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when they, as you do, disputed the authority of the law-giver, the earth opened and swallowed them. We will go beyond your boasted anti

quity, and judge you by that very father you ' claim your priority and loose doctrine from. He will declare, before he had in contemplation either circumcision or that his name should be Abraham, when as yet he was uncircumciied, and bore the name Abram, even fisteen years prior to amputation. Genesis 12ch chapter. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, « Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I shall Thew thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will bless them that bless thee, and will curse them that curse thee; and in thee Thall all families of the earth be blessed.” So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken to him. He was seventy-five years old when he quitted Haron. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sechem unto the plain of Morch, and the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, “Unto thy feed will I give this land.” And there he built an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. He removed to a mountain on the cast of Bethel, and there he built an altar unto the Lord, and called on the name of The Lord.

15th chapter. After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, “ Fear not, Abram, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." And Abram said,


Lord God, what wilt thou give me, feeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eleazar of Damascus ? And Abram said, Behold to me thou hast given no feed ; and lo, one born in my house is my heir. And the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This shall not be thy heir; but he that shall come forth out of thy own bowels, shall be thy heir." And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if you be able to number them. And he said, so shall thy feed be. And Abram believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for justice.

Mordecai, Absalow. Your ungodly malice to us, has wreaked destruction, wresting the Palm from Israel and, truckling, proffer it to the christians; in vain we proceed farther. The 'cause of Israel you have superannuated by your malicious and forward speech. Abram) was an uncircumcised friend, favourite and Elect of God, when he received the promise, and whereas he believed it was accounted to him for justice, so circumcising was enjoined him several years afterwards, and which was to remain in his pofterity as an earnest or pledge, that what God had promised in its full and stated time should have its effect and accomplishment, which falling, as marked by the scriptures, ac or about the nativity or birth of Jesus, who, ever since that period, now 1785 years, bears the name of Christ the Messiah, for whose sake the law and prophecies were given, that the truch might be proved by a family descent; to be brief, Israel, we mean the covenant imposed C C


on our fathers was instituted the fcarf-skin to preserve the promise or covenant of the Meffiah, since which, what has been her state or loc? why, no other than that of the scape goat in the wilderness accursed, hated by all men, as a scare-crow, or dried, ituffed image by birds. But, say you, none but your description, deferters from the law, and the spirit, fall under this curse. My son, hear the instruction of your father, and be obedient to the law and words of your mother; for Moses, our father, gave us commands and ceremonies, and our mother the synagogue is our disciplinarian. Mofes offered facrifice for atonement for sin repeatedly, which proves Abraham's circumcision . insufficient. To this we answer : That in facrificing, as alfo in circumcising, Moses is a copier of our great origin Abram, even before he was circumcised, offered facrifice, by the special command of God. See the said chapter. * And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle dove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them, and laid each piece one against another, but the birds he divided not; and behold a furnace and burning:lainp passed between the pieces. .

Boy. In the same day the Lord made a cove. nant with Abram, saying, “ Unto thy feed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river Euphrates.” Ac that time God endowed him with the prophetic spirit communicating the great events that attend his



posterity. In all things the scripture holds up
uncircumcised Abram to be possessed of super-
natural gifts, an unblemished character, father
of the Messiah, and his Elect, friend and dar-
ling of his God. So that faithful uncircum-
cised Abram stood in the same degree of per-
fection and pre-eminence in the eyes of his
God equally with the circumcised Abraham.
But yet, he was neither the origin of sacrificing,
nor the first, nor only favorice facrifice we must
suppose took place from the fall of our first pa-
rents, it being proper, chough insufficient, that
a public act or offering should be immolated.
First, to acknowledge our sole dependence and
reliance with every act and virtue of religion,
as wholely due and centered in our God. Se-
condly, to deplore and lament the fall of man,
precarious staie, with numberless fins that daily
impede man's salvation. Thirdly, as types or
figures of the oblation, or great facrifice of Re-
demprion, the ransom or purchase of God's fa-
vour, by the death of Christ. At the arrival
of the Principal or Real, all types, figures or
shadows naturally ceased, having obtained the
completion for which they were instituted. As
the scripture has affirmed, 4th Psalm, "Sacri-
fice and oblation chou didst not desire; burnt.
offerings and fin-offerings hást thou not re-
quired.” Then, said I, behold, I come, in the
volume of the book it is written of me: I de-
light to do thy will, O my God. Your will is
within my heart. Daniel gth chapter. The
prophec Daniel, after marking this epoch,
which was the grand æra or date of the christian
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covenant, confirms the ceasing of the types and figures. And he (the Messiah) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week, he shall cause the facrifice and the oblation to cease ; and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it de. solate, even until the consummation, and that determined, shall be poured upon the desolate, to enumerate the passages of scripture that confirms the ceasing, and abolishing the old law, with its types and figures, at the arrival of the Meffiah, who was to establish a new covenant, with the reprobation of the Jews, and delolation of the country and nation, would be endless.

To return to the earlier cimes of facrifice and offerings. The two sons of Adam we find conversant with this duty. Genesis 4th chapter. As your law-giver, Moses, has placed in the first book of his Pentateuch. 1 hese are his words. « And in process of time, Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord; and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the far.” We must suppose, that Cain and Abel, the two first descendants from Adam, were taught this duty by their father, which, no doubt, was enjoined and prescribed to the posterity of our first parent, a perpetual law in their generacions. And, as the promise 'was removed from the Jewish hierarchy, so we find recorded by this law-giver the types transported by Noah from the Antediluvians to those since the food, the most faithful comments are his own words.


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