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bis hand, and touched the flesh and the un. leavened cakes: And there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the
unleavened cakes. Sam. And we read that Samuel took a fucking
lamb and offered it for a burnt-offering wholly unto the LORD: And Samuel cried
unto the LORD for Israel, and the LORD ib. x. 8. heard him. Again, he tells Saul,
down before me to Gilgal, and behold I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings. At which Time, we find that Saul, impatient of tarrying any longer
for Samuel, resolves to facrifice without him, and says, Bring bither a burnt
offering to me, and peace-offerings. For ib. xiii. 9. which he afterwards endeavours to excuse ---II, 12. himself to Samuel, by saying, Because thou
camest not within the days appointed, therefore, said I, the Prilistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made fupplication unto the LORD; I forced my self therefore, and offered a burnt-offering.
And when David was ordering the 2 Sam. Ark to be brought to Mount Sion, from vi. 13,17. the House of Obed-Edom, when they that
bare the ark of the LORD, had gone fix paces, be sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And, as soon as be bad placed it in the tabernacle that he had pitched for it, be offered burnt-off rings and peace-offerings before the LORD. Also, in the Threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebuste, he built an altar, and 1 Chron. offer'd burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. ib. xxix. And, at his resigning the Crown to Solo- 21. mon, we read of his making a most pompous Offering.
Solomon, after God's gracious Promises to him, offer'd up burnt-offerings and peace- 1 Kings offerings. And, after he had built the ib. ix. 25. · Temple, it is said, Three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt-offerings and peace. offerings upon the altar which he had built unto the LORD.
And when Abaz, one of the Kings of Judah, had caus'd a new Altar to be built afcer the Fashion of one he had seen at Damascus, we are told, he offered thereon; And be burnt bis burnt-offering, and his
2 Kings meat-offering, and poured bis drink-offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace-offerings upon the altar. And king Ahaz commande ed Urijah the Priest, saying, upon the great
altar burn the morning burnt-offering, and the evening meat-offering, and the king's burnt-facrifice and bis meat offering, with the burntoffering of all the people of the land, and their meat-offering, and their drink-offerings, and Sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt-offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice. S
And Hezekiah, after he had fanctified 2 Chron. the House of the LORD, gathered the ruxxix. 21. lers of the city, and commanded the Priests
to offer seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven be-goats, for a finoffering for the kingdom, and for the fan&tuary, and for Judah; and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. And they brought forth the be-goats for the fin-offering, before the king and the congregation, and tbey laid their hands upon them. And the Priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an etonement for all Israel. And, at the Dedication of the second Temple, we read
that they offer'd an hundred bullocks, two Ezra vi. hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for
fin-offering for all Israel, twelve be-goats.
There are more of these Sacrifices mention'd in the historical Books of the
Scripture, as likewise in the Psalms and the Prophets; too many to be transferr'd into this. Treatise. What we have produc'd may suffice to shew how much of the Jewish Religion consisted in them; rand how pompously they were solemniz'd upon extraordinary Occasions. That the Observance of them was prescrib'd to them by God himself; and was what they always thought chemselves bound to as long as they had Liberty and Power of so doing.
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Sacrifices, only a Toleration. But, after all, by the Light of the Gospel since reveal'd to us, we are well assur'd that these carnal Ordinances were not so properly an Establishment, as a Toleration. The Times, in which they were conniv'd at,
Acts xiv. were Times of gross Ignorance; and the 16. xvii. People, to whom they were indulg'd, hard- 30. hearted, stiffnecked, and perverse to a high Degree. Yet, as they were the Pofterity of Abraham, and several other worthy Patriarchs of old, who in the main, had led their Lives in such a manner as te
please God; and because, the scanty Proportion of true Religion then existing in The World was no where so great as among the Tribes of Israel; as likewise, because out of them, God had resolv'd the Meffiab, the Saviour of the World, should in the Fulness of Time be born: Therefore, he vouchsaf'd so far, to bear with their Infirmities, as to permit them to worship him, after the prevailing Custom of the World by sacrificing Beasts to him. Since this might help, in some measure, to kindle reverencial Thoughts of the supreme Deity in their Minds; and thereby inflame them with an ardent Desire to render themfelves acceptable to Him, by an Imitation of that Purity which they knew must be inseparable from him. And especially since these Sacrifices were so contriv'd, that they Thould be significant towards Man's eternal Salvation, by typically representing that glorious and satisfactory Sacrifice which CHRIST, in his own Person, would one day make, for the Sins of the whole World, And moreover, as they had been always us'd by their Forefathers, and they saw were still us'd by all the Nations round