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AmmENNUMMIr

30g

A

brazen

rev-

pent, not

gol.

den :

five

reafons.

4'.irn eizuúlaU

144

glo,

i.e

er.

Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

Chri/$.

meanes.

So

God

himfelfe

fo

loved the

world

that

hee

gave

his

onely

begotten

Sonne,&c.

Ioh.3,,

6.

This way

ofremedy

and

cure could

bee no devife

of

man

nor

An-

gel. For,

r.

The

Angels

Rand

flill

admiring

and

ama-

zed

at

it,r.Pet.

r.1

z. z.

Men

without

a

firperiour tea-

cher cannot

conceive it

,

1.

Cor.

z.

14.

much

leffe

in-

vent

it.

Secondly,

the thing appointed,

a

ferpent

of

braffe,

refcmbling

Chrifl

in

the

natter

and

the forme.

T.

The

matter

was of' brafle, not

gold,

for

five

rea-

fons.

I.

God

ties

not

himfelfe

to

the

excellency

of

meanes,

but

by

weake

and unlikely meanes

effeas

his

great

works

:

And

therefore

that which

had

no

power

of

cure

in

it felfe

muflcure

and heale,

that

the

worke

may be

knowen

to

be his

and not the meanes.

z. The

lower

and

baler

the

meanes are,

the

better

may the

I

fra-

elites

be

led

through

them,

and

fo

beyond

them.

It

was

not

the will

of

God

that

they

fhould

ref}

in

the

brazen

ferpent,

which

had

no

power

of

cure

;

but through

it

bee led by

faith

vnto

the

Mefliah,

who

onely

could

cure

them.

3.

Though

it

was

of

braffe,

yet

it was

ftrong

:

and

fignified

jefus

Chrifl,

how

weake foever

in

mens

eyes

;

yet

was

hee, firil

the

mighty

and

flrong

God,

fe-

condly

powerful'

and

able

to deliver

his

people,

thirdly

moll

invincible

and

potent alto

againfl

all

his

enemies,

he

is

a

wall

of

braffe,

and

his

flrength

is

as

the

firength

of

braffe,

Reteel.

I.

15.

4.

Being

of

braffe

as

it

was

thong

fo

was it

fhining

and

bright

:

fignifying

Chrift

in

refpec`I

of

his

divine

and

eternall generation,

truely

(Li-

ning

and glorious. Hee

was

the brightneffeof

his

Fa-

ther,

Heb. 1.3.

the

very brightneffe

of

the

glory

of

God;

excelling

all

the

Angels in

heaven,

in

their cleared

glory

and

brightneffe,

Revel.

I.

16. 5.

As

that

ferpent fo

íhined

that the Ifraelites might

look

upon

it,

and

their

eyes

not

dazled

:

fo

this

great glory was

fo vailed by

his

flefh

and

humility

as

we

the

Ifrael

of

God

might

behold

it,