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But we may still pursue this obstinate Peo- SERM. ple with as forcible Evidence from other Prophets. Haggai and Malachi, as I distinctly Thewed, both determined the appearing of the Mesfah to be during the standing of the second Temple *.
And yet it is certain from their own Historians that the second Temple was utterly destroyed, within 40 Years after the Death of our Jesus. And therefore the modern Jews, to avoid the Force of this Prophecy also, pretend that by the latter House. mentioned by Haggai, some future Temple, still to be built, is meant and implied. But this Pretence again, only convicts them of the groffest Obstinacy. The whole Prophecy plainly speaking of this House ; i. e, of the House that was then in building t. 'Tis true indeed, that the Jews have attempted several Times to rebuild their Temple : But it is as remarkable that God has as often miraculously interposed to prevent their doing it. An Earthquake at one Time, together with
* N. B. The second Temple was pulled down and rebuilt by Herod about 40 Years before the Appearing of our Savi
Nor was it entirely rebuilt or finished agair, when our Lord appeared in it. But as the daily Sacrifice was never once intermitted during the whole Time it was in pulling down and rebuilding, the Temple was accounted the second or same Temple all the while.
+ See Dr. Berriman's Boyle's Lectures, Serm. 14. Vol. II. P. 35-;6.
SERM. Stones flying out from the Foundation, and
Globes of Fire at another Time bursting forth from the Earth, and destroying all that were so daring and presumptuous, as to undertake the Work*.
I have now gone through all the Prophecies mentioned under my former Head; and have plainly shewed that all that pointed out the Christ upon his first Appearance in the World, were punctually fulfilled in our fefus, in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph: I might now further shew that every important Action, Event, or Circumstance, in the Life, or Death, in the Resurrection, or Afcenfon, of our Blessed Saviour, was also foretold or typified and prefigured in some or other of the Books of the Old Testament. And as this is too important to be wholly passed by; I will reserve it for the Subject of another Discourse.
* See Dr. Cave's Life of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Vol. II. P. 353-355.
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SERMON IV. Jesus foretold by Moses and the
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be expounded unto them in all the Scriptures
HE Season of Advent being designed S ER M.
by the Church to prepare us for a religious and solemn Commemoration of the Advent, or coming of Christ in the Flesh; I thought it would not be an unsuitable Subject if I should collect and lay before you the ancient Prophecies that lye scattered in the Old Testament concerning the Christ, and thew how exactly they were all fulfilled in the blessed Jesus, and so pointed out him for the long expected Redeemer whom those Prophecies foretold. But hitherto I have confined myself to those Predictions only which related to bis first Appearance in the World, and so were Vol. il.
SER M. accomplished by him as soon as he was born:
Such as related to his Family and Lineage, to the Place of his Nativity, to his miraculous Birth, and to the Time of his coming : They being the Prophecies which St. Philip must be supposed principally to mean in the Words I then made Choice of for
Text. But I am now willing to proceed a little further, and to shew that every important Action, Event, or Circumstance, in the Life and Death, in the Resurrection and Afcenfion of our blessed Lord, were particularly foretold in some or other of the Books of the Old Testament. And for this purpose I think the Words I have now read to you more suitable.
They relate to a Conversation which our Saviour held with two of his Disciples, as they were going to Emmaus, the same Day that he arose from the Dead ; in which first reprehending their Backwardness in attending to and believing what the Prophets had foretold concerning the Sufferings of Christ before his Entrance into Glory; he next proceeded to open their Understandings, in order to which, my Text tells us, Beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, be expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the Things concern
ing himself. So that, he shewed them SERM. the wonderful Correspondence and Harmony of whatever the ancient Prophets had foretold concerning the Christ, with those Things which they themselves had seen and could testify," had so very lately happened to himSELF. So that from these Words I may very properly take Occasion to Thew how every Thing that was foretold with Relation to the Meffiab, was exactly fulfilled in the same Jesus, who, as I have shewn already, so punctually accomplished the several Prophecies, that foretold, and related to, his first Appearance.
I shall not in this Discourse, as I did in my former, divide what I have to say into two Heads, by shewing first what was written by Moses and the Prophets concerning the Messiah, and then secondly, how those Things were accomplished in Jesus; but shall only take the Passages in the Order they were accomplished, and observe how they were severally foretold in Moses and the Prophets. After which I shall conclude with some
proper Inferences from the whole..
One of the first material Passages related of Jesus after his Birth, was the Appearance of that famous Star, which drew the Wife