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. Tabernacle; which, in Time, was succeed

ed by the Temple ; both of which are oftentimes, in Scripture, call’d the San&tuery: The High Places, usd promiscuouly, during the Times of both the Tabernacle and Temple

, until the Captivity; and the : Synagogues, in Use, both before the Cap

tivity, ducing the Time of it, and after. The Tabernacle indeed was only a kind of moveable Temple; very well suited to the Circumstances of the Israelites, during the Time of their sojourning in the Wilderness; and for some Time after their Settlement in the Land of Canaan, 'till they had utterly driven out the Heathen; more especially from that Place, where God intended his Temple should stand; and this was not done 'till the Time of David.

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The Tabernacle therefore being 'to re-
present a Temple, but at the same time
to be moveable and portable, was so con-
triv'd, as to be taken to pieces, and join'd
together again at Pleasure. The Inside


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was divided by a Veil which parted off the Sanctum Sanctorum or Holy of Holies; that is, the most highly honour'd and dignified Part. Within that was kept the Ark of the Covenant; which contain'd the Testimony or Law, which God had given to Mofes. The Lid or Covering of it, was to be a Propitiatory or Mercy-Seat, with two Cherubims fix'd upon it, extending their Wings toward each

from between which was to proceed the Oracle; that is, the Voice by which God was at any Time pleas'd to reveal himself, and to declare his Will.

Just on the Outside of the Partition Veil, which was made with most exquifice Work, in the very Center stood the Altar of Incense, overlaid with Gold. The Table, on which was plac'd the Shew-Bread, or holy Bread of State, confisting of twelve Loaves, stood on the Northside ; and the great Candlestick or Lamp-sconce, containing feven Branches, on the Southside. All which, with every minute Ucensil, thereunto belonging were made of the richest Materials; either of pure Gold, or of the choicest Wood,

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On the Outside of the Tabernacle, in
a Court of suitable Dimensions, enclos'd
with Pillars of Brass, on which were ex-
tended Hangings diversified with several
bright and glowing Colours, stood first,
next the Entrance into the Tabernacle, a
Laver or large Bason of Brass, for the
Priests to wahh cheir Hands and Feet in,
before they began to execute any Priestly
Office. Next beyond that stood the Altar
of Burnt-offering, with the Instruments
thereunto belonging, all of Brass.

These are, in Gross, the Particulars re-
lating to the Tabernacle; which may be
seen minutely and exactly describ'd in the
facred Records: as God himself was pleas'd Exod.
to direct Mofes how they should be made. XXV to
Let them make me a sanctuary that I may xxxvi,
dwell amongst them. According to all that to xló
I sew thee, after the pattern of the Ta-
bernacle, and the pattern of all the instru-
ments thereof, even to fall ye make it.

The Ark therein contain’d was calld
the Ark of the Covenant, because the two
Tables of Stone, on which the Law was


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written, and by which God had made a Covenant with his People, were kept in a

it; of which Mofes himself says, I turnDeut. x. ed my self, and came down from the Mount,

and put the Tables in the Ark which I bad
made; and there they be, as the LORD
commanded 12e.

The Author of the Epistle to the He-
Heb. ix. brews, mentioning the Tabernacle and the

things contain’d in it, places the golden
Censer (as it is there translated) within the
Veil of the Holy of Holies; of which no

mention is made in the Instructions God Exod.

gave to Moses; but he is commanded to
make an altar to burn incense upon every
morning, and to put it before the veil that
was by the ark of the testimony, before the
mercy-feat. That is, on the Outside of
the Veil ; otherwise it could not be usd
every Day. For into the Holy of Holies

was to enter but the High-Priest,
and he but once a Year.

The Critics and Commentators are hard put to it to reconcile this Difference; but think they do it effectually, by alledging

that the golden Censer mention'd in the Levit. Epistle means the Cenfer which the High


XXX. I. &c.


xvi. 12.

:: Priest was to bring within the veil, full i of burning coals, when he yearly made the

atonement for himself and for his House, I and for all the People. But if so, how can it be affirm'd, that the Tabernacle i which is the holiest of all bad this Censer;

in the fame Sense as it had the Ark of the 1 Covenant? and what can be said for this 3 Apoftle's Omission of the golden altar of

Incense in his enumerating the Implements

of the first or outer Part of the Taberi nacle?

Would it not therefore be better, ingei nuously to admit that the Writer of this

Epistle, being intent upon weightier Things; s in the main, fhewing how the Type was

cancell'd and abolish'd, as well as verified and answer'd by the Antitype, might easi

ly be allow'd to mistake in a light trivial . Matter of no Importance. This he al

most himself seems conscious of; and an pologizes for, in the very next Verse, by adding at the End of his Inventory, these femarkable Words; of which we cannot now Speak particularly. As much as to say, I mention these things only by the by, and don't pretend to be exact in them; biur;


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