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While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk,
With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds,
lo full harmonic number join'd, their songs
Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to beaven."

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We foolishly imagine the world of spirits to be at a vast distance, whereas in truth we are upon its very confines. We consider its inhabitants as entire strangers to us, whereas they are constansly about our path and our bed, attending our going out and coming in, our lying down and rising up. If our eyes were not held, we should even now behold them joining in and assisting our praises, rejoicing together, when, by the ministry of the word of divine grace, sinners are converted, and saints edified. Little did the three disci. ples think, when they ascended Mount Tabor, that they were so near to an interview with Moses and Eli.

Moses, and Elias, and Christ, are not far from us; it is our folly and infirmity to think ourselves far from them.

When we look back to the latter end of Moses, the man of God, we attend him up to Mount Nebes, and behold him taking from Pisgaha a last look and a last farewell of the glory of this world. closing in peace, and breathe a sigh over his tomb, and bid hin a long farewell, and think we have lost bim forever. But it is not an everlasting adieu. On Tabor we have found him again, after a lapse of fifteen centuries; we find not only his name, his memory, bis writings, his predictions, his spirit, alive and in force, but his very person, still employed in ministering to the salvation of the Israel of God: and hence we look forwards to the lapse of a few years more, at the expiration of which we hope to meet him indeed, not arm. ed with that fiery law wbich condemns and consumes; but a minister and a fellow-partaker of that grace whicb redeems and saves.

We cannot consider ourselves therefore as laving

We see bis eyes yet concluded the history of Moses, while that memorable event of it, which is the subject of tbis evening's „seading, remains unconsidered ; and as the evangelic playe bas exhibited bim to us alive from the dead, let us devoutly attend to the reason and end of this glorious apparition. It naturally suggests to us the following reflections :

1. That Jehovah is, with undeviating, undiverted, findivided attention, carrying on the great plan of bis pifovidence to full maturiiy, by every order of beings, 10 every possible state; by those who cheerfully enier 103 his views, and joyfully submit to his will; and by th'sse who carelessly neglect or proudly oppose it. We have seen him serving bimself of this Moses in the court of Pharaoh, in the pastures of Midian, in the wilderness of Smai; as a prophet, as a legislator, as an historian. Aud, to fit him for a new field of action, behold binn shining in a new and glorious form. The grave seems to have surrendered up its trust, heaven has yielded up une of its inbabitants, and Moses is now admitted into a land from which he was once shut out. In this world we have still to deplore faculties wasting, impairing, extinguished; usefulness interrupted, cut off in the midst, by the stroke of death, the earth impoverished by the premature departure of wisdom and wortb. The history of maukind exhibits projects blasted, schemes aborsive, instruments feeble and inadequate, concussions viol nt, revolutions sudden and unexpected; but far different the view which the scriptures re present of the kingdom of God. In it, one generation pas:eth not away that another may succeed, but there is an eternal accumulation of citizens, eternally increasing in wisdom, goorless and telicity; faculties ever improving, projects advancing in full cerlainty of success, means titted to their enil, and the one great scheme of the Eternal Mind proceeding in steady, uviform majesty, to its final consummation. Pleasing. autul thouglat! " the counsel of the Lord standetha

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forever, the thoughts of his heart to al generations,” Psalm xxxiii. 11.

II. We observe, from this history, The benevolent interest which celestial beings take in the affairs of men. They are no upconcerned spectators of what passes bere below. They who have been raised from earth to heaven, have not lost all recollection of the world they have left, nor dropt all concern about their brethren in the flesh. Moses and Elias with joy revisit an inferior region, if thereby they can be instrumen. tal in promoting the work of redemption; and exchange, for a season, the society of angels, and the delights of the paradise of God, for the company of sim. ple fishermen, and a barren mountain's top, that we might have strong consulation in contemplating “ the sufferings of Christ," and the glory that preceded and followed. O what an exalted, what a generous spirit does true religion breathe and inspire! It makes angels "sministering spirits to them who are the heirs of salvation ;" it brings departed saints back to earth again; it converts Tabor into Heaven, and determines the choice of an apostle, when in a strait betwixt tuo, and to prefer abiding in the flesh, because more needful to his fellow-creatures, to the selfish joy, though far better, of departing and being with Christ. But Moses and Elias and Paul were themselves men, bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, were instructed by sympathy to commiserate, and prompted by affection to relieie, human wretcheduess. Behold an infinitely greater miracle of generous, disinterested love; “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeta in him should uot perish, but bave everlasting lite,” Jobo iii 16. Jesus's loved us, and washed us from our sios in his own blood, and has Male us kings and priests unio God and his Father, io bim be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen," Rv. I. 5, 6, “ Venly he took not on him the nature of angels but he took on him the seed of Abraha:n,”

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VOL. III.

Heb. ii. 16. “. As children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the samc; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, tijat is, the devil; and deliver them who thrwugh tear of death, were all their life-time suliject to bondage,” Heb. ii. 14, 15.

III. The history befure us suggests, The sweet barmony, the perfect intelligence wbich subsist between glorified spirits. M ses and Elias, as they cooperated in the same design, though at different periods upon earth, much more concur in sentiment, in exertion, now they ste more clearly and comprehend more fully the intentions of a wise and gracious Providence. Through ignorance, through pride, through jealousy, through malice, imperfect men on earth will difler, will hare and oppose each other, but in celestial bosoms the dark, malignant, unsocial passions lind no place : in them there ever prevails unity of intelligence, uvity of design, unity in operation, unity of all ction. Prompted by the same motive, aiming at the same end, Gabriel, a multitude of the heavenly host, Moses and Elas...angels single, and in bands, announce to the world, the advent of the Saviour, celebrate tuis birth, witness his transfiguration, relieve bis agony, record bis death, declare bis resurrection from the dead, grace his ascent to heaven, proclaim his second commg. And O what must be that barmony and joy! the barmony and joy of heaven, where angels and archangels, the cherubim and the seraphim, patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, and the whole multitude of the redeemed, animated by one spirit, adore the same object, rejoice in the same grace wherein they stand, and join in the same triumphant song!

Connect with tbis, the idea of the quick and perfect intelligence which subsists between the children of his kingdom. The happiness of heaven is a social, not a solitary joy. But how can the poverty ot our ima. gination, the coldness of our affections, conceive the intimacy of intercourse, the promptness oi con munj. cation, the sympathy of feeling, in pure spirits wholly disposed to love, and free fiom all desire or design to disguise, to deceive, to conceal!

“ Where friendship full exerts her softest pow'r,
Perfect esteem euliven’d by desire
Ineffable, and sympathy of soul,
Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will,
With boundless confidence."

THOMSON.

With what promptitude and intelligence celestial beings converse, say, ye gentle spirits, who know what it is to soothe and relieve the lazy lingering hours of absence by the friendly aid of letters; ye whom the murmur of a sigh, or the tone of a single word can instantly instruct; ye, whose hearts the pressure of a finger can awake to rapture; ye, whose kindred, congenial souls the slightest glance of the impassioned eye, can, in a moment, quick as the lightning's flash, penetrate, kindle, inform, assimilate z...

........ Ye whom the sudden tear Surprises often when you look around, And nothing strikes your eye but sights of bliss."

THOMSON.

But the purest human affection is ever dashed with doubt, with apprehension, with suspicion; its communications are liable to be retarded by dulness, prevented by accident, or checked and blasted by a malignant eye, and therefore can at best convey but an imperfect idea of that “ perfect love which casteth out fear," of that divine sympathy which speeds the holy intercourse from soul to soul, of that mutual understanding which needs not the medium of sense to convey it.

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