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Journeying to Zion.

Journeying to Zion.

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"And an highway shall be there ^ and a way, and it shall be called.
The way of holiness,^'' etc, Isaiah xxxv : 8-10.

"And an highway shall be there ^ and a way, and it shall be called.
The way of holiness,^'' etc, Isaiah xxxv : 8-10.

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JOUREYIG TO ZIO. BY JOH SCOTT, D. D. "And an highway shall be there ^ and a way, and it shall be called. The way of holiness,^'' etc, Isaiah xxxv : 8-10. THIS chapter contains a sublime and glorious prophecy of Christ and his kingdom. The prophet, in order to show the blessings resulting from the advent of Christ and the full establishment of his kingdom in the world, seems to lay nature under tribute. He represents the wilderness and the solitary places of the earth as being gladdened, and the barren, dreary desert as breaking forth into songs of rejoicing. He declares, "They shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing ; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, and the excellency of Carmel and Sharon : they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.'' It must be remembered that in the Holy 300 Pulpit Echoes, Land every hillside is not rendered musical by the leaping of rills from its crags and cliffs, and every valley is not rendered fertile by some meandering stream, as in our land. The mountains are often parched, and the
valleys dry. Hence water, from its extreme scarcity in many parts, is prized by the inhabi- tants as one of their richest blessings. There are on the northern border of Palestine two ranges of mountains, Lebanon and Anti-Leba- non, known, however, by the common name of Lebanon. The loftiest peaks of these moun- tains are continually covered with snow, and formerly their sides were clothed with lofty and beautiful cedars. The river Jordan, so much celebrated in Scripture, took its rise in these mountains, and the continual melting of the snow upon their summits tended to supply its stream. It annually overflowed its banks, so that ''all the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere even as the garden of the Lord.'' The Jordan was therefore consid- ered one of the richest blessings of the land. Lebanon was the source whence it issued, and this was one of its glories. The glory of Leb- anon shall be given to the Church. It shall be the source of our richest blessings and purest yourneying to Zion. 301  joys. Lebanon also produced material for the erection of the temple in Jerusalem. We are informed that the Sidonians brought cedars from the forests of Lebanon to Joppa, whence they were taken to Jerusalem and employed in the erection of the temple on Mount Zion. In like manner the Church shall afford mate- rials for the erection of the spiritual temple on the Mount Zion above. It is declared of the finally faithful that they shall be "made pillars in the temple of God, to go no more out.'' Carmet was a celebrated mountain in the
land of Canaan, extending some ten or twelve miles nearly north and south, coming from the plain of Esdraelon, and terminating in the cape or promontory which forms the bay of Accho. It was richly wooded, and covered with its own native vine, which produces the most delicious fruits in luxuriant abundance. It was cele- brated as the place where Elijah prevailed with God in prayer, and obtained rain, after the heavens had been shut up for three years and six months. The excellency of Carmel shall be given to the Church. In it the people of God shall prevail with him in prayer, as did Elijah, and they shall, like Carmel, bring forth abundant fruit to the glory of God. 302 Pulpit Echoes, The name Sharon means a plain, and Is sup- posed to have been appHed to that ''broad, rich tract of land which lies between the mountains of the central part of the Holy Land and the Mediterranean." It seems to have been a place of excellent pasturage, abounding in beautiful bowers. Hence we hear Israel's king singing of the ''rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley.'' Its excellency also shall be given to the Church. There God shall lead forth his people in the green pastures of his love, they shall respose in the bowers of peace, and rest beneath the "shadow of the Almighty." In anticipation of these glorious blessings the prophet exhorts and encourages his breth- ren : " Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart. Be strong, fear not :

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