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and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.”
Isaiah, I. 1.-" Thus saith the Lord, where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have you sold yourselves, and for your transgression is your mother put away."
Isaiah, li. 17.-“ Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalemn, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she bath brought forth ; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand, of all the sons that she hath brought up.”
“Now come to the Revelation, the last chapther—“ The Spirit and the Bride say, come: and let him that heareth say, come: and let him that is athirst, come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
“Now I shall answer thee from these Scriptures, and bring it back to the Jews, and bring it out to the Gentiles, as ye call yourselves of the Gentiles, without knowing what stock ye sprang from.--But now come to my sayings, that I said I came to fulfil the words of the Prophets; and come to the words of the Apostle:
Galatians, iv, 1.-“ Now I say, that the Heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant though he be lord of all."
Hebrews, i, 1, 2. -"God who at sundry times and divers manners, spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world."
59 Titus, iii. 6, 7.-" Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour: that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Now I shall answer thee, from these Texts of Scripture, which I ordered thee to brivg together. I have already explained to thee the meaning of the Prophet's words--" the Lord of Hosts is thy husband :" but now I shall call thee back to the Jews; for there ye may come to the shadow ; because I was born of the Woman, without an earthly Father. This men may place to the Jews, without considering that she was espoused to an husband; therefore she could not be called according to the words of the Prophet; and yet, I tell thee; from the Woman's being put away, saying, where is the bill of your mother's divorcement ? this alludes to the Jews, as a shadow of the beginning; for, through unbelief, my mother was put away as an adultrous woman, being divorced For though I have ordered thee to bring these chapters together, yet, I tell thee, they have not one likeness ; because one alludes to the Jews, the other to the Gentiles. For as an adultrous woman, being put away from her husband, the Jews through unbelief put away my Mother; and it was for their iniquities that she was put away.
Therefore, it is for the transgression of the Jews, and for their unbelief, that my Mother was put away from them, as not being acknowledged by them. For, when I came, there was no man; when I called, there was none to answer; because they did not believe the report, that I came to redeen Israel; or that I had any power to deliver them. For, though I rebuked the winds and the storms; and the seas gave up to me; though I walked upon the seas, as upon dry ground; though I worked miracles, by the fishes, to fill their nets that they broke ; and though I fed five thousand with the five loaves and the two small fishes; yet all this was but as stink in their nostrils—forgotten, like the miracles I wrought in Egypt: and though I made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and the lame to walk; yet all my miracles were despised by them; they went on like the children in the wilderness, who murmured, because they were not immediately delivered, and brought into the promised land; as they expected that an immediate deliverance should be wrought for them, without having any trouble or difficulties themselves; or without being put to the trial of their love, a trial of their faith, or a trial of their obedience, they expected to be Abraham's children, and to have the promise made to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, without having Abraham's faith, Abraham's trial, and Abraham's obedience. This they expected in the wilderness, and went on murmuring and complaining, till they provoked me to anger to destroy their fathers, who came out of Egypt; for which reason none but Joshua and Caleb, that came out of Egypt, ever possessed the promised land. Yet I did not return the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, but brought them into the land of Canaan. Here let them look to the wilderness, how I smote the rocks and the waters gushed out; how I sent manna from heaven, and they were fed with angels' food; yet, for all this, they were unthankful; but expected great blessings, that I should shew in love to them, while they shewed no love to me; therefore I destroyed them in the wilderness.
“ Here was I their SPIRITUAL GUIDE, their spiRITUAL TEACHER, by the hand of Moses: and I came down in the bush amongst them, to shew myself to Moses their teacher, but when I saw the perverseness of their hearts, and knowing the temptations they had from the devil, after trying man for more than four thousand years, I took
61 man's nature upon me; I became flesh and blood to dwell with men; and like man I became an infant of days, to be born of the woman. Here I became in all things like man, to suffer temptations, to suffer persecution; to resemble man's weakness, by hiding myself. All this I have done, to be a judge of the infirmities of man, that I might be a judge of what man had to go through, and a clear judge of the different conduct in mankind. Thus as man I took his nature upon ME, in the FLESH; but not in the SPIRIT. And as man I became the prophet-I clothed the heavens with blackness, and I made sackcloth their covering, when I found myself despised and rejected of men; I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair ; I bid not my face from shame and spitting.
“ Thus as man I bore all the reproach of man; and I bore it all for man, that I should come again in power to destroy the works of the devil. Therefore all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up, because they have kindled a tire that compasses theirselves about; with sparks of fire, walking in the light of their own fire, and in the sparks that they have kindled: this shall they have of my hand : they shall lie down in sorrow.-This hath been already to the Jews ; because they walked in the light of their own fire; and rejected the fire of my love to come and undertake man's cause for him, to become flesh and dwell with them. But this wisdom, this mercy, this goodness, and this love to mankind, were despised and rejected ; because they did not look to their everlasting happiness ; neither did they consider the shortness of time, how soon the moth would eat them up, and how soon they might go down with sorrow to their graves--to meet the master they had served, and the devil whom they had obeyed. Therefore I told them their dangers, in my Gospel ; I told them the dif
ferent rewards to the righteous and to the wicked
“But know what I said to my friends and followers—who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? For I said, as a servant I came amongst them, to be a servant to mankind, and to do the will of my Father : for, as a servant doeth every thing to wait upon his master, to make him comfortable, to take the trouble and burthen from him; so did I come amongst mankind, to take the burthen and load from them, which is the burthen of sin and
And therefore I said, they that walked in darkness, and had no light, let them trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon their God: för he that was near that justified me, was near to justify my friends and followers likewise; and therefore I told them, that the Lord would be with them, as he had been with me: for they should be assisted by my Spirit and my Power: and my power I gave unto them, by the Holy Ghost, and I filled them with love for me, as I was filled in love for them. Thus did I do auto them that hearkened to my voice: and they went on in my likeness, to give their backs to the smiters; for they did not regard the reproach of men. So in one likeness, when I took man's nature upon me, my faithful friends and followers