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1. TITLE. Order to be adopted in the following

Sections, till the death of Moses. Archbishop
Laud's Harmony of the Laws of Moses. No

SECTION 105.-p. 201.

1. Title. The builders of the ark were drowned

in the deluge. The partakers of the miraculous

gifts were banished from the society in heaven
of those they helped to save. Nadab and
Abihu are called up to the higher parts of Mount Sinai, though they were afterwards destroyed by fire from the Lord. An alrar is raised, a covenant is made by sacrifice and sprinkling of blood, between God and the people. Nadab and Abihu, and the elders of Israel, like Peter, James, and John, at the transfiguration, see the manifestation of the glory of God, and the lawgiver of Israel ad

mitted to that glory. 3. PORTIONS OP SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxiv.

1, 9. DEUTERONOMY v. 30, 31. EX

ODI'S xx, 24–26, and xxiv. 3—18. 4. PRISER. That as we know both the law of

God and the will of God, we make a covenant with God, with the blood of the great sacrifice, baving our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience; and so ascending higher and higher in communion with God, from a true conversion from evil, to rejoicing in the imitation of Christ, to the attainment of that peace with God which passeth all understanding; that we may find the cares and troubles of life to be the sources of our greatest praise, and the sense of God's

presence to be the purest enjoyment of the soul. 5. NOTES. On the arrangement of the passages of

Scripture in this Section.-On the altars and sacrifices of the Mosaic Law.–On the expression, "the paved work of a sapphire stone," and as it were the body of heaven in its clearness."—On the expression," on the elders of Israel he lay not his hands.”—On the gradations in the spiritual life, and the three gradations of approach to God.

SECTION 106.-p. 210. 1. TITLE. As the heaven of heavens cannot contain the invisible Spirit of God, yet the Spirit of God dwells in the humble and contrite beart; so though Mount Sinai could not contain the visible manifestation of His Glory, the promise is given, that the visible glory of God should be manifested in the sanctuary which Moses is commanded to build. Free-will offerings to God are the result of covenanting with God. The ark of the covenant, covered with the mercy-seat, and surmounted with figures of the cherubim, is to be placed within the sanctuary. The probable meaning of these commands. God promises to commune with the people from the visible glory between the


1-22. 4. PRAYER. That as we know God's law, and

have made a covenant with Him by the sacrifice of Christ, we may offer Him, with a willing heart, our affections, our substance, and ourwelves to His service; that we build up the sanctuary of God in the world around us, and in our hearts within us, according to the pattern which God hath set before us in the Gospel of His Son; that onr hearts, like the ark of God, rest in heaven, adorned with the crowns of gold and the graces of His Spirit, and rejoice in communion with God in His mercy-seat in

heaven. 5. Note. On the ark, the cherubim, and on the

making of the sanctuary and its furniture; the

ark of the covenant and its furniture with the cherubims, after the pattern which Moses was caused to see in the Mount.

SECTION 107.-p. 218. 1. TITLE. God is revealed to us as the Lord of

the world, of the Church, and of the soul. Those who commune with God daily at His mercy-seat, will rejoice to meet Him weekly at His holy table. Moses is commanded to make the table on which the show-bread was placed, which was to be eaten at the end of the week by the priests. A candlestick of gold, with its lamps and ornaments, the emblem of the Church and of the soul, is ordained for daily light in the holy place. Every thing in the service of God must be of God's appointment,

and not of man's invention. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxv.

23, to the end. 4. PRAYER. That God would prepare a table

before us in the wilderness of life, as the God of the world, the Church, and the soul; and that He would enable us to walk in light before Him, as the God of Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification ;-and that the Creator would bless us by His Provider.ce, the Saviour by His mediation and atonement, the Holy Spirit by His influence and power; and that the holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity may be revealed to our souls and dwell in our souls, as believers

in His mercy, in creation, revelation, and hope. 5. NOTE. The minuteness of the directions given

by the Almighty to Moses respecting the structure and furniture of the tabernacle, is consistent with a philosophical estimato of the greatness and glory of the Deity.

SECTION 108.-p. 225.

1. TITLE. We learn from God's Revelation,

that it is harder to save a soul than to create a world. The construction of the Tabernacle ; its curtains, boards, breadth, and length, considered as a type of the identity of the one united visible and invisible Church of God the emblematical design of the Holy of Holies, with the mercy-seat; of the Holy Place, with the veil of the table of show-bread, of the gol

den candlestick, and the altar of incense. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxvi.

1-35; xxx. 1-10; and xxvi. 36, 37. 4. PRAYER. That as the tabernacle in the wil

derness united the Holy of Holies with the Holy Place, so it will please God to enable us in the unity of the Church of England to commemorate the death of Christ, the true sacrifice, as at the altar of burnt offering :-to offer up our prayers, as at the altar of incense-to walk in the light of the preaching of the Holy Gospel, as in the light of the golden candlestick -to commune with God as at the table of show-bread-till we pass through the veil of death, to the true Holy of Holies, and dwell

with God and Christ for ever. 5. NOTE. The tabernacle in the wilderness tho

type of the Universal Church on earth, and in heaven, and of every national Church.

SECTION 109.-p. 233. 1. TITLE. Jesus Christ, as the pre-existent Angel

Jehovah, is as certainly the Institutor of the minute ritual of the Jews, as He is the giver of the command that we approach to God through Him, and love one another; and as the Christian studies the law of Christ, the Jews studied the law of Moses, as the alphabet of the learning of immortality. The altar of burnt offering, and the probable meaning of some of the enactments concerning it.—The court of the Tabernacle, and the manner in which Churches should be built. -The oil for the lamps, and the manner in which prayer

should be offered. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxvii. 4. PRAYER. That as we believe the institutions

of the law of Moses to have been given by the Great Head of the Church, to separate the Jews from the idolaters, and to direct their minds to Christ; we may also seek in the types and shadows of the law new motives to boliness, and ever new knowledge of Christ ;-that we may know Him as our sacrifice, and offer at His altar-visit His courts with praise and joy, and look and long for the better Church in heaven, after our worship and communion with

the Church on earth. 5. Note. On the instruction afforded to the

clergy by the command to prepare oil for the lamps in the tabernacle.

SECTION 110.-p. 240.

1. Title. The design of Revelation is twofold

-to restore the dominion of God eventually over the world in general, and in the heart of each individual in particular; and the one plan by which that object of Revelation is made effectual, is the establishment of the visible Church, and the appointment of an authorized ministry. The family of Aaron is set apart to the office of the Priesthood. Holy garments are commanded them, to excite reverence among the people, and to remind the Priesthood


1–21. 4. PRAYER. That we be ever mindful of the true

dignity of man at the beginning ;--of the depth of our sinfulness by the fall; and of the provision which has been made for us in the visible Church of God, to enable us to return to the communion on earth and therefore in heaven, which our father lost—that we put on the holy garments of salvation, for glory and for beauty, and pray, and think, and live, as the royal

priesthood of the Church of God. 5. Notes. On the causes of the minute directions

respecting the Aaronical dresses.-On the typical meaning of the precious stones in the breastplate, &c.—On the colours of the Ephod.

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by the Christian, when the spiritual meaning is made a personal or self-applicatory meaning:The dress of the high priest typically describes the appearance of Christ in heaven; but it relates also the fitness of the Christian to commune with God now on earth, and hereafter in


22, to the end. 4. PRAYER. That we not only believe in the

blessedness of the communion of the soul with Christ and God after the death of the body, but that we begin the happiness of the world to come in communion with God and His Church on earth, by approaching to God with the Urim and Thummim of knowledge in the head, with perfection of action in the life, and with holiness of motive, will, affection, and intention in the

thoughts of the heart. 5. NOTES. On the Urim and Thummim.-Ex

odus xxviii, 42.

SECTION 112,--p. 252.
J. TITLE. As the Gospel is before the present

age in anticipating the only remedy for its rest-
lessness and presumption, so the institutions of
the law of Moses were before their age in anti-
cipating the only remedy for its idolatry and
vices. The consecration of Aaron and his sons
to the priest's office. Five observances are ne-
cessary to all consecrations of a soul to God-
outward dedication, outward holiness, inward
holiness, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the


1-25. 4. PRAYER. That we be consecrated and devoted,

as our best privilege and happiness, to the service of God, both in life, in death, and for ever; that as we are now dedicated to Him in baptism, we may become His faithful sons and servants by outward conduct, by inward holiness, by obedience to the power and enjoyment of the comfort of His Holy Spirit, and above all by constant, humble faith in the sacrifice of Christ.

SECTION 113.-p. 258.

1. TITLE. The humble Christian who devotes

his head and heart to the study of the Holy Scriptures, for spiritual improvement, and not for controversy, attains to the highest happiness of which the human nature is capable in the present life. The further consecration of the sons of Aaron by the heave offering, and the wave offering; the wearing of the holy robes ; and the daily sacrifice to be offered morning and evening to God.—God promises to dwell in

and among His people. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. Portion OF SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxix.

26, to the end. 4. PRAYER. That we begin upon earth the hap

piness of heaven, by dedicating and consecrating our souls to God, as the sons of Aaron were consecrated to the service of the tabernacle; that we lift up our souls to God, as a heave offering,

SECTION 111.-p. 246.

1. Title. The institutions of the law of Moses,

have generally both a literal and spiritual meaning, but they are only rightly understood

and devote our souls to Him, in holy thought, as a wave offering; that we put on us the robes of righteousness, and daily, morning and evening, with purity, praise, and cheerfulness, offer to Him our hearts and souls, that Christ may

dwell in us. 5. Notes. On the sacrament considered as a

feast upon a sacrifice.-Theodoret on the wave offering and the heave offering.

SECTION 114.-P. 264. 1. TITLE. As the aged forget the tears or toys of

infancy, in the occupations or engagements of their more mature years, so will the soul in its immortality consider the prosperity or adversity of its mortal life of seventy or eighty years. All souls are of equal value before God, and the salvation of the soul is the one thing needful. The atonement money demanded in equal eums of all. The brazen laver—the holy oil


11-38. 4. PRAYER. That whatever be the joys, or the sorTOS,

or the adversities of our progress through life, we regard our peculiar position in the world as the scene of our trial and probation, in which we are called upon to benefit others, to serve, fear, and love God, to preparo for death, and seek the salvation of the soul; that we devote our hearts and lives to God as His baptized people; that the oil of gladness be poured upon us by the Spirit of God, and that our prayers be as fragrant incense offered and accepted from a broken and contrite heart. 5. Nores. On the spiritual interpretation by

Beda, of the payment of ten gerahs as the ranson money for the soul. --Cardinal Bellarmine

on the holy ointment.-On the materials of the holy perfume.-On the prohibition of making the holy perfume for strangers.

SECTION 115.-p. 270. 1. TITLE. Abstract and undoubted truths may

become for a time unacceptable, and even injurious, when they have been much perverted. The abuse of the doctrine of a future state among the Egyptians was probably the cause of the absence of any inspired direction to Moses, to establish his laws on the foundation of that important truth. The inspiration of the builders of the tabernacle. The perpetual obligation of the Sabbath, as a sign between God and the soul of man, upon all who believe in God as their Creator, value His holy covenant, rejoice in their weekly religious rest, and

humbly anticipate their better rest in heaven. 2. INTRODUCTION. 3. PORTION OF SCRIPTURE. EXODUS xxxi. 4. PRAYER. That we be found worthy to serve

and honour God, as the faithful' and holy members of His visible Church on earth ; and be so imbued with the graces of His Holy Spirit, that we be received after death into that better Tabernacle not made with hands, in heaven; that we observe with gratitude and humility the Lord's-day Sabbaths in the Church upon earth, as a sign between God and ourselves, in remembrance of God the Creator, of Christ's resurrection, and of the descent of the Holy Spirit rpon the Church and upon our own souls; that the rest of the Sabbath upon earth be the anticipation and beginning of the

rest in heaven. 5. NOTE. On the reasons for which Moses was

not instructed to establish his laws on the sanction of a future state.

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