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THE DOCTRINE OF THE LORD.

for the angel of Jehovah. In the same Evangelist the angel said to Zacharias concerning his son: "Many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God" (i. 16); to the Lord their God, for to Jehovah God. Again: the angel said to Mary concerning Jesus: "He shall be great, and. shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of. . . David" (i. 32); the Lord God for Jehovah God. Again: "Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced over God my Saviour" (i. 46, 47). Here also the Lord is put for Jehovah. Again: "Zacharias . . . prophesied, saying Blessed be the Lord God of Israel" (i. 67, 68). Here the Lord God, for Jehovah God. Again: "The angel of the Lord stood near the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone round ahout them" (ii. 9). The angel of the Lord, and the glory of the Lord, for the angel of Jehovah, and the glory of Jehovah. In Matthew: "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord" (xxi. 9; xxiii. 39; Luke xiii. 35 ; John xii. 13). In the name of the Lord, for in the name of Jehovah. There are also many other passages, as Luke i. 28; ii. 15, 22-24, 29, 38, 39; v. 17; Mark xii. 10, 11. Among the hidden reasons why they called Jehovah Lord were also these: because if it had been declared at that time that the Lord was the Jehovah so often mentioned in the Old Testament, it would not have been received, for it would not have been believed; and because the Lord was not made Jehovah even as to His Human until He had entirely united the Divine Essence to the Human, and the Human to the Divine. The plenary unition was effected after the last temptation, which was that of the cross; wherefore, after the resurrection, the disciples always called Him Lord (John xx. 2, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25; xxi. 7, 12, 15-17, 20; Mark xvi. 19, 20); and Thomas said, "My Lord and my God" (John xx. 28). And because the Lord was Jehovah, who is so often mentioned in the Old Testament, therefore also He said to the disciples, "Ye call Me Master and Lord, and ye say well; for I am" (John xiii, 13, 14, 16); by which words it is signified that He was Jehovah God. . . . That the Lord was Jehovah is meant also by the words of the angel to the shepherds: "Unto you is born this day . , . a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke ii. 11); Christ is put for the Messiah, the Anointed, the King, and Lord for Jehovah. They who examine the Word without much attention cannot know this, believing that our Saviour, like others, was called Lord merely from a common form of expressing reverence; but He was so called because He was Jehovah. (A. C. n. 2921.)

That Jehovah in the Old Testament is called the Lord in the New appears from these passages: It is said in Moses, "Hear, Israel! Jehovah our God is one Jehovah; and thou shall love