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that I have nothing to detain me now from entering directly upon my second Head; but just to remind you, that the chief Prophecies I made Choice of in 'my first Discourse, in order to affift and direct us in finding out the Meffab, were those which I thought to be most exprefs' in Relation to his Lineage, the Place of his Nativity, the Manner of his Birth, and the Time of his Appearing : These being the Prophecies which Philip must be supposed to mean in the Text; as being those which must have first been compleated by him; and by which any one who should alsume the Character of Christ would certainly be tried.

I. First then as to his Lineage, I proved clearly from the Old Testament, that the Mefhab was to descend from Abraham, from Isaac, and from Jacob; was to be of the Tribe of Judah, and of the Family of David. And we learn from the New Testament, that the Scribes and Pharisees, both acknowledged he might be of David's House. For when Jesus asked them, saying, What think je of Christ, whose Son is be? Matt. xxiii 41, 42. They readily answer and say unto him,

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the Son of David. And as to Jesus, we read SERM. that Have Mercy on us thou Son of David, -was the usual Expression of those that came to him for Relief; and that the whole Multitude, when they introduced him with Triumph into Jerusalem, sang Hosanna to the Son of David, Matt. xxi. 9. In a Word, this was a Thing so uncontested, that even his mortal Enemies, the Scribes and Pharifees, and unbelieving Jews, who objected to him his being a Carpenter's Son, are yet ne-. ver found to have denied that he was the Son of David ; although that, could they have done it, would at once have put an End to his Claim of being the Christ. But quite contrary to this, the Jewish Talmud itself declares that “ Jesus of Nazareth, who was “ crucified, was of the Blood Royal from " Zorobabel of the House of David.If then our Jesus was the Son of David; he must also necessarily be descended from Judah and the Patriarchs, from whom David himself is known to have sprung. For this Reason the Holy Penman says ; Heb. vii. 14. it is evident that our Lord sprang out of yudab; and therefore St. Matthew and St. Luke, the two heavenly Heralds who reckon up his Genealogy, the one through yoseph*, his See Yardley's Genealogy, p. 235, 236. and 251, 252. Vol. II. E

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real Mother, both deduce it from Abraham
and Isaac and Jacob, from Judah and from
David, and from him through Zorobabel, a
Descendant from Solomon as well as from Na.
than ; by which means the Perpetuity of So-
tomon's Kingdom, so solemnly promised to
David by God, was brought to Perfection
and compleated in Christ. And that the
Evangelists have given the true Genealogy
both of Jofeph and Mary, is not to be
doubted; because if they had set down a
wrong one, they would have laid themselves
open to the Reproaches of the Jews, who
would not have failed to charge them boldly
with falsifying and adulterating the publick
Records, and setting out with a Lie. For it
is not to be imagined; That a Nation fo
" addicted to Genealogies as the Jews were,
“ would be wanting in their Diligence, both
“ in their private Memoirs, and their publick

Registers, to trace all the Descendants
“ from that illustrious Shepherd of Israel, on

whose Family God had entailed the Crown, " and from whose Stock he had promised ti the Messiah should proceed *.”

What I have said therefore is enough to shew that

* Yardley's Genealogy, of Christ, p. 173.

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II. Secondly, That they were equally fulfilled as to the Place of bis Birth. And as to this I shewed from the Prophecy of Micah, Chap. v. 2. that Bethlehem, in the Tribe of Judah, was to have the glorious Privilege of being the Place of the Messah's Nativity. And this the Jews therefore affirmed; as is evident from the Answer which the Chief Priests and Scribes gave to Herod, Matt, ii. 5,6. when he sent for them, and demanded of them, where Christ hould be born: For they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Yudea. For thus it is written by the Prophet ; And thou Bethlehem in the Land of Judah, art not the least among the Princes of Judah ; for out of thee fall come a Governor, that shall rule my People Ifrael. And indeed the Assurance of the Jews, that Bethlehem should be the Messiah's Birth Place, was so strongly confirmed; that Galilee's being the place where Jesus Abode, was a stumbling Block, which they did not know how to get over.

Shall Christ (say they) come out of Galilee ? Hath not the Scripture faid, that Christ cometh of the Seed

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where David was ? John vii. 41, 42. This Doubt and Question of theirs was well founded.' The Scripture had said it, and therefore had not Jesus been born in Bethlehem, we could not have received or owned him for the Christ. But Bethlehem was the Place where Jesus was born ; though Providence was concerned remarkably to interpose, in order to bring it about. For which Reason he so ordered it, that Augustus Cæfar, the then Emperor of Rome, should send forth a Decree, that all the World ßould be taxed; Luke ii. -7

and to this End that every one should go into his own City. Whereupon Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the City of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the City of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the House and Lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoujed Wife, being great with Child. And so it was, that while they were there, the Days were accomplished that she hould be delivered.

And as her Days were accomplished, so was the Prophecy fulfilled ; for there she brought forth her first-born Son; and so unto us was born that Day, and in the City of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord, ver. 11.

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