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220 Faith, Repentance, and obedience. Ch.7.
Secondly, Repentance to abound in brokennesle of spirit through godly forrow, melting into abundance of teares, or ocber affe&tions surable thereto.
Thirdly,obedience, to be
Secondly, and that with all manner of sweet fruits and good, that all that converse with us may smell a fweer favour from our conversation.
Ninthly, marke here a leffon for Magiftrates, to bee as Carmel, yeelding some sweet and plentifull nourithment to the people.
First, by procaring free passage to
Gods Ordinances,whence Iehosbaphats Chr:1.7. Nobles are said to teach.
Secondly, by making wholesome Lawes.
Thirdly, by giving good example of life, to have no Officers hanging about them of base demeanor,exactors, promotors, contentious persons, but such as may execute it themselves and their Ministers, and for publique Ordinances of Gods worship'; it is no
Ch.7. The Church of the lewes. disparagement to Magistrates to behave themselves reverendly in them, and to submit themselves unto them as unto Christ.
Ufo 10. Tenthly, from this compleat description of the beauty of the Church in all her parts, observe,
First, that the Church was never so compleatly beautifull in all her parts, as it shallbe when the Jewes are called. The Apostolique Primitive Church, though all fair, yet wanted this headlike Carmel, a Christian Magistrate, yea and some purity of the Sacrament. 1 Cor. II.
Secondly, in that he beginneth this description from the feet, and so ascendech to the head in order : It may seeme the calling of the Jewes shall begin at first, rather with some of the lowest people, and so ascend higher and higher to more eminent persons.
Thirdly, in that the Church neither here (where so many of her members are set forth) nor in all this Song is described, by the beauty of her hands, or fingers , wee must not gather that therefore this Church will bee barren
922 Romes false boasting of her works.
of good works God forbid, but rather conceive, Christ concealeth the mention of her hands; to wit, her works, partly,
First, because the Harlot of Rome fo delighteth so much to boast of her hands, of her works, which indeed she wants : Christ had rather his Church Thould abound in good works in fi. lence, than boast ofthem, especially when they are wanting.
Secondly, because it is healone (and
not wce) that worketh all our workes Isaj.16.12. for us. Hof. 14.8.
Cantic.7. verf. 6.verf. 4. of 8. Chap. How faire, &c.
In these verses the holy Ghoft goes on to describe the second estate of the Jewes Church, as is spoken above, chap. 7. ver. 1. in ver. 6,7. as growne up to her full ftature and maturiry.
For first, beauty is not observed till full growth; now here her beauty is admired, ver. 6.
Secondly, her stature is expressely mentioned to bee a Palme-tree.v.7: Thirdly, her brests are here mentio
The state of the lewish Church in perf. 323 ned againe, ver. 7. which sheweth that he speaketh not of the same estate of the same Church as afore: Besides the brests yeelding wine in stead of milke, it is a signe the Church shall then be growne to more maturity and fitnesse to be fed with stronger meat.
The Church of the Jewes then come to her fuller growth is here described.
First, by her beauty, which is admirable, How faire ! and joyned with pleasure, Honpleasant art thou! especially for publique worship so described, verse 6.
Secondly, by her stature resembled to a palme tree, ver. 7.
Thirdly, her brests resembled to clusters of Grapes, ver. 7.
Thethird estate of this Church, as it shall be further enlarged by the accesse of the Gentiles, is described, ver.8. 13.and that
First, by Christs climbing this palmtree,and taking hold ofthe boughes of it, ver.8.
Secondly, by the rich supply of nourishment from her brefts,ver.8.
224 The state of the lewish Church in perf.
Thirdly, by the smell of her nose, resembled to Apples. ver. 8.
Fourthly, by the power of her DoArine, ver. 9.
Fifthly, by her familiar fellowship with Christ, ver. 10,
The fourth estate of this Church, as it shall multiply, and stretch it felfe into the Country villages, is described, ver. 11. to the 4. of the next Chapter,and that
Firft, by the occasion of this encrease, the Churches invitement of Christ to visit the Country villages, ver. II.I2.
Secondly, by the affectionate fervice of this Church to Chrift, cha. 8. Ver.1.2.
Thirdly, by Christs affe&ionate embracing of her, ver. 3.
Fourthly, by the Churches defire for the continuance of this estate without interruption, ver.4.
How faire, and bow pleasant art thon, o love for delights!
Hom faire !] The faireneffe and beauty of the Church implyeth surably