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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1873-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ...Christ, after he was
crucified, fulfilled the symbol of the tree in Paradise, and of all
other things which were to happen afterward to the righteous. For
Moses was sent with a rod, to redeem his people; with this rod he
divided the sea, brought water out of the rock, and with a piece of
wood made the bitter water sweet. Jacob, also, with sticks, made
his uncle Laban's sheep bring forth such lambs as were to be his
own again, ' etc. So he goes on, applying the Cross of Christ to
all the sticks and pieces of wood in the Old Testament, to give
them a new and wonderful meaning; and, pursuing the same mode of
pious reflection in another place, he says, ' that when the Son of
Man, called Jesus, led the people on to battle, Moses employed
himself in prayer, with his hands stretched out in the form of a
cross; that, so long as he continued in that posture, Amalek was
beaten; but when he remitted anything of it his own people
suffered; and that all this was owing to the power of the cross;
for the people did not conquer because Moses prayed, but because,
while the name of Jesus was at the head of the battle, Moses was
exhibiting the figure of the crots? Here everything is made to
depend, not upon the prayer of Moses, but upon the position and
figure. Behold, then, the origin of the ritualistic worship of the
present day, which, in the words of Sidney Smith, is so largely
enriched with the sublime efficacy of ' postures and impostures,
flexions and genuflexions, bowings to the east and curtseyings to
the west, and all that sort of tomfoolery.'1 He might also have
added, ' the crossing of the floor with the feet, and the crossing
of the breast with the hands, ' as well as various other signs of
the Cross, which form so conspicuous a feature in...
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