May—3 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

The eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord.—Zechariah 9:1.

Precious Jesus! when shall this blessed scripture be accomplished? “The eyes of man!” What man? Surely, as the Church’s glorious head, and as her glorious representative, the eyes of our Lord Jesus himself were always from everlasting directed to Jehovah his Father. But secondarily, and subordinately, the eyes of thy redeemed, blessed Jesus, the eyes of man, the eyes of every man, must ultimately, as the tribes of Israel, be all toward thee for salvation. Thou indeed hast said, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22.) Pause, my soul! this evening, over this view of thy Jesus, for it is a very blessed one, and see what improvements, under divine teaching, thou canst draw from it. It is said, that as one of the tribes, yea, all the tribes of Israel, every eye shall be upon Jesus. And how suitable is it that it should be so! Is not God the Father unceasingly beholding his dear Son in his engagements, as the Mediator and Surety of his Church and people? Oh! who shall be competent to describe with what complacency and delight he beholds him, in his glorious person, as the God and man, the Glory-man; and in all his offices, characters, and relations? Somewhat of this we may gather from what Jesus hath himself said concerning the Father’s love for his undertaking, and accomplishing redemption by his blood. “Therefore” (saith our Jesus) “doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” (John 10:17.) But the full apprehension of the love of the Father on this one account, cannot perhaps be brought within the capacity of the human mind. But if God the Father loves Jesus as Mediator, and for his undertaking, and is unceasingly beholding him with rapture on this account, it may serve at least to teach thee, my soul, how exceedingly it becomes thee to look to Jesus for the same; and that thine eyes, as the eyes of all the tribes of Israel, should be towards the Lord. Dearest Lord Jesus! let mine eyes, mine heart, my whole soul be fixed on thee, until every affection be going out in desires after thee. I would trace thee, as the Old Testament saints, who saw thy day “afar off, rejoiced, and were glad.” I would see thee as New Testament believers, who are looking to thee, and “are enlightened, and their faces are not ashamed.” I would see thee with the first dawn of the morning; yea, before the morning light, and “until the day break, and the shadows flee away;” and until my beloved come to me “as a roe, or a young hart, upon the mountains of Bether!” Yes, precious Lord Jesus! I would be sending the earnest longings of my soul through the windows of the eye after thee, and never give rest to my eyes, nor slumber to my eye-lids, until that blessed hour arrive, when no medium shall intervene to prevent the full enjoyment of my soul in thee; and when a body of sin and death shall no longer weary my soul, in her enjoyment of thee; but I shall then see Jesus as he is, and never more lose sight of his lovely person, but live in his presence, and Jesus in mine, for evermore.[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 135–136). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

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