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III.

EVENTS WHICH SHALL TAKE PLACE AT THE TIME OF THE RESTORATION OF JUDAH AND ISRAEL,

1.—They shall return to Jerusalem.

According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt* will I show unto him marvellous things.

Micah vii. 15. Behold I will take the children of Israel from among

the heathen whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land. And I will make them ONE NATION † and ONE KING shall be king to them all : and they shall be no more two

* The parallel of these two events (the deliverance from Egypt and the final restoration of Israel and Judah) shall be pointed out in the notes at the foot of each page, as they

occur.

+ And such also they were at the time of their exit from Egypt; at which period no unfriendly division of tribes bad taken place.

nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

Ezekiel xxxvii. 21, 22. I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel : I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

The breaker is come up before them : they have broken up, and have passed thro' the gate, and are gone up by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord at the head of them, Micah ii. 12, 13. For ye

shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you : and the God of Israel will be your rereward.*

Isaiah lii. 12. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; † the glory of the Lord shall be thy

• For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys. Exod. xl. 38.

And the Lord went before them by day, in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them ligbt; to go by day and night.

Exodus xjii. 21. tie. Messiah shall go before thee, for we read [Jer. 23. 6.) that this is the name whereby He shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness.

rereward Then shalt thou call, and the Lord sball say, Here I am. Isaiah lviii, 8, 9.

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness leading on her beloved ? &c. Sol. Song viii. 5.

As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you ; And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the cove. nant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel; and ye

shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel xx, 33–38.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak com

• So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days into the wilderness and found no water. Exod. xv. 22.

And when we departed from Horeb, we went tbrough all that great and terrible wilderness, which we saw by the mountain of the Amorites, as the Lord our God command. ed us. Deuteronomy i. 19.

fortably unto her, And I WILL GIVE HER HER VINEYARDS FROM THENCE,* and the valley of Achor for a door of hope ; and she sball sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day saith the Lord, that thou sbalt call me Ishi (Husband);-and I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness and in judgement, and in loving kindness, and in mercies, I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness. &c, Hosea ji. 14. 15. 16, 18, 19, 20.

And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them : for I have mercy upon them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them. And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and thei heart shall rejoice as through wine ; yea, their children sball see it and be glad ; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. I will hiss for them,

This is a very remarkable passage and hears a great resemblance to the circumstance of the Jews having been given the inheritance of Canaan before they entered it and wbile they were yet in the wilderness : The prophet Moses foretold of those i ays saying “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thy brethren like unto me. Deut. xviii. 15. The Law came by Moses, as we read, Moses declares The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Deut. v. 2. But the new covenant of grace and truth will be perfected in the hearts of men by Jesus Christ when he comes as it is foretold. Eze. xxxvi.23 to 28.

and gather them, for I have redeemed them : and they shall increase as they have increased, And I will sow them among the people and they shall remember me in for countries; And they shall live with their children,* and lurn again I will bring them again also out of Assyria and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon ; and place shall not be found for them. And he shall pass through the sea with affliction and shall smite the waters in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up:

Zechariah x. 6,-1). And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind sball he shake his band over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod, And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people wbich shall be left from Assyria like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isaiah xi. 15, 16. The Lord said I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea. Psalm 1xviii. 22.

* And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, and with our sons and with our daugliters; with our Aocks and with our herds will we go. Exod. x. 9.

† And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the water were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left Exod. xiv. 21. 22.

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