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times, and unto diviners: but, as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." Deut. xviii. 9—15. Thus far Moses taught Israel, that when they should inherit the land they must not learn the abominations of the gentiles, for you shall have no occasion ; because the Lord your God, will always raise for you prophets from the midst of you; therefore any thing what thou shalt wish to know, thou shalt go to him and he shall tell thee.
Perhaps some person will ask, why is it then in the singular number, a prophet, and not prophets 9
It is well known that we have two laws : the one is called the written law, which is the Old Testament; the second is called * the oral law, and * both of these Moses received upon Mount Sinai. This oral law was always delivered to the successor of the first; Moses received of God, Joshua of Moses.
From Joshua to Samuel the prophet were twelve judges, and every one of these twelve was a receiver of the oral law; this receiver was called also the Nassi, or president of his Sanhedrin; Joshua delivered the oral law to Othniel, the son of Kenaz; and the last of these twelve was Eli, the high priest.
The first of the prophets that received the oral law was Samuel, he received it of Eli the high priest. 2. Nathan the prophet. 3. Ahijah the Shilonite. 4. Elijah the Tishbite. 5. Elisha the son of Shaphat. 6. Hosea the son of Beeri. 7. Amos a herdman of Tekoa. 8. Isaiah the son of Amoz. 9. Micah the Morasthite. 10. Joel the son of Pethuel. 11. Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah. '12. Ezekiel the son of Buzithe priest.
Thus far goes the account of those Prophets that received the oral law, in the time of the First Temple.
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi; these three prophets were in the time of the Second Temple. Malachi was the last of all the prophets, and he is also *the great seal of the Old Testament; and from this we learn that there shall be no more a prophet in Israel until the restoration of Israel. "Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Mai. iv. 5.—Next will be shewn, that in the time of every prophet that received the oral law were many prophets, but all of them were called only the disciples of him who was the receiver; and he was the Lord over them all, the same as Moses was over his Sanhedrin; and * each receiver was as God in his age, as Moses in his age. When Samuel anointed Saul he said unto him, "Thou shalt meet a company of prophets." 1 Sam. x. 5. "And the sons of the prophets." 2 Kings ii.3. "What, shall I set this before a hundred men ?" 2 Kings iv. 43. these were his disciples.
It is well known that Moses was the lord of all the prophets, and *the seventy elders, or his Sanhedrin, were all prophets ; yet not one of them is mentioned, but *only Moses. What Moses desired of God, it was granted; what Samuel desired of God, it was granted ; what Elijah desired of God, it was granted; what Elisha desired of God, it was granted; and in the same manner all the rest: here it may be seen that every one of these prophets was * as good in his age as Moses was in his; and this is what God said to Moses. "And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will'raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee." Deut. xviiii. 17, 18.
Thus far it is proved that this prophecy has no reference whatever to the Messiah- The spring of prophecy was opened by Moses, and sealed up again by Malachi, and shall remain so until the Messiah shall come, and then the seal will be taken away, and prophecy will be restored to Israel, and will cease no more, for so it is written: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And I will shew wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, &c. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come." Joel ii. 28, 30, 31. And before all these things shall come to pass, the prophet Elijah will be sent to Israel, and afterwards will come the great and terrible day of the Lord.
* Galatians.—" For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." chap. iii. 10. This quotation from Deut. xxvii. 26. we read thus in the English version, " Cursed be he that confirmeth not all
the words of this law to do them." This passage is of great consequence to the gentiles, for by it they prove that, if a person observes many of the commandments of the law, yet is he under the curse, because it is written, all of them must be done. We are at liberty to search the truth, and commanded also to speak nothing but the truth. Considering this, we must first examine if the above statement is true; if it shall be found true, it certainly must remain so ; but if it should be found false, then lawfully we may say it is not true. But before we proceed to the examination we must first make some preliminary remarks. Any thing that is known to the world at large cannot be denied. The miracles wrought by the hand of Moses in Egypt, by the Red Sea, in the wilderness for the space of forty years, are recorded in the great drawing of the law, and now known to the world at large. God delivered to Moses six hundred and thirteen commandments, and these commandments are called the law. God said to Moses, Teach my people Israel this law, that they may know to worship their God. Moses did as he was commanded. Further it should be known that some of these commandments could be observed by no other person except by a prophet ; some by the high priest, some were the duty of the Levites; some the duty of a judge. Here will arise a question, how could he who was n6t a prophet, or he who was not a high priest, or he who was not of the tribe of Levi, or he who was not a judge, observe all these commandments? Secondly, a Jew is commanded that if his wife brings forth a son he must be circumcised when
eight days old; but when his wife was barren he could not perform this command. Thirdly, If the son was a first born, the father was obliged to bring the child before the priest when he was thirty days old, and to redeem his first born by paying five shekels; but, if his wife brought forth the first child a girl, this command could not be observed. Fourthly, If his wife brought forth no sons but daughters, then he could not observe either the one 'or the other.—Fifthly, If a Jew had a brother, and he died and left no child, then the command is, that the living brother must marry her: now, if a Jew has no brother, how can he observe this command ? or, if his brother left children, then he could' not marry her. There are numbers more of the same kind, that could not be observed, except in particular instances, and the few here mentioned are sufficient for the present purpose.
We must now hear the instruction of Moses. Moses says, If thou hast a son he must be circumcised. One of the Jews cried out, Lord Moses, I never can observe this command. Moses said to him, Why? He said, Because I never had a son. Another Jew came to Moses, crying, and said, Lord Moses, I and my family are for ever undone. Moses said to him, Why so? He said, I wish to go into the tabernacle, and if I go there, thou wilt order to kill me, because it is written, And the stranger that cometh into the tabernacle shall be put to death. Numbers iii. 10. Now if I do not perform this command, I remain under the curse, because this is one of the commandments of the law. Another Jew came before Moses, and
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