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Naaman, The Pattern of the Justified.

Naaman, The Pattern of the Justified.

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BY Alexander Penrose Forbes


2 Kings v. 13.

his servants cams near and spake unto him
SAID, My Father, if the prophet had bid

DO SOME GREAT THING, WOULDEST THOU NOT
DONE IT ? HOW MUCH RATHER THEN WHEN HE

says TO THEE, Wash and be clean.''
BY Alexander Penrose Forbes


2 Kings v. 13.

his servants cams near and spake unto him
SAID, My Father, if the prophet had bid

DO SOME GREAT THING, WOULDEST THOU NOT
DONE IT ? HOW MUCH RATHER THEN WHEN HE

says TO THEE, Wash and be clean.''

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AAMA, THE PATTER OF THE JUSTIFIED.BY Alexander Penrose Forbes2 Kings v. 13.his servants cams near and spake unto himSAID, My Father, if the prophet had bidDO SOME GREAT THIG, WOULDEST THOU OTDOE IT ? HOW MUCH RATHER THE WHE HEsays TO THEE, Wash and be clean.''various saints under the old law who areof our Blessed Sayigue^ seem each to haveented some one portion of His holy and di-;haracter. Mankind seemed^ if we may so, not haying yet had Him given Who wasved upon us as an ensample that we shouldHis steps^ to have been unable to do more:o shadow forth one aspect of His adorableitions. In each of these types there is oneat which they touch the likeness to Christ^in others they may be very far from simi-4A aaman the Pattern of the Justified*larity to Him. Thus in studying their histories wefind one salient point in which the typification isfounds while perhaps the rest of their lives andcharacters supply no food for such holy ana-logies.And in considering these one after another, weshall see how taken altogether they serve to fill upthe canvas on which the Prophetic Christ was gra-
 
dually being delineated^ — each supplying his shareto the lovely portraiture. Thus Adam suppUesthe type of perfect humanity — the first man Adamforeshadowing the second Adam Christ. oahafibrds us the idea that He Who came as perfectMan came also to deliver a message, a gospel*Emphatically Christ is a ^' preacher of righteous-ness.^' Abraham gives us that thought of the in-tercourse which took place between our Lord andHis Eternal Father, in that beautiful descriptionof him as the friend of God. While Melchizedek begins to suggest to the mind of the Church thatsacerdotal function, the Priest for ever, the offererof bread and wine, and the receiver of tithes fromthe father of the faithful. But Christ is notonly priest but victim, and Isaac bearing the woodwhereon he was to be offered, supplies the idea of the Eternal Sacrifice. Then Jacobus long servi«tude for his wives, shows the labours of Christ forthe redemption both of the Synagogue and of theChurch, and Joseph persecuted by his brethren,aaman the Pattern of the Justified. 46snd through their very persecutions advanced toliigh honour^ and finally saving them in their ut*most strait, places before us Christ brought tothe Cross by His brethren, and for that reasonhighly exalted by God, and given a ame that isabove every ame— in which ame alone is the sal-vation of us His brethren. As the history advancesfresh traits of similarity are supplied to us.Moses in rescuing the people from Pharaoh and£gypt,leading the people through the Red Sea, intothe vnldemess, giving them a law in Horeb, andfeeding them with the bread from heaven, guardingthem against their enemies, interfering betweenGtoD and their waywardnesses, and at last leading
 
them to the entrance of the promised land, showsus the dealings of Christ with His people now,from their escape from the original sin of Egypt,and the power of the infernal Pharaoh, through thewilderness of life, till the hour of passing the dark river into the true Canaan. Joshua supplies us withthat name which is as unguent poured out, — thetiame at which every knee both in the heavens andin the earth must bow, — the holy ame of Jesus :and Samuel in his threefold ofSce of priest, prophet^and ruler, points out the triple office of the Incar-nate Wisdom of Ood. David as the shepherdraised to the royal dignity, and Solomon as thePrince of Peace add fresh instances of similarity ;and Ezekiel, in his mystical appellation of the46 aaman the Pattern of the Juitified.** Son of Man/' concludes^ but does not exhaustthis striking series of types and adumbrations.There is one aspect of the life of the holy Sa-vioxTB which has not been referred to, and thatseems supplied to us by the prophet Elisha. Imean the life of practical benevolence united withsupernatural power, which marked our adorableLord's public life. Elisha is a wonderful type dHim Who, '^ anointed with the Holt Ghost andwith power'' went about doing good, and healingall that were oppressed with the devil. Of no saintunder the old law do we find mention of so manymiracles. His very relics after death raised thedead to life ; and what strikes one is the elementof human kindness which runs through so manyof them. The healing of unwholesome watersjthe timely succour to the thirsty hosts of Israeljthe floating of the borrowed axe, the multiplied^tion of the widow's oil, the raising of the good

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