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SPIRI TU ALI Z E D:
GOS P E L-LIGHT
FETCHED OUT OF THE
TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM,
TO LET US MORE EASILY INTO THE GLORY OF
NEW TESTAMENT TRUTHS.
BY JOHN BUNY A N.
Ezek. xliii. 10, II.
- Show them the form of the house, and the fashion
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M.DCC.LXXXVI 101. 9.
Courteous Christian Reader, HAVE, as thou by this little book mayest see adventured, at this time, to do my endeavour
to thew thee fomething of the golpel glory of Solomon's temple : that is, of what it, with its uten. fils, was a type of; and, as such, how instructing it was to our fathers, and alfo is to us their children : The which, that I might do the more distinctly, I have handled particulars one by one, to the number cf.hreescore and ten ; namely, all that of them I could call to mind : because, as I believe, there was not one of them but had its signification, and fo fometting profitable for us to know.
For ihkugh we are not now to worfhip God in thoie methods, or by such ordinances as once the old church did ; yet to know their methods, and to understand the nature and signification of their ordinances, when compared with the gospel, may, even now, when themselves (as to what they once enjoined on others) are dead, minifter light to use And hence the New Testament ministers, as the a poftles, made niuch use of Old Testament lan. guage, and caremonial institutions, as to their fig: nificarion, to help the faith of the godly, in their preaching of the gospel of Christ.
I may lay, that God did in a manner tie up ihe church of the Jews to types, figures, and fimili: tudes, and I mean to be butted and bounded by them in all external parts of worship ; yea, not only the Levitical law and temple, but, as it seems to me, the whole land of Canaan, the place of their lot to dwell in, was to them a ceremonial, or a figure. Their land was a type of heaven ; their passage over Jordan into it, a fimilitude of our going to
* Heb. iii. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Lev. xix. 23. chap. xxvi. 34, 35, Exod. xii. 15. Lev. vi. 17. chap. xxiii. 17.
heaven by death.' The fruit of their land was faid to be uncircumcised, as being at their first entrance thi: her unclean; in which their land was also a fi. gure of another thing, even as heaven was a type of
fin and grace.
Again, The very land itself was said to keep fab. bath, and so to rest a holy reit, even when the lay desolate, and not post sled of those to whom the was given for thein to dwell in.
Yea, many of the features of the then church of God were set forth, as in figures and Nuadows, so by places and things in that land.
1. In general, the is said to be beautiful as Tirzah, (Song vi. 4.) and to be comely as Jerųfale.n.
2. In particular, her neck is compared to the tower of David, builded for an arinory, (Song iv. 4.) her eyes to filh-pools of Helhbon, by the gate of Bethrabbim, (chap. vii. 4.) her nose is compared to the tower of Lebanon, which looketh towards Dama!cus, (chap. iv. 1.) Yea, the hair of her heid is comp.red to a flock of goats, which conie up from Mount Gilead : and the smell of her gar. ments to the smell of Lebanon, ver. 11.
Nor was chis land altogether void of shadows, e. ven of her Lord and Saviour. Hence he says of himself, I am the Role of Sharon, and the Lily of the valleys, (Song ii. 1.) Also the, his beloved, faith of hm, His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars, (chap. v. 15.) What thall I say? The two cities, Zion aud Jerusalem, were such as someti nes fet forth the two churches (Gal. Iv.) the true and the false, and their feed Ifaac and Ithmael.
I might also here new. you, that even the gists and
graces of the true church were set forth by the Spices, nuts, grapes, and pomegrana es that the land of Canaán brought forth. Yea, that hell itself was