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that Chapter, to shew that the Church of the Jews, as they had Sacraments of their own Circumcision, and the Lords Passeover, so had they types and figures of our two Sacraments also.
The type and representation of our Baptisme was their palsage through the red sea.
The type of our Lurds Supper was the water out of the rock and Manna.
But they and we do all receive the same fpiricuall meat and drink, that is Christ.
So that this passage over the red sea doth figure our Baptisme, here is Moses, the Minister of the Sacrament, here are Israelites, the receivers of it, and here is water the element and the cloud, the sign of Gods presence: here is Ifrael, that is, the persons baptized, preserved in these waters, and here is king Pharoah and his hoasts, that is, Satan and our hereditary corruptions drowned and destroyed in the same waters.
And the Apostle saith, I would not that ye should be ignorant of this thing which admonisheth both you and us that are your ministers.
*1 You, not to be ignorant in those great mysteries of salvation
2 Us,not to leave you untaught or unremembred thereof. Wechat preach to a mixt auditory consisting, incipientes, Abcedaries in religion, who are not yet out of their first elements, which the Apostle calleth the do&rine of beginnings.
And some few proficients, who also have their measures, not all of equall growth, but some few, as much better grown thien others, as Saul was higher, then all the rest of the people, must as well give milk with the spoon as break bread, and divide strong meat, and, me thinks, there be two places that direct us well in the dispensation of the Word of God.
1 That of the Prophet Isaiah. 12.28.12. The Word of the Lord was unto them, pobere a little and there
cept upon precept, line upun line, line upon line, here a little and there a little, in which words.
The matter of our preaching is exprest in two words, 1 pre
cept, which teacheth us what to do. 2 line,which exemplifiech
the manner of our preaching is declared
And this is modicum ibi, midicum ibi, here modicum not too much at once, for oppressing the spirituall ftomack: and here is ibi and ibi, ibi amongst the proficients, and ibi amongst the incipients.
2 Pet.1.12 2 That of St. Peter. Wherefore, I will not be negligent to put you in mind of those things though ye know them.
Tea, I think it meet, jo long as I am in this tabernacle, to stirre jou up by putting you in remembrance.
This theweth the use of often repetitions of such things as we ought not to forget, for it is not enough to have light in our understanding, there must be also zeal in our affections, Religion in the head is speculation, in the heart affection, in the hand a&tion.
If we do our duty thus, as we are directed, it must be your great fault if either you be ignorant or forgetfull
, of these things.
The spirit of God is our example, for he remembreth this passage of lfrael often, and modicum ibi, a little here in the old Testament,modicum ibi, a little there, in the new Testament,for this is also profitable for us.
This theweth that the often preaching and learning and remembring the doctrine of our Baptisme, is a most necessary lesion in the school of Christ, that we do not enter into a new peace with the Egyptians, whom God hath drowned in the red fea, that we do not revive and quicken in us those things which the laver of new byrth hath purged, by suffering fin to reign in our mortall bodies, and by obeying it in the lusts thereof.
That we do not so much as in heart return again into Egypt, out of which God hath so gratiously delivered us.
Profitable is the remembrance of our Baptisme, for it is the facrament and seal of our deliverance from the curse of the
law, from the spiricuall bondage of Satan, from the dominion
It also serveth being often remembred to stirre us up to a
That if Christ hath opened us a new and living way through the
Holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering: .
truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for fins.
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indig nation, which shall devour the adverfaries.
I conclude, in the Apostles words: therefore, brethren, I would not have you ignorant concerning this passage of the Lords Israel through the red fea.
Hab.;. 6. Verf 16. when I heard, my beky, trembled, my lips quivered it
the voice, rottennelle entred into my bones, and I trembled in my
when he cometh up unto
T this verse beginneth the third Sedion of this Chapter,
jected before the Lord, with the former confiderations
1 Concerning the words.
have heard for the common use of the Church, doth not speak in this place in his own person perticularly, when I heard) but ip the person of that Church of God to which this prophecy was
fent. Verse 14.
T bey came out as a whirlwind to scatter me,] is spoken of the
Midianites, invading Gods people, not the Propher Habak.
So that I heard, here is collectively the whole Charch, and perticularly every member thereof.
But what is that is here heard?
i To the former prophecy, of Gods threatned judgments against his people, of which you hearu before, Verse 2. © Lurd, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid.
For it was a fearfull judgment, which God had denounced against them
2 It hath reference to the full commemoration of Gods former mercies, for howsoever faith may grow upon this root of experience of Gods favour, yet when the Church of God
thall consider all that former favour now turned into indig
nation, and shall feel that power, which once protected them * fo miraculously now armed against them, this cannot but caft them into great fear.
This fear is described fully and rhetorically in four severall phrases.
1 My belly trembled,
4 I trembled in my self
So the Prophet upon the denunciation of the burthen upon the desert sea faith
Therefore,are my loyns filled with pain, pangs have taken hold Ifai.21.3. upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth, I was bowed down et the hearing of it,
I w.as dismayed at the seeing of it.
So 7ob, My bowels boy led and rested not.
Y yy 2
is like waxe it is melted in the middest of my bowels.
Thus the perturbations of griefe and fear, and the passions of anguish are expreft.
The quivering of the lips which hindereth speech, sheweth a man overcome with anger, fear, or grief, so doth,
The generall disabling of the body, as if the parts thereof, the brains and finews suffered luxation and debilitation.
And the earth-quake in the whole frame thereof, and the distemper of the man within us. I trembled in my self, that is the inward man, the hid man of the heart felt this anguish of grief and fear, and all this trepidation and terrour had this good effect following.
That I might reft in the day of trouble.]
For of sufferance comes ease, this fear of the heavy hand of God is but a fit, for faith followeth it, and consumeth it, and setleth the heart in a yielding to the mighty hand of God, and that giveth rest in the day of trouble, that day is also defcribed.
when he commeth up unto his people, he will invade them with his troopse]
Either when God cometh, or when the enemy whom God fhall employ in the execution of this judgment cometh, he will invade his people that have rebelled against him, and are fallen away from him with troops that is, hee will come upon them with a full power to make a full conquest of them.
This day is is further –escribed in the verse following
H.b.3.19. Verse 17.. Although the fig-tree shall not blossome, neither shall
fruit be in the vines, the labour of the Olive Shall fail, and th: field shall yield no meat, the flocks
Mall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in tbe stals. N which words he supposeth the worst tñat may befall to the
, , or destroy the inhabitants thereof, although he should smite