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Ch.4. The Apostles all equall
. 105 The Meepe whereto these teeth are likened, are set forth,
First, by their even-Thornenesse.
Secondly, by their cleannesse, comming up from the washing.
Thirdly, by their fruitfulnesse, Every one bringeth forth twins,none barren.
First, even fet, none gaping out.
Thirdly, each anfwering to his fellow in the other jaw, none wanting, as it is a praise to the teeth to be. The teeth are such as chew the meat, and prepare it for the rest of the body;such in that Church were the Apostles, whom our Saviour calls a little flocke* : they were all,
First, even set, and even shorne, none bursting out beyond his fellowes : Peters supremacy stretched not beyond the rest of the Apostlest.
† Mat.16. The teeth of innocent sheepe are even 19.com. fet : They that have tushes longer then loh.20.23 the other teeth are hurtfull and ravenous & Mat.18 beasts, as Dogs, Bears, Lions, &c. Ten Mat. 20. of the Apostles difdained the motion of 20, 25. fupremacy.
Secondly, came up from Fohns bap- Luk.22. tisme, and therefore when Judas fell a- 245 25.
* Luk. 12.
106 The nature of the Apostles doĉtrine. Ch.4.
away, they must needs supply his place out of the number of fuch as had continued with them from Fohns baptifme.
Secondly, they were sutable each one
to his fellow, and therefore the feventy * Luk.zo. were fent out by couples *.
But especially they were fruitfull in bringing home many lambs to Christ; &
hence the feventy returned with joy to * Luk.ro. Christ *; and Sathan is said to fall downe
from heaven before them like lightning.
Thy lips are like a thread of Scarlet , and thy speech is comely : thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy lockes.
Thy lips are like a thread of Scarlet , and thy speech is comely. ] Both signifying the delivery or utterance of the Doctrine of the Church at that time, which was
First, as a thread slender (tenui filo,) not plump or swelling with humane eloquence, but favouring of Fisher-like tenuitie and fimplicitie.
Secondly, as a thread of Scarlet; for as Scarlet or Purple is a princely and
royall weare, so their Doctrine was, * Mat.10. First, touchingthe kingdom of heaven*.
Secondly, though tender, yet deeply dyed in graine with royall Majesty and
Ch.4. Ministers how like Pomegranates. 107 152' authority of the Spirit of God.
Thy temples are like a piece of a PomeElle granate within thy lockes.] Temples of at the head are they by which the whole el body watcheth or resteth; they are fuch
therefore as watch over the body and for it it. The Pomegranate was of much use
in the old Tabernacle and Temple: * Aa- * Exod.
rons coat was hanged with Pomegra- 28.34. 1: nates and Bels; Bels for sound of doon
Etrine and prayer , Pomegranates for reke straining and healing the disteinpers and
diseases of the people, Pomegranates are 2 commended by Fernelius
First, for repressing the heat of Choler. 26.
Secondly, the malignity, rottennesse and agrimony of feavers.
Thirdly, the loosenesse of the belly.
Secondly, for comforting and and itrengthning the stomacke and bowels,
to the keeping backe all fainting t. This Fernelius office the Ecclesiasticall governours of medeni. the Church doe performe to it; they re- lib.5.cap.3. presse the heat of fallings out among brethren, the notorious abufes,the loose
nesse, or distemprednesse of the people; video they comfort the feeble, and binde up the weake, and are therefore fitly resembled
fi Cor. 5,1.-6.
108 Faith is strong in Christ. Ch.4.
by Pomegranates, yea by a piece of a Pomegranate: for it is not the whole body of the Pomegranate that doth this; bur it, broken in pieces, by his juice and rinde is medicinable.
Within the lockes : ] Because though
Christ established Discipline , and deli* Mat.18. Ivered it to the Church in his time* ; yet 15, -17.
it was not displayed, nor shewed it felfe in open execution till after his resurrecti
on f. Verse 4. Thy neck is like the tower of David,&c.]
The necke is that part that joyneth head and body together ; now that which joyneth Christ and his Church together, is our faith : which faith in some of the members of that Church in Chrifts
time was observed to be strong and * Mat. 8. great*; and therefore is here fitly com10.& 15. pired to the tower of David, for an Ar. Neh... mory, (whereof we read) * whereon there
hanged a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men. It seemes Davids mighty men hanged up their shields in this Armory against times of warré ; and fo in like manner all the Worthies of Israel all the faithfull before Christ, hanged heir shields of faith upon Christ, in
* 2 Pet.2.
Ch.4 The Apostles how like Roes. 109 whom the faith of his Church was as a strong Armoryt. Faith is not so much a tower of strength in it felfe, as in Christ 13. whom it apprehendeth.
Tby two breasts are like two young Roes Verse s. that are twinnes, which feed among the lillies.
Thy two breasts are like two young Roes that are twins. ] The breasts give milke : now the breasts that give milke to the Church,the sincere * milke of the word, are the Ministers, which in the Church 2. of Christs time were first the Apostles; secondly, the seventy: and are therefore here called two breasts and both as Roes, because not tyed 'to any certaine place within all the people of the Jewes ; for Roes stay not long in a place: And both as twins, because of equall commission, being both sent alike to the whole house of Israel, though,after the Resurrection, the Apostles commission was enlarged further then that of the seventy.
Which feed among the lillies.) For they were sent not onely among the Gentiles . or Samaritans, but amongst,
First, the lost sheepe of the house of Ifrael.