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274

Gods

patience

and love,

to

be

noted.

Manna,a

type

of

Chr,/1.

giving both

the

typicall

and the true

manna

from hea-

ven.

Then hee

pleafed

to give

the

manna

to

Ifrael,

I.

When

Ifrael

had

great

need of

Gods

helpe, and

had

no

power to

helpe

themfelves, when

they

were

even

ready to

flarve

:

Even

fo

when the Church

was in

ex-

treme need

of

Chrif

},and

altogether

helpleffe

in herfelf,

it

pleafed

God

to

give

his

Sonne

from

heaven

to

fave

and

refre(h

her.

Which the

Apoflle

notes,

Rom

5-.6.

For

Chrit

when

we were

yet

of

no

fizrengtb,

art

hu

time

died

for

the

ungodly.

z.

Then

God

gave

Ifrael manna,

when

Ifrael

(

murmuring

)

had

deferved

nothing but

wrath

and

vengeance

;

when

they could

looke

for

no-

thing

but

fire

from

heaven,

hee

gives

them

food from

heaven, and

fuch

food

as

was

Angels food,

fweet

as

honey Oh

what

a

tender

NurCe

is

the Lord

become

to

a

froward

people

?

hee will flill the frowardneffè

of

his

firft borne

rather

with

the

breaft

then

with

the

rod

:

Even

fo

when

by

our hatefull

finnes

of' many

forts

wee

could

neither deferve nor

expea

any

thing but revenge

from

heaven,

God

fent

his

Sonne

from

heaven,

the true

manna and

bread

of

life,

who

hach

more

fweetne.ffe in

him

then

the honey combe

;

which

one

gift fweetneth

all

bleffings,

which

elfe

had

beene fo

many

curies.

For

what

had

the

Ifraelites deliverance,

viaory,

lives been

worth

in

the wilderneffe

without

food and

manna,

which

kept

them

in

life

and

firength

?

Even

fo

had

all

our

outward

ble

fl

ings

been

to

us

(

without

jefus

Chrifl)

onely

a

lingring

death

and

mifery. Oh

who

would

deale

thus

with

his

enemy, but bee that bath

au

Ocean

of

mer-

cy

?

Which the

fame Apoflle

(in

the

fame

Chapter

ver.

8

)

leadeth

us

unto

;

where

hee magnifieth and

height

-

nethGods

love

unto

us

;

that,

while

wee

were

yet

'inners,

Chaff

died

for

us,yea

while

we were

yet

enemies(ver.

i

o.)

he

fent

us

this

manna,

by

whom

he reconciled himfelfe

unto

us.

ILet

this confideration

be of ufe

:

x..

To flirre

up

in

us

t.