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when power is necessary to be raised, the people will be willing or volunteer, although thou goest not with them, and they will not complain because thou hast the dew of thy youth, when young yon fought for them, now thou art old, they will remember the deeds thou didst when young. "In the beauty of holiness, from the womb of the morning:" the beauty of holiness, means Jerusalem, which is by the psalmest, called the beauty of holiness; from the womb of the morning, means they, the people, will early when called on, volunteer from Jerusalem, the beauty of holiness.
The 20th psalm is also called a psalm of David. Read it, and you are'convinced it is not David's composing, but is a psalm composed by gome one else, of, and concerning David, and treats of the same subject, in nearly the same language, as the 110th psalm, "When the Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion, then go down in the midst of thine enemies;" so the 20th says, "send the help from the holy place, (translated in the Bible the sanctuary), and support (translated, strengthen) thee out of Zion. Thus, I have shown what the 110th psalm does mean, and it appears not at all to treat of the Messiah, emphatically so called, it does not prove him not to be a son of David, it does not make him God, neither does it make him priest, to the exclusion of the sons or descendants of Aaron.
CHAP. XXVI. Verse 17. "Now the first day of the feast of unlevened bread, the disciples came to Jesus saying unto him, where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?"
What is this? Matthew made a great blunder here! what did he mean? did Jesus not think of preparing to eat the passover until the first day of the feast? it was to late then to eat the passover, consequently, certainly too late to prepare it! Was Matthew a Jew? how can he talk about preparing the passover on the first day of the feast? He should have said, the day before the first day of the feast of unlevened bread, that was the time to prepare the passover! because eating the passover begins the feast. The passover must be killed on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month, called ?QJ Nisan, which among us Jews, begins the fifteenth day, and which he certainly ought to have known is the first day of the feast; so that the day to make ready the passover, is not on the first day of the feast, but on the day before the first day of the feast. Hence, it is plain, that Matthew, was no Jew at all;_ for had he been a Jew, he must have known bet
ter. But we will for the present, pass it over, and suppose he meant the day before the first day of the feast.
CHAP. XXVI. Verse 56. "But all this was done, that the scripturei of the prophets might be fullfllled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled."
Here St. Matthew takes a very large stride; all was fulfilled! the scriptures of the prophets! the writings of all the prophets were fulfilled! I must acknowledge my utter incompetency to follow him, only in his own way, that is, by assertion : as he brings no proof, I presume I need not seek for any against his assertion; but by merely asserting that none of the writings of any one of the prophets were fulfilled, and dare any one to the proof. "Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled." All, how many? Matthew tells us this was after supper, at which supper it appears he partook of the cups of wine according to the tradition of the Elders, and consequently I presume, as he thought it right to fulfill all righteousness, he no doubt recounted the history of the manumission from Egypt, in order to fulfill all righteousnests; and it appears he took bread and break after saying grace, we also read of the cup, and gave thanks, although Matthew says nothing of the other cups, but some of the other evangelists tells us of another cup, and by another, it appears he was girded with a towel: there no doubt, was water present, after the manner of the Jews purification : therefore, the whole proceeding was done according to the tradition of the Elders. Now all this must have taken considerable time, for he did not set down to supper until evening was come; after supper is the usual time, to go to sleep, and it appears his disciples could not keep awake in the open air, although the spirit was willing, it must have been very late: now at so late an hour, it was not likely, that there were many disciples with him in the garden, it is possible, only the eleven, perhaps not so many; so that this all may not have been a great many at last, in other words, very few at most, and the dispersion of these few men, to their proper lodging places, for it was certainly time to go to rest, is by Matthew, said to be fulfilling all the scriptures of the prophets! how grand! how majestic! The prophet said, " Smite the shepherd, and the sheep thall be scattered." The sheep, according to the Prophet, will be scattered when the shepherd is smit, but unfortunately, Matthew makes the sheep forsake their master first, and does not smite the shepherd, until after the sheep are scattered, for he says, "They forsook him, and fled."
One. would naturally suppose, it would have been a very hard task, to have got the Chief Priests, and Elders of the Council, together at so late an hour; for they must also, have been eating their supper, and drinking their cups of wine, and consequently, might have felt a little heavy bellied, or heavy headed; for Jerusalem wine is very good, and roasted lamb in the spring, on the 14th day of the first month is a rarity. We are particularly commanded to eat the whole, and not leave any until morning. Ex. ch. xii. 10. And besides the four cups, we usually indulge a little more than common! Is it not wonderful, that the Priests and Council, could be so easily got together? dispersed as they must have been, in their several houses, with their families, eating their lamb and drinking their wine ! besides it was an holy day! and did they all break the tradition of the Elders? and also, the commands of the law? It is very strange! It would have been more natural, if they had slept a while on their suppers! and not have proceeded to business in such a hurry! However, at this late day, we must take it as it stands, with all its imperfections on its head; there it is, believe, or be damned. It appears there was no more sleep for any of them that night, for they were in 'council, &c. antil after cock crowing ;* and what is more wonderful, the Chief Priests, appear to have neglected the Temple that day, for he says, "All the Chief Priests and Elders of the people took counsel in the morning." (How many Chief Priests were there ?) he says all the Chief Priests! ch. xxvii. 1. There never was more than one Chief Priest, yet he writes all: this all, was soon counted, say one and no more. It appears to me, if I am a Jew, Matthew is none, he writes so much like a Gentile.—To be continued.
*Peter must have had good ears, to hear a crock cowing; in Jerusalem, on the passover! Jews keep no poultry in walled cities on the passover.
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AN ADDRESS TO ALL THE SCATTERED JEWS.
According Daniel, ix. Messiah, the most holy prince, came and was anointed above 1000 years ago. For there were to be seven weeks (or 49 years) from the mission of the commandment, to restore and build Jerusalem. In the 49 years, or 7 weeks, the temple was to be
built: thence to the baptism of were 62 weeks, (or 434 years.)
In the midst of another week, Messiah was to be slain, and to cause the daily sacrifice to sease: that is, in 8 1-2 years from his baptism by John, the Elias. For the sacrifice of his body ended the old covenant and its laws, and punished transgressions, and caused sacrifices and oblations to cease. Therefore, Isaiah, the son of Amos,, spake by the spirit 778 years before the end of the old covenant, and commencement of the new, that the time would come, that "he who burned incense or offered an oblation, was as if he blessed an idol," (ch. lxvi.) "or offered svvines blood." For obedience is better than sacrifice. The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; but the high and lofty One who inhaliiteth eternity, dwells with him also, who is of a contrite and humble spirit. God now requires mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of himself more thnn burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a contrite heart: a broken and contrite spirit, O God ! thou wilt not despise.
This prince Messiah was to o\me out of Bethlehem Ephrata, as says Micha, v. 2. "Out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from ever' lasting.''' He is king over that kingdom of which Daniel spake, which should stand for ever: and whose dominion hatli no end. For he is that little stone cut out of the mountain without hands, that shall become a mountain or kingdom that shall cover the whole earth : breaking into pieces all other kingdoms, turning swords into plough-shares, spears into pruning-hooks, and suppressing the occasion of all wars,
The head of the image shown to Nebuchadnezzar in a dream, Dan. ii. and which was as gold, was the Babylonian monarchy, over which he was king. The persian monarchy was the breast and arms of silver; the Grecian monarchy was the belly and thighs of brass; and the Roman was symbolized by iron, which metal is strong, breaking the three previous empires to pieces. Now Daniel says, in the days of these kingdoms shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, and which shall break in pieces, and shall consume all these kingdoms. This kingdom of God is symbolized by a Little stone cut out of a mountain without hands, smiting the image on the feet. Now if this dream and the interpretation of it is sure, Messiah's kingdom has come ; and the stone, which ye have refused, is become the head of the corner, agreeably to Ps. cxviii. You may see his mountain, or kingdom described in Micha, iv. as established over all other mountains and governments. But agreeably to Isaiah viii. he and his kingdom has been your stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.—For you were out of the life and spirit of Moses and the prophets, and expecting an outward king and kingdom, ye mocked the Messiah when he appeared in the flesh. David saw and called him Lord, in Ps. ex. 1. He ascended on high led captivity captive, and received gifts for men, yea for the rebellious, that the Lord might dwell among them; Ps. lxviii. For, says Isaiah ix. "Unto us a son is born; unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end."—He was of the seed of Abraham, Jesse, and David, according to the flesh, but according to the spirit, is here declared to be the Mighty God, that shall reign on the throne of David for ever. This is the seed of the woman that bruises the serpent's head ; the seed of Abraham, agreeable to Gen. xxii. 18. in which all who are in it are blessed.—And Isaiah, who was in the Holy Spirit, declared he should be born of a.virgin,; Isa. vii. "Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name God-with-us." In Ps. ii. he is called the Son of God. In Isa. xi. he is called not only the rod of Jesse's stem, but the root of Jesse. He was to stand as an ensign to the people; to it the Gentiles were to seek, and his rest was to be glorious. And we Gentiles, who have come under his standard, have found his rest glorious, resting from our own works as Jesus did from his, to serve his Father. Ye who take counsel, but not of God, who cover with a cover, but not of his spirit, are rebellious children, as is said in Isa. xxx. 1. Ye hear and see, but do not understand nor perceive; and so are not converted nor healed, as is said, Isa. vi. 9. How long this will be so, may be seen inverse 11.
Daniel says, in ch. viii. 14. the sanctuary will be cleansed after 2300 days or years. But from the time your daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, shall be 1290 days or years, and blessed is he who cometh to 1335; Dan. xii. la those days, saith the Lord by Jeremiah, ch. 3—they shall no more say, the ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they visit it:—Heaven is God's throne: and earth is his footstool; and at that time, they shall call Jerusalem the throne of tip