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Cloud

and

Fire,

types

ofChhrit.

(as

the pillar

of

fire)

to

enlighten

it,and

dire& it

to

Cana-

an.

2.

The Church

is

that bulb

which

burner

with

fire,but

is net

confumed;Exod.

3.

z,

The

members

of

this

Church

are

not

chaff

and stubble,

bat

pure

metall,

the

longer in the

fire

the better

tryed,

and

the

purer.

3.

There

is

no

Pillar

of

fire

in

the Church

without the

pil-

lar

ofcloud

:

God

mingleth

his

correftions

with

conib-

lations,and

in

judgement

remembreth

mercy.

4.

Na-

ture

muff

runne

out

of

her

(elfè

to doe

homage

to

her

Creator.

Fire

muff

ceafc

to

burn

at

his

word,Dan.3.27.

The

fire

burnt only

the

bonds

of

the

three children,

but

not their bodies

:

it

not

onely

raves

their

lives,

but

fets

them at

liberty, being

cast

in

bound.

5.

The po-

wer

efGod

makes

all

the creatures

ferviceable

to

his

Church

;

the

love of'

God to

his

Church

makes

them

comfortable,

and

the

prefence

ofGt9d

with

his

Church

makes

them

profitable

as the

preferce

of

the

Angell

in

the

burn

:

the prefence

ofa

fourth (like

the Sonne

of

God)

in

the

furnace,

Dan

3.

and the

Pillar

of

fire

was

a

figue

of

the

prefence of-God in

it,

who

made

a

pillar

of

dreadfull

and

unmercifull

fire

a

great mercy to his people,

yea

and

moftbeneficiall.

6.

The wifedome

of

God

can

put

understanding into these

fenfeleffe

creatures

to

diflin-

guifh

betweene

an

Ifraëlite

and

an

Egyptian.

The

fire

(hall

give

light

to

the

lfraëlites,and deny

it

to

the/Egyp-

tians.

The

sea

(hall

give

way

to

(frad,

but

That

up

the

way to

Egypt.

The

cloud fhall

hide, cover,

and

com-

fort

the

Ifraelites,but

deny

it

to

the Egyptians. The

fire

f

(,all

come out

and

destroy the

Capptaines

and their

fif-

ties,and

fend

them

to hell,but

aChariot

of

fire

Thal

hoyfe

Eliah

ro

heaven.

Make

use

of

this

observation

for

the

prefent;in

the greatefi dangers

remembrinr that gracious

promife/fa.43.

z.

when

thou

pafcf

through

the

fire

I

will

be

with thee,and it

shall

not burne

thee,

no

more then

the

Pillar did the

Ifraeiites.

Doe the

enemies

come

out

againft

us

as

firong

as

Pillars,

as

furious

and

fiery as

fire

it

felfe

?

Never