"Thall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, “ lying in a manger. And suddenly there was

with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hoft • praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the "highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards

men. (After recording this predi&tion, how could St. Luke give us as the speech of Jesus to his disciples-ch. xiii. v. 51.–Suppose ye, that Sain come to give peace on earth? I tell you

nay : but rather division.' And v. 49. 'I am o come to send fire on the earth, and what will * I, if it be already kindled.') Luke goes on. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone • away from them into heaven, the shepherds faid

one to another, Let us now go even unto Beth' lehem, and see this thing which is come to "pass, which the Lord hath made known unta rus. And they came with halte, and found

Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a ' manger. And when they had seen it, they made

known abroad the saying which was told them • concerning this child. And all they that heard " it wondered at those things which were told him * by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these

things, and pondered them in her heart. And "the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising . God for all the things that they had heard and • seen, as it was told unto them.' Where slept Herod's intelligence amidst these publications? The journey into Egypt hath obtained the appel

lation of flight: but with poor Joseph's means, Chapter Verle and so incumbered, it could not be very speedy. Neither Mark, Luke, or John, say any thing of this Egyptian excursion. Matthew says-that Joseph took the young child and his mother ü. " by night, and departed into Egypt; and was " there until the death of Herod : that it might

be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by 'the prophet, (Hosea) saying-Out of Egypt

have I called my son. After giving an account of Herod’s disappointment and cruelty, he proceeds ' But when Herod was dead, behold 'an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream 'to Joseph in Egypt, (poor Jofeph was never

favoured with the company of an angel but in ‘his sleep) saying Arise and take the young ' child and his mother, and go into the land of • Israel : for they are dead which fought the • young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the

land of Israel. But when he heard that Arche• laus did reign in Judea, in the room of his fa'ther Herod, he was afraid to go thither, not' withstanding being warned of God in a dreain,

he turned aside into the parts of Galilee : and • came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that Sit might be fulfilled which was spoken by the

prophets--He shall be called a Nazarene.' Unfortunately, this is not to be found in any of

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the prophets, and if Matthew meant to say-He shall be called a Nazarite, I think it cannot be proved that Jesus at any time sustained that character fully. Vide Numbers, ch. vi : ' Out of Egypt have I called my son,' must be strained very much indeed to bear the name of a prophecy relative to Jesus. However Matthew, it seems, thought otherwise. It seems too that Matthew only has sent him there for that purpose.

Neither Mark or John give us any history of Jesus previous to his baptism. Luke's history instructs us that Jesus never was in Egypt, at least that he could not be there in the time asfigned by Matthew : I will take up Luke's hiftory where I left it, ch. ii. v. 21. ' And when

eight days were accomplished for the circumci"sing of the child, his name was called Jesus,

which was so named of the angel before he

was conceived in the womb. And when the 5 days of her purification, according to the law

of Moses, were accomplished (forty days) they s brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the • Lord.' It relates that in Jerusalem dwelt a devout man called Simeon, to whom it was revealed by the Holy Ghost, that he should not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. When the child was brought into the teinple to be cir- : cumcised, Simeon took him in his arms : here St. Luke gives us another poetical and prophe

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tical composition in the name of Simeon. After which he tells us that Anna, a prophetess who resided in the temple, was present, and that she likewise · Spake of him (Jesus) to all them that ' looked for the redemption in Jerusalem. And

when they had performed all things according 'to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom : and the grace of God was upon

him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every ' year at the feast of the passover. And when She was twelve years old, they went up to Jeru

falem after the custom of the feasts,' &c. Here we find that eight days after his birth Jesus was circumcised in the temple; that his mother presented herself there for her purification forty days after her delivery; and that this visit to the temple was repeated every year. If this was the case, what becomes of the flight into Egypt? If in eight days they could convey themselves from Bethlehem to Egypt, and from thence to Jerusalem ; it must have been a flight indeed. What likewise becomes of the fear of Herod, if they resided at Nazareth, and visited Jerusalem annually ? Luke tells us that at the age of twelve, Jesus fat publickly in the temple amidst the Doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions; and that they were astonished at his understanding and answers. . Being questioned by his mo


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unknown to her (which by the bye is something extraordinary) he replied - Wist ye not that I " must be about my father's business.' He, however, returns with them to Nazareth,' and was

subject unto them. From this period Luke gives no account of him till he was baptized in Jordan and began his public ministry ; and this, according to the best accounts we have, was about the age of thirty.

We will now proceed with Matthew's history, where, after a long chasm, he first mentions John i the Baptist. In those days came John the Bap

• tist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and 2' saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of hea

ven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken 3% of by the prophet Ifaias, saying-The voice of

one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the 6 way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' After describing his dress and food, he tells us, all Jerusalem, all Judea, and the region round Jordan, went to him, confessed their fins, and were

baptized by him in Jordan. To the Pharisees 7 and Sadducees who came there, he faid• generation of vipers! who hath warned you to

flee from the wrath to come?' He advises thein to works fuited to repentance; tells them, that being the sons of Abraham will not avail them; that at that time the ax was laid to the roots, and every barrer tree should be cut down and caft

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