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The Law and the Prophets continue! in force till the time that John entred upon his Office, nor were there any Rules known but what were contain'd in the Precepts of the one, and the Prophecies of the other: But after that John began to preach unto you. the Laws of the Kingdom of Heaven have been more fully open'd, and the Rewards that attend the Obedience to 'em have been manifested to you. This Personage, if you will believe me, is that Eliot, who according to the Pror phecy olMalachi, ch. 4. 5. was to appear before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord. Whoever has a serious concern for his own Salvation, and is convine'd 'tishis Duty to examine into the means propos'd for the obtaining of it,, let him ponder my Words, and infer from them what it is not necessary for me at present to express more plainly to him. A great Multitude of the common People, and the very Publicans, out of a due sense of the greatness of their Crimes, which had stir'd up God's Justice against them, have embrae'd the Baptism of John, and are become truly penitent; but xht Pharisees, and almost all the Doctors of the Law, those eminently learned and holy Persons, as they would fain be thought. have rejected the Counfil of God exhorting them to Repentance, thro Pride ana Contumacy, and refus'd to be baptiz'd by John, that they might not be obligd to make an open Confession of their Vices.
15 But whereunto shall Uiken this generation i
It is like unto children fitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not dancedi. we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they lay, He hath a devil.
19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a wine-bibber, a friend of Publicans and sinners:
51 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
32 They are like unto children fitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and faying, We have piped unto you,. and ye have not Tlanced : we have mourned to you, and ye have not. wept.
32 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread, nor drinking wine j and ye fay, He hath a devil.
34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye fay, Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine-bibber, a friend of Tublicans and sinners.
Which Behaviour of theirs I can liken to nothing more properly than to the proverbial Saying among Children at their Play: We have piped, and you have not danced-, we have lamented among you, and no body has been concernd at it. Thus these men have not been persuaded to comply with God's Messages to them^ inviting them to a Reformation, and the Advantages that attend it in the Kingdom of Heaven. John the Baptist, who was first sent to them, led a most austere Life in the Deserts, sustaining himself without either Bread or Wine 3 by which Severity of Life they might have concluded him to be one, who laying aside all care after the Conveniences of this Life, made it his great busineft to put in execution the Commands he received from God: Him they calumniated as one possessed with an evil Spirit, which hurried him into the Desert, and made him neglect the Sacerdotal Duties, and the Benefits annexed to them. Whereas I, on the contrary, who have conform'd, in all outward respects, to the general Customs of Men, who have made no difference in the use of Meats and Drinks, who have not avoided the Conversation of the Vulgar, that I might make the more Proselytes to Virtue, am tradue'd by .them as a Glutton, a Lover of Wine, and a Friend to Publicans and
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but wisdom is justified of
& her children.
20 Then began he to «^-j upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. ,
21 Wo unto thee Cho- * razin, wo unto thee Beth
saida: for if the migh- , '>. •
ty works which were
done in you, had been
done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented
long ago in sackcloth and
* 22 But I fay unto you,
It shall be more toler^
able for Tyre and Sidon
at the day of judgmenr,
than for you.
2 j And thou Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shale be brought down to hell:
Sinners. But whoever has a true relish of heavenly things, will easily perceive the divine Wisdom in these so different ways of living, and with how much reason thev both tend to one and the fame end.
Then began Jefitt to upbraid the Inhabitants of those Cities in which and in whose Country he had wrought his Miracles, for their not being prevail'd on to amend their Lives. O how greatPunishments, said he, remain for you, ve Inhabitants of Choraz^ a.xxL Bethfatda! tttue synans and Sidomam, a People the most abandoned to Idolatry, had seen those Miracles that have been shown to vou, they would long ago have repented, aud implor'd the divine Mercy in Sackcloth and Alhes. Whereas you who are^nw, who have the true God for the Object of your Worship, have not been so affected with them as to amend your Lives. They therefore tho Idolaters, (hall not be so severely punish'd as you in the Day of Judgment.
And you,0 Inhabitants of Capernaum^ho have been hitherto judg'd happy by my Residence, and the Miracles I have perform'd among yon, your Obstinacy hereafter lhall be pumfht with the greatest Severity of all: for if the Citizens of Sodom had
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for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I fay unco you, thac it shall be more colerablc tor the land of Sodom in the day of Judgment, than forthee.
25 At >that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise aud prudent, and hast revealed them to babes.
26 Even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy fight.
27 All things are delivered tmto me of my Father : and no man knovveth the Son but
the Father, neither knoweth'
any nan the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him,
28 Come unto me all ye • •• that labour, and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
seen the Miracles of which you have been Eye-witnesses, their City would nos have been destroyed: Those men, tho so wicked and impure, by a timely Reformation would have appeas'd the Wrath of God, and shall therefore suffer left Punishment than you. After these Exclamations, Jesus addressing himself to God, I thank thee, said he, andacknowledgthe Wisdom of thy Providence, in that thy Gospel has been receiv'd by the unlearned and undefigning part of MankindjWhile the men of repute for Learning and Policy reject it. Thus it has pleas'd thee to order for thy own wife purposes, which it is impossible for men to penetrate. Then turning himself to the Auditory, Whatsoever I teach you, said he, I have receiv'd from »y heavenly Father, and there is no one knows what I am to do and suffer, inaP much as no Mortal is acquainted with his secret Determination but the Son only, > and they |to whom the Son shall reveal it. O all ye that desire Ease, ye who have been wearied out by the many journies the Law obliges you to make to Jerusalem, • and who groan under the Burden of many and grievous Rites, unbrace my Discipline, and you (hall find relief. •• Observe my Precepts, and you will fee how
much I differ from the Pride and Haughtiness of your Rabbies \ those of the meanest Condition (hall be receiv'd by me as well as others, and all that I expect from you isa (bund Morality. Tis in these Commands of mine that your Souls may rest satisfied, and not in your Jewijb Ceremonies, the observance of which is requir'd with so much rigour. When you have been a while inur'd to my Discipline, you will acknowledg I have impos'd nothing on you, but for your own Profit, and that the Tasks I have enjoy nd you contain nothing in them grievous or hard to be perform'd.
Jesus is entertained in the House of a certain Pharisee, and during the
A Ltho most of the Pharisees were Enemies to Jesus, yet some of them had a