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These, with additions and many more titles, is the God of your fathers-I AM-before he was "manifest in the flesh" for Salvation.
Exo. iii. 15. Who is I AM?
"The LORD God of your
fathers," veiled from human eye by being clothed in our flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. John, i. 14. "Verily, Thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel the Saviour." Isa. xlv. 15.
I am Alpha and Omega, the first
This is the "I AM."-The LORD God of your fathers to be known to all generations.
These texts will amply repay the labour of search. It it only the slothful that "roasteth not that which he took in hunting."
THREE MEASURES OF MEAL.
Matthew, xiii. 33.
"ANOTHER parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."
Search in the word of God until you find the leaven of the Gospel; which is hid in Father, Son, and Spirit -the three measures of meal-work in it day and night, until your soul is leavened by free grace, and soon you will be leavened for glory. This woman is the Church. See 2 Kings, iv. 40, 41.
Ir is even a great thing to be a Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ; if found faithful in that service, the Lord will advance him another step to rest in his love-to be found in John, xv. 15. “Art thou called being a Ser
vant? care not for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather."
1 Cor. vii. 21.
John, x. 3.
"To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out."
A deservedly esteemed Minister, in commenting on the tenth of John, remarked, "No doubt the Porter has some significant meaning."-For sixteen years the remark has been borne in mind, and I am now taught it is the believer. I looked too high; to see myself a prince, a king, a priest, I liked well; but to be a humble porter, suited not the pride of my heart. In 1 Chron, xxiii. 5, four thousand are porters. In digging a little further, I find that the chiefs by name were porters: in Lev. viii. 35, Aaron and his sons kept the doors of the tabernacle: in 1 Chron. ix. 17-20, ❝ Phineas, the son of Eleazar, was ruler over them in time past;" as if the Lord had raised him to be priest, after being faithful in that which was least. Even King David in the time of trouble seems to have taken the office of porter. There were porters at the thresh
2 Sam. xviii. 24 -26.
old of the gates of both prince and the people. Neh. xii.
1 Chron. ii. 13, throws some light on the text.
cast lots, as well the small as the great; according to the house of their fathers, for every gate.
Mark, xiii. 34 strengthens it. "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch." And Pro. viii. 34 confirms the honourable, lowly, happy distinction, to every one that believeth. "Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors." And truly I would now "rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."
CAUSE AND EFFECT.
Isaiah xli. 21.
"PRODUCE your cause, saith the Lord, bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob."
Lord, this is my cause-I am a sinner!
I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
O King, thy word is, "Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins." Isaiah, xl. 2.
Thou art a great Saviour, for "the blood of Jesus