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changed his name, and called him fon of the right hand, where is no judgment, and not of the left hand, where judgment reigns in the principle of darkness, or the northern region. Now, as Meffiah. fat in the cloud of glory in the holy of holies with his face toward the eaft: his right hand was towards the south, the strength of light, which is the glory, the nourisher, balsam and conservator of all things in every system: his left hand according to that Anthropomorphitism, or figure of man fpoken to our infirmities and weak apprehensions, was to the north, or the source of darkness, and of death, when ever divided from the light, as it is in the fallen angels, now become spirits of darkness. This will explain the reason of Jacob, in assigning a new and most excellent name to him, who caused in the figure the very death of his most beloved wife. Gen. XXXV. 16. When this word on, the name or the place of Potipheras's priesthood in Egypt, signifies iniquity from the same root, it shews us Jhofeph marrying Asenath, the daughter of the once high-priest who brought forth fin; which this favored fon by marrying to himself (for good must leaven the evil) hath taken away the flesh of Egypt, the true house of bondage to fin and death. Gen. xli. 45. and in this word, we must find Ezekiel's Betheven, temple of vanity, or house of fin in chap. xxx. 17. which fignifies our nature born flesh from fin, and as such, foon to perish and moulder into dust
and ashes of its Egyptian original, or spiritually understood, the flesh of Hagar, where the wild Ishmael dwells, cast out from the house as the prodigal fon, but who will return in sorrowing and contrition of heart for his follies and vices, and then have a new garment, and spiritual body from the blood of the lamb, and become meek, humble, loving and grateful forever. * Now Benjamin might be called little, both in quality, age and condition ; and the stone refused of the builders: .fo Joseph was covered with the goat's fkin, the flesh of the fin; and that which was to appear after his and his mother's pangs on the cross, should rise the fon of the right hand, whose stone was the jasper under the law, and the last of the twelve precious stones; but under the gospel, it is the first stone of the new Jerufalem. The first foundation was jasper. Rev. xxi.
19. in Exodus xxviij. 10, 20, 21. Benjamin's name · was written on the last stone of jasper.' He, in the
new Jerusalem, takes place of Reuben, unstable as water, and the defiler of his father's bed; and we fee fulfilled this prophecy, he that humbleth him. self, shall be exalted ; and he that exalteth himself, shall be abafed. Now Facob of the figure in the birth of this last son by Rachel, (the bowels of maternal love, and the beloved wife,) had finished the
* Calmet translates little Benjamin, ravished with joy, as the septuagint did, of kis extasy, interpreting from Radam to be in a trapce or sleep, or a prophetic ectasy, which made the person seem beside themselyes, or inebriated, as at Pentecofte.
twelve stones, or twelve stars, fountains of light in the old letter. Therefore Rachel died, having con. summated in the type the twelve foundations of Ferre salem, the city of the living God, because stones of fire or light are wonted to rebuild the fallen tabernacle of David. Amos ix. 11. As the high-priest with all his garments, stones, pomegranates and bells was the figure of one perfe&t man from the head to his feet, all the living spirits concurred in one work of the priest-hood, and never separate from the paternal tree, but are generated as so many rich and glorious branches of pnę living root and origin. Had not Fhoseph by a prophetic view seen a mystery in Benjamin's name, he would not have sent a portion five times to the least according to his littlerefs, which the brethren wondered at among them. selves. Gen. xliii. 33, 34. In the blessing foretold of this youngest and least in age, and apparent quality, we shall find something extraordinary and most excellent in the spiritual import.“ Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning, he hall eat the prey; and in the evening, he shall divide the spoil." Gen. xlix. 27. which concludes the twelve blessings of the father of Israel. * The Chalder paraphrast, and Jerusalem Targum explain these
myftic mylic words very justly of the temple and facrifices: " Benjamin, in his land shall the divine majesty (Schechinah) dwell : in his possession shall the fanctuary be built. At morning and at evening the priests shall offer oblations, and at even-tide they shall divide the remainder of their portions of the gifts which are fanctified. But where shall we find the evangelical antitypes, as the law was fpiritual; and in the letter a fervant to the gospel of the Meffiah? The victories of Ehud the Benjamite ; of Saul; of Mordecai and Esther, and of Paul of this tribe, are vanished; to whom many writers refer the completion of the blessing promised to this fon, who closed the twelve births from Jacob. We 'must search for an altar of everlasting fire, where the fins and trespasses, not only of Israel, but of
* In the splendid description of the cherub in Ezek. 28. called the sum of wisdom, and perfeal in beauty, we see this anointed cherub that covereth, clothed with ten glories: he was therefore in bis
tenth, or his riches, gnaser, a priest and king of the first order, or a Melchizedek, till his transgression cast him down. It is said, thou, O covering cherub, walkedst in the midst of stones of fire; and into this priesthood, the younger son of God is lifted up with twelve jones, or luminous materiality. And here in the important sense of the prophesy, in Haggai chap. ii. 9. The glory of this latter bouse shall be greater than the glory of the former. And that this prophesy intends the new Jerusalem formed out of the fones of the old Jerusalem, fallen in ancient times, is plain, because Jebovah gives peace on mount Zion above, and in that city and temple, which John Mews is beaven itself; or in other words, the body of glory of the Meffiah containing all nations, tongues, languages and peoples, within its vaste fra of crystal clothed with fire of , transcendent life, joy, and nuptial garments for the bridegroom's presence and visits.
all nations and tongues, must be abolished; and no memorial of the flesh of fin, the beast, with the garments of captivity, (as the wiser Jews called our flesh and blood) must be left, but be consumed as unclean in the holy wrath of eternal fire. For, as under the law, the altar of perpetual fire, stood in Benjamin's land near to the portion of Judah, where the lamb fat as a wolf, ready for the fin and trespass-offerings, from morning to evening, tearing them to pieces, and grinding their bones to powder, as a figure of that evangelical fire of Penn tecoste, which was to take away, and spiritually devour the evil of chaff, hay, stubble, and tares, and abolish the image of the flesh which bore the impure mixture, to appear no more. Ugolinus in various citations from the Jewish writers, hath thewn us, that they saw a glance of the mystery concealed under the character of a wolf: and even God compares himself to a leopard, a bear and a lion : by which last name, the outer altar so largely explained by the above author was called by Ifa. chap. xxix. 1. But little is seen by him, or by Millius, who justly styles this altar, the mediator : scarce do either give a shadow of the evangelical ministration performed in the beautiful figures and rites transacting daily under the law. Isaac Bene Arama speaking of victims at this altar, says: “ The finner, when he sees his facrifice for fin, offered, by stripping off the skin, dividing it into pieces,