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repeal those Laws, who iriade them: He only could alter their Forms, who at first appointed them: And when this they saw done, without invoking the Aid of any higher Power, they could not but esteem it an Evidence, that there was no higher Power to have recourse to, and, consequently that his Power and Authority was Supreme.

SECT. XX.

Of bis Curing the Paralytics at
Capernaum.

"Hp" H E Story of this Miracle, The ob-
1 (which even surpasses that of jection.
the Pool ofBetbe/da) is so full of mon-
struous and palpable Absurdities, that
it requires no great Sagacity to detect
them. For (not to ask for what
possible Reason there should be such
a mighty crouding about the House,
where Jesus, who was far from being
respected in the Place, chanced to be)
if the Mob was so great, that there
was no coming at him, the Paralytick
and his Bearers, one would think,

"should have waited a little, until the
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Multitude was dispersed, rather than

be at the Trouble of getting Ropes

and Puttes, to hoist him up to the

"top of the House, and Hammers and

a Hatchets to uncover the Roof, and

make an Hole large enough, for the

Man and the Bed to be let through.

This shews a great Zeal and Eager

"ness indeed; but, if the Cure was in

"such haste to be done, it would have

look'd much better in Jesus, either to

have healed the Patient at a Distance,

or ordered the People to make way

"for him, than to have suffered such

"Waste and Havock to be made in the

"House. In short, had there been such

"a Multitude about the Doors, as is

"pretended, it would have been next

"to impossible, for the poor Man and

"his Couch to be hoisted over their

"Heads, and raised to the Top of the

"House; highly unreasonable, that

"the Master of the House should suffer

"its Roof to be broken up without

"some Resentment; but most of all so,

"that Jesus should not give forth the

"healing Word, or, by his divine Power,

"disperse the People, that the Paraly

"tick might have present Access to

"him."

Both

a a

a a a

a it

a

Both a St. Mark and b St. Luke give Whysuch us an ample Account of what happen'd aProu\ at Capernaum, and how the Inhabitants rj00-r. of that Place were affected, the time that our Saviour was there before. They tell us, that, when he taught them in the Synagogue on the Sabbath-day, all the People were ajlonifhed at his Doctrine, for he taught as one that had Authority, and his Word was with 'Power. They tell us, that, when in their Sight he cast out an unclean Spirit, crying out for fear, and declaring him to be the Holy One of God, they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, faying, What a Word is this? What new Doffrine is this ? for with Power and Authority he . commandeth the unclean Spirits, and they obey him. They tell us, that, while he was in Simons House, all the City was gathered together at the Door, and, that, upon their feeing him do so many wonderful Works, heal the Sick of divers Diseases, and cast out many Devils, his Fame immediately spread abroad through all the Regions round about Galilee: and therefore it might well be expected, that, when he returned to the lame City again, not only the Inhabitants of the Place, but the People of every adjacent Y 3 Country

* Chap, i, 21, gps, * Chap, ir, } i, $=*,

Country should run together in great . Numbers, even tho' they had seen him never so often, and had little or no Esti-> mation for him.

c Take any Man of Note, of whatsoever Country, and it will appear, that, upon any famous Exploit, upon any remarkable Success, or laudable Action, People, who had seen him times out of number, and knew his Person as well perhaps as their own, wou'd, notwithstanding their Prejudices and Prepossessions, their Enmity and Aversion, press about him with the utmost Earnestness. When Julius Cœfar, for instance, return'd^W times in Triumph after signal Victories and Conquests, what did the Roman People do? To fay that they only flock'd to see the Pomp and Pageantry of the Triumph is a great Mistake: Leave but Caesar out of the triumphant Chariot, and far the greatest part of the Sight would have been lost. And if such Actions, which scatter set many Mischiefs, and cause so much Desolation around them,- will occasion such a Resort of People, what a Concourse may not be expected, to behold one, who had been saving the Lives of Mankind, and rescuing them from those Dis-? eases and Calamities, which made Life

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an insupportable Burden to them? This was the Case of our blessed Master, the Prince of Peace, and the Reliever of his Brethren. He returned home, after he had dispensed abroad his manifold Blessings, in curing all manner of Infirmities, whithersoever he went. The Fame of these beneficial Miracles spread itself far and near; and therefore no wonder if People came, in great Crouds, to see him, who had done such wonderful things for the Children of Men.

But least of all is it to be wonder'd, Whyfnch that any Person in this Paralytick Case, lmPnt'^^ or any Friends of his, that were solli- at Christ, citous for his Cure, should be so eager and impatient to gain Admittance to his Presence. They perceiv'd, that oftentimes it was no easy Matter for him to disengage himself from the importunate Attendance of the People: They remember'd, that, the last time he was among them, the Croud continu'd about the Door till Night, and that, early next Morning, d a great while before it was Day, he left the City, and departed into a solitary Place: They saw thac • the Day was declining, and f the Sun very nigh sett; nor could they tell, but, that, as soon as he had done Preaching, Y 4 and

* Mark i, 33. .* Ver. 3*. . f Luke iv, 40.

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