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Brazen Serpent,

a

tyke

of

Chr:Ï1.

carneftly

fought

to

be found

in fo

grèat

mercy. Againe,

Salomon

obferved that the

race

was

not

alwaies

to

the

fw

ift,nor

the

battaile

to the

flrong,nor

for

their

ftrength..

Gedeons

armie

may

be

too

many

for

God

to

give

vie`tory

by:Meaner are

to

bee

ufed, not

nulled

in;

and

whether

they bee

likely

or

unlikely,

God

will fave

his Church,

either

by

them or

without

them. Therefore

let

the

Church looke

backe

to

that

of

Mofes,

Exod.1

4.14,

The

Lord

fball fight

for

yom,and

y

ee

fhall hold

yoaar

peace.

See?.

iï.

his

Obfereatióna.

d

n0 The

eye

of

faith mull fhut

the eye

of

reafon.

3I

owne

eye,and

makes

a

brazen

Serpenr;though

ne

na

reafon

for

it.

And

the

people having

a

word

of

com-

mandement

and

promife

;

fhut

the

eye

of

eheir

reafon,

and

open the

eyes

of

their

faith, and

by

beholding

this

faape

ofa

Serpent

were

cured

;

and

found life

restored

not

by

a

thing having

li`e,but

by

a

dead

thing.

Learn

how

the

eye

offaith muß

fhut

i

p

the

eye

of

our reafon;

and

ha-

ving

ä

word

ofGod,

looke

confidently upon

it,

be

it

never fo unreafonablc

or

improbable.

There

bee

foure

things

which

a

man

hall

never attaine,

till

the

eye

of

his

faith

clofe up

the

eye

of

his reafon.

z

.

Hee

(hail

never

attaine the true knowledge

of

di-

vine things. Gods

wifcloine hath

no

greater

enemy

then

humane

wifdome

not

fan

`'tified

:

No men

hardlier

nor

feldomer converted then worldly wife

men

;

as

the

Scriptures, which

fay,

not

many

wife,

and experience

fhewes

daily.

What

wifer

men

in

the

world

then

the

Philofophers

and

Stoicks

of

Athens

?

but

when

Paul

came

to

difpute among them

of

do

&rive

of

religion, he

was

called

a

babler,

A0.

t

7.

r

8,

-what

will this

bablerfay?

and reafòning

among them

of

the

refurreion,

hee

was

derided

and mocbed,ver.32.

Was

not

Fef

n

a

wife man,

and

a

prudent

governour

?

and

yet

then

Paul

preached

I

Without

which

4.things can,

not

be

obtai.

ned.

i.The

true

knowledge

of

divine

things.

gPf.t.0%Oy6-'

it