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cannot be reconciled, as they continued softy years. ..1
Lutb. You are as far divided as the pope and myself, and I begin to be peckish, and faint and famished. . .
Boy. David, in the 40th Psalm, speaks in the person of the Messiah. / waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling. He brought me also out of the horribU pit, out of the mire and rlay; and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings. And be hatb put a new song in my moutb, even a thanksgiving unto our God. Many shallfee it and fear, andshall put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the many that has set his hope in the Lord; and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
0 Lord, my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, as also thy thoughts, which are to us, and yet there is no man that can number them unto tbee.wlf I should speak of them, they are more than I am able to express. Sacrifice and meat-offerings thou wouldst not; but my ears thou hast opened. Burnt-offerings andsacrifice for fin bastijsou not required: then /aid, behold, I come. Jn the volume of the book it is written of me, that
1 should fulfil thy will, O my God: I am content to do it, yes, thy law is within my heart. 1 bavt declared thy righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest, &t. . V..
Luther. But, my lad, your quotations are a long way back; my friend, David, speaks besore the sirst temple which his son Solomon built* but Christ appeared in the second temple, and
whewhether my friend speaks of himselfor Christ, we that are at so great a distance, and of another stock, cannot dive into the mystery; we would do wisely to think of what may be most urgent in our personal and immediate necessities; my voice, theresore, is, every spirit praise the Lord. Let me, an old divine of the church of England, of no mean parentage in the annals of history, advise you of three essentials. First, what is -past is not ours ; that, that is to come. is not ours; what is present let us gripe at; or, like a hag, or night-mare, it will flip through our fingers.
Moses. Prophecy is the sole goodness and mercy of God, to enlighten and teach man his duty, and correspondence to the divine will. Your Saviour, from whom all christians should draw their copy, gives you the example and tells you'; . as I do, so do you. But you being a protester cannot act consonant with Jews and christians. This Psalm seems to indicate the Messiah offering to the Divine Majesty some other mode of worship different from the old. Sacrifice and meat-offerings thou wouldst nor. Here the old is rejected. Burnt-offerings and sacrifice for sin, thou wilt not; then, said I, I come. Without doubt this is the Messiah, to bring in and confirm the second covenant. Here 1 pause, 1 find myself involved and pressed with.unsurmountable difficulties; our Messiah to change the laws and constitution of our fathers, given by Almighty God Himself, to our great Lawgiver. Can the Great God of Heaven act contrary to Himself, or alter what he has commanded to be complied with, and kept holy
and and unviolated? This cannot be; or, arc the scripture prophesies false? this cannot be, for the one confirms and depends on the other. My head is distracted and my heart chills, with so cold and deadly saintness that is come upon me.
Lutber. Our conclave is attended with very alarming symptoms, both in body and spirit: I have been a shepherd, or, sheep master, near fifty years, but never saw or experienced the. working or influence of the spirit: no, not one conversion until Calvin-s, and in all likelihood, according to the present face of things, Moses-s. I hope his change will be sull and complear, if he should survive the present catastrophe. I have taken much trouble and pains as a person of my cloth should, to open his understanding and remove his errors; in his case it would be not so much for the novelty of the thing, but the advantages I should draw from so great a captive, i ft, I shall take him over to England. 2dly, As Jews are clever in bargaining, he shall be set over my dealings with my parishioners and others, and explain, persuade, and shew them the utility of enlarging, by industry, their temporals, that they may be prompt, sull, and liberal, in paying the tithes of all to a grain of mustard; for as the scripture takes notice that a seed of mustard, though the smallest of seeds when grown, becomes a large tree, so that the fowls make their habitation in it. This parable has been productive of infinite good to me in particular, being, from my youth, or rather childhood, ever besore me, knowing man was to earn his bread by the sweat of his
brow i brow j and that nothing is to be counted small, despised, neglected, or over-Jooked. It will al!o come better from him, having been a Jewish master, to inculcate the scripture amongst them, and shew them that what he teaches is no riddle; but that his father Abraham, who was the friend of God, paid tithes of all he had, and even Levy the sather of the Jewish priestin the bospm os old Abraham also, and with his grandsather, paid their tithes chisedech, who was type of myself; and that it the shadow was intitled to sull tithes, to the third and fourth generations. how much more myself, that is the real and identical Melchisc'dech? so that this being granted, I shall bring into my barn not only the tenths, my claim on . the fathers, but for four generations, which is other four tenths added, make five tenths. which .is one half of the whole productions; this "shall be netc gain, and sarther,'that it is an act of religion;' on all holidays every face of all colours and denominations, bring their free gifts to the church that they may receive a blessing: him it is nigardly shall receive little, but him that inding shall receive sevenfold: and likewise that all fast-days, ordered by our church, as annexed or placed in our common prayerbook, shall be duly Observed and a.tended to, cither by rigorous fasting,' according to' the custom of England, Wales, and Berwick upon Tweed, or betimes in the morning repair to the church and make atonement for sin; by making a sull'offering'''al! a sacrifice for their ofsetices. This V?ill be pleasing to Mcscs,
rereminding him of his wished-for Jewish worship, and nearly bring in the remaining five tenths, or other half of their crops or incomes; taking the whole together, my income, as my family and houshold at large shall be supported by another kind or secondary gisc or offering, which shall be imposed by inspectors for every misdemeanor, or place them nine sundays successively in the church, during divine service, morning and evening, naked, and a white sheet, for decency, thrown over them, as they do in Scotland, or other presbyterian conventicles. Moses shall also be placed as overseer to negociate my moneys and play in the stock-jobbing game, which will delight and recreate him, make him a usessul servant and at free-cost to myself,. as he well knowing, they tell me, forty thousand pounds in the sunds.
Boy. Moses, with the other prophets, speaks of the two legislations or covenants. Moses particularly enjoins obedience to the legislator that Almighty God was to raise you after he was taken away ; and this is him that Israel long expected besore Moses was born and promised, even from the fall of Adam. Third chapter of Genesis, / will put enmity between tbee (serpent) and the woman (Eve) and between thy feed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel. Ibe feed here promised to overcome the tempter is in the singular number and ft be os divine original; for the whole race of human nature was involved in the fame prethe injury, or insult, being against the I Creator,