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556. The superiority of Christ's Priesthood over the Levitical. C.M.
They were many Priests because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death; but Jesus because he continueth ever hath an unchangeable Priesthood-who needeth not daily as those High Priests to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's; for this he did once when he offered up himself......Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing that he ever liveth to make intercession for them.-HEB. vii. 23, 27.
JESUS, in thee our eyes behold
2 Their priesthood ran through several hands,
For mortal was their race;
Thy never changing office stands
3 They first their own burnt off'rings brought
To purge themselves from sin:
4 Fresh blood on each returning day
5 Jesus, the King of Glory, reigns
Looks like a lamb that has been slain,
6 He ever lives to intercede
557. Spiritual declension lamented, and a restoration of spiritual comfort implored. C.M.
He went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comfort unto him and to his mourners.ISAI. lvii. 17, 18.
LORD, when my rising thoughts recall
And hide this wretched face.
2 Shall love like thine be thus repaid? Ah, vile ungrateful heart!
By earth's low cares detain'd, betray'd,
3 From Jesus, who alone can give
4 But He, for his own mercy's sake,
5 O while I breathe to thee, my Lord, The penitential sigh,
Confirm the kind, forgiving word,
6 Then shall the mourner at thy feet,
And grateful own how kind, how sweet,
558. The presence of the Lord the source of all true joy both here and hereafter. C.M.
In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.-PSA. xvi. 11.
MY God, the spring of all my joys,
2 In darkest shades if thou appear,
3 The op'ning heav'ns around me shine, With beams of sacred bliss; While Jesus shows his love is mine, And tells me I am his.
4 My soul would leave this heavy clay,
5 Fearless of hell and ghastly death,
559. The prospect of heaven the believ er's support. C.M.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.-2 COR. iv. 17, 18.
MY thoughts surmount these lower skies,
And look within the veil-;
There springs of endless pleasure rise,
2 There I behold with sweet delight
3 His promise stands for ever firm,
4 Light are the pains that nature brings; How short our sorrows are,
When with eternal future things,
The present we compare.
5 I would not be a stranger still
560. Christ's Intercession for his people, typified by Aaron's bearing the names. of the children of Israel on his breast plate. C.M.
And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breast plate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.-Exod. xxviii. 29.
NOW let our cheerful eyes survey
2 Tho' raised to a superior throne,
3 The names of all his saints he bears-
4 Those characters shall fair abide Our everlasting trust, When gems, and monuments, and
Are moulder'd down to dust.