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Sermons on the Beatitudes.

Sermons on the Beatitudes.

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SERMOS O THE BEATITUDES.A COUHSE OF EIGHT SERMOS O THE BEATITUDESBY ALEXADER WATSO, M.A.SERMO I.MEEKESS THE RULE OF ADVACEMET ICHRIST'S KIGDOM.St. Matthew v. 5." Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit theEarth."These words form a portion of the opening of thatsublime Sermon on the Mount, to which the fol-lowers of the Crucified have ever loved to refer, asthe great storehouse of Christian ethics. They form,in fact, one of the Eight Beatitudes with which ourLord commenced the promulgation of the doctrineHe came to teach, to enforce and to exemplify. Theywere spoken by Him Who was foretold in ancientprophecy : "I will raise them up a Prophet fromamong their brethren, like unto thee, and will putMy words in His mouth ; and He shall speak untothem all that I shall command Him."' And it was^ Deut. xviii. 18.B
2 MEEKESS THE RULE OF ADVACEMET [SERM.in the delivery of this sermon that these words hadtheir special fulfilment. Christ was now enteringupon His prophetic office, and was to show Himself aProphet like unto Moses. This great trust our BlessedLord discharged with a care and fidehty of whichthe Apostle treats, when he tells us that He " wasfaithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moseswas faithful in all his house."* As therefore Mosesfrom the mountain spake to the people the law gra-ven on tables of stone, so did the Divine Antitype of the Jewish lawgiver give forth His laws and preceptsfrom a mountain, and abundantly fulfil the declara-tion made by His forerunner of Himself : " My doc-trine shall drop as the rain, My speech shall distilas the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb,and as the showers upon the grass."^But here the parallel ends. By the law was theknowledge of sin : by the Gospel is its remedy.The law was delivered amid thunderings andlightnings, with blackness and darkness, and tem-pest ; but the Gospel is made known in the stillsmall voice of blessing and consolation. As with abeatitude, he who was the regal type of Messiah be-gan the Psalms, so in like manner does the Son of David open His mouth in blessing. The Lord Je-sus had come into the world upon an errand of love,and by the gentle wooings of a tempting promise,rather than by the stern terrors of a repulsive threat,* Hebrews iii. 2. ^ Deut. xxxii. 2.I.] I Christ's kingdom. 3
does He seek to clasp the children of men in theloving embrace of a willing obedience.Though He was a Prophet like unto Moses, yetHe came to supersede, by fulfilling and enlarging,the law of which Moses was the giver. Instead of the rigour of a code which required of the offenderan eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, our Sa-viour came to set up the benignity of a dispensationwhich demanded for the wrong doer that he be for-given, even unto seventy times seven : and whichteaches those who live under its obligation, " if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give himdrink." And therefore in due conformity with this,the object of His mission, our Lord rather announcesthe blessedness of those who do His will, thanpronounces the penalty of those who transgress it.He echoes not the curses with which Mount Ebalrang, where, as it was declared of the elder covenant,"Cursed is every one that continueth not in allthings that are written in the Book of the Law todo them," but He issued His law amid benedictions,and gave superabundant cause for the declarationof St. Peter, " God having raised up His SonJesus sent Him to bless you in turning every oneof you from your iniquities."Yea, He, Whose disciples are to be known by this,that they love one another, as might be expectedmade love, not fear, the motive of obedience. Lovewas the thing to be done, and the motive too fordoing it, and therefore would He draw men untob24 MEEKESS THE RULE OF ADVACEMET [SERM.

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