rious one. Hence, when in the wilderness he fed them with manna, and appeared in a cloud, this was his glory ! Again, when he led them on in their journeyings by the pillar of fire and cloud, he was in the pillar, and it was " the glory of the Lord !" In aftertimes it was applied to the display made of his glory between the wings of the cherubim, and even to the ark of the covenant afterward deposited in the holy place. When this was taken by the Philistines it was a disastrous day ; old Eli died ; his daughter was brought to a premature birth ; and when in the agonies of dissolu- tion, having heard that he was a son, " call his name Icha- bod," the glory of the Lord is departed. But the term has also reference to the Gospel, and St. Paul proves that this was eminently the glory of the Lord ! There was a glory attending the law, but this was much more glorious.* The law was the ministration of death, the Gospel of life. The law denounces the requirements of God without any hope to the sinner, the Gospel proclaims pardon. The law leaves us in our lost estate, but the Gos- pel is the word of salvation ! It is more glorious than the law in its author, his person, and his work. 1. His person was glorious ; a better tabernacle than Moses's — made by God himself — human in materials, but Divine in workmanship : even the humanity was built by God ! A better glory rested on this tabernacle than Mo- ses's ; sometimes this glory darted through the veil of his * See Benson. THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL. 159 flesh, and made his appearance white and glistering. And then they " beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father ;" yea, in him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.