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“The circumstance of his paying the fare being mentioned, coupled with his attempting to fly from the presence of the Almighty, leads to the supposition that his voyage was one of more than ordinary length, and for which the amount paid for the fare would be considerable: whilst the very idea of fleeing from the presence of the Almighty, would suggest to his mind the necessity of seeking the most distant asylum :-Britain, in the furthest known west, beyond the bounds of knowledge to any nation except the Phenicians, and for ages afterwards regarded as beyond the borders of the earth. (“divisos orbe Britannos.'-Horace.) This unknown spot appears to have been considered by Jonah as the one most secure from the penetrating search of the Almighty."--(pp. 264, 265.)
So, in Isaiah, lxvi. 19, Tarshish is associated with Pul and Lud;* with Tubal and Javan, and “the isles afar off, that have not heard
my fame, neither have seen my glory.” Clearly, this language. cannot apply to any of the coasts of the Mediterranean in the neighbourhood of Palestine.
The value of this point, if established, arises from the distinct prediction, “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of “ Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their “gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the
Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.”—(Isa. xl. 9.)
The author remarks, with evident truth and force, that on the coasts of Tarshish in the Mediterranean, there are now no ships, nor any maritime power, which could be thus described, as foremost in aiding the return of the children of Israel. The suitableness of Great Britain for such a service is too obvious to need remark.
The remaining portions of the volume do not call for particular remark. We are compelled to differ from the author in his interpretation of Ezekiel xxxiii and xxxix. Applying scripture to the elucidation of scripture, we cannot avoid the conclusion, from Revelation xx. 7–8, that the great rebellion and irruption of Gog and Magog is to follow the Millenium. Hence all modes of accommodating it to the existing race of the Muscovites or Tartars appear to us to be mere waste of time.
We close, then, on the whole, on very good terms with our author. We thank him for the patient research which he has devoted to this great topic; and congratulate him on a considerable measure of success. His conclusions, in the main, have our concurrence; and we pray that our country may be found to be — unworthy as she is,—that honoured instrument in God's hand, which his hypothesis assumes her to be.
The statue of a fabulous king Lud, stood, only one century ago, on the old Lud-gate, in the city of London.
SERMONS. By the Rev. T. Tunstall Smith, M.A., Curate of
St. Luke's, Chelsea. London: Hatchards. 1841.
We recommend this little volume of Sermons with more than ordinary earnestness. Mr. Smith is what would be called a very high Churchman; but his high Churchmanship is of the old English school, untinctured by any Tractarian colouring, and uncorrupted by the doctrinal leaven of the new system of Oxford divinity.
We do not pledge ourselves to an exact agreement with all his views; but such agreement is hardly to be expected in the case of a writer, who has not shrunk from grappling with the difficulties of Scripture, and who is constantly, but reverently enquiring into the deep things of the kingdom of God. On every doctrinal point Mr. Smith is perfectly sound, and his views of Church government do not appear to violate Christian charity, nor to exclude Dissenters, necessarily and on the ground of their dissent, from true fellowship with Christ and with the Saints.
The distinctive features of Mr. Smith's Sermons are their learning, the extent of spiritual knowledge which they display, and their practical character. We never remember to have met with so many traces of deep reading in so small a volume. The writer seems not merely to have wandered over the wide field of standard English Divinity, but to have examined it with the minutest attention, to have culled all its flowers, and to have appropriated all its fruits.
Every subject of which he treats is fairly grappled with, after a due examination of other authors, which has enabled him at once to appreciate difficulties and to solve them. Mr. Smith's Sermons are deep sermons. They are full of spiritual knowledge, and will consequently be appreciated by the Christian reader in proportion to his attainments in religion and the maturity of his taste for the ripeness of divine truth. Finally : It is impossible to rise from the perusal of these Sermons without feeling the demand made upon us for practical holiness, as the end and object of our being. This we consider their highest praise. The message of the Gospel, like a well-formed instrument, should be harmoniously adjusted; there should not be a single string wanting, nor a single note deficient. But still the last sound that lingers on the ear should ever be one of practical demand upon the heart, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”
After saying so much in praise of Mr. Smith’s Sermons, we may be excused for finding fault with the arrangement of some of his sentences. The inverted style may be effective from the pulpit, but it is unfitted for the closet. The grammatical order is the order of the English language. The preacher may occasionally depart from it, for the sake of increased effect; but the writer must not allow himself this license, for the obvious reason that he addresses an individual, not a multitude; the reason, not the passions, and that the reader is unprepared, by any previous excitement for that which is in itself forced and unnatural, although, perhaps, under certain circumstances, it may be expressive.
JAN. 23.--The Rev. Dr. GILBERT, President of Brasenose College, Oxford, to the Bishopric of CHICHESTER, in the room of Dr. SHUTTLEWORTH, deceused.
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