Page images
PDF
EPUB

a

[ocr errors]

when they stood, and had let down their wings*. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the. appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about it. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain t, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it I fell upon my face, &c.” Thus as Moses beheld the similitude of the Lord §, so Ezekiel is permitted to see the appearance of the likeness of his glory.

Now though the prophet has given us a particular detail of “ the appearance of the likeness of the glory," let us take good heed of ever attempting

[ocr errors]

* See Exodus xxv. 20 and 22. I See Rev. iv. 3.

of Observe Dan. vii. 13. § See Numb. xii, 8.

the portraiture, or by painting, or sculpture, for we are warned against the making any sort of resemblance. In the fourth chapter ad 15th verse of the book of Deuteronomy, Moses Lost par. ticularly cautions the Israelites, not to make any graven image, the similitude of any figure, vhatever, lest they should corrupt themselves; informing them that they“ saw to manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto them in Horeb out of the midst of the fire?" but what saith the commandment, “ Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth ; thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

Therefore, surely, the Church which authorizes pictures and statues to be bowed down to, or even to be placed in it, let the sculpture or painting

Y

be what it may, sanctions what is contrary to the commandment, what is debasing to the mind, and what destroys the simplicity of worship. My brethren of the Roman Catholic Church will not perhaps deem it presumption in me that I take the liberty of calling their attention to this matter :-as for my Protestant brethren, they need not to be warned by me, for they have long ago entered their protest against this idol practice: I shall therefore only remind them, that it is forbidden—that the Church of Rome may, in no wise be copied in this respect :—it is not enough that they do not worship the work of their own hands, for the commandment saith, Thou shalt not bow down to them,yea, that they do not hold them to be a God is not an answer, for it is written, Thou shalt not make them.” In the dispensation of the gospel of Christ there is no Church pageantry that may be observed; there is no affectation, no superstition, no long prayer and repetition * demanded ; no fear, but “godly fear;” no jealousy, but “godly jealousy;" no cant (methodistical); no

* Matthew vi. 7.

PROMISED OR ELECT SEED.

dumb observances ;-only orderly proceeding*, and simplicityť and singleness of heart I, and patience, and kindness, and meekness, and hope, and joys, long suffering || and rejoicing for ever. I

* 1 Cor. xiv. 40.
+ 2 Cor. i. 17, 2 Cor. xi. 3, and Wisdom of Solomon i. 1. di
I Acts ii. 46, Eph. vi. 5.

§ Rom. xii. 10.
|| Col. i. 11, 2 Cor. xii. 9, 10, 11, and xi. 30, &c. Col. i. 24,
and 2 Cor. xiii. 4.

- A om yd bew Phil. iv. 4, Thess. v. 16. 9

tentage-tesdong

[graphic]

ERRATA

In the Introduction,” p. xi. (note) for “ xi. 13," tend“ wil.

24, 26, 30." In p. xxxiii. add as a note to “ the land of Judah," “ Juich is

the same with, and is frequently put for, Zion.-Psalm

lxxviii. 68.” p. xxxix. for ears that the locausts,” read “ years that the least." In the “ Table,” to note 4, add “ Observe also 2 Cor. xi, 4." In “Object of the Work,” p. 8, før * on toleration," read “- for

toleration." p. 16, for “ the earth, lick up,” read the earth, and lick up." p. 30, for afterwards speaking,” read afterwards speaks." p. 31, for " he saith these words,” read" and saith.” p. 37, for " says the simple words,” read“ says that the simple

words." p. 41, 1. 12, for then,” read“ there." p. 41, 1. 13, for “ in what time,” read“ in which time." p. 84, for “ in seven days is,” read“ in seven days (as one day) is." p. 84, (note) for “ eleventh chapter,” read" second chapter" p. 85, for “ this. It is,” read “ this, it is.” p. 101, add to the last note “ 1 Cor. x, 1, 2, 6, and 11.” p. 112, for “ which is without the vail,” read “ which is within

the vail.” p. 126, for “ after that it said," read" after that it is said.” p. 130, 1. 2, for “discover,” read “ devour.” p. 148, (note) for “ I beheld them,” read “ I beheld then.”

for “ Dagon,” read“ Dragon.” p. 214, (note) for « from the righteous Abel,” read from the

blood of righteous Abel.”

be what it may, sanctions what is contrary to the commandment, what is debasing to the mind, and what destroys the simplicity of worship. My brethren of the Roman Catholic Church will not perhaps deem it presumption in me that I take the liberty of calling their attention to this matter :-as for my Protestant brethren, they need not to be. warned by me, for they have long ago entered their protest against this idol practice: I shall therefore only remind them. that it is forbidden that the

« PreviousContinue »