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to heaven, and the angels of God afcending and descending on it. And the Lord stood above it and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham, thy father, and the God of Isaac, the land whereon thou liest to thee will I give it, and to thy feed; and tby feed mall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt Spread abroad unto the west, and to the east, to the north, and to the south, and in thee and in thy feed fall all the families of the earth be blesed; and I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places wherever thou goeft, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee until I bave done that which I have Spoken to thee of. According to the prophet Daniel, this prophecy was complete and full at the coming of the Meffiah. gih chapter: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon the holy city, to knish the transgreffon, and to make an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to real up the vifion and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. By comparing and taking both prophecies in their true meaning, the first covenant gives place, and is translated into the new or covenant of the Messiah. I am with thee and will keep thee in all places wherever thou goeft, and will bring tbee again into this land; for I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have Spoken to thee of; that is, Jacob's posterity should be preserved a nation, and inhabitants of the promised land until the Mefliah whom, according to Daniel, just quoted, vision and prophecy should be sealed up.
The death .of the Mefliah put the seal and completion to the first covenant; settled, confirmed and established the second, which explains the prophecy; that in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the obla. tion to cease. The last of your prophers con. firms the rejection of the Jewish sacrifices and worship; and introduction and confirmation of the new. Malachi ist chapter, I have no plea. jure in you, saith the Lord of Hofts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand; for, from the rising of the fun even unto the going down of the fame, My Name ball be great among the Gentiles ; and in every place incense poall be offered unto My Name and a pure offering i for My Name Ball be great among the Gentiles, faith the Lord of Hofts.
Mofes. The arguments you bring to prove the legal right of Jesus Christ to the Meffiah, ship, and consequently christianity to the new covenant, are our own scriptures, which we cannot refuse our assent to. All Israel expected their Messiah, according to the prophecies, ac the timne Jesus Christ appeared ; but have al. ways rejected him with scorn, and, therefore, condemned him to the most shameful, ignominious death, destined for none but male. factors for the most heinous crimes..
Luther. He was obftinate and a gainsayer. If persons will make themselves obnoxious to the higher powers they must take the blame on themselves, and not lay it on the guardians of the laws. I am resolved, on my return, to give no respite to gainsayers of any descripcion what. foever, but immediately to lend out the edicts
or or penal laws to scrape and glean both body and goods ; so that I hope in a short time to find myself the darling of all nations. I am resolved also to pare, clip, squeeze, and prune my court of Doctors Commons; I will put them on a religious diet. It is the advice of the faculty that vegetables are productive of much health and long life; by an abstemious reform I shall reduce the number to one-third, and, putting them on a small income, will make a great faying to the treasury, and likewise a very large amount will be brought into my coffers by an act of justice and charity, in bringing before my spiritual court all Doctors, Proctors, and other abdominous, unwieldy, and paunch, bellied, hungry wolves, who gather where they have not fown, and whose heartsyre Aine-stones. Another resolve is to clear St. Peter's, my church of the abbey, horse-armoury, St. Paul's, and other places of religion, or otherwise from all images or idolatry whatsoever, to give reasonable room to my darling Aocks to attend divine service, and bring large sums, by setting those idols to sale at common vendue, and amazing other riches may be acquired by prudent, watchful and religious litigations.
Boy. Whạt were the crimes laid to the charge of Jesus Christ ?
Mofes. Seduction, blafphemy, magic, and a common disturber and seditious culprit, which crimes and many others rendered him hateful and obnoxious to all but a few vagrants, like hiinself, who were his followers, and paid no obedience either to the law of God or man. "
" Moses. Seather and sedicious cd him hateful Luther. These are heavý charges, and stand foremost in the little regard us protestants pay to his worship; few of my cloth pay any other respect than what is absolutely obligatory to keep our livings; our new philosophy lays the whole aside, convincing ourselves there is no fpirit, but that productions of what kind foever, animal or vegetable, &c. return in full from whence they were produced. And fo be it. Man's nature is to eat, drink, and enjoy himfelf.
Boy. What were the seductions proved against
Jesus Chriseducing.Piracef their law; this charge!
Moses. Seducing Ifrael from the commande ments and ceremonies of their law.
Boy. Pray enter more minutely in this charge?
Mojes. Breaking the Sabbath, by doing cures and healing every disease; making the deaf to hear, the blind to see, the lame to walk, casting out devils, curing the lepers, paralytics, raising the dead, with many others. By what authority his disobedience, though commanded by our chief-priests and others, never would de. clare, suffering his disciples to go through the corn-fields, rubbing and eating the corn, and eating in common without washing their dirty hands. All these and many other misdemeanors and by choice on the Sabbath. e Boy. His blasphemies, if you will indulge me ?
Mofes. Turning himself the Son of God, taking upon himself to forgive fins, saying, if the temple, that was upwards of forty years in building, was destroyed, he would raise it in
three days; speaking against customs and disa respectfully of the scribes, doctors, and ho. nourable men.
Boy. His magic, if you please?
Mofes. I call the whole, that seems supernatural, magic, or night of the enemy; and his walking on the water as if it was dry land ; commanding the storms to cease ; feeding at different times several thousands with three or four loaves, and two or three small fishes, and many other deceptions, which draw the world after him to make him their king.
Luiber. This I will avow to my dying day, which I hope is ata long distance, as I should wish to enjoy the sweat of my brow, you know what I mean, Peter's Chair, to which I bequeath the first affection of my loving heart, the glory of the king's daughter is within ; for, moft ceri tainly, she is my elder daughter, and few princes will equal me either in honour, glory, greatness, or riches. All these aforesaids belong and appertain to one and the samé cause; for a poor prince makes but a forry figure in life. Yet, I own there is a rival fister, as Esau and Jacob, struggles hard in the womb of my heart, violent competitors for the birthright, which is the sense of the palate and feel of the ftomach. I also am importuned by a third, which wraps me into extacy. O Rachel, O mandrakes; give me Rachel, give me mandrakes, or I die. Luther throws himself back in the chair and sends forth a deep figh and groans.
Boy. You have explained the accusations of feduction, blasphemy and magic, laid by Israel