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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 of fered at the dedication of it, one hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, &c. Ezra vi, 16, 17.

Thus Cbrist, 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 taber, nacle 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 bath reference to this when he prays thus, “ Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseb, 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 bindmost, 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 bea. vens dropped, and he confirmed his, inheritance when it was weary.

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




JUDGES xiii. 5.

6. For lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a son, 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.

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

thing throughout this part of the inspired volume, but the relapses of the Israelites into idolatry, and the Lord, on their repentance, raising up judges or deliverers for them, who administered judgment unto them, giving them proper advice, going forth before them to battle, governing their political affairs, and thus again and again saving them out of the hands of their various enemies, This book, from the death of Joshua to the death of Samson, contains the period of two hundred and ninety-nine years, according to Dr. Lightfoot. It contains an account of thirteen persons, stiled judges; whose names were, first, Othniel, who delivered the Israelites out of the hands of Cushan Rishathaim, who oppressed them eight years, and he governed them as a judge forty years. Second, Eliud, who delivered them from the oppression of Eglon, king of Moab, under which they were eight years; and he acted as a judge ainongst them eighty years. Third, Barak, who delivered them from the cruelty of Jabin, king of Canaan, which lasted twenty years; and he acted as a political judge forty years. Fourth, Gideon, who delivered them from the oppression of Midian, which lasted seven years; and he acted as their ruler forty years. Fifth, Abimelech, Gideon's son, acted in a public office three years. Sixth, Tola, of Issachar; he was judge in Israel twenty-three years. Seventh, Jair, of Manasseh, six years. : Eighth, Jepthah, he

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