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fairly surmount-But how would the throne of his father David ; and you answer our Saviour's question, he shall reign over the house of DaTheophilus?
vid for ever; and of his kingdom Theophilus. Jesus Christ was the there shall be no end.” Luke i. 32, son of David, according to his human 33. nature; but he was the Lord of Da- We must content ourselves, at previd, even when David wrote, inas- sent, with the reading and examinamuch as he was the eternal Son of tion of the single verse which has Gode-the Word who " was in the
thus occupied our thoughts. But we beginning with God," and who was shall derive no small degree of profit God.”
from the consideration of these few Reader. True. Well may we be
we be words, if we have been hereby asreminded of that expression of St. sisted in forming any correct idea of Paul (Rom. ix. 5), “ Whose are the the greatness and glory of our Safathers," —such as Abraham and Da- viour's person, and the honours of vid," and of whom, as concerning his mediatorial kingdom. Let me the flesh, Christ came, who is over exhort you to direct your minds, all, God blessed for ever. Amen." especially, to the contemplation of “ Whose goings forth,” to use the the wonderful constitution of our Sanoble language of the inspired Mi- viour's person, who is at once the cah (v. 2), “ have been from of old, Lord and the son of David, or, as it from everlasting."
is elsewhere expressed, “ the root It should be borne in mind also, and the offspring of David.” Rev. that when the Lord Jesus Christ is xxii. 16. Think of him God spoken of as the son of David, he is manifest in the flesh,"-50 constipresented to our notice chiefly in his tuted that in him " two whole and exalted character of the king or head perfect natures, that is to say, the of his people. When the heavenly Godhead and Manhood, were joined messenger proclaimed to the Virgin together in one person, never to be Mary the honour which she was divided, whereof is one Christ, very about to receive in giving birth to God and very man." Think of him the expected Messiah, he finished his as that glorious Being to whom the salutation by applying to our blessed Lord has said, “ Sit thou on my Lord a portion of an illustrious pro- right hand until I make thine enephecy which had been delivered by mies thy footstool.” And, before Isaiah (ch. ix.), wherein the Re- we part, let me remind you that this deemer is described as being at once subject, the glory of Christ, in his the Son of the Highest, and the Son person and in his office, is one of the of David, and as being established in most important and most salutary the possession of an endless domi- which you will find in the whole nion. “He shall be great, and shall compass of the word of revelation. be called the Son of the Highest ; and Let it be one leading desire of your the Lord God shall give unto him hearts, while we are engaged in our
full of grace
proposed study of the New Testa- judge in these things : 'yea, doubtment, to behold here “ the glory of less,' saith he, and I count all God in the face of Jesus Christ." things but loss for the excellency of May we be enabled truly to behold the knowledge of Christ Jesus my “his glory, the glory as of the only- Lord.' Phil. iii. 8. He who doth begotten of the Father,” and may not so, hath no part in him. we know him to be
“ The revelation made of Christ in and truth.”
the blessed Gospel is far more exIn conclusion, I read to you a few cellent, more glorious, and more filled lines from the pen of an old writer, with rays of divine wisdom and goodcontaining some sentiments on this ness, than the whole creation and point which I wish to leave upon the just comprehension of it, if atyour minds. “Alas," says he,
Alas,” says he, “after tainable, can contain or afford. Withour utmost and most diligent in out the knowledge hereof, the mind quiries, we must say, how little a of man, however priding itself in portion of him is it that we can un other inventions and discoveries, is derstand! His glory is incompre- wrapped up in darkness and confuhensible, and his praises are unutter sion. able. An illuminated mind may con This, therefore, deserves the seceive something of it; but what we verest of our thoughts, the best of can express, in comparison of what meditations, and our utmost diligence it is in itself, is even less than no in them. For, if our future blessedthing. But as for those who have ness shall consist in being where he forsaken the only true guide herein, is, and beholding his glory, what endeavouring to be wise above what better preparation can there be for is written, and to raise their contem- it, than in a constant previous conplations, by fancy and imagination, templation of that glory, in the reabove Scripture revelation (as many
velation that is made in the Gospel, have done), they have darkened that, by a view of it, we may be counsel without knowledge, uttering gradually transformed into the same things which they understand not, glory." which have no substance or spiritual
PSALM LXXXIX. food of faith in them.
For ever shall my song record “Howbeit, that real view which
The truth and mercy of the Lord; we may have of Christ and his glory, Mercy and truth for ever stand, in this world, by faith, however eak
Like heaven, establish'd by his hand. and obscure, and that knowledge Thus to his Son he sware, and said, which we may obtain of them, by
“ With thee my covenant first is made; divine revelation, is inexpressibly to
In thee shall dying sinners live ;
Glory and grace are thine to give. be preferred above all other wisdom, understanding, or knowledge what Be thou my Prophet, thou my Priest;
Thy children shall be ever blest;
Thou art my chosen King; thy throne will be acknowledged a competent Shall stand 'eternal, like my own.
There's none of all my sons above,
boam; and Roboam begat Abia ; and Abia begat Asa ;
8 And Asa begat Josophat; and Josophat begat Joram ; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham ; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And "Ezekias begat Manasses ; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Jo
11 And || " Josias begat Je
chonias and his brethren, about CHAP. I. 2—17.
the time they were carried The Genealogy of Christ from Abraham away to Babylon : to Joseph.
12 And after they were 2 ‘Abraham begat Isaac; | brought to Babylon, ” Jechonias and 'Isaac begat Jacob; and begat Salathiel ; and Salathiel Jacob begat Judas and his begat ? Zorobabel ;
13 And Zorobabel begat A3 And Judas begat Phares biud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Zara of Thamar; and and Eliakim begat Azor; "Phares begat Esrom; and Es 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; rom begat Aram;
and Sadoc begat Achim; and 4 And Aram begat Amina- Achim begat Eliud; dab; and Aminadab begat Naas 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; son; and Naasson begat Sal- and Eleazar begat Matthan; and
Matthan begat Jacob; 5 And Salmon begat Booz of 16 And Jacob begat Joseph Rachab; and Booz begat Obed the husband of Mary, of whom of Ruth; and Obed begat Jes- was born Jesus, who is called se;
Christ. 6 And Jesse begat David the 17 So all the generations king; and "David the king be- from Abraham to David are gat Solomon of her that had been fourteen generations; and from the wife of Urias;
David until the carrying away 7 And 'Solomon begat Ro- into Babylon are fourteen ge
d Gen. xxi. 2, 3. e Gen. xxv. 26. Gen. xxix. 35.g Gen. xxxviii. 27. h Ruth iv. 18, &c. 1 Chr. ii. 5, 9, &c.-i 1 Sam. xvi. I, & xvii. 12. k 2 Sam. xii, 24.
chonias. n See I Chr. ii. 15, 16.02 Kin. xxiv. 14, 15, 16, & xxv. 11. 2 Chr. Xxxvi. 10, 20. Jer, xxvii. 20, &
nerations; and from the carry- | immediate descendants of Joram, ing away into Babylon unto namely, Ahaziah, Joash, and AmaChrist are fourteen generations. ziah, are omitted ; and the words
“ Joram begat Ozias," are equivalent
to“ Joram was the ancestor of Ozias," 111 Chr. ii. 10, &c.—m 2 Kin. xx. 21. 1 Chr. iii. 13. just as the phrase son of David ” is # Some read-Josias begat Jakim, and Jakim begat Je
the same as “ descendant of David.” xxxix. 9, & lii. 11, 15, 28, 29, 30. Dan. i. 2.-pl Chr. This manner of speaking was comiii. 17, 19. 9 Ezra iii. 2, & v. 2. Neh. xii. 1. Hag. i. 1.
mon among the Jews. Perhaps the Reader. In these verses I find omission existed in the genealogical little occasion for verbal explana- table from which St. Matthew took tion. Perhaps, however, your ac
his account; and the Evangelist saw quaintance with Old Testament his- no occasion to supply the deficiency; tory may suggest some inquiries re- especially as it did not affect his arspecting the individuals mentioned gument, the line of succession being in this genealogy, and the order of unbroken. It must also be borne in their succession.
mind that Joram married wicked Theophilus. Is Ozias, in the eighth Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab, verse, the same as Uzziah, of whom from whom the succeeding sovereigns we read in 2 Chron. xxvi. 2 ? descended; and, perhaps, the omis
Reader. Yes ; this is the same sion of three names in the genealogy Uzziah, whose history stands upon is designed as a mark of disgrace record as a warning against a proud “to the third and fourth generaneglect, or violation, of divine institution," in token of the Lord's distions and appointments. He reigned pleasure against Joram on account well, for some time, and prospered; of his connection with an impious but afterwards, “ when he was and idolatrous house, and because strong, his heart was lifted up to “he wrought that which was evil in his destruction ; for he transgressed the eyes of the Lord." against the Lord his God, and went Theophilus. I find also a little difinto the temple of the Lord to burn ficulty in the eleventh verse, where incense upon the altar of incense." it is said that Josias begat Jechonias This was a bold and arrogant inva- and his brethren. If I remember sion of the priests' office; and Uz- rightly, Josias was the father of ziah was smitten with leprosy as a Jehoiakim ; and Jehoiakim was the punishment for his presumption. father of Jechonias. Besides this, Theophilus. But it is said that
we do not read of the brethren of Joram begat Ozias; whereas the Jechonias, but we do read of those father of Ozias was Amaziah, and of Jehoiakim, in the Old Testament. the father of Amaziah was Joash, So that I should have expected to and the father of Joash was Ahaziah, find,
find, “ Josias begat Jehoiakim and and it is he who was the son of Joram. his brethren, and Jehoiakim begat Reader. True; the three more Jechonias."
Reader. Exactly so; and if you throne of David, and ruling any more refer to the margin of your Bible, in Judah.” Now some suppose that you will discover an allusion to a Salathiel, and others who are menreading found in many manuscripts, tioned in 1 Chron. iii. 17, 18, were which some critics adopt as genuine, really the sons of Jechonias; and
_“ Josias begat Jakim (i.e. Jehoia- that the prophecy was fulfilled in kim), and Jakim begat Jechonias.” the calamities which befel their house, Calmet accordingly would read the and in its loss of the throne. None eleventh and twelfth verses thus,- of the posterity of Jechonias sat “ Josias begat Jehoiakim and his upon the throne of David; but yet brethren; and Jehoiakim begat Je the regal line was continued from chonias about the time of the first that prince, through his son SalaBabylonish captivity; and Jechonias thiel. Interpreters who take this begat Salathiel, after they were view of the matter conjecture that brought to Babylon." Others, re Salathiel was adopted by Neri.--On ceiving the reading adopted in our
the other hand, some suppose that text, avoid the difficulty by suppos Jechonias was the father of Salathiel ing Jechonias, in the eleventh verse, only by adoption, the latter being to be only another form of the name really the son of Neri, who was the Jehoiakim. Or again, allowing a heir of Zedekiah, brother of Jehoiacertain latitude of expression not kim, and uncle of Jechonias. uncommon in such cases in Jewish Theophilus. My recollection of the writings, some would understand the history of Jehoiakim and Jechonias, eleventh verse thus, Josias begat, and their lives, is rather indistinct. i.e. was the ancestor, namely, the Perhaps this is owing to the simigrandfather, of Jechonias and his larity of the two names, and the brethren, i.e. his relatives, namely, confusion of events at that period. his uncles.—In either way, the Reader. It occurred to me that agreement of the genealogy with the a little historical information on this history becomes easily apparent. point would be acceptable; and I
Theophilus. We read, in the twelfth have brought out of my library a verse, that Jechonias begat Salathiel; volume of Doddridge's Expositor, in whereas it is said concerning Jecho- order to read to you the following nias, in Jeremiah xxii. 30, "write note in which you will find a clear this man childless;" and St. Luke account of the succession of Jewish speaks of Salathiel as being the son princes, and other circumstances, of Neri.
about the time of the captivity. Reader. The whole prophecy to " On the death of Josiah, the which you refer is as follows, “ Thus people took Jehoahaz, otherwise saith the Lord, write ye this man called Shallum, though a younger childless, a man that shall not pros-brother, and made him king in his per in his days; for no man of his father's stead (2 Kings xxiii. 30, 31); seed shall prosper, sitting upon the but Pharaoh Necho, in three months'