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Isa. Ch. ix. V. 6.--The government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
St. Matthew says the Spirit of God, and Isaiah says the Spirit of JEHOVAH, shall rest upon the MESSIAH, who is called also the Mighty God.
That we cannot fully comprehend this mysterious union of the Godhead does, indeed, prove our powers of understanding to be limited, but it can in no wise invalidate the plain assertions of the inspired Penman.
CHAP. IV. Jesus, leaving Nazareth, dwelt at Capernaum, on the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim, that the prophecy of Esaias might be fulfilled, saying, V. 15. The land of Zabulon and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. 16. The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Isa. Ch. ix. V. 1.-The dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulon and the land of Napthali, and afterwards did more grievously afflict her, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
This prophecy concerning the journeyings of our SAVIOUR was pronounced seven hundred and forty years before his appearance on earth. Our church has appointed this portion of Isaiah for the Lesson of Christmas Day.
CHAP. VIII. The centurion saith to Jesus, 8. LORD, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 10. And JESUS saith, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel. 11. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
Mal. Ch. i. V. 11.-Jehovah of hosts saith, From the rising of the sun, even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith Jehovah of hosts.
This prophecy is visibly fulfilling at this day, and has been gradually in progress ever since it was first pronounced. How opposed to the prejudices of the Jews, was this promise of the universal spread of the true religion !
V. 16.—Then they brought unto Jesus those possessed of devils and he healed the sick. 17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.
Isa. Ch. liii. V. 4.-Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of ELOHIM, and afflicted. 6. JEHOVAH hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
St. Paul clearly explains the above quotation, for he says, in 2 Cor. chap. vi. v. 9, “GOD was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.” When we cavil at the abstruseness of the doctrine of the Trinity, we forget that language affords no phraseology whereby we can even attempt to explain the mystery. Let us then call in the aid of humble-mindedness, and, like St. Thomas, when he was subdued and overcome by ocular testimony, exclaim in holy rapture, My LORD and my God! For if, in these latter days, we have not any miracle performed for our conviction, we have the irresistible testimony of the Law and the Prophets, and let us then attend to them.
V. 26.-When there was a storm at sea, Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Ps. 107. V. 29.-Jehovah maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Who but God could calm a raging sea ?
CHAP. IX. V. 13.-Jesus saith, But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Micah, Ch. vi. V. 7.-Will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil ? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression—the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul ? 8. He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what doth Jehovah require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
If the two quotations above are read, without any pre-conceived notions having been formed, would it not be evident that both Micah and Matthew refer to the same Divine Person?
Jesus saith to his disciples, 16. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. 19. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Exod. Ch. iv. Jehovah saith to Moses, 12. Go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Christ, in the Gospel, says to his disciples the same thing that JEHOVAH did to Moses upon nearly a similar occasion. Is not this uniformity occasioned by the identity of the Divine Person who addresses the different individuals?
CHAP. XI. V. 5.—The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them.
Isa. Ch. xxix. V. 13.-ADONI saith, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me: 14. Therefore, behold I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people. 18. And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19. The meek also shall increase their joy in Jehovah, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
In these two quotations it appears to me that JESUS CHRIST and ADONI are one and the same Divine Being, and that St. Matthew has done all he could to confirm the fact.
V. 10.- This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare the way before thee.
Mal. Ch. iii. V. 1.- Jehovah, God of Israel, saith, Behold I will send my Messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me.
Here is a personal distinction between Him who sends his messenger and Christ, before whom the messenger is sent. But nevertheless the Evangelist and the Prophet are both equally correct and true; for though CHRIST be a different person, yet he is one and the same God with the Father. And hence it is that, with the Evangelist, the persons are not confounded, with the Prophet the GodHEAD is not divided. Rev. W. Jones of Nayland.
V. 13.-Jesus, speaking of St. John saith, All the prophets and the law prophesied until John, 14. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias which was for to come.
Mal. Ch. iv. V. 5.- Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of JEHOVAH.
Here we have the authority of CHRIST himself for saying who St. John metaphorically is; and the consequence that naturally follows is, that the great and terrible day of JEHOVAH was at hand.
V. 28.—Jesus saith, Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Zechariah, Ch. ix. V. 9.—Jehovah saith, Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, o daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is just, and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass. 16. And JEHOVAH their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people. 17. For how great is his goodness, how great is his beauty!
The Gospel history (chap. xxi. of St. Matthew) thoroughly identifies Christ with the King above described.
CHAP. XII. ." . V. 6.—Jesus saith, I say unto you, that in this place is One greater than the temple.
Chron. Ch. vi. V. 18.—But will Elohim in very deed dwell with men upon earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee: how much less this house which I have built !
It is clear, I think, that Solomon had in view Christ's future abode on earth ; for the question is not whether God's omnipresence shall pervade the universe, but whether ELOHIM will dwell upon earth with man.
V. 17.-Jesus quotes the following prophecy of Esaias as regarding himself: 18. Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. 19. He shall not strive nor cry, neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Isa. Ch. xlii. V. 1.—Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. I have put my spirit upon him, he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
In the above it is said, Christ will show judgment to the Gentiles. And in other places it has been said that Adoni is Judge of the whole world. To learn