being put to death, prefigured our Copious notes and a complete index are added. In a more espe- Lord's death, which was the consummation of a full, cial manner it is recommended to the notice of students in theology; but the general reader will find much interesting in perfect, and sufficient atonement (comp. Heb. ix. 26, formation,
X. 14; Ephes. v. 2): the latter, which escaped, pre
figured his triumphant resurrection (1 Cor. xv. 3, 4; | translation of guilt from him by the imputation to the Rom. iv. 25); and may we not add, our resurrection substituted animal (Lev. xvi. 21, i. 4). In like manner, also, through him, from sin and death to eternal life? the Lord hath laid upon him, the Antitype, not merely (comp. Ephes. ii. 1, 5, 6; Col. ii. 12; 1 Cor. xv. 20; the punishment due to the offender, but the iniquity of John, xiv. 19). Aaron, by the blood of the goat, us all, whereby the guilt of our sins, metonymically entered into the holy place within the vail (Lev. xvi. viewed, was translated or imputed to him, and a real 15). In like manner, Christ entered within the vail atonement made. It was exacted, and he was made (Heb. vi. 19, 20), even into heaven itself, to appear in answerable (Isa. liii. 6); and thus were our sins vicathe presence of God for us," with his own blood (Heb. riously borne away in the person of Christ. The ix. 12, 24), and there stood a lamb as if it had been mystic goat, being thus ladened with sin, is sent into slain (Rev. v. 6). Its body was to be burned without the wilderness by the hand of a fit man, or one apthe camp (Lev. xvi. 27 ; Heb. xiii. 11); so Jesus, with pointed by the bigh-priest for the purpose, bearing all his own atoning blood, suffered upon Mount Calvary, ihe iniquities of the children of Israel into a land not without the gate of Jerusalem (Heb. xiji. 12; Luke, inhabited ; and he shall let go the goat in the wilderxxiii. 33; John, xix, 17, 18). And are not we like- ness, never more to be looked after or heard of (Lev. wise to go out to him without the camp, and bear his xvi. 21, 22). In analogy to this, the Antitype was led reproach ? (Heb. xiii. 13.) It was presented at the by the strong impulse of the Holy Spirit into the wildoor of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the derness, as the true scape-goat, who bore away our Lord and all the people (Lev. xvi. 7); so Christ wil- infirmities, and carried off our diseases, never more to lingly presented himself to do his Heavenly Father's be heard of to the condemnation of God's true Israel will before God and the people (Heb. x. 9), when, at the (Mark, i. 12; Isa. liii. 4, 6, 11; Heb. ix. 28; 1 Pet. solemn anniversary of the general atonement, he went ii. 24). Behold, in all this, the Lamb of God, the to Jerusalem to offer himself as a sacrifice to God Antitype of the paschal lambs and daily sacrifices; (Luke, xviii. 31), and to be delivered (agreeably to even "The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" prophecy, comp. Psal. xxii.; Isa. liii.) unto the Jews (Rev. xiii. 8), who by the sacrifice of himself (Heb. ix. and Gentiles (Mark, x. 33; Luke, xviii. 31-33). It was 26) taketh away the sin of the world (John, i. 29); who chosen by lot (Lev. xvi. 10), which though casual to fulfilled all the ancient types and prophecies, and made men, is determined by God (Prov. xvi. 33); so Christ, an end of sins and sin-offerings (Dan. ix. 24), and did the chosen of God (Luke, xxiii. 35), was delivered by that in one day (Zech. iii. 9; Heb. x. 10-14), which the determinate counsel of God, into the bands of the ancient high-priests and all their sacrifices on their sinners (Acts, ii. 23 ; iv. 28). And this ordinance yearly days of atonement for ages could not do (Rom. shall be a statute for ever unto you (Lev. xvi. 29), or viii. 3; comp. Heb. vii. 19, x. 1-3; Acts, xiii. 39); so long as the tabernacle shall stand (Heb. ix. 8), or therefore the sins of his believing Israel, though sought until the ceremonies of the Mosaic law be superseded for, shall not be found (Jer. 1. 20). They are blotted by the glad tidings of the Gospel (Dan. ix. 27 ; Heb. out (Isa. xliv. 22, xliii. 25; Col. ii. 14), and cast into ix. 10). And when the Messiah maketh his entrance the depths of the sea (Mic. vii. 19), and shall "never into the world, the type shall be merged and lost in the more be mentioned against them” (Ezek. xviii. 22). antitype (John, i. 17; Heb. x. 5), the first shall be They are answered for by the divine surety (Isa. liii. taken away, that the second may be established (Heb. 6 ; 2 Cor. v. 21 ; Rom. v. 10), who will remember our x. 9). The vail which gave way to the priest when he iniquity no more (Heb. viii. 12, x. 17), who was slain entered into the most holy place to make the annual to expiate our guilt (Rev. v. 9), and raised again for and typical atonement, returned to its former place our justification (Rom. iv. 25), and ascended once for and use when he went out again (comp. Lev. xvi. 2, all into heaven, for our eternal redemption (Heb. 16, 17, 23, 34; Heb. ix. 8, x. 4). But when the Anti
ix. 12). type had made and completed the true and real atonement (Jolin, xix. 30; Heb. x. 12), and was to enter into the heavenly sanctuary, the vail not only yielded to
THE POOR-LAWS. him for a time, but was for ever rent in twain from the top to the bottom (Matt. xxvii. 51; Ephes. ii. 14), and
To honour the powers that be, to respect the laws, a new and living way or entrance into heaven was
and to remember the poor, are duties so clearly inthereby opened for Jews and Gentiles, through the vail
cumbent on us all, that it will be generally agreed of his own flesh, or human nature, in which he vailed
that we ought to perform them ourselves, and enforce his divine glory (Heb. x. 19, 20). The blood of the
their performance on others. goat was to be sprinkled "upon and before the mercy
The care of the deserving poor is the question to seat;" and so that blood remained in the holy of holies
which I am anxious to direct your attention, that you (Lev. xvi. 15). In correspondence with this, the Anti
may unite and assist in such a considerate and mild type stands before the throne as a lamb slain (Rev.
administration of the new poor-laws, as shall at the v. 6), and appears always in heaven with his blood,
same time promote the moral and social improvement " the blood of sprinkling," which pleads for and
of our country, and so provide for the deserving poor, speaketh mercy and life eternal to all who believe in that their support shall not be considered burdenhim (Heb. xii. 24). An atonement was also to be made by blood for the holy place itself, and for the
I have already set forth some important principles tabernacle of the congregation (Lev. xvi. 16, 27). And
on this subject, in " A Letter to the People of Engdoes not this prefigure to us that God's indwelling in
land in behalf of the deserving Poor," which it will be the sinner man cannot be in a holy manner without unnecessary for me here to repeat. Only, I would the sacrifice and blood of the Antitype, who is the foun
strongly impress on the country the fact, that the dation of the Christian temple (1 Cor. iii. 11, 16), and
new poor-law does not suitably provide for the that the celestial temple itself, if it were possible, would deserving poor, nor do I believe that it was so conbe polluted, if sinners were to be admitted there with- templated by the legislature. Parliament, on the out an atonement, even that better and infinitely more
whole, has done well, as far as was its province to go; excellent sacrifice and blood of God's only begotten
it has raised an excellent system as a check to pauSon? (Heb. ix. 23.) Moreover, the high-priest was to
perism. Perhaps our legislature have erred in not lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat
more fully impressing on the minds of the people, (which ceremony was also observed on other occasions,
that as the system did not profess to provide for the Lev. i. 4, iii. 2, iv. 4), and confess over him all the deserving poor, the country ought the more to exert iniquities of the children of Israel, putting them upon • From "A Letter to the Bishops and Parochial Clergy, in the head of the goat; thereby denoting the typical | behalf of the deserving Poor." By Herbert Smith, B.A.