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they thus counted their days by sevens : for the tradition of " the creation of the world, and the institution of the Sabbath,
was in time and by degrees lost among them. But yet thus “ still they computed their time : and we that have the holy
Scriptures know upon what grounds that computation was “ begun."
What Dr. Williams also has, upon the same argument, in his Second Sermon of his first year's course of Boyle's Lectures, is well worth the perusing, p. 23, &c.
An additional Note to p. 26. from Dr. Sherlock's Discourse on the
Knowledge of Christ, p. 19, 20, 21.
“ GOD chose the posterity of Abraham to be a public and “ constant demonstration of his power, and providence, and care “ of good men. For when God chose the posterity of Abraham “to be his peculiar people, he did not design to exclude the rest “ of the world from his care and providence, and all possible
means of salvation; as the Apostle argues in Rom. iii. 29. " Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentites? “ Yes, of the Gentiles also. Which argument, if it have any “ foree in it, must prove God's respecting the Gentiles before " the preaching of the Gospel, as well as since; because it is “ founded on that natural relation which God owns to all man
kind, as their merciful Creator and Governor; which gives the “ Gentiles as well as Jews an interest in his care and providence.
“ This plainly evinces, that all those particular favours which “ God bestowed on Israel, were not owing to any partial fond“ ness and respect to that people: but the design of all was, to " encourage the whole world to worship the God of Israel, who
gave so many demonstrations of his power and providence. “ For this reason God brought Israel out of Egypt, with great
signs and wonders, and a mighty hand, (when he could have “ done it with less noise and observation,) that he might the “ more gloriously triumph over the numerous gods of Egypt, and " all their enchantments and divinations, and that he might be “ honoured on Pharaoh and all his host. For this reason he
" maintained them in the wilderness at the constant expense of “ miracles, fought all their battles for them ; and many times by “ weak and contemptible means overthrew great and puissant " armies, drove out the inhabitants of Canaan, and gave them
possession of that good land. I say, one great and principal design of all this was, to convince the world of the majesty and
power of the God of Israel, that they might renounce their “ foolish idolatries and country gods, and consent in the worship “ of that one God, who alone doth wondrous things. This “ account the Psalmist gives of it, that God wrought such visi“ ble and miraculous deliverances for Israel, to make his glory “ and his power known among the Heathen: The Lord hath made “ known his salvation, his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the “ sight of the heathen. Psal. xcviii. 2. That the heathen might fear “ the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth his glory : “i. e. That all nations might worship God, and all kings submit “ their crowns and sceptres to him. Psal. cii. 15. That by this “ means they might be instructed in that important truth: That “ the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised, that he is to be feared “ above all gods : for all the gods of the nations are idols, but he 6 made the heavens. Psal. xcvi. And as God set up the people “ of Israel, as a visible demonstration to all the world of his
power and providence, so he committed his laws and oracles to " them ; from whence the rest of the world, when they pleased, “ might fetch the best rules of life, and the most certain notices “ of the Divine will. In such ways God instructed the world, in “ former ages, by the light of nature, and the examples of good
men, and the sermons of the prophets, and the public example of “ a whole nation, which God chose for that purpose."
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