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 MEEKESS THE RULE OF ADVACEMET [SERM.