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threatenings of God had been fulfilled. The sceptre promised to the tribe of Judah had been put into his hand; and the same God who made the promise to Jacob, and who, to mark its accomplishment, had called him who was of that tribe, from the humble privacy of a shepherd's life to be king over Israel, promised that from him the future king should spring, to whom all the kings of the earth were to do homage.
It was not necessary that David should know the exact nature of his own predictions ; but it was necessary that he should have such an assurance of their accomplishment as might descend to his posterity. It was necessary that the people should have proof, amounting to a demonstration, that the prophecies which he delivered concerning the Messiah's reign came from God. This assurance was given by God in the usual method. The circumstances of Solomon's peaceful and splendid reign were foretold while he was yet a child, and no circumstance foretold concerning it failed to be accomplished. employ as illustrations of their subject, they display a very different share of taste and talent. But like various instruments tuned in unison, they vibrate in perfect harmony. The simple and the dignified, the rude and the refined, are employed by God, with equal effect, as messengers of his will.
Again, “ God spake by the pro“ phets.” Some of these prophets were, as we incidentally learn, persons of distinguished birth, high in situation, and of eminent abilities : others were, in the language of the world, of low origin, and consequently held in little estimation by the multitude, for the virtues which distinguished them in the sight of God. They each speak the language of the situ. ation in which they were born. They express themselves in terms more or less refined according to their edu. cation ; and in the choice of the metaphors and allusions which they
It may be, as yet, too soon for you to enter upon the perusal of the books of the prophets ; but select passages from each of them might be pointed out to you, in which you could not fail to observe an elevation of sentiment, and a sublimity of thought and expression, such as you have never met with in any other book.
But however the grandeur of these lofty strains may excite our admiration, it is a general view and a clear conception of their tendency, that can alone be useful in establishing
and augmenting our faith. What then was the general tendency of all that was spoken by the prophets ?
The question is easily answered.
They confirm and establish a belief in, all the Divine attributes, and communicate an increase of knowledge with regard to the Divine nature and governmeut. They all tend to excite the hope of a future blessing, and were evidently intended to keep alive the expectation of an event more interesting than any that had taken place since the creation of the world ; and, as the time approached, to give to man clearer views of the nature of that event, and stronger pledges of its accomplishment.
Unity of design we might expect to find in all that comes from Him who is from everlasting to everlasting unchangeably the same. But never
in all the works of Providence do we behold it so conspicuously displayed as in these transactions between God and man, which I have now attempted to trace.
We have seen the Creator lighting in the human breast the lamp of reason, and kindling the social and bene. volent affections in his heart. Whatever these had been able to discover of moral truth, we have seen Him au. thenticating under the seal of reve. lation; and thus, as it were, impres. sing on these truths for a second time the signet of Omnipotence. We have seen the disorder introduced by sin, and we have witnessed the promise given, that by an event, darkly and figuratively expressed, the disorder should be remedied. Upon this promise, an additional light was by every succeeding revelation thrown. To Abraham it was