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that he was treated as a malefactor, numbered with those who were appointed to die, and for some years in a dungeon; and yet, in the midst of all, he was meek and patient, and opened not his mouth in murmur and complaint. We here observe a striking picture of that blessed Redeemer, who in the midst of his sorrow was more afflicted than any man. He could say of a truth, “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.” “ He came to his own, and his own received him not”-he came upon an errand of love, but they despised all his good; when they saw him, they said, “Let us kill him;" they sought to apprehend him, but were restrained by an immediate influence upon their minds till his hour arrived. At length he was bartered for thirty pieces of silver, and delivered up into the hands of strangers; and then faise witnesses rose up against him, he was numbered with the transgressors, and crucified between two thieves, the pardon of one of them (like that of the chief butler, by Joseph) being predicted. But what do we hear ? Expressions of anger

and resentment? No; he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he went down into the lower parts of the earth, and continued a prisoner there three days, and his humiliation ended in triumph; he was suddenly exalted to glory. We have seen the patriarch advanced from prison, and clothed with supreme power, so that all people bowed before him, and even distant nations paid their homage to him; and of Christ it has long since been said, that all power is given to him in heaven and in earth, and all nations shall bow before him. All the stores of Egypt were committed to the management of Joseph, and bread for the support of life could be received from no one but him. Pharaoh's answer to every one wasGo unto Joseph ; so the only answer that could be made to every one of you, if you would not perish for ever, isGo to Christ. He is now exalted by the Father over all. It has pleased the Father, who has exalted him above all principalities and power, that in him should all fulness dwell; and that for every spiritual benefit for which you can hope, the hungry soul must go to Christ. I will not now dwell on the freedom of his gifts, and on his promise of

mercy, when he declares that he giveth freely, without money and without price; nor shall I show how Jesus longs after his absent brethren, how he knows them when they know not him, and determines to have every one of them brought to him, that he may fill them with all his fulness. Joseph seemed first of all as if he would not listen to his brethren; but when he turned away his face from them it was only that he might weep tears of joy at seeing them. So Jesus, when the heavy-laden sinner kneels before him, may seem to hide his face, but his heart is moved with love and compassion ; he forgets every injury, forgives them every sin they have committed against him, and seems to require nothing of them but that they should bring their other brethren, to be partakers with them of the grace of life.

If a person were distrest and hungry in the land of Egypt, he was directed to go to. Joseph ; and if there should be any person here to-day very unhappy on any account, or distressed for sin, or hungry for something better than this world can give, even for the bread of life, I would say to him-Go to Jesus.

Joseph's brethren were afraid of him because of their having so cruelly treated him, and when their father died their fears were again revived, and they were in dread and pain; but Joseph loved them, and forgave them from the heart. So the heavy-laden sinner is often afraid through his guilt that Jesus will reject him, but He has no other thoughts but thoughts of love and pardon towards every heavy-laden sinner—“Come unto me all

ye and heavy-laden and I will give you rest," is his language to all such. You can understand what love Joseph must have felt to his brethren, but much more, believe it, does Jesus feel for every broken-hearted sinner. When his brethren first came to Joseph they only learnt something of him, but it was not till after Benjamin, their last brother, came to him, that he showed himself to them, and though he had long supported them, yea, from the first moment they came to him, he had not shown himself to them as he was; but when they brought Benjamin, and when all were before him, then the time was come. We see an account of it in the 45th chapter. " And Joseph

that are weary

cried—“Cause every man to go out from me: and there stood no man with him while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren; and he wept aloud. And the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren-“I am Joseph.” And he “ said unto his brethren, come near, I pray you; and they came near : and he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.” And “he kissed all his brethren and wept upon them, and after that his brethren talked with him.'

Surely this is the time when all the followers of Jesus, who have come to him out of their own country and from their father's house, shall stand in his presence; when He, whom they have known little of yet, shall stand forth and say—I am Jesus ; come near unto me, I

pray you. When He shall say to all, I am Jesus your brother; when He shall fall on the neck of each and weep tears of joy over them, and permit them to talk with Him. What an overflowing love and joy will the hearts of all of them witness, even Jesus himself, weeping upon their neck and receiving them into the joy of his kingdom! Oh, sweetest hope ! Oh, blessed day! He will wipe away their tears from their eyes. Yea, tell them to remember their sins no more, which now he has forgiven, and do to them nothing but good, and increase their love to all eternity towards Him that died for them. He will tell them to remember their sins no more which he blotted out with his most precious blood, and they shall talk with Him of his sufferings, and of his death, and of his glory; and they shall see him, and they shall hear him, and they shall praise him, and shall rejoice with him in the travail of his soul, which was their salvation.

In the words of the text we find Joseph saying, when they were about to return home, they might return again ; yet, says he, “ Ye shall not see my face except your brother be with you.” And this expression, brethren-I must be excused for using it, as I shall only set forth the truth of Scripture from it—this expression, my brethren, reminds us of the language of the Almighty Father to us all-ye shall in no wise see my face, except your brother be with you. Except you have an interest in Christ,

Christ be with you, ye shall never see my

and except

face. Jesus is not ashamed to call us brethren, as it is written in the 2nd chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews -and without that Brother to plead our cause, and to stand by us, we shall never see the face of God with peace. Oh, hear it, one and all there is but one Mediator between God and man, the Christ Jesus, who gave his life a ransom for all sinners. Bear this in mind for ever-that

except

this Brother be with you, ye can in no wise see God's face. In every prayer now remember this, that there will be no supply of your wants—no receiving of your prayer-yea, no admission into his presence-no seeing of God's face, except your Brother be with you.

Now to God the Father, &c.

REMARKS. The Rev. Thomas Snow is the present rector of St. Dunstan's in the West. We should think we need only cite the foregoing Sermon to show with what ability and fidelity he discharges the important duties of that high and holy station ; but we have much pleasure in being able further to testify to his known exemplary private character ; to bis zeal for the glory of his Master manifested alike in the pulpit and in the private circle; and the affectionate tenderness of his manner and conversation in the sick and dying chamber. It

appears that this Church has been honoured by some of the best and ablest divines of their day. The famous Richard Baxter, Dr. William Bates, and the celebrated William Romaine have, in their turn, by the faithful preaching of God's word, attracted multitudes to receive from them the doctrine of salvation ; and, through the grace of God, this church, and the adjoining parish church of St. Bride's, are still blessed by most able and truly Evangelical rectors.

Mr. Snow's preaching is certainly of the highest order ; but what gives an additional charm to it is, that, in his cast, there is every reason to believe that “out of the

abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” To enter into the spirit and beauty of his discourses they should be heard as well as read, as the impressive tone and manner in which he delivers them tend, in no small degree, to their effect upon the mind. May God grant that many who, on the Sabbath, spend their time away from church, may be led to attend this excellent minister, and through God's grace be brought to depart from their present evil course of life, and be made partakers of the Christian communion.

A. H.

** Our best thanks are due to our correspondent; a continuation of his favours will be very acceptable. EDITOR.

DR. CHALMERS ON PROPHECY.

PART I.

(Furnished expressly for this Work.)

A person attached to the study of Prophecy, would find the subject unexhausted at the end of a life devoted to it. We should like it to be the selected walk of a few in our Church; and that all should have a general acquaintance with its facts and principles. We recommend that Students of Theology should make it their chief, or even exclusive study, for a few months. All would like it, and some would become so enamoured of it as to be unwilling to quit it. There are some branches of Theological study which, if exclusively attended to, would leave us unprepared in all that is most valuable and vital in Christianity. A skilful expounder of texts might, after all, only penetrate the shell, without reaching the substance of divine knowledge. This might be the case with the study of miracles, for instance, but not so with the study of Prophecy. Instead of losing sight of the Saviour in this study, it will

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