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the fire.” Joshua divided unto Israel their inheritance, as one that God had appointed to be judge, what portion belonged to
There is also such an agreement between what is said of Israel's victory over the Canaanites under Deborah, and what is said in the prophecies of the church's victory over her enemies in the Messiah's times, as argues the former to be a type of the latter. The Canaanites were exceeding strong, and God's people very feeble and defenceless, having no weapons of war, and were mightily oppressed by their enemies. So are things represented between God's people and their enemies, before their glorious victory and deliverance under the Messiah, in places too many to be enumerated. This victory was obtained by a female. So the war under the Messiah against God's enemies, is spoken of as maintained by the church, and the glorious victory obtained over them by her, who is spoken of almost every where by the prophecies as a woman or female, and is represented sometimes as such in prophecies of her battle and victory over her enemies. Mic. iv. 13. “ Arise, thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many people.” Cant. vi. 13. “ What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.” Cant. i. 9. “ I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.” Chap. vi. 4. “Thou art beautiful, O my
, love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners." Ver. 10. “ Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners ?" And Deborah's being a prophetess, well agrees with the church's being endowed with such abundant measures of the Spirit of God at the time of the church's glorious victory over her enemies, and all her members becoming as it were prophets agreeably to the prophecies. The assistance given by Jael, another
, woman, the wife of Heber the Kenite, a Gentile, who slew Sisera, the captain of the host, and so is said to be blessed among women, well represents the assistance of the Gentile church in the victory over God's enemies in the Messiah's days. Deborah tells Barak-" The Lord is gone out before thee;" which is agreeable to Isai. xlii. 13. “ The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man. He shall stir up jealousy as a man of war. He shall cry, yea, roar. He shall prevail against his enemies ;" and many other places in the prophecies. The work of God in that victory of Israel is spoken of as parallel with those things that are represented in expressions very much like those used in the prophecies to represent what shall come to pass in the time of the church's victory over her enemies under the Messiah; such as going out of Seir, his marching out of the field of Edom, and the earth trembling, and
heaven as it were dissolving and dropping, and mountains melting. Judges v. 45. See Isai. xxxiv. 4-6, and xxiv. 18—21, and Ixiii. 1-6, and Ixiv. 1—4. The work of God in this victory is compared to God's great work towards Israel, at their coming out of Egypt, and in the wilderness, just as the glorious victory of the Messiah is in the lxviii. Psalm, almost in the same words, (compare Judges v. 4, 5, with Psalm lxviii. 7, 8,) which is a clear evidence that this victory is a great image of that. For those things that agree in a third thing, agree among themselves. There was a plentiful shower at the time of that victory, that swelled the brook Kisbon, as is manifest from Judg. v. 4, and ver. 20, 21. So at the time of the great victory of the church over her enemies under the Messiah, there will be an abundant outpouring of the Spirit, which is often represented in the prophets as a plentiful and very great shower of rain. And these spiritual showers are in the lxviii. Psalm compared to the very same showers on Israel that this is. So the effects produced in the time of the Messiah's victories are compared to the mountains melting in Isai. Ixiv. 1–4, as the effect of this victory is, Judg. v. 5, and both compared to the same effects at mount Sinai. Barak, on this occasion, is called upon to lead captivity captive, Judg. v. 12, in the very same expressions that are used concerning the Messialı, concerning his triumph over his enemies, Ps. Ixviii. 18. It is a remnant of Israel that is spoken of as having the benefit of this salvation, Judg. v. 13, as it is a remnant that is often spoken of as having the benefit of the Messiah's salvation. Isai. iv. 3. Chap. vii. 3. X. 21, 22.
xi. 11-16. Jer. xxiii. 3. Joel ii. 32. Mic. ii. 12, and iv. 7, and v. 3, vii. 8, and vii. 18. Zeph. iii. 13. Zech. viii. 12. It is said of the remnant of Israel in Deborah's time, Judg. v. 13, “ Then be made him that remaineth to have dominion over the nobles among the people : the Lord made ine have dominion over the mighty," agreeably to the honour of the saints in the Messiah's times, spoken of Ps. cxlix. 6, &c. “ Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their band, to execute vengeance upon the heathen-to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute npon them the judgment written. This honour have all the saints.” And what is said, Isai. xlix. 23, of kings licking up the dust of the church's feet. The angels of heaven are represented as fighting in this battle, Judg. v. 20, as they are in the battle of God's people under the Messiah, Ps. Ixvii. "The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels.” Cant. vi. 13. 6 The company of two armies," compared with Gen. xxxii. 1, 2. The enemies of Israel in Deborah's battle were swept away with a flood, Judg. v. 21. See Dan. ix. 26. Ezek. xxxviii. 22. Isai. xxviii. 17. The church, on occasion of Deborah's victory, tri
umphs thus: “O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.” This is agreeable to Isai. xxvi. 7. Chap. xlix. 23. Zech. x. 5. Ps. Ixviii. 23. Mic. vii. 10. Ps. xlvii. 3, and cx. 1. Isai. ls. 14. Ps. lviii. 10.
The great agreement there also is between the story of Gideon's victory over the Midianites, and things spoken in the prophecies concerning the Messiah, is an argument that the former is typical of the latter. Gideon brought Israel out of the wilderness, and from the caves, rocks, and mountains, where they had bad their abode. Judg. vi. 2. This agrees with Psa. Ixviii. 22. “The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan !" And Ixxxix. 12. "Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.” Hos. ii. 14. “I will bring her into the wilderness and speak comfortably unto her.” Ezek. xx. 35, &c. “I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you—I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.” Isai. xlii. 11. “Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice- let the inhabitants of the rock sing: let them shout from the tops of the mountains.” Cant. ji. 14. “O my dove that art in the clefts of the rock-let me see thy face.” And Jer. xvi. 16. “I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks :" taken with the two foregoing verses, and verses 19, 20, and 21, following:
Isai. xlii. 7. “To bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, out of the prison house.” Ver. 22, &c. “This is a people robbed and spoiled, they are all of them snared in holes, and they are bid in prison houses ; they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Who gave Jacob for a spoil and Ísrael to the robbers ? He hath poured upon him the fury of his anger and the strength of battle. But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, fear not, for I have redeemed thee.” Compare this with Judg. vi. 2–6. “ The children of Israel made them dens which are in the mountains, and caves and strong holds.—And they destroyed the increase of the earth, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass—and Israel was greatly impoverished.”
God, agreeably to some of these and other prophecies of the times of the Messiah, first pleaded with Israel concerning their sin, and brought them to cry earnestly to him, before he delivered them by Gideon. Judg. vi. 6–10. God did not send them deliverance till they were brought to extremity. Agreeably to Deut. xxxii. 36, 37, and many other prophecies.
The enemies of Israel, that sought their destruction, that Gideon overcame, were an innumerable multitude, and many pations associated and combined together; agreeably to many prophecies of the victory and salvation of the Messiah. Gideon was appointed
to the office of a saviour and deliverer of God's people by the
up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.” Gideon's company, with which he overcame his mighty enemies were not only small but weak, and without weapons of war. Agrecably to this is Isai. xli. 14, &c. “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men (or few men, as it is in the margiu) of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy Redeemer, the holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth; thou shalt thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shalt make the bills as chaff," &c. And Mic. iv. 7. “I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off, a strong nation;" with verse 13, “Arise, and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine born iron, and I will make thine hoofs brass; and thou shall beat in pieces many people,” &c. Zeph. ii. 12. “I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.” Ver. 16, 17. “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not, and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack or faint,” (as it is in the margio.) “ The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty, he will save." Ver. 19. “Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee, and I will save her that halteth," &c. The representation of a cake of barley bread tumbling into the host of Midian, and coming unto a tent, and smiting it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along, signifying Gideon's destroying the host of Midian, Judg. v. 13, is not unlike that in Daniel ii. of a stone cut out of the mountains without hands smiting the image and breaking it all in pieces, that it all became as the chaff of the summer threshing floor. Gideon and his company overcame and destroyed the mighty host of their enemies, without any other weapons than trumpets and lamps. This is agreeable to the prophecies of the Messiah, which show that the weapons by which he should overcome his enemies should not be carnal but spiritual, and particularly that it should be by the preaching of the word. Psa. cx. 2. “ The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies;" together with Isai. xi. 4. “ He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." Isai. xlix. 2. “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword.” The word of God
a is in the Old Testament compared to a lamp and a light. Prov. vi. 23. “For the commandment is a lamp and the law is a light.” Psa, cxix. 105. “ Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path ;” and particularly it is so represented in the prophecies of the Messiah's times. Isai. li. 4. “A law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.” So preaching the word in the Old Testament is compared to blownig a trumpet. Isai. lviii. 1. "Lift up thy voice like a trumpet : show my people their transgression.” Ezek.