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The fourth Sunday in Lent.
The Collect. Y Rant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for
our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. 4. 21.
the law ? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free woman. But he who, was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise. * Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above, is free; which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the Aesh, perfecuted him that was born after the Spirit; even so it is
Nevertheless, what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son; for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman.
. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free.
Paraphrase on the Colleat for the fourth Sunday in Lent. Most mighty God, tho' we humbly, acknowledge may inercifully be relieved from all our. Ami&ions, that our Sins defervedly call for thy Judgments upon for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. us; yet we intreat thee to grant that by thy help we
* Which things are an allegory: That is, the place to the Gospel. As the Gospel Difpenfation is foregoing historical account of Abraham, and his two here justly represented to us as a state of perfect freeSons, contains also a mystical or fpiritual meaning, be- dom, in opposition to the favilh ceremonies of the Law cause those two Sons represent the two Covenants of -this ought to excite in all Christians a lively fenfe the Law and the Gospel. From whence St. Paul of their Happiness, and the warmelt Gratitude to Gɔd, reasons that as Abraham was advised by Sarah to cast and induce them diligently to walk worthy of their out the Bond-Womap Hagar, and her Son Ishmael, fo Adoption, ought the Law of Moses to be abolished, and give
The Gospel. S. John 6. 1, ESUS went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tibe
rias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he faith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat ? (And this he said to prove him ; for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip anfwered him, Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters brother, faith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men fit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and t when he had given thanks, he distributed to the difciples, and the disciples to them that were set down, and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he faid unto his disciples, sGather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be loft. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world.
The fifth Sunday in Lent.
The Collect. E beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be
# When he had giver. Thanks. This is a sufficient ex § Gather up the Fragments, &c. This Command ample to us for those forms of address to Almighty seems to have been given not only to thew the neceflity, God, upon the use of his Gifts for our Refreshment; reality, and greatness of the Miracle: but likewise to tho' they are highly reasonable in themselves had we teach us that our Charity ought to be conducted, with: had neither any Command nor Example for them. Only Prudence and Economy-and that our expences even let us take heed that we do not convert them into mere upon proper objects, should be bounded by such profarms by a thoughtless indecent utterance.
portions as the circumstances of our affairs will allow,
verned and preserved evermore, both in body and soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Hebr. 9. 11. YHrist being come an high Priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands; that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats, and calves; but * by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? + And for this cause he is the Mediator of the new Testament, that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Teftament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
The Gospel. S. John 8. 46. Efus faid, Which of you convinceth me of fin? And if I say the
truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, heareth Gods words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well, that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil ? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory; there is one that seeketh and
Paraphrase on the Collect for the fifth Sunday in Lent. All powerful God, we intreat thee to deal with us ac. kindness, our Souls and Bodies cording to thy Mercy; that, through thy unspeakable ally reled and protected, through our Lord Jesus Chrift.
*. By kis own Blood he entered, &c. This portion of Chritt, by his Blood, hath sealed a new Covenant beScriptuse points out to us the pre-eminence of the Gof-tween God and us; that, in consideration of his Death pel above the Law of Mofes.-For, whereas the High for the expiation of Sins, which the Law of Moses Priest under the Law, by the Sacrifice of slain Beatis, could not expiate, all who are admitted to, and perform procured only a temporary Purification of the unclean, th ir part of it, may receive the Promise of Immortawhich was performed every Year.-Jesus Chrift hath lity and Happiness in Heaven. cbtained eternal Redemption for us, through the Offer I Thou art a Samaritan, &c. The Jews and Sa. ing ofhis precious Blood cnce for all.
maritans bare a mortal hatred to each other on account † And for this cauje he is the Mediator, &c. That is of Religion, insoniuch that the Word Samaritan was
judgeth. Verily, verily I say unto you, * If a man keep my faying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing; it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye say, that he is your God; yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should fay, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you; but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, Before $ Abraham was, I am. Then took they up ftones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.
The Sunday next before Easter.
mankind, haft fent thy. Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the Colleat for the Sunday next before Easter. Molt mighty and eternal God, who fo loved the both faithfully imitate the pattern of his Humility and world that thou gaveft thine only begotten Son to be Relignation, and be fo planted together in the likeness made in the likeness of men, and to be obedient unto of his death ; that we may be also in the likeness of his the death of the Cross, leaving us an Example, that we Refurrection, through the fame Jesus Christ our Lord. fhould follow his fteps; mercifully grant that we may made use of by the Jews to fignify, not merely one obeys the precepts of Christ, shall not be subject to of that people, but also one that bore an enmity to eternal Dainnation, which is elsewhere called the foo their Nation and Religion, and a Man of bad Morals. cond Death. Thus in our own Language a Turk fignifies one of a Before Abraham was I am. That is, before Abra. barbarous disposition, and a few, one who is covetous ham was born, I had an Existence. This Paisage apand rich.
pears to be an evident proof of our Lord's Divinity. . If a Man keep my saying, &c. That is, whosoever
Phil. 2. 5.
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. # Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 27. 1.
ders of the people took councel against Jesus, to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself; and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests
, and elders, saying, I have finned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? fee thou to. that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went || and hanged himself. And the chief priest took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. ; And they took counfel, and bought with them the potters field to bury
* Let this Mind be in you, &c. Since Christ Jesus, Sal Dominion. That all Nations Should acknowledge who was the Brightness of his Father's Glory, and the him as their King, and by submitting to his Laws and exprefs Image of his Person, designed to make himself of Government, promote the Glory of God the Father; no Reputation, and to fuffer death upon the Cross for who delights to be honoured in the Belief and Ob.our salvation : We ought to think no condescension to dienee, paid to his blessed Son and his Gospel. low, no Office too mean that may serve to advance the || And hanged himself. A miserable example of the good of our FeWow Creatures, and promote the same fatal effects of Covetousness, and a ftanding monument glorious end.
• of God's vengeance ; which should deter mankind from Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, &c.- facrificing conscience to worldly gain ; for which this God hath rewarded this unparallelled act of Obedience Wretch betrayed his Master, Friend, and Saviour, and in Chrift, by advancing his human Nature to univers cait away his own Soul.