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IX. Head of the Lord

Head of the Lord -- His simple Divinity; because He is the Beginning and Creator of all things: in Daniel.

The white hair of the Lord, because He is |the Ancient of Days:| as above.

The eyes of the Lord -- the Divine inspection: because He sees all things. Like that in the apostle: For all things are naked and open in His eyes.|

The eyelids of the Lord -- hidden spiritual mysteries in the Divine precepts. In the Psalm: |His eyelids question, that is prove, the children of men.|

The smelling of the Lord -- His delight in the prayers or works of the saints. In Genesis: |And the Lord smelled an odour of sweetness.|

The mouth of the Lord -- His Son, or word addressed to men. In the prophet, |The mouth of the Lord hath spoken;| and elsewhere, |They provoked His mouth to anger.|

The tongue of the Lord -- His Holy Spirit. In the Psalm: |My tongue is a pen.|

The face of the Lord -- His manifestation. In Exodus, |My face shall go before thee;| and in the prophet, |The face of the Lord divided them.|

The word of the Lord -- His Son. In the Psalm: |My heart hath uttered a good word.|

The arm of the Lord -- His Son, by whom He hath wrought all His works. In the prophet Isaiah: |And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?|

The right hand of the Lord -- that is, His Son; as also above in the Psalm: |The right hand of the Lord hath done valiantly.|

The right hand of the Lord -- electio omnis. As in Deuteronomy: |In His right hand is a fiery law.|

The wings of the Lord -- Divine protection. In the Psalm: |In the shadow of Thy wings will I hope.|

The shoulder of the Lord -- the Divine power, by which He condescends to carry the feeble. In Deuteronomy: |He took them up, and put them on His shoulders.|

The hand of the Lord -- Divine operation. In the prophet: |Have not my hands made all these things?|

The finger of the Lord -- the Holy Spirit, by whose operation the tables of the law in Exodus are said to have been written; and in the Gospel: |If I by the finger of God cast out demons|

The fingers of the Lord -- The lawgiver Moses, or the prophets. In the Psalm: |I will regard the heavens,| that is, the books of the Law and the Prophets, |the works of Thy fingers.|

The wisdom of the Lord -- His Son. In the apostle: |Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God;| and in Solomon: |The wisdom of the Lord reacheth from one end to the other mightily.|

The womb of the Lord -- the hidden recess of Deity out of which He brought forth His Son. In the Psalm: |Out of the womb, before Lucifer, have I borne Thee.|

The feet of the Lord -- His immoveableness and eternity. In the Psalm: |And thick darkness was under His feet.|

The throne of the Lord -- angels, or saints, or simply sovereign dominion. In the Psalm: |Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.|

Seat -- the same as above, angels or saints, because the Lord sits upon these. In the Psalm: |The Lord sat upon His holy seat.|

The descent of the Lord -- His visitation of men. As in Micah: |Behold, the Lord shall come forth from His place; He shall come down trampling under foot the ends of the earth.| Likewise in a bad sense. In Genesis: |The Lord came down to see the tower.|

The ascent of the Lord -- the raising up of man, who is taken from earth to heaven. In the Psalm: |Who ascendeth above the heaven of heavens to the east.|

The standing of the Lord -- the patience of the Deity, by which He bears with sinners that they may come to repentance. As in Habakkuk: |He stood and measured the earth; and in the Gospel: |Jesus stood, and bade him be called,| that is, the blind man.

The transition of the Lord -- His assumption of our flesh, through which by His birth, His death, His resurrection, His ascent into heaven, He made transitions, so to say. In the Song of Songs: |Behold, He cometh, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.|

The going of the Lord -- His coming or visitation. In the Psalm.

The way of the Lord -- the operation of the Deity. As in Job, in speaking of the devil: |He is the beginning of the ways of the Lord.|

Again: The ways of the Lord -- His precepts. In Hosea: |For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the just shall walk in them.|

The footsteps of the Lord -- the signs of His secret operations. As in the Psalm: |And Thy footsteps shall not be known.|

The knowledge of the Lord -- that which makes men to know Him. To Abraham He says: |Now I know that thou fearest the Lord;| that is, I have made thee to know.

The ignorance of God is His disapproval. In the Gospel: |I know you not.|

The remembrance of God -- His mercy, by which He rejects and has mercy on whom He will. So in Genesis: |The Lord remembered Noah;| and in another passage: |The Lord hath remembered His people.|

The repentance of the Lord -- His change of procedure. As in the book of Kings: |It repented me that I have made Saul king.|

The anger and wrath of the Lord -- the vengeance of the Deity upon sinners, when He bears with them with a view to punishment, does not at once judge them according to strict equity. As in the Psalm: |In His anger and in His wrath will He trouble them.|

The sleeping of the Lord -- when, in the thoughts of some, His faithfulness is not sufficiently wakeful. In the Psalm: |Awake, why sleepest Thou, O Lord?|

The watches of the Lord -- in the guardianship of His elect He is always at hand by the presence of His Deity. In the Psalm: |Lo! He will not slumber nor sleep.|

The sitting of the Lord -- His ruling. In the Psalm: |The Lord sitteth upon His holy seat.|

The footstool of the Lord -- man assumed by the Word; or His saints, as some think. In the Psalm: |Worship ye His footstool, for it is holy.|

The walking of the Lord -- the delight of the Deity in the walks of His elect. In the prophet: |I will walk in them, and will be their Lord.|

The trumpet of the Lord -- His mighty voice. In the apostle: |At the command, and at the voice of the archangel, and at the trumpet of God, shall He descend from heaven.|


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