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'shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,

* lying in a manger. And suddenly there was 'with the angel a' multitude of the heavenly host

* praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the

* highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards

* men' (After recording this prediction, how could St. Luke give us as the speech of Jesus to his disciples—ch. xiii. v. 51.—' Suppose ye, that 'am come to give peace on earth? I tell you 'nay: but rather division.' And v. 49. ( I am 'come to send fire on the earth, and what will 'I, if it be already kindled.') Luke goes on—'And it came to pass, as the angels were gone 'away from them into heaven, the shepherds said 'one to another, Let us now go even unto Beth'lehem, and fee this thing which is come to

* pass, which the Lord hath made known unto

* us. And they came with haste, -and found 1 Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a 'manger. And when they had seen it, they made

* known abroad the saying which was told them

* concerning this child. And all they that heard 1 it wondered at those things which were told him

* by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these r things, and pondered them in her heart. And 'the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 'God for all the things that they had heard and 'seen, as it was told unto them.' Where slept Herod's intelligence amidst these publications? The journey into Egypt hath obtained the appel

, * lation

lation of flight: but with poor Joseph's means, chapter Verft and so incumbered, it could not be very speedy. Neither Mark, Luke, or John, say any thing of this Egyptian excursion. Matthew fays—that Joseph ' took the young child and his mother il. 14

* by night, and departed into Egypt; and was

'there until the death of Herod: that it might 15

* be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by

* the prophet, (Hosea) saying—Out of Egypt '•j 'have I called my son.' After giving an account of Herod's disappointment and cruelty, he proceeds'—' But when Herod was dead, behold

an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, (poor Joseph was never favoured with the company of an angel but in his sleep) saying Arise and take the young 20

child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the 31

young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Arche- za

laus did reign in Judea, in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither, notwithstanding being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: and ij

came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets—He shall be called a Nazarene.' Unfortunately, this is not to be found in any of B 4 the the prophets, and if Matthew meant to fay—He shall be called a Nazarite, I think it cannot be proved that Jesus at any time sustained that character fully. Vide Numbers, ch. vi: 'Out of 'Egypt nave * called my son,' must be strained very much indeed to bear the name of a prophecy relative to Jesus. However Matthew, it seems, thought otherwise. It seems too that Matthew only has sent him there* for that purpose.

Neither Mark or John give us any history of Jesus previous to his baptism. Luke's history instructs us that Jesus never was in Egypt, at least that he could not be there in the time assigned by Matthew: I will take up Luke's history where I left it, ch. ii. v. 21. * And when

* eight days were accomplished for the circumci'sing of the child, his name was called Jesus, 'which was so named of the angel before he 'was conceived in the womb. And when the

* days of her purisication, according to the law 'of Moses, were accomplished (forty days) they

* brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the 'Lord.' It relates that in Jerusalem dwelt a devout man called Simeon, to whom it was revealed by the Holy Ghost, that he should not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. When the child was brought into the temple to be circumcised, Simeon took him in his arms: here St. Luke gives us another poetical and prophe

tical composition in the name of Simeon. After which he tells us that Anna, a prophetess who resided in the temple, was present, and that she likewise ' Spake of him (Jesus) to all them that 'looked for the redemption in Jerusalem. And 'when they had performed all things according 'to the law of the Lord, they returned into 'Galilee to their own city Nazareth. And the

* child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled

* with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon 'him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every 'year at the feast of the passover. And when 'he was twelve years old, they went up to Jeru

* salem after the custom of the feasts,' &c. Here we sind that eight days after his birth Jesus was circumcised in the temple; that his mother presented herself there for her purification forty days after her delivery; and that this visit to the temple was repeated every year. If this was the cafe, what becomes of the flight into Egypt? If in eight days they could convey themselves from Bethlehem to Egypt, and from thence to Jerusalem; it must have been a flight indeed. What likewise becomes of the fear of Herod, if they resided at Nazareth, and visited Jerusalem annually? Luke tells us that at the age of twelve, Jesus fat publickly in the temple amidst the Doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions; and that they were astonished at his understanding and answers. Being questioned by his mother

chapter Versethei' for this stay of several days at Jerusalem" unknown to her (which by the bye is something extraordinary) he replied—* Wist ye not that I 'must be about my father's business.' He, however, returns with them to Nazareth, ' and was'

* subject unto them.' From this period Luke gives no account of him till he was baptized in Jordan and began his public ministry; and this, according to the best accounts we have, was about the age of thirty.

We will now proceed with Matthew's history,

where, after a long chasm, he first mentions John

Hi. i the Baptist.-1-' In those days came John the Bap

* tist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and a ' faying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of hea

'ven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken 3 ' of by the prophet llaias, saying—The voice of 'one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the 'way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' After describing his dress and food, he tells us, all Jerusalem, all Judea, and the region round Jordan, went to him, confessed their sins, and were baptized by him in Jordan. To the Pharisees 7 and Sadducees who came there, he said—' O 'generation of vipers! who hath warned you to

* flee from the wrath to come?' He advises them to works suited to repentance; tells them, that being the sons of Abraham will not avail them; that at that time the ax was laid to the roots, and every barren tree should be cut down and cast


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