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the number of all their services, to shew how acceptable this their service was unto him. He adds, as a testimony of his acceptance of these their services, "This was the dedication of the altar after that it was anointed."

This brings me to my third particular, what we may understand as shadowed forth, and represented hereby. The altar now dedicated, was a type of Christ; the oblations offered were memorials of his most precious blood-shedding, sacrifice, and death. The princes of the twelve tribes, shewed their faith, hope, and love, towards God in Christ Jesus; and also hereby testified the faith and hope of Israel, in the everblessed Messiah, the prince of peace. The apostle seems to say the very same, when giving in his testimony for Christ, before king Agrippa; he says, "And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise, made of God unto our fathers; unto which promise our twelve tribes instantly serving God day and night, hope to come."

These persons, by their offerings, professed their knowledge and faith in the Lord Jesus, declared hereby that they were seeking to enjoy communion with him, in all the benefits of his. death: that they were ready to honor the Lord with their persons and substance, and with the first-fruits of all their increase; that they would willingly offer to the maintenance of the Lords continual and public service; and that they should account it their highest privilege to be accepted of him, and to be remembered by him, with the favour he bears to his beloved ones. As some of their oblations were peace-offerings, so they, with the priest, fed and feasted on some portions of these, and kept a feast with joy before the Lord, for his mercy towards his people. Solomon, in after time dedicated the house of God, 2 Chron. vii. 5. and kept the dedication of the altar seven days, 2 Chron. vii. 9. and at the jews return out of Babylon, they kept the dedication of the house of God with joy, and offered at the dedication of it, one hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, &c. Ezra vi. 16, 17.

Thus Christ, as solemnly consecrated for all the people of God, as the one altar, priest> and sacrifice, for his whole church, was set forth; and these persons by faith, received him as their propitiation, and fed on him as the one sacrifice for sin. Mr. Romaine says, * The altar now dedicated, was a type of Christ; so the oblation of the princes of the twelve tribes, shewed the faith, hope, and love of Israel towards God in Christ.*

On the fourteenth day of this second month, a private passover was kept by some persons, who could not keep it on the fixed time in the first month. And on the twentieth day of this second month, the cloud removing, the tabernacle was taken down, and the people went from mount Sinai, towards Canaan. The Lord gave the signal by taking up the cloud from off the tabernacle, and Moses prayed, " Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered, and let them that hate thee flee before thee." The priests with the trumpets blew the alarm, then Judah rose up, with Issachar and Zabulon, in which camp were one hundred and eighty-six thousand, and four hundred men of war, and they marched foremost; then followed the levites of Gershon and Merari, with six waggons, bearing the boards and coverings of the tabernacle. The trumpets sounded an alarm the second time, then Reuben, Simeon, and Gad, with their army of one hundred and fifty->one thousand four hundred and fifty fighting men, rose up and followed the tabernacle. After them went the levites, the sons of Kohath, in the midst of the twelve tribes, bearing on their shoulders, the ark, candlestick, table, altar, and other holy things. At the sound of the trumpet's third alarm, the standard of Ephraim rose, under which were of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin, one hundred thousand and eight thousand, and an hundred men of war, and these followed the sanctuary. The psalmist hath reference to this when he prays thus, "Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up thy strength, and come and save us." Psalm viii. 2. When the trumpets sounded the fourth alarm, the standard of Dan arose, in whose camp were one hundred and fifty-seven thousand and six hundred fighting men of Asher and Naphtali, who not guarding the tabernacle had charge of gathering all, and looking to the feeble, that nothing should be lost or left behind. Thus the sanctuary was in the midst, in the most safe and honorable place. The largest camp was before, the next in greatness went hindmost, to resist all enemies; but the Lord himself went before them, and he, as the God of Israel, was their rereward. He marched before his people in the wilderness, and the earth quaked, the heavens dropped, and he confirmed his inheritance when it was weary.

May the Lord bless what I have here laid before you. Amen.

SERMON XV.

ON SAMSON, AS A TYPE OF CHRIST, IN HIS NAZAR1TESHIP, WORK, AND OFFICE.

Judges xiii. 5.

** For lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a sou,

and no razor shall come on his head: for the child

shall be a nazarite unto God from the womb; and

he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of

the Philistines.

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IT is an immutable truth, that the number of God's elect can neither be increased nor diminished; yet it is as real a truth, that the number of the elect may be more in one age and place than another, and according to this, such is the success of the everlasting gospel of the blessed God. This book of Judges gives full proof of it; for the number of God's elect being few in Israel, the true worship of God became so generally neglected, and will-worship and idolatry so greatly prevailed, that we read of scarce any

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