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venant between Me and chee,' and I will multiply thee exceedingly." And Abram fell upon his face; and God talked with him, saying, " As for Me, behold My covenant is. wich thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations: neither Ihalt thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be called Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee; and I will make thee exceeding fruitful; and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee; and I will establish My covenant between Me and thee, and thy feed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy feed after thee. This is My covenant which ye shall keep between Me and you, and thy feed after thee: every man-child among you shall be circumcised; and ye shall circum- . cise the Aesh of your fore-skin; and it shall be a coken of the covenant betwixt Me and you : and he that is eight days old shall be circum

cised among you, every man-child in your ge· nerations; he that is born in thy house, or

bought with money of any stranger which is not of thy feed. And the uncircumcised manchild whose fefh of his fore-skin is not circumcised, that soul fhall be cut off from his people ; he hach broken My covenant : and God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son, indeed ; and thou shalt call his name Isaac ; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlafting covenant, and with his feed after him." On the same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son, and all the men of his


bought thy feedn of his fore off from hi

house, born in the house, and bought with mohey of the stranger, were circumcised with him. It is therefore evident that the firft có, venant dates its epoch from the day aforementioned; and as I observed above, throughout thefe communications betwixt the Creator and his creatures, 'not a single mention is made of the legislation of Moses, but the whole force and blessings are immediately referred and cars ried to the Meffiah.' We find your law-giver, who was the sacred pen-man of these prophes cies, referring you to your Messiah, where you are to receive life,' and a curse if you refufe to obey.

Mofes. The prophecies are full that a Memah was promised, to whom we are referred, and from him we expect all blessings; the circumstances and signs of his coming are prophesied to us by our father Jacob, in his laft blessing to Judah, from whose tribe he was to be born: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet; until Shis foh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people' be. The sceptre commenced with David, and continued in his descendants until Judea became a Roman province, when the sceptre was granted to an alien (King Herod) by Auguftus the Roman Emperor : this alien not only intruded himself on the throne, buc also dismissed the legal line of priesthood, and incruded obscure persons, which custom was followed by his fucceffors, fhurting up the holy robe of the high priest, under their privy seal; so that the priest had no longer the privilege of keeping or being intrusted with his own robe. Here it will be proper to bring for - ward the prophecy of Daniel's seventy weeks, which two prophesies will illustrate each other, and Thew us the truth.

Boy. 9th chapter Daniel. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and pro phecy, and to anoint the most holy: befoie we proceed it will be proper to draw some conclu. sions from this verse.

Mofes. Seventy weeks, taken each day for a year, is 490 years ; to make reconcilement for Gn, there must be a sacrifice of an equal value ; that is, a sacrifice equal in sanctity, as the offence is in fin; çapable of making atone: ment to the Divine Majesty for crimes committed ; everlasting righteousness, free from fin, never being stained, but always pure ; and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. . Here is the Messiah, the great Prophet, under and from whom Ifrael expects all blessings.

Boy. The seventy weeks were accomplished, acknowledged by Jews and christians, when Jesus Christ entered into the next life, or ftate of glory.

Mosés. The middle of the seventieth week.

Boy. The time the Mefliah was to be cut off.

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. Mofes. I have often repeated the agreement of Jews and christians, as to time, but not the person of their Meffiah. * Boy. What are the expectations of Israel in the person of the Messiah?

Mofes. A great Prince and Prophet, who will restore and enrich Israel with every grandeur, and grant them their full wishes, and restore them and reinstate them in their promised everlasting poffeffions, insured to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Boy. We agreed that the whole ftock of Adam was involved in the guilt of their first parent's fin, and as it was a sin of equal magnitude with the crime of the angels that feil, being against the deity, and which has entailed an eternal reprobation on the angels, not being capable of making reftitution to the divinity, the nature of a creature not being adequate to an offence against its Creator ; of what nature or quality, therefore, does Israel hold the Mel siah?

Moses. Ifrael holds and esteems her Meffiah the great and supreme prophet, a great and powerful Prince, who will rule all nations, and place Ifrael in her own country and privileges, Ķnow no grief, but enjoy every felicity without abatement.

Boy. The summit of Israel's felicity consists purely in gratifying the senses, terrestrial plea. fures. This sums the chief accusation against Jesus Christ, whose poverty was his crime, and rock of offence to Israel,


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"Mofes. Let us proceed in the examine of the prophecies, where we may search out truth. I

Boy. It will be in vain to seek or expeet ce leftial blessings in the odour or fragrancy of terrestrial perfumes. This does not correspond with the malediction pronounced againft our culprit original, with their pofterity, which descended even to the mould from whence we were produced, and its productions, being.' thorns and briars. Genesis 3d chapter, The Lord God said unto Adam, Cursed is the earth fom thy fake ; in forrow malt thou eat of it all the days of thy life: thorns also and thistles Mall it bring forth to thee: and thoų falt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face Malt thou, eat bread, until thou return to the ground : for out of it wajt thou taken, for duft thou art, and there return thou shalt.

Moses. All these maladies will be taken from us ; this is the promise when we fhall act in fubordination to his will, which will be the will of God, whenever he is manifested to Israel. The reign of the Meffiah will be a time of all bleffings, truth and happiness. A voluptuous life was never my passion, as my meagre care case gives teftimony; but my God and his di. vine cruths have ever from my youth been my desire. .

Boy. And to feal' up the vision and prophecy, and anoint the most Holy.

Moses. The most Holy is agreed by all to be the Meffiah ; but the words seal up the vision and prophecy, is, I confefs, a dark paffage. What can it mean, but that vision and pro


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