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Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

Chrifl.

and

fo

they conquer, Iudg.7.

17.

When

God

is

to

foyle

that

mighty Giant

Goliah,

a

warriour fromhis

youth,who.

alone(at

the fight

of

him)

made

all

Ifrael run

away,

I

Sam.

r

7.14

;

he choofeth

not

a

man

of war

and

prowefs,but

a

poore fhepheard,D avid,

a

boy

as

Saul

calls

him,ver.33.

and hee

not armed

with

fword

and

fpeare

as

Goliah

was

,

but

with

a

fling

and

a

fcrip

and

five

(tones

;

with

which

when

he

had over

-

throwne him,he borrowed

his owne

fword

to

cut off

his

head.

Thefe

inflañces

in

(lead

of

many

may

ferve to fhew

Gods ordinary

cuftome

and

delight

to

effect

the

grea-

teft

matters

by

weakeft meanes, and

to

advance his

own

power

in

weakeneffe.

This

dottrine

may

be

fruitfully applyed

to

our prefent

times, in which

wee

fee

fuch

tumults

ray

fed againft

the

I

Church;fuch

infolencies

of

the

enerny,fuch hopes,yea

&

triumphs

before victory.

if

God

give

his

Church

a

check,and

his

people

receive

a

foyle,oh

how

the

enemy

laughs, and boafis, and blafphemes

as

if

all

were theirs

;

But

let

us

rayfe

our

faith and confidence

in

confidering

thsfe

grounds.

i

.

God

can

and

doth often worke

by

unlikely and

contrary

meanes.

When

he

was

to

multiply Abrahams

feed

as

the

fbrres

of

heaven,

he

begins his

prornife

with

that precept

;

Abraham

take thy fonne,thy

onely

forane,

and

flay

him

in

facrifice.

What

feemed more diametrally

or

direaly

contrary

to this

prornife,

yet

hindred not but

furthered

it

?

a.

Gods word

and

promife for the

prefent

caufes

of

the Church

fhall be

accornplifhed

either

with

meanes

or without them,

yea

agarnft

them.

God

bath deter-

mined,

and

in

his

word

foretold the

fall

of

Antichrift,

and

deftruîion

ofliabilon

Ifa.6 ^.I

z, the kin dome -that

will

not

ferve

the

Lord,

jl

alhe

dcjßroyed,

much more that

Á

Kingdome

which

is

moll

oppofite

to

the Lord,as

this

s.

3'3

Vfcfull to

us

ira

thefe

times.

Grounds

foi

faith in

thefe

troubles

of

the

Churches.