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ces whiclj were usual in the difieren^ ct«w* of judicature at Jerusalem. There&r* they fey, /&? Judgment, means that Cefatt" where: the Judges were three and twentyy and fcould only sentence to death by the Sword-, The Council, alludes to the Court Where the seventy Elders fate, which was the Great Sanhedrim, and could punish by stoning to Death: And that, by HellFire*, the Burning of> the greatest Malefactors in the Valleys diHimiom, is inrplred; (\> ~v-^ <-:"-^ 3vmjj3 sr-w T-t.';
That by the Words Judgment and Co«/?c/7, either different Courtis or, at least, different Punishments afe, alluded to, seems very plain; though it % difficult to assign exprefly, which they were; When our Lord foretells his own Sufferings to his *
Disciples, he mentions the several Sorts of Men that were to sit in Judgment upr on him; where it it said; From that, time Matxvi, forth, began J Es us to Jhew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the Elders, and Chief Priests, and Scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. But this means the Great Council or Sanhedrim.
~JFort. as soon as his Preaching- oai?J/&,to] bV'obscrv'd, and did, as they \ jbgugh,\ impugn the ancient Law; Thi/S j Couffli thought it a Matter worthy of their CogJohn xi. nizance. Then gathered the Chief Priest ♦7* and Pharisees a council; and said, TVb^td* we? For this man doth many miracles*-Ij •we let him thus alone, all men will believt on him: And the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. Again, Lukexx. we are told; 'thai on one os those days, as he taught the people, in the temp/e, and preached the Gospel, the Chief Priests, and Scribes came upon him, with the Elders; and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority dost thou these things, or, who is he that gave thee this authority? And when this Expedient would not serve — 20. their Turn, theysent out spies, which Jhould feign themsehes just men, that they might take hold of his words; that, so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
But this Stratagem succeeding no better than the other; and because they feared the People, who surrounded him to sec his Miracles, and hear his Doctrine; they
fter wards agreed to publish an Order, equirihg all Persons under some Penalty, vheresoever they saw him or met with lim, immediately to come and inform ;hcm of it. And, as the Pajjvver vwi then approaching, they took it for granted he would come to the Feast, and thereby furnish them with an Opportunity of getting him into their Hands. Now both the John xi. Chief Priests and Pharisees had given a *7, commandment, that if any man knew where he were, he should Jhew it, that they might take him. And this probably was accompanied with a Promise, that the Informer sliould be well rewarded.
Allur'd with" the Hopes of which, fudas, one of-his twelve Disciples, went to them and made a Proposal; that for thirty Pieces of Silver, he would discover him, in such a Manner, as effectually to put him into their Power. They covenanted with him accordingly. And, because Jesus, though he appear'd daily in publick, was continually surrounded and defended by the Multitude, his Hearers and Admirers, and therefore could not so well be apprehended, Judas undertook
orfbe^R them? ?wfeer4 ,«hey mighri fx^alifilni in his private Rcfiirement> at Nagf»tvJvh« every thing was itiiSr attd (ftjfej&i Set; 2w John J^ng with him, a band of men land vffigers, &c." from the Chief Priests and Phanijker*-u«W lanterns and torches and weapons*; he* conducted them, over the Brook Cedron, which ran close by the Walls of the City, into a suburbian Garden j where J B «/u S- r da'il often to resort, with his Disciples. rWhdte they found him, accordingly > and toofe! him, and bound him, and so hd him away. "luj t;viu? t.nid 3nt> Jot
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Now this celebrated Trial14 and Condemnation of' our1 "blessed EiO ^o^ being the most ample tnstance of any; iij'Scripture, of the Method of frbceedtn^ in the Great Council or "Sanhedrim, ' it 'wilf fee worth while to trace every \Step taken therein, from the Time of his being apprehended, to that of his Crucifixion; as they are severally related by ^tfie four Evangelists.:1o ^
i flEfheynhad him first before Annas, vilm John was Fatber-in-Law to Caiaphas, which was the High-Priest, that lame Year. ,H©, being either the Judge to whom the Writ was returnable; or a Person, in great Authority; whom the High-Priest, his Sonin-JLaw, and the Rest of the Council, had deputed to take his Examination first. Or perhaps where he was only to be detain'd, till the Council could be got together. For* we do not find thw Annas took any Cognizance of Jesus,-at that Time; but sent him, bound, unto Caiaphas the — 24. Higb-Priest -, with whom were asiembled the Chief Priests, /and the Elders, and the Scribes. This Assembly therefore was the Great Council.
The High-Driest then asked Jesus, —19. of his disciples, and of his docJrine. Jesus answer'd him, I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, •whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? Ask them •which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I have said. Upon this, one of the Officers that stood by, struck him with his Hand, faying, An