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PROPHECY.

FULFILMENT. saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold thy king cometh unto thee, meek and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.”—Matt. xxi.

4, 5. Again : “ If ye think good, “Then one of the twelve, give me my price ; and, if not, called Judas Iscariot, went unto forbear. So they weighed for the chief priests, and said unto my price thirty pieces of silver. them, What will ye give me, And the Lord said unto me, and I will deliver him unto Cast it unto the potter; a

And they covenanted goodly price that I was prized with him for thirty pieces of at of them. And I took the silver.”Matt. xxvi. 14, 15. thirty pieces of silver, and cast “ Then Judas, which had them to the potter in the house betrayed him, when he saw of the Lord.”Chap. xi. 12. that he was condemned, re

pented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us ? See thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's

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field to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value, and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." —

Matt. xxvii. 3-10. Again : “ And I will pour “ One of the soldiers with upon the house of David, and

a spear pierced his side, and upon the inhabitants of Jeru- forthwith came thereout blood salem, the spirit of grace, and and water. And he that saw of supplications ; and they shall it bare record, and his record is look upon me whom they have true; and he knoweth that he pierced ; and they shall mourn saith true, that ye might befor him, as one mournet” for lieve. For these things were his only son ; and shall be in done, that the Scripture should bitterness for him, as one that be fulfilled, A bone of him is in bitterness for his first- shall not be broken. And born."-Chap. xii. 9, 10. again another Scripture saith,

They shall look on him, whom they pierced.”John xix. 34

--37. Again : “Awake, O sword,

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saith Jesus unto against my shepherd, and them, All ye shall be offended against the man that is my because of me this night ; for it fellow, saith the Lord of hosts. is written, I will smite the Smite the shepherd, and the shepherd, and the sheep of the

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sheep shall be scattered ; and flock shall be scattered abroad.” I will turn mine hand upon -Matt. xxvi. 31. the little ones.”Chap. xiii. 7. Also: “All this was done that

the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.”—Matt. xxvi. 56.

There are several allusions to the Messiah in the visions of this prophet; for instance, the ulterior fulfilment of the second chapter, at the ninth verse, et seqq. cannot be found, unless in the times of Christianity. The tenth and eleventh verses are conclusive; for, first, God says, that he will dwell in the midst of Zion, in the day, when many nations shall be joined to the Lord, and shall be his people, which clearly implies the incorporation of the Gentiles with the Christian church; but, he who will dwell in the midst of Zion then says, “ Thou shalt know, that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto thee.” Therefore, as the promised dweller is shown to be God, by the accompanying “saith the Lord,” and the use of the first personal pronoun in ver. 10, it follows, that here not only the Messiah is intended, but that his co-equality and co-essentiality with the Father are asserted. In the third chapter at the eighth verse, the Messiah is introduced under his ancient prophetic name “the BRANCH,” where Kimchi's paraphrastic connection of the verse with the context is deserving of notice. He says, “ Although I now bring to you this salvation, I will bring to you a yet greater than this, when I shall bring my servant 'the BRANCH. I say My Servantthe BRANCH.'We detect two titles of the Messiah, which were frequently applied to Him by Isaiah the prophet, in “my servant” and “the branch ;” and it otherwise appears, that Zechariah had Jeremiah and Ezekiel in his recollection. The Jews assented to the interpretation, which is here given, and the Chaldee paraphrast adds to the verse the words, “ who shall be revealed.” The vision, in which it occurs, forcibly alludes to the atonement for sins, in the symbolical part, where Joshua the high priest is brought forward.

Proceeding to the sixth chapter, at the ninth verse, et seqq. we have reasons for conjecturing the possibility of Zechariah having referred to the identity of name in Joshua and Jesus, since the prophecy concerning Christ stands there, as in the preceding instance, in a very remarkable connection with him. It is well observed, that as THE BRANCH, Christ is not described in his full glory, but springing like a plant upwards, and gradually elevating himself above his lowly condition?. Thus shall he grow up out of his place, and build the temple of the Lord ;-not the external temple made with hands, but that which is spiritual and heavenly; not that, in which the blood of beasts of old sanctified to the purification of the unclean, but that temple of God within us, which is sanctified by the answer of a good conscience unto God. But that temple, in the larger sense, was the kingdom and church of Christ! To Him the royal and priestly characters are assigned in combination, and He Himself is predicted to bear the glory, and the insignia of Divine dominion; —“ ita,” as Reuss writes, “ in solium gloriæ exaltatum iri, ut non modo divinæ illius majestatis et gloriæ particeps sit, sed et actu etiam imperium ipse administret." All of which highly distinguishing characteristics, comprised though they be in a few words, display the full character of Christ as splendidly and as luminously as the severest inquirer into the predictions about the Messiah can possibly desire.

1 Jer. xxxiii. 15.

The sixth chapter, from the ninth verse to the end, has by all the ancient commentators been applied to the Messiah; and in Bereshith, R. Barachiah is introduced pronouncing these memorable words, “ the Goel, whom I will raise up to you, has no

1 Cocceius says,

templum autem Dei unum est ecclesia Tūr owSouévwv, inde à promissione in Paradiso promulgata usque ad finem mundi.”

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