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before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him ivith burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old t •will the Lord be pleased with thousands as rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oyl? Shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body, for the fin of my foul? No, by no means; nor can any Ignorance of this fort be justly pleaded; for the Answer is, He hathjhewed thee, O man, what is good. And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? And, in support of this great Truth, the new Testament ecchoes to the old; even out of the Mouths of those who were not yet thorough Converts to Christ's Doctrine. For even one of the j^rlc Scribes could fay, for a Man, To love God xii. 33' with all the hearty and with all the understanding, and with all the foul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself is more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. Upon which, J Es us saw that\he answered discreetly, and said unto him, Thou art not far frtm the kingdom of God. . ,-_ ,:;
r Such gracious Intimations was God,
Moses himself clearly foresaw and foretold this; tho' he had been so intirely instrumental in delivering to them the ritual Institution of Sacrifices. For he tells the Israelites, The Lo R D thy God Dent, will raise up unto thee a prophet, from the £^UK lfr midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye Jhall hearken. According to all that thou defiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb, in the day of the assembly, saying, O 2 Let
Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God; neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a prophet, from among their '' brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouths and he shall speak unto them, all that I pall command. Him. And it Jhall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words, which He jhall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
Here God commends this Request of the People, as rational and right; it was according to the Divine Will, and He is resolvrd, in due Time, to comply with them. Which he accordingly did ; by sending the Son, the second Person of the Godhead, to be born of a Woman, of one of rheir own Tribes; that so, concealing the Divinity under the Form of Humanity, he might dictate the Will of the Father, in the most familiar easy manner, and instruct without terrifying.
For, (to pursue this seasonable Digression a little further) If the Mosaical Dispensation were the intire Will of God> and
as such, to abide for ever; while they observ'd that, there could be no Occasion for them to receive further Instruction from any Prophet whatever; nor did any of the mere Prophets, who arose after Moses (but not one like unto him, whom the Lord Deut. knewface to face) pretend to teach any new **xlV' Doctrine, or give another Institution, different from what they had before j but only to exhort them to the Observance of the old one. But when, in the Fulness of Time, C Hri S T was come into the World, and had begun to promulge his new Com- ^xfit mandment, of universal Charity, a Voice from a bright cloud upon the mount, without the Terror of Thunders and Lightnings, pronoune'd; This is my belovedson in whom ^at' I am well pleased, hear ye Him. XM''
Christ, accordingly, refers the unbelieving yews to the Testimony Moses had given of himj fays He, Do not think that j0hn ^ I will accuse you to the father: there is one 45 • that accufethyou, even Moses, in whom ye trufl. For, had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of pte.
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And his Disciples followed him with such a view, even before he had made this
Johni. Declaration. Philip tells Nathanael; We have found Him, of whom, Moses in the Law, a id the Prophets did 'write, J E s us of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. The same Notion the multitude entertain'd of him, when he fed and fiWd about five thousands with jive barley- loaves and two small fishes;
14. "even those /»(?#, (however ignorant and vulgar they might be in Comparison with the Chief-Priests, the Scribes, and Pharisees, who were profess'd Doctors of the Law) when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is, of a truth, that Prophet that Jhould come into the world.
And when the Time was come, that he mould return to the Father, He gave it in Commission to his Apostles, that they
Mat. should go and teach all nations the true way of worshiping God, and consequently of attaining everlasting Happiness.
Joh. xx. As my father bath sent me, even so fend I
V' you: to publish to the whole World the glad Tidings of Salvation, by exprefly declaring to them the perfect, eternal and unchangeable Will of God.