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Firít

born,

types

'of

Chrifi.

brethren,

arad

were chiefe

in

office

and

authority,

rulers

in

the

houle after

their

fathers,

and

Priefts

in

the

family,

before

the

Leviticall

order

was

eftablifhed. Gen.27.29.

I

when

Ifaac

bleffed Iacob for

Efau,

fuppofing,

hire the

firft borne,

one

part

of

it

was

:

Be Lord

over thy

brethren,

and

let

all

thy

mothers children

honour thee.

So

all

the

(heaves muft,bowe

to

Iofepha.

And

Gen.

49.8.

when

Jacob

bleffeth

Iudah,

this

is

added

as

his

right

:

Thyfa-

thers

fonnes¡hall

Bowe

donne unto

thee.

Herein

they'were

fpeciall

types

of

Chrift;

who

in

all

things

muff

have the

preheminence

as

firft

in

time,

in

order,

in

precedency,

firft

in

the

excellency

and

dignity

of

his

perfon.

Of

whom,

comming into the

world,

was

Paid

:

Let

all

the

Angels

of

God

wor¡hip

him.

And for

glory

and

authority

he

fits

on

his

fathers

throne, the

onely

King

of

kings,

who

bath

a

name

above

all

names.

Phil.

2.9. And Heb. z.

9.

we

fee Iefus crowned

with

glory

and

honour,

the head

of the

myfticall

body, the

Prince and

head

ofall

his

bre-

thren.

And befides

he

is

the high

Prieft

of

our

profeffi-

on,

by

offering up himfelfe

a

facrifice

for

us.

Thus

Chrift

is

firft

in

order,

in

glory,

in

Priefihood.

I

V. The

firft

borne

had

a double portion

in

goods,

Deut.2i

17. Signifying

i.

The plenitude

of

the fpirit

&

grace

in

Chrift, who

was

anointed

wich

oyle

of

glad-

neffe

above

all

his

fellowes.

2.

The preheminence

òf

Chrift

in his glorious inheritance,advanced

in glory and

majefty incomprehenfible

by all

creatures.

I.

Out

of

the

occafion

of

the Law

Of the

firft

borne,

learne,

that

the

more

God doth

for

any

man,

the

more

he

ought

to

conceive

himfelfe

to

be

the Lords, and the

more

right

and

intereft

the

Lord challengeth

in

him.

For

therefore the

first

borne

were

his by

a

fpeciall

right,

becaufe he

had

not

onely

delivered them out

of

Egypt,

as

others

;

but

from

the

fpeciall plague

of

Egypts

firft

borne.

Speciall

mercies

call

for

fpeciall

fervice..

More

mercies

are more bonds

of

obedience. And uew

mercies

are

95

yorweeer07/MWd

Heb,

r.6.

4.

Pfal.45,7.

J

Çe.

I.

Every mercy

is

the greater en-

gagement

unto

God.