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Comparison and Confirmation.

Comparison and Confirmation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THOMAS BRADBURY


And what one nation in the earth is like Thy people, even like Israel, whom
God went to redeem for a people to Himself, and to make Him a name, and to do
lor you great things and terrible, for Thy land, before Thy people, which Thou
redeemedest to Thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.

** For Thou hast confirmed to Thyself Thy people Israel to be & people unto
Thee for erer : and Thou, LORD, art become their God.*'— 2 Samuel vii. 23, 24.
BY THOMAS BRADBURY


And what one nation in the earth is like Thy people, even like Israel, whom
God went to redeem for a people to Himself, and to make Him a name, and to do
lor you great things and terrible, for Thy land, before Thy people, which Thou
redeemedest to Thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.

** For Thou hast confirmed to Thyself Thy people Israel to be & people unto
Thee for erer : and Thou, LORD, art become their God.*'— 2 Samuel vii. 23, 24.

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COMPARISO AD COFIRMATIO.BY THOMAS BRADBURYAnd what one nation in the earth is like Thy people, even like Israel,whomGod went to redeem for a people to Himself, and to make Him a name,and to dolor you great things and terrible, for Thy land, before Thy people,which Thouredeemedest to Thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.** For Thou hast confirmed to Thyself Thy people Israel to be & peopleuntoThee for erer : and Thou, LORD, art become their God.*'— 2 Samuelvii. 23, 24.THESE are words of assurance flowing from an experimentalacquaintance with JEHOVAH in His dealings with Hispeople, and with the speaker personally. David was not one of those who are lost in a crowd, and yet he would not make anostentatious display of himself because of the grace bestowedupon him by the anointing of God the ever-blessed Spirit. Hismind was one with Paul, who, though he magnified his office, hemaspified not himself because of his office. Paul had a messageto deliver from the King, therefore he preached not himself, butChrist Jesus the Lord. He had a God-given and graciousexperience, yet it was not his to be incessantly harping uponthat experience, for in so doing he might have distressed thespirits of many in the living family. You can see this by read-ing at your leisure 2 Cor. xii., where he tells us that he had moreto glory in than any other mortal, but he would not only as con-cerned his infirmities, that the power of Christ miffht rest uponhim. David was like-minded with Paul. He delignted to exalthis Lord and Master and to worship at His footstool. It was his{*oy to declare what was revealed to him by God the ever->lesBed Spirit, and to speak of himself as a sinner saved by grace,a pensioner upon Divine bounty, and a pre-eminent type of that
 
great and glorious King who should reign throughout all agesover that Israel which God had distinguished as £Qs own in aOMritual and heavenly manner. r^r^r^r^]r>a laZ.-PmiC. 0«. pilMT. ^ 9i ized by L^OOglC26 GROYE OHAFfiL PULWT.This chapter discloses a practical and experimental view of David's experience. He had planned and purposed for God, butall his plans and purposes were overthrown. He had designed,but all his designs were thwarted. He had declared, but hisdeclarations were proved contrary to the mind and will of God.In his plans, purposes, designs, and declarations, he fell far shortof those purposes of grace which God had toward him. You seethis in the circumstances narrated in this chapter. David pro-posed to build God a house and communicates his intention toGod's prophet. athan said to the king, " Go, do all that is inthine heart, for God is with thee." That same night God wrotefoolishness upon the declaration of the prophet, and sent himback to David with the message, that ne should not build ahouse for the LORD ; but that the LORD would build him ahouse. This house of David should be spiritual, incorruptible,eternal, never to fall into decay or ruin. Can that be truetsay you, in surprise. Perfectly true. But we read in Acts xv.15, 16, that David's tabernacle did fall into ruins. James said," Men and brethren, hearken unto me. Simeon (that is, SimonPeter) hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles,to take out of them a people for His name. And to this agreethe words of the prophets ; as it is written, After this I willreturn, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which isfallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I willset it up : that the residue of men might seek after the Lord,and all the Gentiles upon whom My name is called, saith theLord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all Hisworks from the beginning of the world." James, in speaking of ruins, refers to the earthly house of David, which was thoroughlybroken down, and because of which sceptics might scoff and
 
taunt the Israeh'tes, saying. Where is the faithfulness of yourGod ? Where is the performance of His promise t ow, in theperson of the Lord Jesus Christ we see the tabernacle of Davidset up. The world judges according to the flesh, literalljr andcarnally ; but those who are spiritually one with Christ judgeaccording to the Spirit, and wnile they behold the iiiin of allearthly tnings, they rejoice at the sight and possession of aspiritual house and kingdom which cannot be moved. The houseof David built by God is a spiritual house, of which Paul couldsay, "Whose house are we " (Heb. iii. 6). When we look at anvportion of the Scriptures which speaks of God's Israel, God speople, God's redeemed, God's elect, if we look at it with acarnal, fleshly, or intellectual eye, we fall far short of the glori-ous realities couched beneath the letter of the Word. In all theseGod point« the eye of faith to His Chm'ch separated to Himself before time, preserved near to Himself through time in the faceof all the opposition and persecution assailing it, and to be glori-fied with Himself when time shall be no longer.But it is our privilege this morning to dwell upon thisCOMPARISO AD COFIRMATIO. 27{>recioii8 portion^ and endeavour to extract some little instruc-tion and consolation therefrom, knowing that these are the wordsof the Holy Ghost flowing from the exercised heart of an eminentchild of God. It leads the mind to contemplate the glories andexcellencies of that kingdom which can never be moved, of thatspiritual house which can never fall into ruins, of that Churchwhich the counsels of hell can never prevail against, and of thatpeople which can never be lost. We will notice the text in thefollowing order : — I. — A BLESSED COMPARISO — "And what one nation in theearth is like Thy people, even like Israel ? "II. — A GLORIOUS REDEMPTIO — *' Whom God went to redeemfor a people to Himself, and to make Him a name."

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