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now whereto the Parable the corner: This is tended, would have re- it is marvellous in
the Lords doing, and call’d their Words, and our eyes ? #Luke 20. said of God forbid; Jesus 16.
added and said, Nay, thus it must certainly be ; For doth not the Scripture say, (Pfal. 118. 22.) The stone which the builders refused, is become the head stone of the Corner? That is, Christ, the Messiah, whom the Jews rejected, shall * receive and unite the Gentiles to his Church, as a principal Corner-stone unites and links the two Gdes of a Building together.
43. Assuredly therefore 43 Therefore say it shall come to pass, that
I unto you,
Kingdom of God you Jews shall be no longer shall be taken from the peculiar People of you,
and given to a God; but he will entrust the fruits thereof. the Gentiles with the Revelation of his Will, and make such other Na
* That Christ's being the Chief Corner-stone, signifies not only his being Head of the Church, to which Sense it seems to be applied, Ads 4. 11. but that it also signifies his Uniting the Gentiles to the Church, is evident from Eph. 2. 20. compared with the foregoing and following Verses; and that Senle seems to fit much better in this place.
tions partakers of his Covenant and Promises, as will make a better use of them than you have done ; bringing forth the Fruits of Holiness, Righteouf
ness, and Peace. 44 Ånd whosoever 44. And this great and Thail fall on this stone, shall be broken: but general Revelation of the on whomsoever it the Will of God by the shall fall,it will grind Messiah, being the last him to powder.
Discovery that he will ever make to Mankind whoever shall stumble and be offended at any part of it,or behave himself in any wise unworthily of it, shall be severely punished : But he that shall utterly and finally reject it, or behave himself so as to deserve the utmost effect of the Wrath which it reveals and brings along with it, shall be miserably and utterly de
stroyed. 45 And when the
45. | All these Sayings; chief priests and Pha- the Chief Priests and PhaParables , they per- risees at length perceived ceived that he spake plainly to be directed aof them.
risees had heard his
46 And falling into a 46 But when they
sought to lay hands great rage, they were e
on him, they feared ven ready to apprehend the multitude, beJesus ; But they were a- cause they took him
for a prophet. fraid the People would rescue him, who all look'd upon him to be a great Prophet sent from God; and therefore for that time they forbore.
Ć HA P. XXII.
PO N another oCanswered and
casion Jesus spake spake unto themi aš? gain' by Parables, again in Parables, repreand said,
senting the State of the Gospel by way of compa
rison or similitude, faying: 2 The kingdom
2. A certain King made of heaven is like unto a great Feast at the Marriage a certain king, which of his Son : Thus God at made a marriage for his son,
the fending his Son into the World, revealed the gracious Terms of the Gofpel, and invited Men to embrace the advantagious conditions of that New
Covenant. 3. And sent forth 31 And when the Feast his Servants to call them
that were bid- was ready, the King sent his den to the wedding: Servants to call those that and they would not had been invited; but they
refused to come:Thus Christ, during his continuance here upon Earth, sent forth his Apostles to preach the Gospel to the Jews, who tvere the peculiar People of God, and who had before been admonished of
the coming of the Meffiah,
4 Again he sent Servants, Saying ; Tell those forth other servants, that are invited, that my which are bidden : Feast is now ready, and that Behold, I have preall things are prepared, and pared my dinner : bid them haften hither: Thus lings are killed, and
my oxen and my fatChrist, after his Resurre- all things are ready:
come unto the martion and Ascension, sent
riage. forth his Apostles again, and other Disciples, instructed and afsifted with greater measures of the Spirit, to preach to the Fews that all things were now accomplished, that the Kingdom of the Mefsiah or the Gospel-Covenant' was established, and to invite them to come in and embrace it. 5. & 6. But the Guests
5 But they made still refused to come, going light of it, and went every one about his own busi. his farm, another to ness; and some were so ungrateful, as even to abuse nant took his ferand kill the Servants that wants, and entreated were sent to call them: Thus them spitefully, and
6 And the rem