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Ch.2. Magistrates are to be Apple-trees. 63 Magistrates, how to carry themselves towards the Church, to be as Appletrees in a wood, wherein the Church travailing may finde
First, shadow of protection.
Secondly, sweet fruit of loving mercy.
Use 6. Sixthly, we may here see the wonderfull power of God, and goodnesse to his Church, in turning their house of bondage into a house of wine; in spreading also his banner of love over them in their greatest distresses and dangers : what more dolefull times of his Church then captivity, when men would thinke God carries his Church into a dnngeon, then he carries her into a wine Cellar : This may be a ground of solid comfort to us in our worst takings, for though wee be in the greatest extremity, yea, in the deepest dungeon of darknesse, God can sua staine and uphold us here, and refresh us with many comforts.
Seventhly, this ought to stirre us up to more ardent and longing affections after Chrift, so that as wee be ready to faint and swoone through earnest affections, after more full and familiar fel
64 Inoffensive Walking necessary. Ch.2
lowship with him : It was Daniels case, he was sicke of love, so let it be with us for want of Gods presence ; and pray that God would refresh us with his
pre fence, and send good Ministers and good Elay 49. Magistrates to be as nursing fathers to
his Church. use 8. Eighthly, this serves to teach, and
straightly to charge the children of God,
1. By any indiscreet, or
First,a disturbance to Christ himselfe, he is stirred up and awaked, (as it were) before he please.
Secondly, the Roes and Hinds of the field, young commers on in Religion,are soone scared away by dangers and troubles arising against the Church ; therefore we should be carefull and take heed wee provoke not any dog to barke, for then they will be gone: Let us therefore walke wisely, and inoffensively, that none be discouraged , that Christ, who doch sustaine us, and refresh us,
Ch.2. The Churches deliverance how. 65 may dwell with us for ever.
The voyce of my beloved, behold hee com- Verse, 8 meth leaping upon the mountaines, and skip to end. ping upon the hills.]
În these words are described, is First, the Churches deliverance out of captivity : where is laid downe,
First, the preparation to the deliverance in the causes of it ; which were
First, the voice of the beloved.
Secondly, the comming of the beloved, and that swiftly,
First leaping and skipping.
Thirdly, his belieging Babel and overcomming it set forth in three actions :
First, standing behind the wall.
Secondly, looking out at the windowes.
Thirdly, shewing himselfe through the lattice*. Secondly, the calling out of captivity:
First, to goe out of Babylon into their owne Countrey; whereunto there are -13. motives
First, from removall of impediments, verse 11.
Secondly,from store of opportunities, ver. 12,13:
66 4: Chrift frequent in his visits. Chi
Thirdly, to worship God in publicke * Ver. 14. meetings in their own Countrey *
Secondly, the state of the Church returned into her owne Countręy, in
regard, * Ver. 15. 1. First, of
opposition of enemies* fubtill and ravenous; where is set forth,
First, their nature, they are foxes little foxes.
Secondly, the harme they doe; they spoile the vines.
Thirdly, there take us the foxes. Secondly, of their communion with Chrifts outward enemies, and inward abuses restrained, partly, more plentifull and intire,
First, My beloved is mine , and I am bis. 1
Secondly, * Feedeth amongst the Lillies.
Secondly, interrupted, and yet by turnes Christ often and speedily, visiting and succouring them, and that to the time of the comming of Christ, and the
abolishing of the shadowes of the cere. * Ver. 17. moniall Law
The voyce of my beloved. ] This was the report of Cyrus comming to besiege
* Ver. 16.
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Ch.2. The Churches deliverance by Cyrus. 67 Babel, and his mustering together of many Nations to that service, which rumour was discerned, by the faithfull, to be the accomplishment of the prophecies given them before, of deliverance by Cyrus *. And therefore the Church hea- Elay 44 ring this rumour , fuddenly acknowledgeth in it the promise and voyce of Chriftit: and so it was no lesse gratefull + Ier.so. to thein, then dolefull and dreadfull to 42,43 the Babylonians. He commeth leaping upon the mountaines.
My beloved is like a Roe, or a young Hart; Verses behold he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the window, shewing himselfe through the lattice.]
These words expresse the great expedition and speed which Cyrus made in his journey against Babel, all the Nations lying in the
way, First, either of themselves setting open their gates to him, as weary of the Babylonian yoke.
Secondly, or speedily surprised and fubdued.
Hee ftandeth behinde the wall,] Laying siege to the wals of Babylon. He looketh forth at the windowes: ] That