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Ire.

4.

Forfeit

tint

the

birthright

by

lin.

Fire

born,

types

of

Chrz1.

unto

God.

So Exòd. 4.2

2.

Ifrael

zs

my

firft

borne,

that

is,

deare

unto tne,

as

the

fief}

borne,

commonly

are dea-

ref}

to

their

Parents.

Ifrael,before

his

receiving

into the

Covenant,

was the wort}

ofail people,

and

(Mallett

in

it

îelfe,and

in

Gods

eyes,Deur.7.and 9.4.

But

afterwards

being (in

the right

of

the

Meflîah)

Gods

firft

borne,be-

came

deare

to

him

as

the

apple

ofhis

eye.

Now

what

a

joy

is

it to

the

beleeving

foule

to

fee

God

a

father

looke

towards

it

as a

father to his firft borne

?

So

fareth

it

now

with

us,

being

fo

made

inChrift.

3.

Com-

fort.

God

takes notice,

and

revengeth

all

the wrongs

done to

the

Saints,

becaufe they

are his

firft

borne.

Let

h:gypt

offer

injury ro

Gods

firft

borne,

God

will

fay,

Slay

every

firft

borne

of

man

and

beaft

in

/Egypt;

let

them

fee,

in

the puni(htnent,

their

finite.

For

can

a

ten-

der

father

fee' an

arme or

a

legge

of

his

fir/}

borne

cut

off?

Would it

not go to

his

heart to

fee

him

difinembred?

And can

the

Lord

jefus

endure any wrongs and cruelties

done

to his members,

and

this

not pierce

his

bowels?

A

man

may

fornetime

fee

his

child

in

want,

and

corren

his

fir/}

borne

for his

farther good,

fend him to

bee

fchooled

and

trayned

in

fome courfe under

a

fharpe

difcipline

;

but

to

fee

him

wounded,

to

fee

him bleed,

caft

off,troden under

fee-,

he

cannot endure

:

No more

the Lord.

Let

no

man, never

fo

great, dare

to

wrong the

godly; for

he will

rebuke

Kings for

their

fakes.

I V.

Seeing

in

Chrift

the

firft

borne

wee attaine

the

birthright;

let

every Chriftian

beware

of

prophane-

neffe, and

pairing

away his

birthright

as

Efns,

who fold

his

birthright

for pottage,

Heb.

ì

z

.16,and therefore

called

prophase.

So

doe

they

that exchange fpirituall things

for

temporal!,

earth

for heaven.

As

many,

who

pretend

a

part

in

Chrift

;

but

in Efseus

language fay

:

Give

me my

pottage,

my

fiver

my

honour, my

profit,

my pleafure,

let

them take

their religion, their

preaching,

praying,

and precifenefte,

a

bird

in

hand

is

worth

two

in

the

bulb.

er.MuNIINNI