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304

And

teacheth,

not

to

be

wea.

ry

of

manna.

The

kind

of

it.

Why

ferpents.

The

devill

fo

termcd,why.

Why

fiery

ferpents.

Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

C%ri

/1.

ll

witb

the

fcorpions

ofhis

Judgements.

3.

Beware

of

being

weary

of

manna.

Never

did

man complaine

of

plenty

of

manna,

but

was

juftlÿ flung

with

want

of

it.

Doe thou

complaine

Without

caul

,and

thou

(halt have

caufe

to

complaine. Ifrael

that

complairies

oftoo

much

manna,fhall

fhortly

change

their

note

and

cry

out

of

to

many

ferpents.

I

I.

The

kind

of

the difeafe. The

Lord

Pent

fiery

fer-

pents

tolling

them.

Where

t.

why

ferpents

?

2.

why

fiery

?

3.

why

flinging

?

I.

This

difeafe

by

ferpents lively refembles

ourdif-

eafe

of

foule,

which is

no

other then the

fiery

fling

of

the

e/dferpent,which

is

the

devih,Rev.I

z.9. Our fpiritu-

all difeafe is hence

noted

to

come

from

that

old ferpent

at

firfl.

Now

ratan

is

aptly

compared

to

a

ferpent

in

five

refpefts

:

Firft, becaufe he covered himfelfe

with

a

fer-

pent,when

he firrt flung and

deceived

mankind. Second-

ly,

he

is

more

fubtle

then

any

ferpent

;

crafty

to

infinuate

and

deceive,

2

Cori

1.3.14. Thirdly,as

a

ferpent

dwels

and lies

among

thornes,

bullies,

bryars,

and

feeds upon

du

l:fo

the devill

raignes in the

thickets

and

bullies

of

worldly

cares

and

lusts,

and

feeds upon

worldlings

ex-

ercifing his

chiefe

power

againft

them.

Fourthly,

as

a

ferpent

carts

out

of

his

mouth venirne

and poyfon

:

fo

the devill

earls

out nothing but virulent

words

again

f{

God

and

his

Saints,

and

fpewes out

after

the

Church

a

flood

of

poyfon to

drowne

her.

How

bee

blafphemed

lob, how

he

is

the

acculer

of

the

brethren,

how

of

the

head

Chrift

himfelfe, the Scripture declares. riFtly,

as a

ferpent

is

curled

above

all

beads,

is

the

devill.

The

firft

curled

creature

in

the

world

was

this ferpent

and

hath ever

fence

remained

the curfed

head

of

all

curled

rebells and

wicked

ones,

to

whole

curlody

and

con-

demnation

they

!hall

all

be

gathered

in

the

1aí}

day.../Wat.

2.4I

.goe

ye

curled, &c.

..

Why

called

fiery

ferpents

?

Ánfw.

I.

From

their