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6 Now will I sing to my well beloved, a song of my beloved touching his
though with the certain knowledge, that like a patriot rising in defence of his country, his coming must cost him his life. The richest blood that ever flowed has been shed for thy worthlessness, and for such as thou art. Shame and torture have been despiser, for the sake of bringing thee to good. And wilt thou grudge to forego amittle sordid pleasure, to shew thyself grateful for all this goodness? Go with me then, to Golgotha, and insult thy suffering Saviour in his agonies. Behold there a sight, which the sun would not look upon. View with dry eyes, what made an. gels weep. Harden thy heart at an object, which rent the rocks, and brought the dead out of their graves. His arms stretched on the cursed tree, invite thee to bliss. Though now feeble and languil, they will quickly raise a world from the grave, and lay the angel of death full low. I am not describing a fancied scene. The witnesses of the death and resurrection of Jesus, have sealed the truth of what they saw with their blood. But canst thou find a heart to crucify him afresh, by persisting in the crimes, which brought on him this cruel death? If thou hast been so wicked, bethink thee of thy obstinacy. If thou dost, even now repent, he has prayed for thee, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.'Behold how deadly pale his sacred countenance ! Cruel are the agonies, which rend his tender frame. His strength fails; his heart breaks ; the strong pang's of death are on him. Now he utters his last solemn words. It is finished.' What is finished? The suffering part, to which his dear love for mankind exposed him. The rest is victory and triumph : and the salvation of a world will reward his glorious toil. But what salvation ? Not of the obdurate with all their
vineyard; My well beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill. And he fenced it and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine. press therein : and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes ? And now
vices about them; but of the heart bleeding penitent, who has bid a last farewell to vice, and to every temptation, which leads to it. To such the blessed gospel speaks nothing but peace. For them it has no terrors."
I would humbly entreat the reader, before he proceeds farther in the perusal of these strictures, to meditate five minutes upon the above interrogations, upon the past mercies and favours of God which he has experienced, finally, upon the solemn interrogation of our blessed Lord, viz. “What will it pro wa man to gain the whole world, and loose his own soul ”” and then let him candidly answer each interrogation
go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard; I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up: and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down. And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned, nor digged, but there shall come up briers and thorns ; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression ; for righteousness, but behold a cry." Isai. v. 1-7.
Yet these same ungrateful Israelites attended to all the formalities of religion, as many professed Christians now do, yet alas ! it is self-evident, that it was, and is the fear of hell, and not the love of God, which produced these hypocritical ceremonies.
How feelingly, how ardently did our high and mighty Redeemer, the author of all our mercies and benefits, labour for the salvation of the implacable Jews, who treated him with soyereign contempt. Who can read his lamentation over Jerusalem without shed. ding a tear? My heart palpitates at the recollection of it, and shudders at the dreadful accomplishment of the awful prophecy, which the reader will see briefly exhibited in the first department of this performance. I will take the liberty, with the above prophecy, to subjoin the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. When I compare the triumphant and magnificent entries of the victori. ous Roman emperors into Rome, with the simple entry of Christ into Jerusalem, the former appears like the exhibition of a puppet-shew.
66 And they cast their garments upon the colt,and they sat Jesus thereon. And as he went they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works that they had seen; saying, Blessed be the King that com
cth in the name of the Lord : peace in heaven, and glory in the highest."
St. Matthew also expresses the sympathetic commiseration of our graci. ous Redeemer on beholding the obduracy of the Jewish nation.
60 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. And Jesus said unto them, see ye not all these things ? verily I say ur you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Nothing in the world can more forcibly demonstrate the impartiality of Jehovah, than the above prophecy, and its accomplishment. It shews, that the favourite people of God had a day, and a very long day of probation ; that although the spirit of God strove with them long, it did not always so strive; that the divine justice, though