"AWAKE, O SWORD, AGAINST MY SHEPERD"
Zech, xiii. 7.

Robert Hawker
(1753-1827)


"Awake, 0 sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered."
—Zech, xiii. 7.

That this blessed scripture points to Christ, and to him only, the Lord Jesus himself fully confirmed in his discourse with his disciples at the Mount of Olives, Matt. xxvi. 31. And indeed of whom could Jehovah thus speak, as "fellow to the Lord of Hosts," but to Him, who, "though in the form of God, and with whom it was no robbery to be equal with God, yet took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men?" But what call is this to the sword? Was it the flaming sword at the gate of Paradise, which was placed there to guard the way to the tree of life? And had the sword been for so many ages sleeping? Could none presume to enter but Jesus? And if he enters, the sword of God's justice must first awake, and be sheathed in his heart? And is it God the Father himself that thus commands the sword to awake, and smite his only begotten Son? Did God indeed so love the world, that he thus gave his only begotten Son, "to the end that all who believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life?" Pause, my soul, over these solemn, but blessed thoughts. And is he God, on whom these things are to be transacted? Yes; for he is "fellow to the Lord of Hosts." And is he man also? Yes; for "the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us!" Such is the mystery of godliness; "God manifest in the flesh!" And, what! is he both God and man in one person? Yes; for so only could he be Christ. Well might the prophet exclaim, "Wonder, O heavens, and be astonished, O earth!"—My soul! take thy stand, this evening, at the foot of the cross, and contemplate, among the prodigies of that memorable day, that great wonder concerning Him crucified, who was fellow to the Lord of Hosts. View both his natures: He was truly and properly man; for it was one express article in the covenant of redemption, that "as by man came death, by man should come also the resurrection of the dead. And as by the disobedience of one many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one should many be made righteous." Moreover, the first promise of the bible, which came in with the fall, was express to this purpose: "The seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head." The devil had triumphed over the nature of man in the fall; and the same nature of man was promised to conquer death, hell, and the grave: and as both the law and the justice of God were solemnly concerned that the same nature which had rebelled should obey, and the same nature which had sinned should atone; and all the divine perfections were concerned, that he who undertook the purposes of redemption, should be the man that was fellow to the Lord of Hosts, even Christ Jesus. Secondly, as none but man could be suited for a Redeemer, so none but God could be competent to accomplish redemption. Hence he must be fellow to the Lord of Hosts. In point of dignity, in point of merit, the glory due to a Redeemer when redemption should be accomplished, and the adoration, love, and praise to be ascribed to him, could never be suitable to any less than God. Hence by the union of both natures, Jesus, and Jesus only, who thus formed one Christ, became the very person here described, and was, and is, and ever must be, "the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts." Now, my soul, whenever thou lookest up to the cross, (let it be daily, hourly, continually, yea, unceasingly) never lose sight of this glorious union of God and man in thy Jesus. Fix thine eyes, thine heart, thy whole affection upon him; and while thou art resting all thine assurance of pardon, mercy, and peace, the joy of this life, and the glory of that which is to come, wholly upon thy Jesus; Oh! let thine ear of faith receive in transports of delight, the proclamation of God thy Father concerning Him, "the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts."

From the POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.

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Robert Hawker



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