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SEn* Mmerit are for the Facts related in them. So that I have nothing to detain me now frdm 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 assist and direct us in finding out the MeJJiah, were those which I thought to be most express 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 assume the Character of Christ would certainly be tried.
I. First then as to his Lineage, I proved clearly from the Old Testament, that the Messiah 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, faying, What think ye of Christ, whose Son is hef Matt, xxhv 41, 42. They readily answer and fay unto him,
the the Son of David. And as to Jesus, we read s Ej^rM* that — Have Mercy on us thou Son of Da- , vid,—was the usual Expression of those that came to him for Relief; and that the whold Multitude, when they introduced him with Triumph into Jerusalem, sang Hosannd 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 Phari~ fees, 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 Sort 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 fays; Heb. vii. r 4* it is evident that our Lord /prang out of Judab; and therefore St. Matthew and St. Luke, the two heavenly Heralds who reckon up his Genealogy, the one through Joseph '*, his
S EiriM' ^eSa^ Fa^cr, the other through Mary, his i real Mother, both deduce it from Abraham and Isaac and "Jacobs from Judab and from David, and from him through Zorobabel, a Descendant from Solomon as well as from Nathan j by which means the Perpetuity of Solomon'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 x>f Jojeph 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 so "addicted to Genealogies as the yews 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 «* the Mejsiah should proceed*." What I have faid therefore is enough to shew that.
* YariHeft Genealogy, of Christ, p. 173.
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II. Secondly, That they were equally fulfilled as to the Place of his Birth. And as to this I shewed from the Prophecy of Mi* cah, Chap. v. 2. that Bethlehem, in the Tribe of Judah, was to have the glorious Privilege of being the Place of the Me/pah'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 should be born: For they said unto himt In Bethlehem of fudea. For thus it is "written by the Prophet; And thou Bethlehem in the Land of "Judah, art not the least among the Princes of yudah ; for out of thee stall come a Governor, that shall rule my People Israel. And indeed the Assurance of the yews, that Bethlehem should be the Messiah's Birth Place, was so strongly confirmed; that Galilee's being the Place where fesus Abode, was a stumbling Block, which they did not know how to get over. Shall Christ (fay they) come out of Galilee f Hath not the Scripture said, that Christ cometh of the Seed E 2 of
S ERM, 0y David, and out of the Town of Bethlehem 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 Ca/ar, the then Emperor of Rome, should send forth a Decree, that all the'Worldshould be taxed; Luke ii. 1—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 espoused Wife, being great with Child. And so it was, that while they were there, the Days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And as her Days were accomplished, so was the Prophecy fulfilled j for there she brought forth her first-born Son* and so unto us was bom that Day, and in the City of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord, ver. 11.