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fet forth by the valley of the sons of Hinnom, and Tophet, places in this country. Indeed the whole in a manner was typical, and a figurative thing.

But I have, in the enfuing discourse, confined myfelf to the temple, that immediate place of God's worship; of whtse utensils in particular, as I have said, I have spoken ; though to each with what brevity I could, for that none of them are without a fpiritual, and fo profitable, fignification to us.

And here we may behold much of the richness of the wisdom and grace of God; namely, that he, even in the very place of worihip of old, thould ordain visible forms and representations for the wor. fhippers, to learn them to worship him by. Yea, the temple itself was, as to this, to them a good instruction.

But in my thus faying, I give no encouragement to any now, to fetch out of their own fancies, fan gures or similitudes to-worthip God by. What God provided to be an help to the weakness of his people of old, was one thing, and what they invented without his 'comuandinent was another. For tho' they had his blefsing when they worshipped him with such types, shadows, and figures, which he had enjoined on them for that purpose *, yet he fore. ly punished and plagued them when they would add to thefe inventions of their own. Yea he, in the very act of instiruting their way of worshipping him, forbad their giving, in any thing, way to their own tumburs or fancies, and bound them frictly to the orders of heaven.

Louk, said God to Moses, their first great legilJator," that thou make all things, according to the pattern Thewed' to thee in the mount," Exod. xx. 40. Heb, viñ, 5.

* Exod. xxxii. 35Kings xvii. 16, 17, 18. Aas vil, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43. AB

Nor doth our apostle but take the same measures, when he saith, “ If any man thinketh hinıfeif a prophet, or spiritual ; let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the command, ments of the Lord, (1 Cor. xiv. 37.)

When Solomon alco was to build this temple for the worship of God, though he was wiler than all men ; yet God truited neither to his widom nor memory, nor to any immédiate dictates from hea. ven to him how he would have him build it,

No, he was to receive the whole platform thereof, in writing, by the inspiration of God. Nur would God give this platform of the temple, and of its utensils, immediately to this wise man, left perhaps, by others, his wifo Mould be idolized, or that fome thould ubject that the whule fashion thereof proceeded of his fancy, only he made pretentions of divine revelation, as a cover for his doings.

Therefore, I say, not to him, but to his father David, was the whole pattern given of it from hea. ven; and to by David to Solomon his son, in writ. ing, “ Then David, says the text, gave to Solomon his fon the pattern of the porch, and the houses thereof, and of the treafuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and

of the place of the mercy seat, 1 Chron. xxviii, 11. And the pattern of all that he had by che Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, and of all the chambers round about, and of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treafuries of the dedicated things, (ver. 12.) Also for the courses of the Priefts and Levites, and for all the work of the fervice of the house of the Lord, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the Lord,” (ver. 13)

Yea, moreover, he had from heaven, or by di. vine revelation, what the candlesticks must be made of, and also how much was to go to each ; the fame order and commandment he also gave for

the making of the tables, flesh-hooks, cups, basons; altar of incente ; with the pattern for the chariot of the cherubius, &c. ver. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. All this, said Davii, the Loru inade me underitanid by writing by his hand upon me, even all the work of this pattern, (ver. 20.) So I say, he gave David the pattern of the ter ple; fo David gave Solomon the pa tern of the temple, and according to that pattern did solumon build the temple, and no on therwise.

True, all these were but figures, patterns, and Madows of things in heaven, and not the very image of the things * : but, as was faid afore, if God was to circumspect and exact in these, as not to leave. any thing to the dictates of the godiy and wifest of men, what can we suppose he will now admit of the wit and contrivance of men in those things that are, in comparison to them, the heavenly things themselves?

It is also to be concluded, that since those fha. dows of things in the heavens are already com. mitted by God to sacred story, and since that sacred story is said to be able to make the man of God so perfect in all things, (2 Tim. iii. 15, 16, 17.) it is a duty to us to leave off to lean to common understanding, and to inquire and learch out by that ho. ly writ, and nought elfe, by what and how we fhould worship God. David was for inquiring in his temple, (Psal. xxvii. 4.)

And although the old church.way of worship is laid alide as to us in New-Testament times, yet, fince those very ordinances were figures of things and methods of worship, now we may, yea, we ought to search dùt the spiritual meaning of them because they serve to confirm and illustrate matters to our understandings, Yea, they shew us the niore exactly how the New and Old Testament, as to the {piritualness of the worship, was as one and the

Heb. viii. s. chap. ix, 8, 6, 2 3. chap. de lo

fame ; only the Old was clouded with fhadowe, but ours is with more open face. ;

Features to the life, as we fay, set out by a pica ture, does excellently thew the fkill of the artist. The Old and New Tettament had the shadow, not have we but the very image ; buth theri are butema blems of u hat is yet behind. We may find out gospel clouded in their cevenionies, and onr {piritaal worinip fut out foine what by their carnal ordi



Now because, as I faid, th: re lies, as wrapt up in a nyantle, much of the glory of our gospel-maiter's in this Temple which Solomon builded; therefore I have made, as well as I could, by conparing fpiritval chings with remporal, this book upon his fub. ject.

I dare not presunie to say, that I know I have hit right in every thing, but ibis I can tay, I have endeavoured fo to do. True, I have not for the le thing's fished in other mens waters; my Bible and Concordance are my only library in my writings. Wherefore, courteous Reader, if thou finde ft any thing, either in word or matter, thật thou hast judge doth vary from God's truth, kt it be count'. ed no man's elte but mine: Pray Go:l also to'par. don my fault, do thou also lovingly pass it by, and receive what thou findest will do thee good.

And for thy leafier finding of any particular in the book, I have in the leaves following set before thee the chief heads, one by one ; and alfo in what page of the book thou mayest find them.

Thy Servant in the Gospel,



C Η Α Ρ. Ι.


1fаас ;

Where the Temple was built.
HE Temple was built at Jerusalem, on
Mount Moriah, in the threshing.floor of

Aroon the Jebulite ; whereabout Abraham offered

up there where David met the angel of the Lord, when he came wih his drawn fword in his hand, to cut off the people at Jerusalem for the lin which David committed in his disorderly nuinbering the people. Gen. xxii. 3, 4, 5. i Chron. xxi.

15. xxii. i. 2 Chron. iii. I. There Abrahain received his son Ifaac from the dead ; there the Lord was increated by David to take away the plague, and to return to Ifrael again in mercy; from whence also David gathered, that there God's temple must be built. “ This (said he) is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt-offering for Israel, 1 Chron, xxi. 28. xxii. 1. ii, 1.

This Mount Moriah, therefore, was a type of the Son of God, the mountain of the Lord's house, the rock against which the gates of hell cannot pre. vail.


Who built the Temple. THE Temple was built by Solomon, 2 man

peaceable and quiet, and that in namne, by na. ture, and in governing ; for f God had before told David, nainely, that such a one, the builder of the semple Thould be.

“ Behold, saith he, a son fhall be born unto thee;

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