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of the High-Priest, are said, to be gathered together, in order to examine St. Peter and 6t. John. And one of these Heads of Families was Scava, the Jew, and chief of the --xxa.n. Priests; whom we read of, at Ephefus.

Now, the Priesthood being, by the Lawt inseparable from the Tribe of Levi, when the Law came to be abolisli'd by Christ, that Qualification vanish'd along with it. This St. Paul expresly asserts and explains in his Epistle to the Hebrews. He shews, Heb. vii. that Christ our High-Priest, after the Order of Melchifedec, and not of the Tribe of Levi, having chang'd the Priesthoods must of necessity have made a change of the Law also. For, it is evident (fays he) that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing, concerning the Priesthood.

And, as there is a difanulling of the com* mandment going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof; as the Law is abolish'd, with all its (now) useless Ceremonies and Sacrifices; and God, instead thereof, has declar'd that he will be worship'd, in spirit and in truth, with a Life of Charity J fringing put of faith unfeigned; so Christ, T 4 instead

instead of the Levitical, has establish'd another, unchangeable Prie/lbood. He said to John. xx. his Disciples,^ my ffiber bath sent me, erven H>Z2>2}-fo fend I you: Receive yetbeHoly Ghost. Whosoever fins ye remit, they are renxit2i£^riktQ them; and whosoever Jim ye retain, ghe^^ei retained.

And this is the Form now usrd, by oor Bishops; who are the Successors of the A*postlcs, and to whom the Commission of Ch Rist has successively descended* authorizing and empowering them accordingly

Acts. xiv. to ordain elders (whether Bijhops or Priefis.)

*s- in every church -, as Occasion requires. Of the proper Qualifications for this /acred Office, They are the Judges. Nor '(as -oa^

Art xxiii. Church declares) "is it lawful for any ?! Man to take upon him the Office of "publick Preaching; or ministring the Sa.«? eraments in the Congregation, before he *' be lawfully called and sent to execute "the fame. And those, we ought to judge "lawfully called and sent, which be chosen "and called to this Work, by Men who "have publick Authority given unto them, "in the Congregation, to call and fend 2 Ministers into the Lor D's Vineyard*/!*A

.Next-to the Priests were the Levites, properly so call'd, by way of Distinction from the Rest of the Ministers of the Sanctuary. Levites, in one Sense, they were all; from the High-Priest down to tbfi Door-deeper: as they were descended scorn Levi. But when God appropriated tfa&Priesthood to Aaron and his Sons, and ffieir Successors in the House of Aaron; He distributed the Rest of the sacred Ok fices to the Remainder of the Tribe of Levi: Some of whom were to attend upon and assist the Trie/Is, in the more laborious and servile Parts of their Function; and the Rest {of whom we (hall speak afterwards) to take care of other Duties relating to either the tabernacle or 'temple.

The former of these, are what we find emphatically styl'd Levites. Let us fee how the general Institution of them stands, the NunA.nL Irt* R vspake unto Moses, faying, Bring the 5-*«• tribe of Levi near, and present them before AaronsPriest., that they may minister un

to him. And they pall keep his charge, and

the charge of the whole congregation, before

the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the

service of the tabernacle. And theyjhall keep

all the instruments of the tabernacle of the

congregation, and the charge of the children

of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

And thou Jhalt give the Levites unto Aaron

and to his sons; they are wholly given unto

him out of the children of Israel. And thou

jhalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they

shall wait on their 'Pries s Office: And the

franger (who is not of the Tribe of LeviJ

that cometh nigh jhall be put to death.

Their Number, at that time, was Two — 22. *8. and twenty thousand and three hundred, A- 39- They were to encamp about the four Quar* ters of the Tabernacle, and had the respective Duties allotted them under their /eve^ ral Chiefs. And Levi having had three Sons, Gerjhon, *Kohath, and Merari, the Levites were number'd, and affign'd to their proper Offices, under three Divisions. The m 25. Sons of Gerjhon were to take charge of the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof

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and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle; the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the courtr and the cords of it, for all the service thereof The Charge of the Kohatkites was to be 'The urfy-r-'n, and the table, and the candle/lick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary, ivherefwith they minister ^ and the hanging, and all the service thereof And the Descendents from Merari were to have The custody and~- 36, charge of the boards, and bars, and pillars, and sockets, and pins, and cords, that any way belong'd to the tabernacle and the court thereof. And when there was a Necessity of removing it, each of these Divisions took to pieces, and carried off those Parts ©f the Tabernacle, which were thus assign'd to them: And, were so dispos'd in their Encampment, as to be each as near as conveniently they could to their respective Charges.

SECT. XII.

'The Consecration of the Lev It Es.

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Nor were, even these, to enter upon their Office, without a previous Consecration, as it were preparing and fitting them thereto.

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