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riam,“ if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My seryant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches." Visions or dreams, generally show something in the way of figure, or in an emblematical way. In the case quoted from the book of Numbers, the Lord hath declared that he spake to Moses mouth to mouth, even apparently. Again, we have nothing in Scripture to warrant the falling down and worshiping a vision, or any thing we may imagine is emblematical of God. This character has spoken vocally and apparently to the patriarchs and prophets at divers times, and demanded divine honors and worship, of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua and others, and sundry of the prophets. And walked in the garden in the cool of the day, and called our first parents, and conversed with them respecting the transgression, and promised them that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpant's head. And this same character published not only the good news of the Redemption to Adam, but he showed to Adam and Cain that he was the “ Judge of all the earth” – by telling the former, “ dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return;" and unto the latter, “a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth ;" and by setting “a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”
CHAPTER XÍ. Further views of the tabernacle of Witness. Beginning with
the martyr Stephen's view. It will perhaps be profitable to recur to the tabernacle of witness, and to note well the testimony of Stephen and others in respect to the manifestations, elucidating the doctrine we have under examination. In Acts 7th chapter, and 44th and 45th verses we find it recorded, “ Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen: which also our fathers which came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out Before the face of our fathers unto the days of David.” Stephen, with great propriety, calls this the Tabernacle of witness, for here was a standing miracle of the truth which Moses delivered. The ten commandments given to Moses, and written on tables of stone upon the Mount,' were deposited in the compartment of this tabernacle, designated the “ark of the covenant, in the most holy place ;” and Aaron's rod, that “ budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blos soms, and yielded almonds, and the golden pot that contained the manna ware there deposited, as a memorial,” and as 6 a shadow of good things to come.” And Stephen tells us, that our fathers that came after, brought in with Jesus, that is Joshua, “ into the possession of the Gentiles,"
that is, unto the land afterwards called Judea.-This Tabernacle was erected first in Shiloh, after the children of Israel had gained possession of the promised land ; and in the days of David they took the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites. And here it should be remembered, the Lord commanded Moses, that the ark of the coyenant should be placed in the city which he should choose, to put his name there. And after this, David gathered all the children of Israel together, with the priests and Levites in their station in which the Lord had appointed them, and went down and brought the tabernacle to Jerusalem ; and placed it in that part of the city called Zion. And David beheld the glory of the Lord, and the cloudy pillar, which had accompanied the children of Israel through the Red Sea, and after that abode on the mount Sinai, and after that abode on the tabernacle, and followed the tabernacle to Shiloh, and till that time, when the Tabernacle was removed to Zion. David, on beholding this glory, danced before the ark with all his might, and said the Lord has gone up to Zion. The last cited text gives some light on the subject. We discover wisdom and goodness in God, in adopting this method to inform and confirm the human family, in the being of a God, the truth of divine revelation, and gradually leading them into the plan of redemption, and especially into the true knowledge of the Saviour of mankind, before he came in the flesh. Surely this Tabernacle may properly be called the "tabernacle of witness, because it stood as a present witness, a standing miracle of the wisdom and goodness of God, not only in its formation, but especially for the long continuance of the Sche
chinah, or Divine Glory, which shone with light of transcendant lustre from the mercy seat, from between the cherubims. This glory was sometimes so bright, it filled the outer-court and the whole temple. This divine, effulgent glory, continued not only to the days of David and Solomon, but long after, even down to a little period, before the Lord sold his people into the hands of the Babylonians. • One or two displays of this Divine Glory, which
in particular was more than the usual displays of it, while it attended the tabernacle and temple we shall notice. The first will be found recorded in the 2d of Chronicles. In order, however, to give the reader the fullest view of this tabernacle of witness, we transcribe the 5th chapter at large, and part of the following one. : “Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished : and Solomon brought in all the things that David his fa i ther had dedicated ; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treas- : ures of the house of God.
“ Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
“Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.
"And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.
“And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy ves?
sels that were in the tabernacle; these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
“Also king Solomon, and the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
“And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims :
“For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims coyered the ark and the staves thereof above.
" And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.
“ There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place; (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course :
“ Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals, and psalteries, and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests, sounding with trumpets ;)
“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trump