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: instead of looking into the Spirit and Mean-SERM.
ing of the Law; instead of flying for Succourant af to him, to whom it referred them; they fixed
their Eyes upon the Letter only, and placed
their Trust in an Observance of the outward i Ceremonies and Rités. Nay even these they s observed not in such Manner as God himself I had prescribed in the Law; but either blend. i ed and adulterated them with Observances of E their own; or else laid them entirely aside, to & make way for other Rites of their own Inven
tion. For rejecting (faith our Saviour) the 1 Commandment of God, they held the Tradition I of Men, Mark vii. 8, 9. Making the Word
of God of none Effeet through their Tradition,
T 4 doing
SERM. doing it at the very Minute when all their
XIII. w Wine had failed, and there was nothing but
Water left in the House. This shewed that
i the good Wine until now. This Commenda-SERM * tion of the Wine last drawn, was intended
XIII. intended and
A I by the Governor of the Feast for the Brideà groom of Cana, to whom he spoke : But if
we read it with a spiritual Eye, we shall easily
understand it as truer of Christ, the heavenly I Bridegroom of his Spouse the Church, who V in every Oeconomy fo directs and governs his † Affairs, that the better always succeeds the
worse. The Bondage of the Law shall pre-
This Procedure of Christ, with relation to
SER M. prosperous in this World, in order to retaini XIII.
them secure to himself for the Extremity of Misery and Wo in the next. The Rich-man, in the Parable, we are told, in his Life Time. received his good Things, and Lazarus his evil Things : But what was the Consequence, the following Words immediately declareBut now, he is comforted, and thou árt tor. mented, Luke xvi. 25.
And thus we have seen from the Scripture we have been considering the exceeding Tenderness and conjugal Affection of Christ to his Church. He saw her oppressed by the Weight and Burden of a ceremonial Law, not able to bear up any longer, under it, but just upon finking, helplefs and weak. He resolved therefore in his Compassion to pity her Estate, to change her numerous and tiresome Rites for a more internal and spiritual Law; and to enable her to keep it, determining to impart to her of his own Power and Strength, and in order to this, leaves his Father, comes down from Heaven, and espouses her to himself. And to this Affection and entire Devotion of himself to his Church it might possibly be owing, that in the Passage before us he shews fo cold a Regard to his Mother. For when, out of a charitable and friendly Desire to main
7tain the Decency of an hospitable Entertain- SERM.
XIII. ment, the sues to our Lord for a supply of - Wine, when what was provided in the Houfe E was failed; Jesus faith unto her, Woman,
what have I to do with thee? Mine Hour is E' not get come. This being an Answer that - seems to incline towards Harshness and Seve: rity; it has pretty much perplexed our Com
mentators, how to account for it: But if we
bear in Mind this nearer Relation of Jesus to 1 his Church, and read it, with one of the an
cient Fathers *, with a Point of Interrogati-