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look for, according to his promise, wherein dwelleth righteousness, or righteous persons, possessing righteousness. The heirs of promise look for this. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” This promise is by no means fulfilled in the present state of things; for, if there be any of the meek and quiet who have any worldly possessions, none fall a prey to the litigious so much as these. But there is another earth: “Behold,” says God, “I create new heavens, and a new earth. But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” Hence we read, in John's visions, of the new Jerusalem being let down from heaven as a bride adorned for her husband, and of a great shout on the occasion, saying, “ The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell among them.”
This Jerusalem is the covenant of grace, and all the elect are called the children of the covenant, being secured within the bonds of it. These are the bride, the Lamb's wife; for there can be no lawful wife without a marriage covenant. “And, as the new heavens, and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your •seed and your name remain,” Isaiah lxvi. 22.
Jerusalem is created to be a rejoicing, and her people a joy; and indeed there can be nothing else; corruption being put off, and incorruption put on; vile bodies changed, and glorious bodies fashioned; death swallowed up, and immortal life
brought to light. A fulness of love within furnishes out an everlasing joy to the daughters of this Jerusalem; and Jerusalem herself is to be a rejoicing, because endless love, joy, and gladness, are promised in this covenant, and treasured up in the covenant head and husband of the church; and it will be the husband's delight to fill the soul of his wife with it.
The monster that reigned in this country, by the river Arnon, was Sihon; and neither he, nor any of his subjects, would suffer Israel to pass through their land, though on foot; no bread would they sell them for money, nor one drop of water, though Moses offered to pay for them. And Satan and his seed serve Israel the same way now.
Arise, says God, and pass over the river Arnon, and contend with him in battle. And this is war. And sure I am that this long and lasting campaign is not finished yet. The world, the flesh, and the devil, are still engaged. And there is a kingdom for which we also suffer; and one branch of that kingdom is the thousand years' reign in the new earth; and we must pass through this present world to it, and fight our way, in order to gain and possess it.
Sihon, and all his princes, and all his people, were delivered into the hand of Israel to be slain. Satan and all his principalities are to be bruised under our feet shortly; and power is given us to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and in this conflict there will not be the loss of one single soldier; “For nothing,” says Christ, "shall by any means hurt you.” Yea, "we shall judge angels,” says Paul; and destruction shall succeed the judgment passed. But the gospel of Christ, and the preachers of it, and the real professors of it, and the very profession that they make, all, all, are a savour of death unto death, both to Sihon and to the Amorites. But it shall be preached and professed in all the world for a witness; a witness in behalf of some, and a witness against others. And Moses and his forces utterly destroyed the whole country, king and people, women and children; they left none alive.
But, for the present, we must do under our Mediator as Israel did under Moses. “And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth, unto Sihon king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the highway. Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet. But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinatę, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.” Ambassadors of peace, and sons of peace, must still send and sound out messages
and it is still seen that words of peace are rejected. God hardens the spirit, and makes the hearts of thousands obstinate, even when words of peace are sounding in their ears. “Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work that you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it.” To such we are a savour of death unto death. The Lord slays these with the word of his mouth. And, when all these despisers are slain, and the sword of the Spirit returns to its scabbard, a universal dread and fear will go through the world; for even the most daring despisers of the witnesses will dread the witnesses they have despised; for they.will see these enter the marriage-chamber, and themselves shut out. And I believe this weddingchamber, in which our Lord will present his church to himself as a glorious church, having neither spot nor wrinkle, will be this new earth promised to us, in which the Bridegroom and his bride will enjoy each other a thousand years. Then, then shall be brought to pass these sayings, that are written: “Then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more,” Joel iii. 17. “ And in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts,” Zech. xiv. 21.
But before all this takes place the wonders wrought in the Red Sea will be re-acted in a future period. The 14th chapter of the Revelation describes the destruction of Mystery Babylon, and the victory of the Lamb over her is expressed by a wine-press of blood, and her dreadful end by the smoke of her torments ascending for ever and ever, Rev. xiv. 11, 20. Upon the destruction of Pharaoh at the Red Sea the song of Moses was sung. The subject matter of the song was God's power and
glory, their own deliverance, and the destruction of their enemies. All this is yet to be sung again in truth, as the former was in type. “And I saw as it were a sea of glass, mingled with fire; and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb." These are some of the contents of the book of the wars of the Lord, and of what he did in the Red Sea.
And, if I am not much inistaken, there will be a repetition of the wonders performed at the brooks of Arnon; for the next country which Israel took in the same war was all the regions of Argob, Deut. iii. 4. And these two kingdoms bear the names of Gilead and Bashan: “And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon: all the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan.” There is a singular prophesy to the inhabitants of Gilead and Bashan: “ Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitary in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old,” Micah vii. 14. For, as the new earth is to be given to the saints, who can tell but that part conquered by Israel will be the chief paradise, and Christ receive the highest praises where he suffered the greatest shame? The prophet's request is, that the chief Shepherd, with his