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infinite God is not bound by the rules and customs of puny mortals. My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, “ saith the Lord: for as the heavens are higher “than the earth ; so are my ways higher than your
ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ] Even Moses was sent to the enslaved Israelites to deliver them, and not as an ambassador to treat with Pharaoh about their deliverance. The prophets in general were sent to the people, as well as to the princes: and, when sent to the princes, it was never to treat with them, as the ambassadors of one king with another king, (thus placing the sovereign of the world on a level with his creatures ;) but as reprovers of their crimes in the name of JEHOVAH, or as encouraging their confidence in him. What does Mr. C. think of Jereiniah's conduct, who even counselled the people to desert Zedekiah and the princes, and to submit to the Chaldeans ? 2 Did he observe the law of an ambassador?' It is awfully presumptuous, in this manner to dictate and prescribe to God what his conduct ought to be. Who hath di« rected the Spirit of the Lord, or being his coun“ sellor hath taught him? With whom took he “ counsel, and who instructed him, and taught “ him the path of judgment, and taught him
knowledge, and shewed him the way of under
standing?”3—It is 'the law of an ambassador, at all times and in all cases, to obey the commands, and adhere to the instructions, of him who sent him ; and not to deviate a hair's breadth, in order
'Is. lv. 8,9. ?Jer. xxvii. 12—17. xxxvii, 1–3. "Is. xl: 13, 14.
to oblige or conciliate those to whom he is sent. If either inclination, or fear, or hope, induce him to act contrary, in any respect, to the instructions given him, he betrays his trust, and is liable to be disowned and punished by his principal.—Thus Jesus says,
“ I came down from heaven, not to do “mine own will, but the will of him that sent me:"} and he continually speaks to the same effect. His apostles also declare that, “ if they were men
pleasers, they could not be the servants of “ Jesus Christ." If an ambassador be sent to one people, to make proposals ; and be ordered, in case they will not accede to them, to go to another people ; (which is not uncommon ;) he fulfils the * law of an ambassador,' by acting according to, these instructions.
P. 56. 1. 32. ^ Burst out a laughing,' &c. The reader will judge how far this language suits the nature and importance of the subject. It however approaches more nearly to the actual conduct of the Jews, in our Lord's days, than perhaps even Mr. C. was aware.2
P. 57. 1. 5. “Punished with a just punishment.? -Thus the Jews, “ crucify to themselves the Son “ of God afresh, &c.” Therefore the old imprecation of their ancestors remains in force, “ His blood “ be on us and on our children.” 3
Oh, may " the Spirit of grace and supplication be speedily
poured out upon them,” that they may “ look “ on him whom they have pierced,” with godly sorrow and penitent faith; and thus have the
John vi. 38.
? Luke vi. 25. xvi. 14. Jam. iv. 9. * Matt. xxvii. 25. Heb. vi. 6.
curse exchanged for a blessing, and for all po Jer sings! Let all Christians pray for this wit work ceasing.
bi lear P. 57. 1. 7. This was the case with the Gerbe m Messiah. He was sent,' &c. -Our Lord's ministry was principally among the Jews : but of tl commission which he gave to his apostles she aim H that he considered himself as the Saviour &
effica King of all nations. Let it, however, be obsers to in that he said, “ I am sent to the lost sheep of inter “ house of Israel :" but he never said, I am ser unt • to the nation of Israel : much less was he sell thoi to his corrupt and wicked shepherds. His pro ve a fession therefore was consistent with his conduce une and it was his duty to adhere to his commission in fi or, “ the will of his Father who sent him.”
P. 57. 1. 10. “To go to king Herod,' &c.--King thi Herod died when Jesus was an infant :3 but, had cive he been living, would it have been proper that ** d Jesus, when about to enter on his ministry, should mi) go to that cruel tyrant, who had before attempted :d to murder him?-Herod, the tetrarch of Galilee, (who probably is meant) had no authority in Judea, or connexion with the Sanhedrin. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Ought Jesus then to have gone to this idolatrous governor, as well as to Annas and Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin?
P. 57. 1. 13. 'He never went to Jerusalem,' &c. -It would be well if men, before they publish their remarks on any book, or attempt to refute it, would carefully read the whole of it. Our Lord
1 Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. Mark xvi. 15, 16. Luke xxiv. 47, 48. Acts i. 8.
* Matt. ii. 19, 20.
d for to Jerusalem soon after he entered on his : this c work; and when he had hitherto, as far as
an learn, wrought only one miracle.' Nothing th the cd be more public than his conduct on this ocord's peon ; in driving the buyers and sellers from the ews:ists of the temple ; nothing more suited to make ostles claim known to the rulers and priests ; nothing Saviouf
re efficacious could be even imagined, to excite be obsm to investigate that claim. Accordingly he sheep
s interrogated concerning it; and the Jews "I am said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, vas he hat thou doest these things ? ” 2 To this demand
Hi gave an answer, exactly coinciding with what Es come spake on another occasion ; making his resurmmk
ection from the dead, after they had slain him, THE SIGN, above all others, of his authority to do these things. The language in which this answer but
was given, implying a decisive intimation of his divine dignity and power, being misunderstood, and misreported, yet remembered long afterwards, formed one of the accusations against him before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin. Thus the prophecy of Malachi was fulfilled, “ The Lord, whom ye
seek, shall suddenly come to his temple; even Fonte
“the Messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight " in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of
hosts, but who may abide the day of his
At this time, he wrought such miracles that Nicodemus, one of the Sanhedrin, acknowledged in his own name, and in the name of other rulers
John ii. 14—18.
John ii. 11–13. Matt. xxvi. 61, 62.
* Mal. ii. 1, 2.
and Pharisees, “ We know that thou art a teacher
come from God; for no man can do these “ miracles which thou doest, except God be with “ him.” 1 Indeed the miracles wrought by him at Jerusalem procured him a favourable reception even in Galilee.2
This preceded the imprisonment of John the Baptist.-It was also in an early part of our Lord's ministry, that he healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, and ordered him to carry his bed on the Sabbath. On account of this he was persecuted evidently before the Sanhedrin ; and made that defence, which contains as high claims of Deity and universal dominion, as can be conceived; and at the same time stated before his judges, the evidences by which those claims were supported, in the most explicit, and as the event shewed, inost unanswerable manner. 3
He never went to Jerusalem!' Such an assertion should render the reader cautious how he credits other unproved assertions of the writer.
P. 57. 1. 14. ' And why? Because he had heard, &c: (1. 23, 24.) . He was afraid to go to Jerusalem,' &c.—Our Lord certainly went to Jerusalem, both before and after John's imprisonment; and taught boldly at the temple without fear of any man, or body of men. But why should John Baptist's imprisonment by Herod make Jesus afraid of going to Jerusalem ? What authority had Hered in Jerusalem ? He was tetrarch of Galilee, 4 while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea.
"John ij. 1, 2. : John iv. 45. 3 John v. 16-47,
* Luke ii. 1, 19, 20. xxii. 6, 7.