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306

Brazen Serpent,

a

type

of

Orig.

(Ephef.

6.

i

6..)

for

three

reafons.

i

.

From the

man

-

ner

and

cuflome

of

fouldiers

in

times

paf}

which

call:

poifoned darts,

the

poifon

of

which

inflamed the

woun-

ded

bodies, and made the

wounds

incurable.

As

now

many

out

of

deíperate

malice poifon

their

weapons

and

bullets

to

make fure

with

their

enemy

:

So

loth

Satan

by

all

meanes

poifon

his

darts

to

(peed

the Chrif}ians

foule.

z.

Becaufe

as

fiery

darts they inflame

and

kin-

dle

in

the heart

all

manner

of

burning

luf

}s

and finnes,

one

of

them being

but

as

a

fparke or firebrand to

kindle

another.

3.

Becaufe

they leave

for moft part

a

caute-

rized

and

feared confcienee behind

them,

as

if

they

were

burnt

with

an

hot iron, which

makes the

firmer

flung

fenílefi'e

of

his

wound. Whence

is

another miferabïe

difference

hetweene

the

flung

lfraelite,

and

the

flung

finner.

The former

was alwayes

felt

with

griefe and

paine

:

but

this often

not

felt, and fo

more defperate.

Thirdly,the

effect

of

this

flinging was

death

in

many.

And

the

effe

a

of

fanne

is

death

in

all.

The flung Iíra-

elite

had

death

in

his

bofome,

and no

other could

be ex-

peeled

:

fo

the guilty

firmer

is

flung

to

death.

In

his

na-

ture

is

every

man

the

Conne

of

death, and

can

expel

nothing

but death every

moment.

And

as

the

flung

per

-

fon

in

the

wilderneffe had

no

meanes

in

himfelfe

nor

from others,to

avoid

either

the ferpent

or

death

from

it,

till

God

appointed them the

brazen

ferpent

:

So

the

pnore (inner

was

deflitute

of

all

helpe in himfelfe and

others,

till

the

Lord

appointed

jefu.s

Chrifl

the promi-

Ced

feed, to

breake

the

ferpents head. There

liven

no

name

elfe, whereby

msft

be

faved,A

.g.

t

2.

Firfl note

hence,

how

deceitful) are

the

p!eafiires

of

finne.

It

is

as

a

fweet

poifon

:

Io6 20.1

2.

fweet

in

the

mouth,but

poifon

in

the bowels.

What

wife

man

would

drink

a

draught

ofpoifon

for

the

fweet

tafle

of

it

?

Wic-

ked

men

hold

fanne as

a

fweet

morfell

:

but

Cower fauce

fdllowes

it.

Secondly;

3

The

rnortóiI

effed

of

it.

b/'ervgtio4

..

: