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22. And now behold I (emphatic), bound in the spirit, an going to Jerusalem, not knowing what shall meet me there.
23. Except that the Holy Ghost earnestly witnesseth city by city, saying that bonds and tribulations are awaiting me.
24. But I make account of nothing, neither hold my soul so precious to myself, as the perfecting of my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, earnestly to witness the Gospel of the grace of God.
25. And now behold I (emphatic) know that ye shall see my face no more, all among whom I went about preaching the kingdom.
26. Wherefore I protest to you this day, that I (emphatic) [am] pure from the blood of all.
27. For I did not keep back from announcing to you all the counsel of God.
28. Take heed then to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Ghost has set you [as] overseers, to shepherd the Church of the Lord which He gained with his own blood.
29. For I (emphatic) know this, that there shall come after my departure fierce wolves in upon you, not sparing the flock,
30. And of yourselves shall arise men [avdpes] speaking perverse [things] to draw away the disciples after them.
31. Wherefore watch, remembering that three years, night and day, I ceased not with tears admonishing every one.
32. And for the present I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, able to build [you] up and to give an inheritance among all the sanctified.
33. No one's silver or gold or clothing I desired.
34. Yourselves know that to my needs, and to them that were with me, these hands ministered all.
35. I gave you to understand that thus toiling it behoves to take part with the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, It is blessed to give rather than to take.
36. And having said these things, bending his knees, he prayed with all of them.
37. And much weeping was done by all; and falling on the neck of Paul, they kissed him;
38. Sorrowing most for the word which he had said, that no more should they his face behold. And they accompanied him to the ship.
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seed of David,” &c. (3) Her TIANITY.
antagonist is “wonderful." " And the earth helped the "And there appeared another woman."-Rev. xii. 16.
wonder in heaven; and beBy common consent “the Wo hold a great red dragon, having man” here means redeemed hu seven heads, and ten horns, manity, or the children of God and seven crowns upon his collectively; in other words, heads." The devil is the what is called, the Church. great enemy of redeemed huWithout attempting any manity, and the description minute interpretation of this here given of him indicates highly figurative chapter, one that he is a being of stupenthing is clear, that this “wo dous force and malice. (4) Her man"-redeemed humanity, influence is “wonderful.” Suis the great wonder of human pernatural beings engage in history. (1) Her appearance
fierce conflict on her account. and position are “wonderful." There was war in heaven. • Clothed with the sun, the “ Michael and his angels moon under her feet, upon fought against the dragon," her head the twelve stars.” (2) &c. Her progeny is “wonderful." But we must come to the “And she brought forth text, the subject of which I man-child who was to rule all shall take to be nature serving nations with a rod of iron." Christianity. “The earth”Christ is at once, paradoxical nature"helped the woman” as it may seem, the parent and embodied Christianity. the child of redeemed hu Nature helps Christianity in manity," he was born of the
I. BY ITS GRAND REVELA make impressions upon the TIONS. Nature reveals all the heart corresponding exactly grand subjects that constitute with those which Christianity the very
foundation of bible essays to produce. First: discoveries. First: There is Sense of dependence. How God. All nature proclaims infinitely little man feels not only his existence, but his beside the great hills, conpersonality, unity, spiritu- fronting the ocean billow, and ality, wisdom, goodness, under the awful stars. Amidst power. Secondly : There is the majesty of nature's aplaw. Every part is under the pearances, he feels himself to rigorous reign of law. Any be nothing, and less than infraction of nature's laws nothing. He feels borne carries penalties. Thirdly: along as a straw upon the There is mediation. The resistless flood of destiny. principle of mediation runs Secondly: Reverence. How through all nature. One great does God appear in element, one agent, one being nature, in the minute as well everywhere serving another. as the vast. An undevout Fourthly: There is respon astronomer is mad ; there is sibility. In the human world a spirit in nature that seems men are everywhere recog. to say to every thoughtful nised as responsible ; men soul, “ Take thy shoes from everywhere feel their respon off thy feet, for the place on sibility. Fifthly : There is which thou standest is holy mystery. There is a haze of ground." Thirdly: Contrimystery over all nature. tion. The streams of divine Every part has arcanas, which goodness seem to well up from no intellect can penetrate. every blade, flow down in The whole universe seems to every ray, beat in every wave float on
the dark sea of of air, and are vocal with mystery.
reproof to guilty man for his Now, all these subjects ingratitude and disobedience which we find in nature we towards his Maker. Fourthly: find also in the Bible. Hence Worship. In reason's ear a nature comes to illustrate the thousand voices speak to meaning of the Bible, and “Make a joyful noise confirm its truth.
It is a
unto the Lord, sing forth the grand Parable. Hence the honour of his name, make earth helps the woman.
his praise glorious." Nature helps Christianity, Now these are just the im
II. BY ITS MORAL IMPRES pressions that the Gospel SIONS. Nature is suited to aims to produce. And thus
nature serves Christianity by the floating sounds of nature,
with such strange majesty
did it good service, and all
THE HOPE OF THE GOOD IN
more than they that watch for press. The press is an in
the morning: I say more than. vention of nature; and an they that watch for the morning." invention which is admirably
-Psa. cxxx. 6. suited to advance Christianity. The writer of this Psalm was It has already borne the in some great sorrow.
6 Out Gospel to the most distant of the depths have I cried parts of the earth.
unto thee, O Lord.” Thus he Thirdly : There is painting. begins : “ Deep waters are The art by which man trans symbols of great sorrows. Save fers the forms of nature, and me, O God, for the waters embodies his own concep have come in unto my soul." tions of beauty on the can Again, “ All thy waves and
By this noble art the thy billows have gone over scenes and characters of the
Figurative language Bible, and even our blessed this, powerfully expressing Lord himself, are brought the condition of a soul overwith a vivid reality under whelmed in sorrow. Though the notice of men.
we know not either the preFourthly : There is music. cise nature or cause of his The magic art which catches great sorrow, it is interesting
to know that amidst the rush | have mercy upon
thee. ing and the roaring of the Weeping may endure for a billows his anchor of hope night, but joy cometh in the held
on “My soul waiteth morning." Secondly : His for the Lord.”
word is infallibly true, I. THE OBJECT OF HIS HOPE What He has promised must IN HIS SORROW _“I wait for be fulfilled. The strength the Lord." This implies two of Israel will not lie nor things—First : A belief that repent, for He is not a man the Lord would appear for that He
should repent. him. He had no doubt of his “ Heaven and earth shall Lord manifesting Himself in
pass away,' &c. time. He seemed as if He was III. THE EARNESTNESS OF hidden from him now. The HIS HOPE IN HIS SORROW.
His clouds of his sorrow hope is an earnest thing. cealed him, as the mists of My soul waiteth for the the earth conceal the sun,
but Lord than they that he knew that He would come,
watch for the morning. I and he waited. It implied
say more than they that Secondly: A belief that at watch for the morning.”. his appearance he should have This earnestness impliesrelief. He would not wait if First: The intensity of his he felt there would come no
distress. His soul is in the deliverance, still less if he midnight of sadness, and he felt that his sorrows would be looks with stronger solicitude aggravated by the event. God for relief than they that watch will come to deliver his peo for the morning. Some unple out of their sorrows. Job
derstand the reference here said, in the midst of his an to mean the watchman of the guish, "I know that my Re- temple, who waited for the deemer liveth," &c.
first break of day that the II. THE GROUND
morning sacrifice might be HIS SORROW. On offered. Others understand what was his hope grounded?
the reference to mean the In his word. as In his word watchman of the city, whose do I hope.” First : His word term of trying labour expired promises deliverance to the when the morning broke. good in
Both are but conjectures, for small moment have I for in a suffering world there are saken thee. In a little thousands every night who wrath hid I my face from watch earnestly for the mornthee for a moment, but with ing. The man tossed on the everlasting kindness will I bed of agony watches for
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