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conial times spoken of by Paul, Rom: 16. To this time we must bring his judgment, and his coming in clouds, Rev. 1. and at this assuniption we must find his figure under the law, in * Abram; for I called him alone Echad, and blessed him and increased him. Ifa. li. 2. which is confirmed by Ezek. xxxiii. 24. Abraham was one, and he inherited the land. Hence Jacob is called in the third number or generation, Ifrael my servant, whom I have chosen, the feed of Abraham my friend. Ifa. xli. 8, 9. and by Paul, Abraham is called heir of the world. Rom. iv. 13. The law or figure is but a fervant, as Moses was in that tabernacle: and the building of this dwelling place for the glory to abide upon, is only a shadow of a better tabernacle, even in its ultimate sense, heaven itself, where rest or fabbatb is found, and never passes away.

Hence when Mofes first sung this hymn, in Numb. x. 35. As the tabernacle journeyed, with the cloud of glory, the chariot of the most High God and the angel of the faces, and of the covenant


* He was first Abram to answer to this son, the male, who had yet no Saral, no bride of incorruptible matter in him, but was married to Bathsheba of ancient time, after his assumption to the throne of God; and is now manifested under the gospel, as the one only begotten in John i. 14. and as the first born, or Jacob called Ifrael, in Mat. i. 25.

For the first, or Abrahamical head, called Kether by the ancient Hebrews, is bid in the light of Isaac, heir of all his father's goods, and can no more be seen, than darkness in the root of the sun.

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with him: he foresaw the destruction of all enemies, the Spirits of darkness, and our own flesh and blood, the house of fin and death, by the glory, the fire of holy vengeance consuming the carnal mind, the enmity against God, and our fleshly lusts which war against our souls: and that these, as Gell observes in his noble essay for an amendment of the last translation of the bible, p. 441. would be scattered by the rising up of God, in his holy fire, the baptism of the spirit, for such are his, and our trueft enemies, that must flee before his wrathful face, as the sin and trespass-offering went up in smoke of the everlasting fire of the altar, where the judgment and wrath of God and the Lamb were figuratively shewn to Ifrael every day of the service of the tabernacle, and temple.

And the enemies which the sword of Mofes, 70Shua, and David destroyed in the flesh, shall be quickened in the spirit by the Messiah, who has the fword of the spirit going out of his mouth, and breathing the breath of lives into his people, as at the passover in secret to the twelve, and at pentecoste to all flesh in the eyes of the nations.

Verse 2. As smoke is driven away, thou fhalt drive them away: and as wax melteth before the face of the fore, the wicked fhall perish before the faces of God.

The The * smoke in this place leads us to the fire of the altar, called the mediator, where the Jews faw the bulls, rams and goats of the law, brought down and slain at the north-fide; and where the Lamb sat on the typical throne of judgment by fire, in the double character, as the avenger and destroyer of sins and trespasses devoured by the ravenous mouth of that fire, mystically called Ariel, the lion of God tearing to pieces the bones and flesh of the victims which consumed away in smoke be. fore his nostrils: and by which rapid consumption, the image of the beast, figuring man in the flesh of fin was soon eat up into the victorious fire of the Lamb's holy wrath, and was seen no more. On which throne, he sat also, as the feeder of Israel, distributing the typical meat and drink offering, ascending and descending in the cloud, over the heads of the priests, standing round that throne, where their king and high-priest was figured out in the Lamb, rejoicing in that fire, the type of his father's throne, as shewn in Dan. vii. 13. and of his own judgment feat during that dispensation of shadows.--Flesh by the sacred records is sin, and Christ was sent in likeness of the flesh of fin, the body of death, and the body of our fall, Rom. viii. 3. Phil. iii. 21. to condemn fin, and shew fin by executing judgment against it, as he was the fine ner by voluntary assumption of that which we inherit through Adam's tranfgression. This is the veil and covering cast over all peoples, as Ifaiah fpeaks, xxv. 7. which the Lord will destroy in his holy mount. And what is flesh, but the fruit or child of blood; an expression familiar to the Jews to denote mortal man; but never used by the prophets, but by our Lord to Peter at first; and afterward by Paul, his servant. It was rejected by the law, a standing testimony against all flesh, as condemned to the fire, and a promise of a better and nobler flesh that shall bear the fire of the Lord, and rejoice unconsumed in that garment of glory.



* Smoke, shadow and clouds are three things of a momentary duration, says Bythner. But had he not forgot the clouds of glory, the everlasting dwelling places, the Schechinals of the most high God? did the vapor of smoke at Pentecoste ever perilh ? here it is true, the smoke, and the melting of wax, (a proverbial expreffion for quick destruction) infinuate with what facility and speed, God will destroy his enemies. No bad news to them. Michaelis in his notes on the Bishop of London de sacra poesi Heb. obferves, that this sinoke is a sublime, and a very poetical image. But had hę viewed the smoke and clouds of the altars of brass, and gold under the law, he might have seen such a destruction of enemies, particularly in the seventy bulls at the feast of tabernacles, as lạited to the name Jehovah, proclaimed in Exod. xxxiv. 5, 7. B 3


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[7] The womb that bare the flesh foon to die, and before death a llave to toil, cares, fears and dangers, in the house of bondage; this womb was, un. clean for forty and fourscore days. The Jews bore the testimony of this humiliating truth in the face of all the nations; and were the derision and scorn of their neighbours for the sign of circumcia. fion, testifying a faith in a new blood and garment or body, by taking away the first generation of flesh, and by the second birth of spirit, 7ohn iii. 3, 6. Now the gospel or good news from heaven to this part of the law is this, that Jesus Christ, the true Lamb, shall communicate a feed of . his precious blood, and the holy fire, before which the finner shall dissolve away, and melt before the baptizing fire of the new altar: and when he has destroyed this man of fin, the old Adam, and the outer man, by the breath of his mouth, as in

John xx. 22. compared with Gen. ii. 7. and by the brighiness or manifestation of his presence, 2 Thef. ii. 8. as he did openly at Pentecoste, where Foel must be compared with the altars and clouds of Moses, that of brass and of gold; we may then

God, whose law marks it for destruction. As the just, or justified freely by grace must live by faith, must receive life by the gospeldispensation, and confess unto the justice of God in the death of the firft man by fin, and of us in him; and unto the mercy in the righteousness, or justification unto life by Jesus Christ, the Naza

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