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JACOB'S FAMILY,

CENSUS OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL,

At his first settlement in Egypt, named in First taken at the commencement of their Genesis, comprising threescore and six persons.

GENEALOGIES OF THE TRIBES,

The posterity of Jacob by Leah, Reuben,Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun,-by Bith-ih, Dau and Naphtali,-by Zilpah, Gad and Asher, by Rachel, Joseph, Aladassen and Ephraim) and Benjamin.

SPECIAL GENEALOGIES,

journeying in the wilderness, secondly on their entrance into Canaan, and thirdly by David, having reference to military objects forbidden by God, Satan tempting the king.

CATALOGUES,

Of the spics, in Numbers, of David's heroes, in Chronicles, of Solomon's officers, in Kings, of Jews married to Gentiles, in Ezra, -of Ezra's fellow-travellers from Babylon, in Ezra, of the Jews who returned from BabyLevi and the line of the priesthood-Judah lon with Zerubbabel, in Ezra and Nehemiah,and the line of the kings-King Saul-various of priests who returned from Babylon, in families in Chronicles-the sacred orchestra, Nehemiah,-of those who dwelt in the rebuilt and of Ezra, Jerusalem, in Nehemiah.

HIS EXISTENCE,

GOD.

Proved by the beauty, harmony, and wisdom of the works of creation, denied only by fools! characterized by majesty, immortality, felicity, unity, incomparability, and glory.

HIS NATURAL ATTRIBUTES,

Spirituality. God is a Spirit, invisibility, forbidding all image worship, eternity, infinitude, and incomprehensibility, omnipresence, power, omniscience, possessing a perfect knowledge of everything present and future,-instanced in the revelations He has made-human thoughts, characters, actions, and circumstances, immutability, I change not.

HIS MORAL ATTRIBUTES, Holiness, holiness predicated, 1. of persons, His Spirit, Son, angels, priests, prophets, people-2, of places, His throne, heaven, dwelfing-place, bill, mountain;-3, things, His oracle, promise, covenant, law, Scriptures, calling, Sabbath, name,-justice, truth, goodness, and mercy according to which He deals with ainful creatures, manifested in the form of pity, compassion, kindness, and longsufferingoften the theme of divine promise, the ground of His people's confidence, and the frequent subject of their prayer and praise.

ANTHROPOMORPHISM,

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CONSULTATION OF IDOLS,

With a view to ascertain the result of wars, journeys, and undertakings-a variety of forms of witchcraft, divination, necromancy, magic, sorcery, etc., placed on the same ground as idolatry by Moses, and pronounced to be vanity and delusion.

IIL-NAMES OF IDOLS,

Anammelech, Nibhaz, Tartak, Ashima, Nergal, Succoth-benoth, Ashtaroth, Baal, Baalberith, Baalim, Baal-peor, Baalzebub, Bel, Berith, Chemosh, Chiun, Dagon, Diana, God of forces, Jupiter, Mercurius, Milcom, Molech, Merodach, Nebo, Nisroch, Queen of Heaven, Remphan, Rimmon, Tammuz, and the Un

known God.

IV. SIN AND GUILT OF IDOLATRY.

The law prohibited the making of any image, required groves to be cut down, altars to be broken and overthrown, forbade the worship of images on any pretext.

PENALTY OF IDOLATRY.

Death by stoning-spiritual judgments, as God's curse, the hiding of His face, the destruction of the temple, with the discontinuance of its services, etc., and national punishments, as, war, famine, captivity, civil discord.

HUMAN PUNISHMENT OF IDOLATRY.

view to extirpate it, instanced in Jacob, Inflicted by pious kings and others, with a Gideon, David, Jehu, Asa, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Josiah, etc.

V-INCONSISTENCY OF IDOLATRY,

The idols made by ordinary craftsmen, out of ordinary materials, being without consciousness or sense, or power of motion; early prevalence of idolatry, instanced in the family of Abraham-the obstinate attachment to idolatry, instanced in Israel worshipping the golden calf within sight of the glory of Sinai.

REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF OPPOSITION TO

IDOLATRY,

Recorded of Naaman the Syrian, after he was cured by the prophet of his leprosy, of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and of others, of whom it is predicted that they will cast their

Mentioned in Scripture are-Adrammelech, idols to the moles and to the bats.

I. HIS DIVINITY.

JESUS CHRIST.

I-NAMES OF GOD GIVEN TO HIM.

The incommunicable name, Jehovah, the Lord (Jehovah) of hosts, the Lord (Jehovah) our righteousness, the mighty God, the true God, God blessed for ever, God our Saviour, King o Kings, and Lord of Lords, etc.

II. HIS RELATION TO THE FATHER.

Described as God's Son, His only begotten Son, His beloved Son, His image, His equal, His Shepherd, His fellow; one with the Father, so that he who hath seen Him hath seen the Father, while on the other hand what belonged Ito the Father belonged to Him

3. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD POSSESSED BY HIM. Eternity past as well as future, represented as having come down from heaven, having been before Abraham, having been with the Father before the world was, and as Alpha and Omega, Omnipresence, as with all his people to the end of the world, Omniscience, seen in His knowledge of circumstances of absent persons and objects, the heart,thoughts, motives, character, and dispositions of men-unchangeablenessthe same past, present, and to come.

4. WORKS OF GOD ASCRIBED TO HIM. In creation, having made all things visible or invisible,-in providence, upholding all things, in the resurrection, His voice obeyed by all in the grave, and in the final judgment, as before Him all shall give in their account.

5. DIVINE PREROGATIVES WIELDED BY HIM.

On earth forgiving sins, and from heaven sending down the Holy Ghost in a vast variety of common and supernatural gifts.

6. WORSHIP OFFERED TO HIM.

Ascription of glory and honour,-the presentation of prayer and praise, as foretold in prophecy, commanded also, practised in the church on earth, continued among the angels and saints in heaven, and never refused by Him.

II. CHRIST'S HUMANITY.

Born of a woman, named man, and the son of
man, the secd of woman-the seed of Abraham
and David-a brother of mankind-a par-
taker of flesh and blood-having bodily parts
and senses having a human soul, as growing
in stature, as hungering and thirsting, as sub-
ject to weariness and sleep, and as sympathi-
sing, weeping, dying.

III.-CHRIST'S MESSIAHSHIP PROVED BY
PROPHECY.

1. PROPHECY ABOUT HIS BIRTH AND ITS FULFIL

MENT.

The place of his birth, the time of it, the supernatural manner of it, -born of a virgin, -his appearance in the Temple,-his descent from Abraham, through Isaac, Judah, and David, the massacre of the children of Bethlehem, and the refuge in Egypt.

2. PROPHECY ABOUT HIS CHARACTER AND ITS FULFILMENT.

His meekness, his lowliness, and his zeal.

quence, the characteristics of the territory,
Galilee where he should commence and for
the most part prosecute his ministry, a "land
of darkness and the shadow of death."
4. PROPHECY AND ITS FULFILMENT ABOUT HIS

APPREHENSION, TRIAL, AND DEATH,

His triumphal entry into Jerusalem rejection by men, opposition from the wish ruters, betrayal, silence during his trial, innocence, endurance of scourging, crucifixion, raiment divided by lot, bearing insults, dying between two thieves, being pierced with the spear of the Roman soldier, body without a bone broken, burial, resurrection and ascension to glory.

IV.-SOME POINTS IN CHRIST'S HISTORY.

1. BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD.

Recorded by Matthew, the espousal of Joseph to Mary, the appearance of an angel to him, the obedience of Joseph to the heavenly mission, his flight into Egypt with Mary and the child from the rage of Herod, their return on the death of that governor, and their taking up their abode in Nazareth,-Recorded by Luke, the appearing of an angel to Mary giv ing her promise of the Saviour, and informing her of the name he should bear, the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, accompanied by a throng of angels in the neighbouring field, the announce ment of the event to the shepherds, the circumcision on the eight day, the visit to the temple, Simeon giving utterance to his prediction respecting the child, the growth of Jesus in wisdom and stature, and at the age of twelve years his disputation with the doctors in the temple.

2. CHRIST'S RELATIONS.

His mother and brethren occasionally attended on his ministry, other connections opposed his Messiahship, his fellow townsmen, for the most part viewing him, "beside himself," taunted him as the carpenter, and the carpenter's son; in the estimation of Jesus, "his mother and brethren were those who did the will of his Father in heaven."

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3. HIS FORERUNNER, JOHN THE BAPTIST. Predicted under the name of Elijah, to prepare the way of the Messiah, promised to Zacharias his father in the temple,-spent his youth in retirement, entered on the ministry at the river Jordan,-drew around him multitudes, described by Jesus as the greatest of prophets, as a burning and shining light, and as a faithful witness he testified to Prophet, a healer, a speaker in parables, a the pre-existence of Christ to his divine expreacher of extraordinary wisdom and elo-cellence, and to his authority and power to

3. PROPHECY AND ITS FULFILMENT ABOUT HIS

WORK.

baptize with the Holy Ghost, continuing faithful to death, he was imprisoned and beheaded by Herod.

4. CHRIST'S BAPTISM

At Jordan by John, accompanied by the descent of the Holy Ghost, and by a voice from heaven.

5. FAME OF CHRIST'S PREACHING AND MIRACLES. Crowds waiting upon his ministry, often from a great distance, astonishment and wonder among the people at what they saw and heard.

6. CHRIST'S UNWEARIED ACTIVITY.

Labouring in every variety of circumstances, preaching on the mountain, in the plain, in the temple,-in the synagogue, on the sea-side, in the ship,-in the city,-the town, and the village.

7. CHRIST'S PERSON AND WORK OFTEN

MISUNDERSTOOD.

Seen in the conduct, and the language of all classes, the disciples, the priests, the rulers, the common people arising from ignorance, national prejudice, and self-righteous pride.

8. CHRIST OFTEN OPPOSED AND REVILED.

By enemies endeavouring to entangle Him in his sayings, throwing odium upon him as being of Nazareth, representing him as a companion of sinners, a glutton and a wine-bibber, and as working his miracles by Satanic agency.

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8. HIS DEATH.

feted, smitten on the head, crowned with Suffering manifold indignities, spat on, buf thorns, arrayed in a purple robe, worshipped in derision, and ignominiously crucified on Calvary nigh to Jerusalem, between two malefactors, attended by supernatural darkness, an earthquake,-rending of the veil of the temple,-and the opening of the graves of saints, witnessed by the women of Galilee, By the Pharisees, the Herodians, the chief priests turion and Roman soldiers, and by many of John, and Mary the mother of Jesus, the Cenand rulers-to lay hold on him. the Jews, still mocked on the cross,-He V.-VARIOUS SCENES OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY. persecutors, his promise to the thief,-his behalf of his presented his prayer on

9. CHRIST PERSECUTED AND CONSPIRED

AGAINST,

1. TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS OF JUDEA,

By Satan for forty days.

2. LABOURS AND TRAVELS OF JESUS IN VARIOUS

PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

In the districts of Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and beyond Jordan, in the cities of Jerusalem, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Cæsarea, Philippi, Sychar, Nazareth, etc., preaching the Gospel, confirming His commission by miraculous works, calling, ordaining, instructing His apostles, etc.

3. SOLEMN ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM, Riding on an ass's colt accompanied by multitudes strewing the way with branches of palm trees, and filling the air with exclamations.

charge to John,-his complaint of thirst,-his attestation of his work being finished, He commended his spirit into the hand of His Father-His death designed as an atonement the determination of God through the instru in the room of sinners,-effected according to mentality of the wicked Jews-variously regarded as foolishness-a stumblingblock, or as the wisdom of God.

9. HIS BURIAL.

The body procured from Pilate-was taken down from the cross-wrapt in fine linen with spices, and laid in a new tomb-the persons who took part in it being Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, etc.

10. HIS RESURRECTION. The tomb secured by a great stone rolled to

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