Page images

the luminous brightness and effulgency of the jewels in which their names were engraved. This may give us a faint conception of the glory of the church in Christ, and how they shine in him, and as represented by him.

The high priest thus clothed and adorned, represented our Lord Jesus Christ, our true high priest, as clothed with our nature, inherently pure, all glorious within, full of perfection and majesty, in whom dwelt, and will for ever dwell, all the fulness of the Godhead.: 5. These garments of the high priest may lead us to contemplate the divine fulness of gifts and graces in Christ, and his qualifications as Godman Mediator, for the discharge of his office.

The holy oil, or ointment, poured upon the head of the high priest, by which he was anointed, was a symbolical representation of Christ, who was anointed with the Holy Ghost without measure; the Holy Ghost descended on him, anointed him, sealed him as the Messiah, and fitted him for his work and office, and bore testimony of him as the Christ of God; and the Father, by a voice from heaven, declared con: cerning him, " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well.pleased:”:

The sacrifices of sin-offerings, burnt-offerings and consecration offerings, offered at Aaron's ordination, prefigured how Christ would, by his

[ocr errors]

one offering make an endi of siri, and bring in everlasting righteousness, and be hereby-fitted for his office of priesthood in the highest heavens; it being founded on the oblation of himself offered on earth.

. i The sprinkling of blood and oil on Aaron and on his garments, and on this sons, and their garments, may serve to remind us how Christ, in the execution of every part of his office, was under the unction of the Holy Ghost; and that Jesus loved his church and members, and washed them from their sing in his own blood... 1, 2.3 Suso 4.1.1;fqa92 Con The tipping Aaron's right ear, thumb, and toe, and his sons' also, with blood, might signify how the virtue of Messiah's blood would tend to the everlasting purification and perfection of his whole church, both in body and souli .';

... The filling Aaron's and his sons' hando with parts of the sacrifices, might be intended to denote, that the hands of Christ are full of blessings.90. Misal novi vid joosta toine 9. Notwithstanding the majestý, glory, and honour which attended thë Aaronical consécrátion, yet he was made priest without an oath. Our Jesus bath this pre-eminency above and beyond him," to be a priest and confirmed in office by 'an bath.u The Lord Jehovah, ''the Father, said to Messiah, the Prince of Peace, “ The

[ocr errors]

Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedeck.

May the Lord bless what I have here set before you, to the exalting of Christ in your understandings, hearts, and affections. Even so, O Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.





LEVITICUS i, 7, 8, 9.

And the sons of Aaron, the priest, shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire. And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order, upon the wood that is upon the fire which is upon the altar. But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire of a sweet savour unto the Lord."

THE tabernacle being erected and consecrated by the Lord's dwelling between the cherubim in the holy of holies, in a cloud of glory, and resting on it in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night, it pleased him to de

liver out sundry commands to his servant Moses, who was to make them known to the church and people of Israel.

As Jehovah Jesus appeared to Moses at Horeb in a flame of fire in a bramble bush, and spake out of it to him, and who went before him and the people of Israel in a pillar of cloud and of fire, and spake out of it to him wheu he gave forth his divine commands; so in the same cloud he descended on mount Horeb, and pronounced the moral law; and when the tabernacle was erected, he descended in the same cloud, and rested on or over the tabernacle, and dwelt in a resplendent part of it, in the holy of holies, between the cherubim, and out of it the Lord spake and delivered to Moses, by an audible voice, what is recorded in this and the following chapters.

The cherubims were the most sacred pieces of furniture in the tabernacle and temple. These sacred emblems were, without dispute, a sensible exhibition of divine glory, which Ezekiel saw in vision, and which he knew to be the cherubims. In, or between them, was the throne of God, the throne of grace, the symbolical representation of his dwelling with men. From thence he gave his oracles and responses to those who consulted bim.

No doubt, the cherubims set up at the east of the garden of Eden, were of the same kind with

« PreviousContinue »