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Lectures on Zechariah 1 Thru 8

Lectures on Zechariah 1 Thru 8

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.
BY REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.

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not of local limits, is its predicted and promised destination.
It is to comprehend men of " every kindred and people and
nation and tongue." The inhabitants are at length to be
" a multitude which no man can number." The heavenly
city will contain them all. And when at length they are all
collected within its walls, let sinners remember, extension,
increase, will be at an end. The increase must be on
earth. There will be none from hell. The gulf will be im-
passable, and eternal Then, in regard to security. The
"wall of fire" the rampart of omnipotence invests the
ew Testament church, as thoroughly, effectually, and con-
stantly, as it did the Old. We know Him who hath said,
"On this rock" the rock of the great truth which Peter
had confessed, and which he fastened in his memory by asso-
ciating it with his name, " On this rock will I build my
church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
It is to the church, to the end of time, that Jehovah hath
said, " Fear not ; I have called thee by thy name, thou art
mine : when thou passest through the waters, I will be
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow
thee : when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be
burnt ; neither .shall the flames kindle upon thee." " o
weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every
tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt
condemn." What church soever, then, may be in danger,
"the church of the living God" "the Zion of the Holy
One of Israel" never is, never can be. The eternity of the
Church is as sure as the eternity of God. Earth and hell

combined are impotence itself against the pledged omnipo-
tence of heaven. " If God be for His church, who can be
against her?" What foe can penetrate the "wall of fire?"
Lastly, in regard to glory. As " the glory of the second
temple was to be greater than the glory of the first," by the
reception within its sacred precincts of Immanuel himself
" God manifest in the flesh" so will the glory of the ew
Testament church ever be greater than that of the Old.
Immanuel is still in it, and will be for ever. He is " the
glory in the midst of it," and will be for ever ! and in Him

ZECHARIAH II. 61

the full glory of Deity is seen in lights in which it never
had been seen before. And his throne will be the central
point of heaven; his Father's and his own, the united
glory of that pure and happy world. Of all the blessed in-
habitants " the Lord shall be the everlasting light, and their
God their glory ! "

2. The people of God may now, as well as of old, and even
more emphatically, appropriate the divine assurance " He
that toucheth you, toucheth the pupil of his eye." " In all
their afflictions," now as well as then, "he is afflicted."
" Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth
them that fear him." " Can a woman forget her sucking
child, that she should not have compassion on the son of
her womb? yea, they may forget, yet I will not forget thee."
" He careth for His children : " and by this assurance they
are encouraged to " cast all their care upon Him." Yes, my
brethren. And the same thing is true of " Jesus, the divine
Mediator of the new covenant." He is " not an high priest
who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities, but
one who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet with-
out sin;" and who, "having himself suffered being tempt-
ed," and having "learned obedience by the things which
he suffered," is " able to succour them that are tempted."
And so does he identify himself with his people, and his

own interests with theirs, that with regard both to good and
evil, to benefit and to injury, he says " Inasmuch as ye did
it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did unto
MB." What a spring of consolation to believers in every
hour of darkness, whosoever or whatsoever be the cause of
their sorrow " Whoso toucheth you toucheth the apple of
his eye ! " And let the enemies of his people fear. If you
are wronging, in selfish malice, or in hatred of their principles
and their godliness, any of the true Israel of God, you are
" touching the pupil of the divine eye." The Father feels it.
The Son feels it. It will not be unpunished.

3. We ought to be earnest in persuading God's people,
as many of them as are to be found there, and to whom we
have access, to " come forth" and "flee" from the mystical

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