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A. D.63. 4 For he spake in of the Creation he is said to have
a certain place of the rested from his Work *. And when Gon. ü. seventh day on this the Psalmift (Pfal. xcv.) mentions
wise, And God did the Entrance into God's Reft ; it is rel the seventh Day indeed, so far as it refers to the Jews from all his works.
5 And in this place in the Wilderness, meant of their again, If they "Thall entering into the Land of Canaan, enter my reft.
as a Ref from their Travels in the 6 Seeing therefore Wilderness, resembling that of God's it remaineth that some Resting from his Creation : But, as must enter therein, and it relates to the Jews of his own they to whom it was Time, to whom Ďavid spoke them, firit preached, entered it must have a Higher Meaning than not in because of un- the Rest of Canaan, which those belief :
Murmurers loft by their Infidelity. 7 Again, he limiteth
7, 8 & 9. For as that Exhortation a certain day, saying of David, Not to harden the Hearts in David, to day, af
was directed to the People, then livter so long a time ; as is said, To day if
ing, who had for a long Time been will hear his voice, pofleffed of the Land of Canaan, harden not your hearts. into which yofbua brought their Fore
8 For if Jesus had fathers ; The Rest of God proposed given them reft, then to Them could not be That, but must would he not after- fignify a future State of Heavenly ward have spoken of Happiness; the same that the Gospel another day. promiseth to us Christians.
9 There remaineth
10. Nor indeed could the Hap-
piness and Reward of a true Servant from his own works, God's Reft from all his Work, unless as God did from his.
it be a Finaland Compleat Deliverance from all the Labours and Troubles of this Life.
ir Let us labour I. Strive therefore to attain this therefore to enter into Perfeet State of Felicity, and not that reft, left any man lose it by Apostacy, as the Israelites fall after the same ex
did their Canaan,
12 & 13. And
12 For the word
12 & 13. And confider, how ex- 4.D, 63. of God is quick and quisitely Wise, All-knowing, and powerful, and sharper terribly Powerful this Jesus, the Son than any * two-edged and Word of God is : That there is sword, piercing even to the dividing asunno Way to conceal your Cowardise der of foul and spirit, and Hypocrisy from him, the Searchand of the joints and 'er of Hearts; who is both
Promises and Threatnings) when due
14 Seeing then that 14. Look on him, and adhere to
and, by his Exaltation into Heaven,
is become your powerful and con
stant Intercesor with God. 15 For we have not 15. Embrace him, as a far more an high + priest which able and sufficient High Priest than + Cbap. i. cannot be touched with the Mosaical one could be ; as in all 17. . 1, firmities; but was in other Respects, so particularly in this, all points tempted like That he has not only perfećt Power as we are, yet with. to help and assist you, but is one that
must be most compassionately wil
ling, and free to do it; as having Himself been exposed to Sufferings, and felt the Miseries of Human Life, as you do, only with this Difference, that those Miseries We feel, are the Result of Sin, while He suffered in pure and unspotted Innocence. I
1 Cbap. vii.
26. 1 Job. ii. 16. Relying , 2.
See Rev. i. 16. and ii. 12, 16. and xix. 13, and 15. with my Paraphrafe on those Paffages. And let the Reader compare the Notes of the learned Mr. Pierce , and then judge for himself. I thought it proper to express both Senses ; each of them having its Favourers amongst the Learned.
16. Relying therefore on the
Mercy Seat : And chearfully depend upon Him, for a seasonable Deliverance from all the Persecutions you suffer for his Sake.
• See Chap. F priet taken from
jv. 14, 15, 16, 17
you are Christians, address
selves to God with a clearer and
more comfortable Assurance of Ac-
more Dignity and Prevalence than
2 Who can have 2 & 3. And though they could
; yet was this their Compallion
3 And by reason. They could not but have a fellow Å. D.63. hereor he ought, as feeling with the rest of the Con-m for himself, to offer gregation, because they were Men for himself
, to offer and Sinners themselves : And for that for fins.
Reason, upon the Great Expiation Day, they offered a particular Sacrifice for their Own Offences: Whereas Christ lived and suffered in perfect Innocency, and was pleased, for, our greater Comfort and Assurance, to sympathize with our Infirmities, Miscarriages and Sufferings, while he had not the least Sin of his own.
4 And no man 4, 5 & 6. Then again, our Lord taketh this honour un. excels the Levitical High. Priests, in to himself, but he that the Divine Demonstrations given of is called of God, as
the Greatness and Authentickness of was Aaron :
5 So also Chriftglo. His High Office. For as They were rified not himself to expresly ordered to be of the Line of be made an high Aaron, and sometimes the Perfon priest : but he that specially appointed by God ; so was faid unto him, Thou Christ of the Family of David, acart my son, to day cording to the Prophecies concerning have I begotten thee. Him. And while he did not affect
6 As he faith also + to appear and show himself in the + See Phiin another place, Thou Form of a Divine and Heavenly lip. ii
. 5. art a prielt for ever after the order of Mediator, while he lived upon Earth, Melchisedec.
He was, by his Glorious Resurrection
from the Dead, in a much more solemn Manner, declared and demonstrated to be the Son of God, the Great High Priest and Saviour of Mankind. According to those words of the Pfalmift spoken of the | Resurrection of the Mesiah; by God the Father (Psal. ii.) || Afts xiii. Thou art my Son, this Day have I begotten Thee. And 33. upon the same Account in another Pfalm (Psalm cx.) He is called A Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec,
* After the Order of Melchisedec, sarà tùy rázur According to the Likeness or Resemblance of Melchifedec; as the following Pasfages and those of the fifth Chapter plainly show it, especially Ver. 15. of that Chapter. Accordingly the Syriac rendere it by
A.D. 63. i.e. an Eternal and Powerful one ; a King to Govern and
Save, as well as a Priest to Sacrifice for his people.
7 Who in the days 7 & 8. So also the Prayers and of his flesh, when he Tears, the Agonies and Sufferings had offered up prayers of our Jesus, were a Service of inand supplications, with finitely more Acceptance and Prevaftrong cryingand tears, lency with God, than the Prayers able to save him from and Sacrifices of a Jewish High death, and was heard, Priest could possibly be. The Obea in that he feared. dience and Sufferings of one, who
8 Though he were was the very Son of God, making a Son, yet learned him at once both a compleat Attonehe obedience, by the ment for our Sins, and a most perthings which he suf. fect and encouraging * Example of
Obedience and Resignation to the
Divine Will. 9 And being made 9 & 10. And as his Sufferings perfect, he became the thus rendered him a Perfect High author of eternal fal.
Priest for our Reconciliation to # Tea6- vation unto all them God, lo his Resurrection || and Sois. that obey him
Glorification in Heaven has demon10 Called of God an high priest after strated Him to be the powerful the order of Melchi. Saviour of all his true Disciples; fedec.
giving thein a perfect Assurance of
eternal Happiness: According to the true Meaning of the forementioned Scripture, Thou art a + See Ver.6. Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedect. Of whom we
11. I have several Things particuhave many things to larly to observe to you, concerning say, and hard to be this Analogy between the Priesthood uttered; seeing ye are of Melchifedec, and that of Chrift: dull of hearing.
in order to convince you of its great Excellency above
the Levitical Priesthood, the Jews so much boast of. But I fear your Prejudices are still such,
* He learned Obedience by the things, &c. wabs may fignify, not only to be intructed one's self, but to learn others, answering to the Hebrew In rendered both by imals and did to medus in the Septuagint.