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Jljjain the vo;ce os the Lord my God, neither let me see this gre it fire any more, thac I die not." And the Lord said unto me, They have tiieil spoken, J will raise them a prophet from among their brethr.n, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth. and he Jhall speak unto them all that I Jhall command him, and it shall come to pass, that whoever will not hearken to my words, which be shall speak in My Name, I will fequir it os him. Dent. iSrh chapter.

Boy. Pray what do you inser from this prophecy.

Moses. A positive injunction, enjoined by the great legislator, and express order os the Almighty God; theresore os equal weight and authority with -.he other commandments.

Boy. Ir will be the most eligible method for to discuss each arcicle before we proceed to another; we will return to our first. The Divinity, the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Moses. Here O Israel, the Lord your God is one God; I cannot theresore admit the plural; but must, as Israel ever have done, consess the singular number in God. The Spirit of God distinctly expressed, favours Christianity, but a single verse must favour some other meaning, and give the precedency to the commandment.

Boy. This revelation of the most transcending mystery, the knowledge of which will remove the partition wall or rock of offence, that separates Israel from Christianity, must not he palled over;'you. will therefore give yourex\ planatiori planation on this matter of infinite importance, the Spirit of God moved upon the deep.

Moses. The mystery of the Divinity is infinite, theresore cannot be brought within the superficial knowledge of the creature; it would theresore be proper to discuss some other article, which may explain by degrees, and remove seeming irreconcileable texts.

Boy. The divinity is the ground and basis of the two covenants; until this sundamental and prime article is reconciled, the two covenants never will be brought to agreement.

Moses. My desire is truth j but, touching this tremenduous mystery, my nature recoils, and shrinks into my base nothingness; my soul as an outcast is filled with horror; I dread the thought.

Boy. It is a dreadsul thing to fall into the hands of the living God j this is scripture, and it is to avoid this dreadsul catastrophe that we meet this day, and it is with'confidence I embrace this conserence purely, as I have no other will but to be directed by the divine mercy, and that his truth may appear; I will theresore proceed with the i ft chapter of Genesis. The Spirit of God moved us on the face of the deep; and God said, lit us make man in our image, after our likeness.

Moses. Almighty God speaks in this chapter, both in the singular and plural number; it will be proper to proceed in order, to assist ourselves with proper lights, by proceeding next to the article of the Messiah.

. 'Boy

Boy. The 3d. chapter of Genesis. The Almighty promises redemption to man after his fall, by the Messiah: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Moses. Satan with his association, after their fall, perceiving the creation of man was to replace and fill their vacant seats, plotted their fall, and bring them upon a level with themselves; to obtain their purpose, Satan assumes, or enters into a serpent, by which stratagem decoyed Eve to a breach of her duty, and abuse of free will. Adam salling into the same act of disobedience, entailed an everlasting curse on their posterity; for the offence was not against the creature, which would have been in their power to have made restitution: but it was in open violation to the immediate commandment of the Creator, which rendered it heedsul to have a Messiah to reconcile them; and this reconcilement is promised to the whole' stock of Adam that will accept this grace, and join Israel under the banner of their king.

Boy. We will confine ourselves without variation in the search of your Messiah; you gran? his appearing necessary for the reconcilement of man to his Creator; you also grant the promise is to the whole stock of Adam.'

Moses. All what you assert, I agree to, but with this singular privilege to Israel, that he will be flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bone, and that he will be born of the stock of David, and inherit his throne j and that Israel will possess every blessing under him according to the prophecies.

*Vy. 'We have agreed above, that the Mesfiah is promised in the 3d chapter of Genesis, to recone le the creature man to his God we have also in our lalt conserence agreed from what are there set down ; from the 1 5th, 17th. 22d chapters of Genesis, that'A?mi{?hty God made a covenant with Abraham, and promised the Mefsi ih should'he of his seed, bv whom 'alt nations of the earth should be blessed. We will htiw see the same promise renewed to Isaac in the 26th chapter of the same hook; and the L ord appeared unto him, and said, Go not downinto Egypt; ' dwell' in the lend which 1 Jhall tell thee of; s'journ in this sand. and I will be with thee, end will bless thee ; for unto thee and thy feed I Kill give all thtfe countries, and I will perform the cath which I [ware unto Abraham thy j at her; and I will make thy feed te multiply as the stars of Heaven. and I will give unto thy feed all these countries; aud in thy feed fall all the nations if the earth be blessed. Again the blessing is repeated and promised to Jatob in the 28th chap-" ter, as we took notice in our last conserence. 1 am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the Ged of Isaac: the land whereon thou lief, to thee will I give it, and to thy feed; and thy Jeed Jhall be as the dust of the earth, and jhall spread abroad to the Weft, and to the East, and to the North, and to the South .. and in thee, and in thy feed jhall all the families of the earth be blejjed.' In the 49th chapter? Israel-s blessing to Judah prophetically points out tharr the Messiah should bc.of that tribe; and marks out his \-6ming: "judah thou art he whom thy brethren shall . • praise;

.praise-, thine hand shall be in the neck os thy enemies; thy father-s children shall bow down before thee: Judah is a lion-s whelp: from the prey, my son thou art gone up; he stooped down; he couched as a lion, and as an old lioh j, who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his seer, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be, binding his fold unto the vine, and his asses colt unto the choice vine. He washed his garments in wine, and his cloaths in the blood of igrapes: his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk." The last prophecy 1 shall set down is what yourself seels the weight of by your commission, enjoined by your lawgiver from the immediate command of Almighty God, Deut. 18th chap. And the Lord God said unto me, " I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that 1 shall command him: and it snail come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, i will require it of him." It,is to-be observed, Almighty God established his covenant with Abraham 6oo years besore the law or legislation osMoses; neither do we observe any memion of it until it was enjoined . in the wilderness. Genesis 17th chap. And whesi . Abram was ninety-nine years <ld, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, "I am the Almighty God, walk besore me, ai4 h\e thvU persect, and I. will make My c.o> .-»r£.- venant

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