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IOW

Holy

things,

types

©f

Chris,

ordinances,

would wonder

what the Lord

meant

to

en-

joine

fo

many,

and (as

reafon

would

judge)

fo

needleffe

inilitutions

to

his

owne

people;

of

which

they

can

make

nothing

by

curfory,

carfe

by

confederate

reading.

And

hence

(

whereas the

Jews were

fo

fuperilitioufly

obfervant

of

the bookes

of

/tops,

as

that they

had at

their

fingers

endsa

great

num'er

not

of

the

precepts

onely,

but

of

the letters

and

pricks

of

every

booke

and

chapter

:

)

Chriflians

(

unleffe it be

in

point

of

hiftory

)

alrnoft

relec`t

the books

of

c2lofes

;

not for

their

credit

and

truth,

but

for

their utility

and

Life,

as

not

touching

them.

But to him

that readeth

and

confidereth will

ap-

Vie

of

lell

peace

:

1.

How

truely

our

Saviour

affirmeth

(

Job.e.

leg

alt

that

Mofes

w

ote of

him

:

partly

by

promilés and

ceremonies.

prophecies, and partly

cefcribing him

in

figures

and

fha-

dews

;

fo

as,

had the

Jews

beleeved

c

tofes,

they had

alfa

beleeved in him

:

But rejecting

Mofes

(not

in

the

general!;

for

generally they beleeved

him,

and magni-

fied

him

as

their

greateft

Prophet

:

but)

in

the

fpeciall

prophecies

and promífes concerning

the

individual_l

perfon of

Chrift

;

therefore

they

could

not

beleeve in

jefus

Chrift.

2.

How

aptly

and wifely

the

moil

wife

God

did

accommodate himfelfe

to

this

people,inloding

them

with

fo

many

burdenforne ceremonial!

conflituti-

ons,

and

yet

not

one

of

them in

vaine.

For,

r,

Con-

fider

the nature

of

the

people

;

it

was

rude

and

dull, and

needed

corporali and external!

elements and

rudiments

tohelpe

them.

Befides

it

was

not

onely

naturally

fttper-

ititious, and

addiaed to

idolatry

:

but

had

lived

fome

Centuries

of

yeares in

Egypt,

and

was

infeeted

with

E-

gyptian

rites.

And

further, they

were now to

goe

into

the land

of

the

Canaanites,and

were

in

danger

to

learne

their

fa(thions,

Dent. 4.

16

:

And

therefore

the

Lord

would

prefcribe

to their

whole

life

(

both

in facred

and

civili things

)

abundance

of

Ceremonies

;

whereby their

fettles

fhould

be

exercifed,

their

faith

excited, their

obe-

dience

201

------

FitneiTc

to

the

Jews

nature.