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together, in order to examine St. Peter and I St. John. And one of these Heads of Fai milies was Scæva, the Jew, and chief of the -- xix.14. Priests; whom we read of, at Ephesus.

Now, the Priesthood being, by the Law, * inseparable from the Tribe of Levi, when 11 the Law came to be abolith'd by CHRIST, * that Qualification vanilh'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 Melchisedec, and not of the Tribe of Levi, having chang'd the Priesthood, must of neceffity have made a change of the Law also. For, it is evident (says he) that our LORD sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses Spake nothing, concerning the Priesthood.

And, as there is a disanulling of the commandment going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof; as the Law is abolilh’d, with all its (now) useless Ceremonies and Sacrifices; and God, instead thereof, has declar'd that he will be worship’d, in {pirit and in truth, with a Life of Charity, springing out of faith unfeigned; fo Christ,

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instead of the Levitical, has establish'd an

other, unchangeable Priesthood? He faid to John. xx. his Disciples, As my father bath fent me, even 41,22,23. fo fend I you: Receive ye the Holy Ghoft. Who

foever fins ye remit, they are remitted un them; and whosoever firs ye retain, they are retained.

sds: mi And this is the Form now us’d, by our Bishops; who are the Succeffors of the Apostles, and to whom the Commission of CHRIST has successively descended, autho

rizing and empowering them accordingly Acts. xiv. to ordain elders (whether Bishops or Priefst

in every church; as Occafion requires. Of the proper Qualifications for this facredi

Office, They are the Judges. Nor (as our Art. xxiii. Church declares)i:" is it lawful for any

" Man to take upon him the Office of

publick Preaching, or ministring the Sadi “çraments in the Congregation, before he < be lawfully called and fent 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 send « Minifters into the LORD's VineyardA

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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 1

were all ; from the High-Priest down to the Door-keeper : as they were descended from Levi. But when God appropriated the Priesthood to Aaron and his Sons, and their Succeffors in the House of Aaron; He diftributed the Rest of the sacred Of fices to the Remainder of the Tribe of Levi: Some of whom were to attend upon and afsift the Priests, in the more laborious and servile Parts of their Function ; and the Rest (of whom we shall speak afterwards) to take care of other Duties relating to either the Tabernacle or Temple.

The former of these, are what we find emphatically stylid Levites. Let us see how the general Institution of them stands. The Numbür. LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Bring the 5. &c. tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron tbe Priest, that they may minifter, unJoe

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to him. And they hall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation, before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. And they shall 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 shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to bis fons; they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel. And thou Malt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they fall wait on their Priest's Office: And the stranger (who is not of the Tribe of Levi) that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Their Number, at that time, was Two --- 22.28. and twenty thousand and three hundred.

They were to encamp about the four Quarters of the Tabernacle, and had the respective Duties allotted them under their feve, ral Chiefs. And Levi having had three Sons, Gershon, * Kohath, and Merari, the Levites were number'd, and assign'd to their pro

per Offices, under three Divisions. The - 25. Sons of Gershon were to take charge of, the

tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof,

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and the banging for the door of the taber-
nacle; the bangings of the court, and the
curtain for the door of the court, and the
cords of it, for all the fervice thereof. The

Charge of the Kobathites was to be The ark, --- 31. e and the table, and the candlestick, and the

altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary, where

with they minifter, 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 fockets, and pins, and cords, that any
way belong'd to the tabernacle and the court
thereof. And when there was a Neceflity
of removing it, each of these Divisions
took to pieces, and carried off those Parts
of the Tabernacle, which were thus affign'd
to them: And, were so dispos’d in their
Encampment, as to be each as near as con-
veniently they could to their respective
Charges.

SECT: XII.
The Consecration of the LEVIT ES.
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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