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4 . '

- """"--

Of the

NA

T 1 vI TIE.

Sermon

I.

beyond rhe rules and reach ofall reafon, is furely matter of afl:onilhment :

Ti7o,

&c. (Cairn

Samr

Chryfoftome,)

thlS,

tt cajfeth meznto an extaji3, andmaketh me to imagine, ofour Natrm,

1

s,m;

1

g.

fome greater matter

,I

cannot >veilexprejfewhat.

Thus

ltlS :

It

ts

theLord,let Him doervhatfeem&th

goodin His Olvnc eyes.

JI.

And, with this,

I

palfe over

to

the fecond point. This little is cnough,tolhew what oddes

bel'\vccnc the

Par!tes

here marched. It will much better appeare (this) when we !hall weigh

the word '"'"''"f''4"""'·that, wheremthey arc matched. Wherctn, two degrees

weobferved :

1.

Apprehendrt,

and

2.

Apprehendtt Semen.

·

x.

Of

Apprehendit,

firfl:. Many words were more olfvious,and offered themfelves to the

In

appn~on•

Af!oftle

(no doubt,)

Stt{cepit,

or

A/fiempjit,

r>r

otherfuch like: This word wasfouaht for(ccr·

dtt,he,to,~~e.

tamly,) and made choice of(faith rhc

GrukeScholia{f:

And he can belhdl us,

I~

is no corn–

~;';"'

•··'" ,. mon word, And tell us alfowhar it weighcrh :) "'"''

o

(faith he)

l,J

"~'-"'

'f"PI'"."'""'"i""'•

~

"'"'""''

i'~-~,, ~ ~:;.;"":'

'""'"''1"

This word[uppofeth a

flight

ofthe one parry, and

apurfu#

of

the other: A purfurt

eager,

and fo long;

nll

he

overtake;

and when he bath overtaken

a,,,l'–

'"''~'-"15'

apprehendens,

laying fail: hold, and feazing furely

ot1

him. So two things i;fuppo.

t ·

feth;

'ajiight

ofthe one, and

'a

hot

purft~it

ofrheorher.

·

It may well fuppofe a

flight.

For,ofthe*

Angels

there were that

I

fled,

that kept not their

~;~~;.~.

6

originall, but forfooke and fell away fron11 their firfl: efl:are. And Man

fell,

andfledroo; and

hidhimfdfe in the tbicke trees,

from the prcfence of God. And this is the firfl: ilfue. Vpon

thct...dngels

flight, He fl:irred not; fare frill ;never vouchfafed to follow rhe.m: Let them goe

whither they would; as if they hadnotbeeneworrhrhewhile. Nay, Hee neverajfumul

ought,by way ofpromife,forthem: No

promifc

in the

old,to

be

horne

and to

fujfer;

No

Qq.

jjell,

m

the

N

CJv Teftammt,

·,

nerrher was

borne norfl1fered,

forrhem.

·

Bm,when

Man fell,He

did all. Made after him prefemly,with

vbies:

fought toreclaime

him,

wbat have you done

f

Why

have you done

fo~

Prorefl:ed

enmitieto

him, !hathaddrawne

him thus away: Made his

affi•mpjit

ofrhe

Womans feed.

.

·

And (which ismore,)when that would not fervc,Jent after him

fiill,

by the hand of

His

Prophets,

rofollicit his remrne.

And (which is yet more,) when that would not ferve neither;

•vent

after him (Himfelfe)

:tu~e

ss.1.

in perfon: left His

ninety a"dnineinthefold,

and got Him after the/oft

Jbeepe:

Never left, till

He

forend bim, laidhim on His fbeuld.ers, and

brot~ght

him home

a~Aine.

It was much, even butto

looku{ter

m; to

refpeEI

us,fo farre, who were not worth the

call: ofHis eye : Much, ro

calltes backe-,

orvouchfafe us an

vbi es.

.

Bur more, wheri we came not for all rhar, to

fend

afrer us. For, ifHec had but onely

beenccomenr to

giv~us

leave,

tocomero

Htm againc; bur given us leave to

lay hotd

on Him,

i:o touch but the

hemm: ofHtsgarment;

(Himfdfe fitting frill,·and never calling

to

us, nor

fending afrer us;) it had beene favour enough: farreabovc that we were worth. Bur nor on·

ly to feQd by others, but to come Himfelfe afrerus; to fay,

Corpm aptamihi,

Ecce

venio.;

):'fal.1'b.v.

Get M' a body,

I will My felfe af.er him: this, was exceeding much. That we

fled,

and Hee

followed

us flying..

. .

.

. .

.

But yet, this, rs not all; Thrs

IS

but ro

follO>v.

He not onely followed, bot drd

1t

fo, Wttb

fuch

eagernejfe,

with fuch

earne!~nerfe,as,rhat

rs worthy a fecond confideranon. To

follow,ts

what; yet that may be done faintly, and

af~rre

off: bur

to

follow rhorow

th~c~e

and rhrn;

ra

follow hard, and nottogive over; never

to

grve over, nil he

overtake.:

that ts tt.

.

And Hcaave nor over Hispurft•it,rhoughir\vere long and labonous,and He full weary;

though it'cad"Him into a

ftve,lt,

a [wear

ofblured. Angelisflds non

pepm~t

(faith Saint

Peter,)

~

Pct.:";4,

Th~

Angels

offending, Hee!pared nQt them:

Man otfendmg Hee [pared h1m, and

to

fl'are.Hrm

(faith Saint

Pare!)

He

!pared not

His owne

Sonne

·

Nor Hts owne Sonne (pared not Hrmfdfe;

bm followed His purfuir, through

danger, diflref[e,

y~a,

through

death

1t

fdfe.

Folluwea,

and

fo followed. as notbin<>made Him le:,tve follow1ng, nll He

overtooke.

And wl;en He

halovertaken

<for thofe two ate but prefuppofed,the more kindly tobring

in the word '"'''"' "':)When (I fay) aee had

overtakmthem,

commeth in firly and proper•

ly,a.'"'"'""""· Which is nor every

taking;

not

(ufcipere,or afTumeri: But,inanum i»jicere,ar·

ripere, apprehendere;

to

feaze

up'bn it with great vehemeney, to

lay hold

on it with botlt

hands, as upon a thing,

weeare<>l~li

we have got, and

will

beloth tolergoe againe. Wee

g

know,