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THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,
IN NOVEMBER, 1811.
H. THE CHURCHMAN'S CONFESSION, OR AN APPEAL
TO THE LITURGY.
REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.
PUBLISHED BY EASTBURN, KIRK, & co.
No, 86, BROADWAY.
DEUT. V. 28, 29.
They have well said all that they have
spoken: 0 that there were such an heart in them.
THE historical parts of the Old Testament are more worthy of our attention than men generally imagine. A multitude of facts recorded in them are replete with spiritual instruction, being intended by God to serve as emblems of those deep mysteries which were afterwards to be revealed. For instance: What is related of our first parent, his creation, his marriage, his sabbatic rest, was emblematic of that new creation which God will produce in us, and of that union
with Christ whereby it shall be effected, and of the glorious rest to which it shall introduce us, as well in this world as in the world to come. In like manner the promises made to Adam, to Abraham, and to David, whatever reference they might have to the particular circumstances of those illus. trious individuals, had a farther and more important accomplishment in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the second Adam, the Promised Seed, the King of Israel,
The whole of tlie Mosaic dispensation was altogether figurative, as we see from the Epistle to the Hebrews, in which the figures themselves are illustrated and explained. But there are some facts which appear too trifling to afford any instruction of this kind. We might expect indeed that so remarkable a fact as the promulgation of the law from Mount Sinai should have in it something mysterious; but that the fears of the people on that occasion, and the request dictated by those fears, should be intended by God to convey any particular instruction,