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We see in all this that wonderful stream, that under current, of prophetic events, bearing forward the great mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, the day of days, when Moses and Aaron, and the prophets, altars and visions, are all to be superseded, being fulfilled, by the great atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God. John afterward in vision said, "And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps." The Lamb' was now on his way to the earthly 'Mount Zion'; thence he goes to Calvary, and thence to Mount Zion above, where, as Redeemer, he is to be loved and worshipped.

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How easy it is for God to move the hearts of men to fulfil his purposes. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power." Christ must receive the acclamations of the people now, and ride prosperously into the great city of David, as an emblem of his coming ascendency over the house of David, as well as over the Gentiles. But let us follow this triumphant King. Whither does he lead us? Surely to the palace, where he will proclaim his kingdom; or to some high place, where he will summon the world to do him homage. Instead of this, he moves directly

to the temple. There, what a sight do we behold. The vacant spaces have been seized upon by traffickers in articles for sacrifice, and by men who changed foreign coin into current money, and large sums into half shekels, which were demanded in religious tribute. The near approach of the passover, with its sacrifices and offerings, made the temple like a market house before some great festival, and sheep, and oxen, and doves for sale, crowded out all appearance of devotion. These traders he cast out of the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, spilling their coins on the floor, and turning over the seats of those that sold doves. All this he had done once before, at the first passover which occurred after his public ministry began, when he made a scourge of small cords, and put the whole crew of them to flight, with their sheep and cattle. The fourth and last passover during his life has come, and he again vindicates God's house from its abuses, and having cleared the place, he begins his works of mercy there. "And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them."

Then all they that were waiting for the consolation of Israel were glad, and there was great joy in that city. Many a humble, yet strong believer triumphed, that day, at the thought of his meek and lowly Saviour riding, as he did, into the great city, and there purging the temple, and manifesting forth his glory as

the benefactor of the poor, the Saviour of the brokenhearted, the friend of sinners. We can fancy that we hear voluntary choirs of them singing praises, in the words of one of the Psalms: "In Judah is God known, his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and the horse are cast into a dead sleep. Thou, even thou, art to be feared; and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Surely the wrath of man

shall praise thee; the thou restrain. Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God; let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he is terrible to the kings of the earth."

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Probably this was, to many, the happiest hour, thus far, of their lives. Christ had manifested forth his glory; Zechariah's vision was fulfilled, and his exhortation was obeyed: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy King cometh to thee; he is just and hav

ing salvation." Well might they rejoice, to see him clothing himself with majesty, and reforming abuses which had made their hearts burn with indignation. We love bold, strong measures in reforming great abuses, in opposing wicked and violent men; and the moral courage and the energetic arm which are adequate for such emergencies, are regarded by us with a veneration and love not far from worship. But when he who, in this superhuman manner, had scattered these traders, and their sheep, and oxen, and doves, and money, proceeded, with condescending kindness, to heal the blind and the lame, joy and praise were without bounds.

There were some striking and deeply-interesting sounds in those shouts of praise. Children, who had been brought to the temple by their devout parents, or who had resorted thither as a place of public gathering, began to sing, "Hosanna to the Son of David." Their demonstration of joy was so conspicuous amid the whole scene of triumph, that the chief priests and scribes had their attention attracted by it, and they were sore displeased. They appealed to Christ, saying, 'Hearest thou what these say,' these young idolaters, offering divine worship in a senseless manner, knowing nothing of what their words import? 'Hearest thou what these say ? "And Jesus saith unto them, Yea, have ye never read, Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings

thou hast perfected praise?" He did not finish the passage, but left it to them to supply the words, "that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."

This choir of young voices must be regarded as a part of the whole scene of triumph and joy, which we have considered at length as forming the background to this more conspicuous group, which attracted the notice of the envious and angry priests and scribes. It was ordered that the children should bear a part in the Saviour's triumph, that the children should swell the praises of Zion's King, welcoming him, and cheering his spirit as he came to the last, awful scenes of suffering and death.

Amidst the praises of the children in the temple, we see him, according to Jacob's dying words concerning him, "binding his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes."

Should a multitude of children, on a public occasion, be seized with an enthusiasm in favor of some personage, the more that it seemed suggested by no obvious cause, the more would it have the effect of a supernatural impulse directly imparted to them; for, in popular commotions, a crowd of women and children, borne forward by their excited feelings, are far more irresistible than so many men. Bayonets and swords lose their power in such a presence. Attention is forcibly drawn to them. Their enthusiastic

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