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Cloud

4nd

Fire,types

of

Chri7t

wall

and

defence

of

the Church,

the

4trongeft

munition,

and

will not

Puffer

the /Egyptian

arrnyes

to

come

neere

the

Ifraelites

to

hurt or deftroy

them,

but onely

to

exer-

cife

them,

and

drive them

more hailily

to God

for

fafe-

ty,

and

to

Canaan

For

reft.

This

is

a

lure comfort,

when

we know that

all

the

enemies ofgrace,Papifts,apoflates,

recufants,

drunkards,

(corners

and

Atheifls

reach

at

us

to

hurt

and

hinder

us

in our

way,this

cloud (hall make

them

further

us.

I V.

The Cloud

was

a=

powerfull guide,

ftrengthning

Ifrael, weakning

and

difccmforting

all

the

power

of

Egypt; powerfully

and miraculoufly

opening the

red

fea

for

a

paffage

to

the

one, and

(hutting

it for

the

others

perdition. Our

Lord

j

E

sus

is

a

potent guide,the

Mi

chael

and Captaine

of

Gods

Armies,

getting

himfelfe

a

name upon

Pharaoh

and his

forces, difcomfiting and

de-

ftroying

all

adverfary

power

of

our faivation,

perfeEly

conquering

for

us all

the powers

of

daikneffe,

and

tri-

umphing

upon

all

the

externall enemies

that

purfue his

people,and making

them the daft of

his

footfloole.

Be-

fides

that,

this cloud

powerfully

opens

the

red

Pea,

and

makes

a

way for

the Saints

through

a

lea

of

afflictions.

'z

Oh

the fweet

comfort

hence,

both

in

the view

ofthe

trouble

of

the

Church

in

generali,

befet

with

fo

many

huge armies

of

Antichrift and

his

adherents

;

as

alió

in

fence

of

our

owne

particular tryalls

!

Both whole

and

parts are

under

this

pow

erfull

cloud.

V. The Cloud

was

a

comfortable

guide,a cooling

co-

vering Cloud

:jefus

Chrifl

is

the

weil,yea and

fea

ofcon-

folation

:

without

whom

is

nothing

but fcorching

heat,

which would

burne

up

and conlume

the Church.

But

he

cooles

the

fire

of

his

Fathers

wrath

for

us,

he

cooles

the

fiery

darts

of

Satans

temptations,

and quencheth

them

in

us;he refrefheth

and

cheereth

us

in

the

funne

of

perfecu-

tion andafflietions

which

fatan and his

infiruments

dle againft

us

;

he

is

our

onely

(hadow

for the

heat,

and

a

cover