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Hope for the Heathen.

Hope for the Heathen.

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BY JOHN M. MASON, D. D.


ISAIAH XXV. 6,7.

The Lord of Hosts — will destroy ^ in this mountain,
the face of the covering cast over all people, and
the vail that is spread over all natio7is.
BY JOHN M. MASON, D. D.


ISAIAH XXV. 6,7.

The Lord of Hosts — will destroy ^ in this mountain,
the face of the covering cast over all people, and
the vail that is spread over all natio7is.

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HOPE FOR THE HEATHE.BY JOH M. MASO, D. D.ISAIAH XXV. 6,7.The Lord of Hosts — will destroy ^ in this mountain,the face of the covering cast over all people, andthe vail that is spread over all natio7is.The exercise of divine mercy towards man iscoeval with his need of it. The shock of the fallwas hardly felt ; remorse had only begun to preyupon the conscience, and guilt to rally his ter-rors, when a hope, as consoling as it was unex-pected, dawned from heaven upon our revoltedrace. Twill put, said God to the tempter. Twillput enmity betiveen thee and the icoman, and be-tween thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thyhead, and thou shalt bruise his heel. In this ori-ginal promise were included all subsequent reve-lations concerning the redemption of sinners.116The doctrine of Messiah's person, of his sacrifice,of his triumph : together with that vast systemof prediction which extends from the heginningto the end of time, and all the corresponding dis-pensations of the new covenant, are nothing bntits regular development. But this being slow aswell as regular, and all flesh corrupting his way,the Lord selected the family of Abraham to be,for ages, both the witnesses of his grace, and thedepositaries of his truth. To them were com-mitted his living oracles ; to them the ordinancesof his worship; to them the symbols and doc-
 
trines of the great atonement. Among them hedeigned to dwell, and to raise iip an illustriousline of prophets, who should direct their faith andhope to Jesus the Savior. To him, saith Peter,give ALL the prophets icitncss, that, through hisname, ivhosoever believeth in him shall receive re-mission of sins.But though the children of Israel enjoyed theseprivileges, wiiile other nations were suffered totvalk in their own nmys, they were taught that thecovenant of peculiarity should one day be abro-gated, and be succeeded by a more general andmore glorious economy. In thee, and in all thyseed, shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,was the catholic promise to Abraham their father.As the time of its accomplishment approached,the circle of prophetic vision grew brighter and117larger. Later prophets were enabled to explainthe enigmas of their predecessors, and to speak,with precision and clearness, both of the comingof the Messiah, and of the glory that should fol-low. Isaiah, in particular, appears to have beenfavored with the most liberal disclosure of the di-vine purposes. Borne on high, by the revealingSpirit, he sees far beyond the common horizon.The extremes of the earth, and the ages of futu-rity, are commanded into his view. He sees theSun of Righteousness ascending the heavens, andbreaking in upon the thick darkness which en-wraps the globe. He sees the fiends of nightstretch their foul wings, and fly from the spread-ing day. He sees the tabernacle of God descend-ing to dwell among men : his eye rolls ardentover the wondrous scene ; his bosom heaves with
 
mighty emotions ; and when utterance is granted,he bursts forth in the language of the text. Inthis mountain icill the Lord of Hosts destroy theface of the covering cast over allpeople^ and the vailthat is spread over all nations.The Lord hath not been slack concerning hispromise, nor have the words of his servant fallento the ground. The elementary dispensation of Moses is no more ; its shadows have received theirsubstance, and its types their truth, in the personand offices of the word made flesh. Millions of Gentiles, and among them believers of this as-118sembly, who were once afar oj)\ are now broughtnigh by the blood of Christy and are no more stran-gers andfoi'eigners^ but felloic-citizens of the saints,and of the household of God.But though all this hath happened, accordingto the scriptures, much is yet required to theircomplete fulfillment. Many families of the earthare still unhlest : These too are reserved for thetrophies of Emanuel's grace, and are to be sub- jected to his aiithority, by the same means whichhe hath ever employed in converting sinners — the gospel of his cross : three topics of discourse,not less appropriate to the design of our meet-ing, than plainly suggested by the text : For inthis mountain shall the Lord of Hosts destroy theface of the covering cast over all2)eople, and the vailthat is spread over all nations.I. Many families of the earth are yet unblest.They are described as destitute of spiritual andsaving knowledge ; an idea obviously conveyed

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