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thee, and put my words in his mouth.? Is it not evident that this new prophet was to do that in a familiar gentle way, which God himself did in the mount surrounded with majesty and terror ? And was not that the giving of the law ? To apply this promise to any thing else is making it to have no relation to the request on which it was granted. The people liked Moses's ordinary way of prophesying to them so well, that they desired he might be employed to deliver God's laws to them in the same manner that he delivered God's other commands: the request related therefore merely to the manner of God's giving his law, They were under no uneasiness at his method in conveying prophecies to them; and consequently the promise of God must relate to the giving of a law to his people by one to be raised up among themselves, and not merely to a succession of prophets, about which the people were in no distress.
Lastly, if we inquire from historical evidence after the completion of this prophecy, we shall find that it did most punctually agree to the character of our blessed Saviour, and not to any other prophet, either before or after him : all the prophets of the Old Testament saw visions, and dreamed dreams; all the prophets of the New were in the same state. St. Peter had a vision, St. John saw visions, St. Paul had visions and dreams; but Christ himself neither saw visions, nor dreamed a dream, but had intimate and immediate communication with the Father; he was in the Father's bosom, he and no man else had seen the Father, was one with the Father, and had the fulness of the Godhead in bim. Let any man now seriously consider this : Moses and Christ are the only two, in all the sacred history, who had this communication with God : the likeness to Moses is said directly to lie in this, of seeing God face to face. Can the promise then of raising a prophet like unto Moses be possibly applied to any other person than Christ Jesus ? The other part of the parallel needs not to be insisted on; that Christ was a lawgiver will be easily admitted on all hands. But the execution of the threat annexed to this prophecy, is too remarkable to be passed over in silence; it has been literally fulfilled on the whole nation; every man who considers the state of the Jews from the rejection of Christ to
this day, must own that this part of the prophecy at least has been punctually verified.
This prophecy and many others seem, as I observed, intended for the Jews principally, to prepare them betimes for the reception of a new lawgiver, and to intimate to them that the Mosaic covenant was not to be perpetual.
Thus have I gone through the several periods of prophecy under the Old Testament, and endeavored to show the main design and use of it, opening a way to a fair and impartial consideration of the particular prophecies relating to each period. I conceived it seasonable, at a time when the argument from prophecy was exposed to open ridicule, to suggest some proper observations on the subject for the assistance of serious minds disposed to consider; to throw in one mite as an offering to the love of Christ and his gospel, in which I hope to live and to die,
II, THE SENSE OF THE ANCIENTS BEFORE CHRIST ON
THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE FALL. WITH AN APPENDIX.
III. THE BLESSING OF JUDAH, GEN. XLIV,
IV. CHRIST'S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.