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Sermon Xxvl

THE ASCENSION OF MESSIAH TO GLORtfi

Psalm xxiv. 7—^10.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory so all come in. Who is this King of glory? T?he Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, even lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory Jhall come in. Who is this King of glory? 'The Lord of hosts; he is the King of glory.

THE institutions of the Levitical law, were a shadow or sketch of good things to come. They exhibited a faint and general outline of the mediation and glory of . Messiah. They may be compared to the delicate engravings on a seal, the beauty and proportions of which, cannot be plainly Vol. 11. B dis

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discerned without the assistance of a glass. The gospel answers to such a glass. Beheld thro' this medium, the miniature delineations of the law, which to the eye of unassisted unhumbled reason, appear confused and insignificant; display a precision of arrangement in the parts, and an importance of design in the whole, worthy the wisdom of their great Author.

From the similarity of the subject of this psalm and the sixty-eighth, it is, at least, probable, that they were both composed upon the same occasion, the removal of the ark of the Lord, from its last stationary residence, to its fixed abode in Zion. When the king, the priests, the singers, and the harpers, all assisted in the procession, attended by a great / concourse of the people. The language of the latter part of the psalm is evidently alternate. And we may conceive, that when the ark approached the tabernacle, the priests and Levites who accompanied it, demanded admittance for it in these words, Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates, &c. and were answered by those who were waiting within to receive it, Who is the King of glory f To which

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