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be a partition between their righteousness and his
22. The Saviour is still overlaying the whole house with gold; the progressive work yet in continuancestill covering his people from the wrath of God with his own Righteousness!
23 to 27. These two Cherubims, are Jew and Gentile, united under one head, of one measure, and one size; set in the inner house, touching the wall, or Salvation, touching each other in brotherly love, and He who is our Lord, unites us to himself in the midst of the house. Exo. xxxvii. 7-9. We are one with him, our "life is hid with Christ in God." See John, xvii. 22, 23; Col. iii. 3.
28. Gold implying Righteousness, so the Cherubims were overlaid with gold, to make them of perfect beauty.
29. We may always be carving upon the walls of our Master's house" Salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks" and "Victory by the blood of the Lamb." Palm is a token of victory, and as such was carried before Christ, at his triumphal entry into Jerusalem-his triumph over sin and death. "The righteous shall flourish like the Palm-tree;" no weight presses it down-it will grow upright: what an encouraging emblem for Christian perseverance ! See Exo. xv. 27; John, xii. 13; Ps. xcii. 12; Ezek. xli. 19.
30. Mat. iii. 12, says, "He will throughly purge his
floor;" removing from it our chaff to fill it with the finest wheat-the gold of his Righteousness.
31 to 35. Here is a beautiful figure of union-Jesus is the door, and the Olive-tree, and the Fir-tree: his children, Jew and Gentile, partake of all with him. Each door has folding leaves, either to fold his beloved ones in the arms of his mercy, or to typify the unfolding of the word of life to all generations. Upon these precious doors, made of the mingled wood of Fir and Olive, are carved Cherubims, palm-trees, and open flowers: open flowers, full-blown, or expanded-the perfume of Christian graces may never be closed, always open to the view of the GIVER! These are covered with gold"The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS," for nothing will fit upon his own work but his own Righteousness. The Olive-tree, is among those of longest duration, the richest, the fattest, and most productive: a lively emblem of the door of entrance to Eternal Glory. Ps. lii. 8; 2 Sam. vi. 5; Jer. xi. 16.
36. Observe, the inner court is built last: and what is the inner court, but The Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, whose secret presence is typified, in the three rows of hewn stone, and his Oneness, in the row of cedar beams! It is said, there are now in existence cedar-trees co-eval with creation. "The righteous shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." Ps. xcii. 12. The knowledge of the Holy is the last subject we attain, though Solomon tells us, "The knowledge of the Holy
is understanding;” and adds, “For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased." Prov. ix. 10, 11. “And I give unto them eternal life." John, x. 28.
38. The Temple was seven years in building.-A Jubilee. Seven being a holy number as six is earthly. When God made the world in six days, he rested the seventh; and sanctified it for ever! There were two thousand years before the flood, two thousand the Jews were under God's peculiar care, two thousand for the Gentiles to be under their Redeemer God, then the Millenium; and when the seven thousand years expire, then indeed will the glorious Temple, or "House be finished throughout all its parts," to the everlasting joy of every soul, that knows salvation by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and to the Eternal Glory of JEHOVAH ! See Zec. vi. 15. 2 Chro. iii. is a short but interesting repetition of 1 Kings, vi.-full of light and instruction.
Solomon built in the same place that Abraham offered Isaac-and in the same place that David made ready to build—and in the same place that Ornan the Jubusite prepared-Calvary is the same place—and there, in the same place must every child of the heavenly household build-The Cross of Christ.
Ezra, v. 16. “Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the house of God which is in Jerusalem. And since that time even until now, hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished." See Acts,
vii. 44-49; 1 Pet. ii. 5. Solomon built after David's pattern, as he followed Moses. David overlaid with gold-Solomon did the same. Each provided abundantly, yet neither too much, because it was secretly the Righteousness of Christ. Remember, “The house that is to be builded for the Lord, must be exceeding magnifical of fame and of glory throughout all countries.” "Ask, Seek, Knock."- "In the mount of the Lord it may be seen."
2 Chro. iii. 17. “And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz." The margin says, of Jachin-he shall establish; of Boaz-in it is strength. Now it appears mere child's play, for a King, like Solomon, to give names to pillars of such magnitude, placed right and left of the Temple, if actuated by no motive: the consideration led to this spiritual view of the building of the Lord's house; which has been blessed with no ordinary delight to the searcher of the word it is a little extraordinary that no light arises upon this verse.
“I will stain the pride of all glory."
THE LORD'S PASSOVER.
UPON this subject a patient perusal is requested. Suffer not prejudice, the weakest of all governors of the intellect, to rule over reason; prejudices we must have
because we are in the flesh; but let us not willingly desire the night of prejudice, when we may have the day of understanding. The subject is not enforced upon the mind: if it be not according to the word, reject it, but if it be, receive the truth, and live upon Him, who said, "I am that bread of life."
You may speak against the King, you may speak against your God, and men will bear with you; but if you oppose the traditions of your Fathers, old, worldly customs, "they be almost ready to stone" you.
Suppositions and probabilities are inadmissible in Scripture, there being sufficient evidence of truth in the word; and by the word, it will not be difficult to prove the Supper our Lord never designed for continuance-neither did the Apostles ever administer the Supper. It is a human institution.
Jesus and his disciples assembled to celebrate the Passover: There were seventy disciples in Jerusalem, and many more believers: the twelve Apostles only were needful to be witnessess of this last type, shadow, symbol, emblem, or figurative representation, of the true Messiah, which he finished himself in bread and wine; (there is no mention of any other afterwards;) and thus concluded all types for ever!"
The term Sacrament is not to be found in the Holy Oracles. It is the Lord's Supper, not man's, or properly the Lord's Passover, that where his blood be found, he will pass-over, and not destroy. See Exo. xii.