Ante-nicene fathers



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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.116

The feet of the Lord—His immoveableness and eternity. In the Psalm: “And thick darkness was under His feet.”117

The throne of the Lord—angels, or saints, or simply sovereign dominion.118 In the Psalm: “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.”119

Seat—the same as above, angels or saints, because the Lord sits upon these. In the Psalm: “The Lord sat upon His holy seat.”120

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.”121 Likewise in a bad sense. In Genesis: “The Lord came down to see the tower.”122

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.”123

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 good and measured the earth;124 and in the Gospel: “Jesus stood, and bade him be called,”125 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.”126

The going127 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.”128

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.”129



The footsteps of the Lord—the signs of His secret operations. As in the Psalm: “And Thy footsteps shall not be known.”130

The knowledge of the Lord—that which makes men to know Him. To Abraham He says: ”Now I know that thou fearest the Lord; ”131 that is, I have made thee to know.

The ignorance of God132 is His disapproval. In the Gospel: “I know you not.”133

The remembrance of God—His mercy, by which He rejects and has mercy on whom He will. So in Genesis: “The Lord remembered Noah; ”134 and in another passage: “The Lord hath remembered His people.”135

The repentance of the LordHis change of procedure.136 As in the book of Kings: “It repented me that I have made Saul king.”137

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.”138

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? ”139

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.”140

The sitting of the Lord—His ruling. In the Psalm: “The Lord sitteth upon His holy seat.”141

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.”



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