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10. I 2.
58 Magistrates what to the Church. Ch.2.
| ship with Christ, and for her own helpe desireth,
First, Flaggons of wine to stay her.
Secondly, Apples to comfort her ; as indeed apples doe comfort the heart and
stomacke, prevents swooning, and re* Fernelius straines poyson * : Thus Daniel, through a Physici- abundance of Revelations was faint and
ficke, and desirous of more cleere know
ledge of his visions and of the Churches + Dan. 8. deliverance, and found the t Angell rea
dy to refresh and strengthen him: And versers. the other members of the Church fee
ling such sweet taste of Christs presence amongst them in the captivity, were (doubtlesse) earnestly desirous of more full enjoying him perfectly,
First, by the Ministery of the Prophets, as by flaggons of wine.
Secondly, by the Magistracy of Da
niel and his fellowes,whom the King set 48,49.
for inferiour Magistrates, as by ap
ples, the fruit of the Apple trees. Verse 6. His left hand is under my head, his right
hand doth embrace me.]
The words may be either a narration how it is, or a prayer that it may be; fo in the orriginall, the blessings of Gods
* 2 King
Ch.2. Gods right and left hand what.
59 left hand are riches and glory, * and of * Prov. 3 his right hand length of daies,or immortality: Riches and Honors God conveyeth to us by the hand of the Magistrate, immortality by the hand of Ministers.
The Church therefore desireth God in her captivity , (which thing also God granted) that, First Princes should be the lifters
of her head, her nursing fathers & mothers.
Secondly, Prophets and Priests might deliver to her the sweet testimonies of Christs embracing love, this was donet by evill Merodach to Iehoj akin, and by 25.27. the Ministery of Daniel and Ezekiel. The Princes allowed them
great liberty, t the Prophets dispensed heaven-Ier: 29. ly and comfortable doctrine.
I charge you , Oyee daughters of Ierusa- Verse 7 lem, by the Roes,and by the Hinds of the field, that ye stirre not up, nor awake my love till he please. ] Heb. I adjure you, that is, I cause you to sweare by the Roes, and by the Hinds of the field, not by them as the persons thou art to sweare by,but by those for whose fake, and by whose meanes they are to take themselves bound as by a solemne oath (not to stirre
30. Dan. 2. 48, 49
60 Preposterous deliverance not desireable. Ch.2
| up or awake my love) that is, not to provoke Christ to exércise his Church by any change of their estate , till it shall please himselfe.
These Roes and Hinds are wilde and fearefull creatures, easily and and swiftly running away, yet otherwise willing to feed with the sheepe, such were then the Gentiles willing to converse with the Jewes, and to come towards Religion: yet
if the estate of the Church should have proved more troublesome by any indiscreet or offensive carriage of the Jewes, they would soone have started backe from fellowship with them ; for their fakes therefore the Church chargeth her daughters, as by an oath, not to disturb the peace of Babel, not to seeke preposterously deliverance from thence, before the time that Christ had appointed, left it turned to the disturbance of her peace ; and to the * carrying away such Gentiles as were comming on to be Profelices.
This may first let us see that notwithstanding the reformation of Religion, Christ may be pleased rather to live abroad in the fields, then at home, where
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Ch.2. Christ not bound to any place.
61 the people would willingly assemble: The house of God was now repaired, and the bed
*: and the Church *Cant. 1. invites Christ to come in unto her, in it,16,17. yet hee disposeth himselfe so, as more willing to call her abroad. So wee may sec, that notwithstanding the purity and simplicity of Christs worship, yet Christ is not bound to any place ; if things were never so reformed, yet he might leave us, and goe into the wilde field. Rome hath long doted on Peters Chaire, and Jerusalem might as well have bragged of her priviledges as any other place, but Christ leaves them: Never reft we then in any outward estate, for Christ may leave us. The Palatinate hath beene as reformed as any Church for doctrine, and though they might say, their bed was greene, and their beames were of Cedar, and their rafters of Firre , yet God hath left them: for doe we thinke that if God had beene there, these things had befallen them that now are.
Secondly, this lets us see, that though use a. Magistrates and Ministers should both negle&t their duties in ordering and dressing the Church, so that the wicked were
God hath Rofes among thornes. Ch.2. tolerated to grow up with them; yet God keepes the spirits of his children sweet and pure, as roses and lillies in the midst of bryars and thornes : be not deceived then, for there may be Roses and lillies growing, where is nothing but bryars and thornes to scratch them It is not straight no Church, when it is there for Christ can see his Church, though she be there.
Thirdly, we may here observe against the Separatist, that it is not straight no Church, that is commingled (as they speake) with notorious wicked ones : the Church may be Christs love, yea and a fragrant and pure flower in his fight and nostrils, and yet live amongst bryars and thornes.
Fourthly, observe the state of the Church,is sometimes exposed to opportunitie of treading under-foot, no wall nor hedge to fence them : it may lye open,
First, to scratching and rending of thornes.
Secondly, to treading under-foot of * Pfal. 8o. the wilde beasts * Fifthly, this ferves to direct inferiour