Excerpt from The Presbyterian and Reformed Review: October, 1894
The comparison of the Messianic teaching with the history shows a close connection between them, resulting in adaptation in the form of the former and progress in its content. In the early chap ters, of J otham's time, the prophet aimed at reformation, and hence presented the ideal holiness of the city and the people. Next, in Ahaz's time, the Messianic king was foremost in the prophet's mind. Finally, in Hezekiah's reign, the Messianic salvation is presented in a double aspect, as sure and hence the sheet anchor for the ship of State, as abundant and hence a source of comfort to the individual believer. The Messianic teaching may thus be consid ered in relation to the three great functions of the prophet, as a preacher Of righteousness, as a counselor of State and as a comforter of the faithful. It is impossible to draw a hard and fast line, for the different functions combine; but nevertheless one or another is always uppermost and so affects the prophecy.
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