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The Glory of the Latter House.

The Glory of the Latter House.

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BY THE REV. J. GRANT.

The glory of this latter house shall he greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts ; and in this place shall I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts." — Hag. ii. 9.
BY THE REV. J. GRANT.

The glory of this latter house shall he greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts ; and in this place shall I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts." — Hag. ii. 9.

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THE GLORY OF THE LATTER HOUSE. BY THE REV. J. GRANT. The glory of this latter house shall he greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts ; and in this place shall I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts." — Hag. ii. 9. God having called Moses to a confer-ence with him on Mount Sinai, imparted to him specific and minute instructions for the building of a tabernacle, or pavi-lion in the wilderness, as the peculiar habitation of the divine glory. By this glory is here meant the Schechinah, or  bright cloud, emblematic of his imme-diate presence and protection, which hovered over the Holy of holies. When it was appointed by God that the army, or host of the Israelites, should march from one station in the wilderness to an-other, this luminous column or glory, slowly rose into the air, and moved be-fore them in silent and mysterious ma- jesty, till it arrived at the stage where
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the camp was to be pitched, when it stooped again upon the mercy-seat, and thus gave the signal to halt. When the fiery pillar rose, the whole multitude  bearing the ark, amidst the announce-ments of trumpets, and the waving of emblematic banners, set forward singing and shouting, in the first words of the sixty-eighth P.salm — " Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered : let them also that hate him flee before him." And ¦when the mist-robed intelligence — the divine presence stopped — the army obeyed the notice, and welcomed the descending Jehovah, as they deposited their burthens, with the words, " Return, O God, to the many thousands of Israel." Hence God is said to be the leader of his people : hence in the promises which Isaiah makes to Israel, if they will turn unto God with a fast of sincerity and charity, it is said, *'Thy righteousness shall go before thee, and the glory of the Lord" — the divine 346
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 presence — " shall be thy rereward." In-numerable passages might be adduced, containing the same allusion to the trans-lacent column, the internally illuminated cloud, the glory, the presence of Jehovah. This portable tent accompanied the peo- ple in all their journeyings; and after their arrival in the promised land, it was  pitched in Shiloh, a city situated on a hill, in the tribe of Ephraim, and the name of which was prophetic and typical. Here it remained for many years, till in consequence of the vileness of the sons of Eli, the ark of the covenant was taken in battle, and carried into the cities of the Philistines. As this ark was the encase-ment of the gem, the chief article of fur-niture in the moveable temple, being that on which the divine presence rested, the disconsolate widow of Phineas gave to her posthumous child the name of Icha-
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