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Before the mountains were, &c. I am God; yea, before the day was, even from everlasting to everlasting I am He; and there is none that can thou art God.Ps. xc. 2.
deliver out of my hand. I will work, The Lord is a great God, and a and who shall let it? Thus saith the great King above all gods, &c. O come Lord, your Redeemer, the holy One let us worship and bow down ; let of Israel, &c. But thou hast not us kneel before the Lord our Maker; called upon me, O Jacob.-Isa. xliii. for he is our God, and we are the 10-15. 22. people of his pasture.-Ps. xcv. 3. 6,7. - Thus saith the Lord, the King of
The Lord reigneth, &c. worship Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord him all ye gods, &c. for thou, Lord, of hosts ; I am the first, and I am the art high above all the earth; thou last, and besides me there is no God, art exalted far above all gods.-Ps. &c. Ye are my witnesses, is there a xcvii. 1.7. 9.
God besides me? yea, no God, I Exalt ye the Lord our God, and know not any, &c. Thus saith the worship at his foot-stool, he is holy.- Lord, &c. I am the Lord that maketh Ps. xcix. 5. 9.
all things, that stretched forth the Serve the Lord with gladness, come heavens alone, that spreadeth abroad before his presence with singing, &c. the earth by myself, &c.—Isa. xliv. He is God.-Ps. c. 2, 3..
6. 8. 24. Ps. xcvi. 5. Holy and reverend is his name. I am the Lord, and there is none Ps. cxi. 9.
else; there is no God besides me. I I will worship toward thy holy girded thee, though thou hast not temple.—Ps. cxxxviii. 2.
known me. That they may know Keep thy foot when thou goest to from the rising of the sun, and from the house of God; and be more ready the west, that there is none besides to hear, than to give the sacrifice of me. I am the Lord, and none else :fools, &c. Be not rash with thy I form the light, and create darkness; mouth, and let not thine heart be I make peace, and create evil : I the hasty to utter any thing (or word) Lord do all these things, &c. Thus before God : for God is in heaven, and saith the Lord that created the heathou upon earth; therefore let thy. vens, God himself that formed the words be few.--Eccles. v. 1, 2. earth, and made it, he hath established
Be not righteous over much, nei- it, &c. I am the Lord, and there is ther make thyself over wise, &c.- none else.--Isa. xly. 5-7. 18. 21, 22. Eccles. vii. 16.
I am God, and there is none beWho hath measured the waters in sides me. I am God, and none like the hollow of his hand, &c. to whom me, declaring the end from the bethen will ye liken God? or what, &c. ginning; and from ancient times the -Isa. xl. 12–18.
things that are not yet done : saying, I am the Lord, that is my name ; My counselshall stand, and I will do all and my glory will I not give to ano- my pleasure.--Isa. xlvi. 9, 10, xli. 4. ther.-Isa. xlii. 8.
But the Lord is the true God, he That ye may know and believe me, is the living God, and an everlasting and understand that I am He: before King; at his wrath the earth shall me there was no God formed (or no- tremble, &c. He hath made the earth thing formed of God), neither shall by his power, he hath established the there be after me. I am the Lord, world by his wisdom, and hath and besides me there is no Saviour. stretched out the heavens by his disI have declared, and have saved, and cretion. When he uttereth his voice, I have shewed when there was no &c.-Jer. x. 10-13. Heb. ix. 14. strange god among you : therefore ye . Yet I am the Lord thy God, and are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that thou shalt know no God but me: for there is no Saviour besides me. to worship him. God is a Spirit, and Hosea xiii. 4. Isa. xxxvii. 20. they that worship him, must worship
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I him in spirit and in truth.John iv. will not smell in your solemn assem- 20—24. blies, &c. But let judgment run down, The Father himself, &c. ye have &c.-Amos v. 21-24. Ps. lxvi. 18. neither heard his voice at any time, Isa. Ixyi. 3. Jer. vi. 20. Isa. i. 11, &c. nor seen his shape. - John v. 37.
And it shall come to pass, that Exod. xxxii. 20. every one that is left of all the na- And he said, Lord, I believe, and tions which came against Jerusalem, he worshipped him.--John ix. 38. shall even go up from year to year, to The Most High dwelleth not in worship the King, the Lord of hosts, temples made with hands,&c. Heaven &c.—Zech, xiv. 16.
is my throne, &c. hath not my hand If then I be a father, where is mine made all ? &c.-Acts vii. 48–50. honour? &c. And if ye offer the Whom ye ignorantly worship, him blind and the lame, &c. offer it now declare I unto you. God that made unto thy governor, will he be pleased the world and all things therein, seewith thee, or accept thy person ? &c. ing that he is Lord of heaven and Ye brought that which was torn, and earth, dwelleth not in temples made the lame, and the sick ; thus ye with hands : neither is worshipped brought an offering : Should I accept with men's hands, as though he needed this of your hands ? saith the Lord. any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, But cursed be the deceiver, which and breath, and all things ; and hath hath in his flock a male, and voweth made of one blood all nations of men and sacrificeth unto the Lord a cor- for to dwell on all the face of the rupt thing : for I am a great King, earth, and hath determined the times saith the Lord of hosts, and my name before appointed, and the bounds of is dreadful among the heathen.— their habitation, &c. - Acts . xvii. Mal. i. 6. 8. 13, 14. ii. 2, 3. 13. 23–26.
The Lord whom ye seek shall sud- After the way which they call denly come, &c. Then shall the heresy, so worship I the God of my offering of Judah be pleasant unto the fathers.-Acts xxiv. 14. Lord.-Mal. iii. 1. 4.
God whom I serve with my spirit, Get thee hence, Satan : for it is &c. The invisible things of him from written, Thou shalt worship the Lord the creation of the world are clearly thy God, and him only shalt thou seen, being understood by the things serve.—Matt. iv. 10.
that are made, even his eternal power Where two or three are gathered and godhead : so that they were withtogether in my name, there am I in out excuse ; because that when they the midst of them.-Matt. xviii. 20. knew God, they glorified him not as
There is one God, and there is none God, but became yain, &c. changed other but he.-Mark xii. 32. the truth of God into a lie, and wor
Our fathers worshipped in this shipped and served the creature more mountain, and ye say that in Jeru- than the Creator, who is blessed for salem is the place where men ought ever, Amen.-Rom. i. 9. 20, 21. 23. to worship, &c. The hour cometh, 25. 2 Tim. i. 3. when ye shall neither in this moun- Not slothful in business, fervent in tain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship spirit, serving the Lord.-Rom. xii. 11. the Father. Ye worship ye know not This I speak, &c. that ye may atwhat, &c. But the hour cometh, and tend upon the Lord without distracnow is, when the true worshippers tion.—1 Cor. vii. 35.shall worship the Father in spirit and We know that an idol is nothing in in truth : for the Father seeketh such the world, and that there is none
other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, &c. but to
Sect. v. Believe, and be found in
SE us there is but one God the Father,
God the Father the Practice concerning the things of whom are all things, and we in of God, and his Worship, but that (or for) him ; and one Lord Jesus
which clearly (according to the Christ, by whom are all things, and Precepts, Rules, and Examples we by him. -1 Cor. viii. 4-6.
of the Scriptures) appears to be I Tim. ii. 5.
Christ's mind, upon which we can So falling down on his face, he will in Faith expect acceptance. worship God, and report that God is And Moses came and told the people in you of a truth.—1 Cor. xiv. 25. all the words of the Lord, and all the Gen. xxiv. 26. 52. Exod. iv. 31. xii. judgments : and all the people an27. xxxiv. 8. Joshua v. 14.
swered with one voice, and said, All We are the circumcision, which the words which the Lord hath said, worship God in the spirit.-Phil. iii. 3. will we do. And Moses wrote all
When he bringeth in the first be- the words of the Lord, &c. And he gotten into the world, be saith, And took the book of the covenant, and let all the angels of God worship read in the audience of the people ; him.-Heb. i. 6.
and they said, All that the Lord hath God, &c. because he could swear said, will we do, and be obedient.by no greater, he sware by himself, Exod. xxiv. 3, 4. 7. &c. The living God, &c.-Heb. vi. 13. And let them make me a sanctuary, is. 14.
that I may dwell amongst them : acWherefore we receiving a kingdom cording unto all that I shew thee, which cannot be moved, let us have after the pattern of the tabernacle, grace (or bold fast) whereby we may and the pattern of all the instruments serve God acceptably with reverence thereof; even so shall ye make it. and godly fear : for our God is a Exod. xxv. 8, 9. consuming fire.--Heb. xii. 28, 29. In the tabernacle, without the veil
Ye also as lively stones, are built which is before the testimony, Aaron up a spiritual house, an holy priest- and his sons shall order it from evenhood, to offer up spiritual sacrifice, ing to morning before the Lord, &c. acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.- Exod. xxvii. 21. 1 Pet. ii. 5.
And these are the garments which No man hath seen God at any they shall make ; a breast-plate, &c. time.- John iv. 12.
And they shall make holy garments The four and twenty elders fall for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, down before him that sat on the that he may minister unto me in the throne, and worship him that liveth.- priest's office, &c.-Exod. xxviii. 4, &c. Rev. iy. 10, 11.
They made the holy garments for Fear God, and give glory unto him, Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses, &c. And worship him that made &c.—Exod. xxxix. 1. . heaven, and earth, and the sea, and Thus did Moses : according to all the fountains of waters. Rev. xiv. 7. that the Lord commanded him, so did xv. 4. iv. &–11. v. 13.
he, &c. He spread abroad the tent Worship God.-Rev.xix. 10. xxii. 9. over the tabernacle, &c. as the Lord
Sanctify the Lord God in your commanded Moses, &c. And he hearts.- i Pet. iii. 15.
lighted the lamps before the Lord, as The Lord, &c. he will famish all the Lord commanded Moses, &c. the gods of the earth, and men shall When they came near unto the altar, worship him, every one.--Zeph, ii. 11. they washed, as the Lord commanded
Moses.—Exod. xl. 16. 19. 21. 23. 25. 27. 29. 32. Levit. viü. 4, 5. 36.
So did David in all he did, as he you, your burnt-offerings, &c. Take received from God.-1 Chron. xxviii, heed to thyself, that thou be not 12, 13. 19. 2 Chron. xxix, 25. snared by following them, &c. And
Nadab and Abihu, the sons of that thou inquire not after their gods, Aaron, &c. offered strange fire, which saying, How did these nations serve he commanded them not; and there their gods? Even so will I do like. went out fire from the Lord, and de- wise. Thou shalt not do so unto voured them, and they died before the Lord thy God, &c. What things the Lord. And Moses said unto Aaron, soever I command you, observe to do This is it that the Lord spake, I will it ; thou shalt not add thereto, nor be sanctified in them that come nigh diminish from it.-Deut. xii. 2. 4-6. me, and before all the people, &c. 8. 10, 11. 13. 30–32. Numb. xv. Levit. x. 1-3.
39, 40. . . . . . After the doings of the land of Secret things belong unto the Lord Egypt, &c. and after the doings of our God; but those things which are the land of Canaan, &c. shall ye not revealed belong unto us, and to our do: neither shall ye walk in their children for ever, that we may do all ordinances. Ye shall do my judge the words of this law.-Deut. xxix. 29. ments, and keep mine ordinances, to Rebel not, &c. in building you an walk therein: I am the Lord your altar, beside the altar of the Lord our God.—Levit. xviii. 3, 4..
God.-Josh. xxii. 19. 29. And they kept the passover on the Jeroboam ordained a feast, &c. like fourteenth day of the first month, at unto the feast in Judah, &c. even in even, in the wilderness of Sinai : the month which he had devised of according to all that the Lord com- his own heart.- Kings xii. 32, 33. manded Moses, so did the children 2 Kings xvii. 8. of Israel, &c. They shall leave none Israel had sinned, &c. in walking of it, &c. According to all the ordi- in the statutes of the heathen, &c. nances of the passover they shall and of the kings of Israel, which they keep it. Moses inquired of God, in had made, &c.--2 Kings xvii. 7,8. 19. an unrevealed case, about the pass Be not righteous over much ; neioyer.-Numb. ix. 5-10. 12. Levit. ther make thyself over wise.--Eccles. xix. 5, 6. xxii, 30–32.
Ye shall not add unto the word To the law, and to the testimony: if which I command you; neither shall they speak not according to this word, you, &c.—Deut. iv, 2.
it is because there is no light in them. Ye shall utterly destroy all the -Isa. viii. 20. Jer. viii. 9. places, wherein the nations which ye · The earth also is defiled under the shall possess, served their gods, &c. inhabitants thereof, because they have Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your transgressed the laws, changed the God: but unto the place which the ordinances, &c.- Isa. xxiv. 5. Lord your God shall choose out of all And the vision of all is become your tribes, to put his name there ; unto you as the words of a book that unto his habitation shall ye seek, and is sealed, &c. Wherefore the Lord thither thou shalt come, and thither said, Forasmuch as this people draw ye shall bring your burnt-offerings, near me with their mouth, &c. and &c. and ye shall not do, &c. every their fear toward me is taught by the man whatsoever is right in his own precept of men ; therefore, behold, eyes, &c. When you go over Jordan, I will proceed to do a marvellous &c. then there shall be a place which work, &c. The wisdom of their wise the Lord your God shall choose, to men shall perish, &c.- Isa. xxix. cause his name to dwell there ; thither 11-14. shall. ye bring all that I command I have spread out my hands all the
day unto a rebellious people, which whatsoever I have commanded you. walketh in a way that was not good, Matt. xxviii. 20. Acts x. 33. after their own thoughts, &c. that That which is highly esteemed sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth amongst men, is abomination in the incense upon altars of brick, &c.- sight of God.-Luke xvi. 15.. Isa. lxv. 2, 3.
When Paul, according to advice, Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in had observed some Jewish ceremothe ways, and see, and ask for the nies, the Jews came upon him, and old paths, where is the good way, and laid hold on him; the very thing his walk therein, and ye shall find rest, advisers proposed to prevent by it.&c.-Jer. vi. 16.
Acts xxi. 20, &c. · I spake not unto your fathers, nor After the way which they call coinmanded them, &c. concerning heresy, so worship I the God of my burnt-offerings, &c.-Jer. vii. 22, fathers ; believing all things which 23. 31.
are written in the law and the proThe place of my throne, &c. shall phets.-Acts xxiv. 14. the house of Israel no more defile ; That ye may prove what is that neither they, nor their kings, by their good, and acceptable will of God. whoredom, &c. in their setting of their Rom. xii. 2. Eph. v. 10. 17. threshold by my thresholds, and theirH e that doubteth, is damned if he posts by my posts, &c.—Ezek. xliii. eat, because he eateth not of faith : 7,8.
for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. Son of man, mark well, &c. all that -Rom. xiv. 23. I say unto thee concerning all the Now I praise you, brethren, that ordinances of the house of the Lord, you, &c. keep the ordinances (or traand all the laws thereof, &c. And ditions) as I delivered them to you, thou shalt say to the rebellious, &c. &c. For I have received of the Lord, Ye have brought into my sanctuary that which also I delivered unto you; strangers, uncircumcised in heart, &c. That the Lord Jesus the same night, to pollute it ; even my house, when &c. 1 Cor. xi. 1, 2. 23. ye offer my bread, &c. And ye have Though we or an angel from heanot kept the charge of mine holy ven preach unto you other than that things; but ye have set keepers of which we have preached, &c. let him my charge (or ordinance) in my sanc- be accursed.-Gal. i. 8. tuary for yourselves. --Ezek. xliv. Ye did run well : who did hinder 5–9.
you (or turn you back) ? This perIf ye offer the blind, &c. offer it suasion cometh not of him that called unto thy governor, &c. I am a great you.—Gal. v. 7,8. king, &c.-Mal. i. 6. 8. 13, 14.
That we henceforth be no more Why do you transgress the com- children, tossed to and fro, and carmandment of God by your tradition? ried about with every wind of docFor God commanded, saying, &c. trine, by the sleight of men, and cunBut ye say, &c. Thus have ye made ning craftiness, &c.--Eph. iv. 14. the commandinent of God of none Those things which ye have both effect by your tradition, &c. In vain learned, and received, and heard, and do they worship me, teaching for seen in me, do.-Phil. iv. 9. doctrines the commandments of men. Beware lest any man spoil you -Matt. xv. 3—6. 8, 9. Mark vii. through philosophy and vain deceit, 3- 8.
after the tradition of men, after the Where two or three are gathered rudiments of the world, &c. If ye be together in my name, there am I in dead with Christ, why, as though the midst of them.—Matt. xviii. 20. living in the world are ye subject to
Teaching them to observe all things, ordinances (touch not, taste not,