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Empire, governed by Herod the Tetrarch, a tributary ruler of Judea.

Hear St. Matthew's account of the coming of our Lord Christ. "Now the birth of

Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example; was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying ; Joseph, thou Son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for He shall save his people from their sins.

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Let me here remind you that Jesus means Jehovah the Saviour; being compounded of Jah, the short for Jehovah, as David uses it in the Psalms, "Praise him in his Name, Jah;" and the Hebrew word for Saviour. It consequently means the same as Emmanuel, God with us that is Jehovah, God, or the Lord, the Saviour with us.

bought them with a price"-" the price of his most precious blood.'

O thou, the Author of mercy, who knowest all our infirmities; send down thy Holy Spirit from above; where thou reignest, O Christ; ever one God, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost. Protect thy faithful Church; and lead into the pale of thy flock all mankind, all as our fellow Christians. And, O Lord! inspire us with the spirit, thy benevolent spirit, of peace, unity, and concord!

In the continuation of the 89th Psalm, David sets forth the promises of God, and also his warnings to the disobedient. As a whole poem, this Psalm is peculiarly sublime and beautiful; and those who read it with attention will find many more excellences than these two discourses have pointed out to observation.

Once again, let me recommend the study of divine poetry as not only a praiseworthy, but a delightful occupation. While it enlarges the mind, it imperceptibly amends the heart; and it begets an unerring confidence in God, through all the vicissitudes of human

And if the soft harp of pious David produce repentant sighs, draw forth the blessed dew of penitent remorse; O bless the Lord of mercy for his grace. And when its louder chords ascend the skies, rouse then thyself; and let thy soul aspire to Heaven!

O let us rejoice and be glad; for He whom our Redeemer called his "Father, his God and his strong Salvation,"—" He, the great Jehovah, is our Father also. With Him, and the Holy Spirit, reigns our Saviour Jesus Christ; who at the last trumpet's sound, shall awake us from the grave: for "with his own right hand, and with his holy arm, hath he gotten to himself the victory!"





GOD Almighty renewed this promise to Abraham, after he had prepared to offer up his only son Isaac, as a sacrifice according to his commandment. A son given to Abraham, after he had relinquished according to the course of nature all hopes of children; and a son in whom the promise made before to Abraham was to be realized.

But he, knowing the truth, power, and mercy of God, did not hesitate to obey his word; and, whether he thought that He would give him another son; or that

Infinite Wisdom had decreed that the promise should be recalled; he cheerfully prepared to resign his present exalted hopes.

But the Angel of the Lord, at the very moment that his hand was lifted to slay his son; called to him from heaven, and forbad that sacrifice. And Abraham, beholding a ram caught by the horns in a thicket; offered it up; a grateful sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord Jehovah, "whose mercy endureth for ever."

"And the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time; and said; by myself have I sworn, saith the Lord; for because thou hast done this thing; and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son. That in blessing, I will bless thee; and in multiplying, I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven; and as the sand which is upon the sea shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the Nations of the Earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice."

To Isaac himself God renewed this promise, after his marriage with Rebekah; and continued it to his second son Jacob. For

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