Certaine observations upon some texts of Scripture

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CERTAINE
OBSERVATIONS
UPON
Some Texts of SCRIPTURE,
GATHERED TOGETHER
FOR THE SETTING FORTH
THE KINGS AUTHORITY,
AND
THE PEOPLES DUTY.

Col. 3.16.
And now brethren, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in
all wisdome, teaching and admonishing one another.


John. 5.39.
Search the Scriptures, for in them ye thinke ye have eternall life, and
they are they that testifie these things.


Printed in the year, 1648.

1648

To the READER.

GEntle Reader, I finding the worke hereof to be very beneficiall for the publike, it being a publike worke, durst not wrong mine owne conscience so much as to conceal it for mine owne use, & wrap up my talent in a napkin, without imparting it to the good of others: I desire therefore nothing more then your Christian patience, because you must not expect the ensuing matter as a discourse from the learned; but accept of it as a poor gift freely bestowed upon the Kingdome from a weake Lay-man, who had rather speake five words with understanding, then ten thousand in an unknown tongue: And whose wisedome was not able to dive into any further discourse, but to take up and gather together severall Scriptures, [Page] and from thence plain truths, as are revealed in the Scriptures by the Prophets and Apostles, in the Old and New Testament: that so they may be more fully made known, to this end, that we may all in this Kingdome, more speedily put them into practice: which is the prayer, and desire of

Your friend and servant,
T. M.

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IF there be any that be desirous with Enoch to walk with God, and to please him: Or with Abraham the father of the faithfull, to walk before God and to be upright: Or with Zacharias and Elizabeth the righteous servants of the Lord, to walk in the Commandements and ordinances of the Lord blamelesse:

Then with the Prophet Micah 4.2. Let them go to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. And he will teach them of his wayes, if they will walk in his paths.

And with the Prophet Jeremiah 6.16. Let them stand in the way and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and they shall find rest for their souls.

And as many as walke according to this rule, peace be upon them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Gal. 6.16.

And let us now hear what God the Lord speaks, Psal. 85.8. As by the mouth of all his holy Prophets which have been since the world began. Luke 1.70. For if they will not beleeve Moses and the Prophets, neither will they beleeve though one arose from the dead. Luk. 16.31. And first what they speake for

2. The Kings AUTHORITY.

ANd let us now begin our work in the name of the Lord, and intreat his blessing upon it: and hear what the Lord God himself saith, who is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers.

Numb. 12.8. Wherefore then were ye not afraid Aaron and Miriam, to speak against my servant Moses (marrying an Ethiopian woman) vers. 10. Miriam became Leprous white as snow.

  1. Observation. That neither high nor low ought to speak against Supreame Authority, no not Aaron though the high Priest: Eccles. 8.4. Who may say unto him, what dost thou? [Page 2] They are the Lords servants.
  2. Obs. That a Leprosie, or some other judgement shall befall them that speak against supream authority, though in marriage; S. Jude cals them filthy dreamers, that despise dominion and speak evill of dignities, v. 8.

Judges. 17.5. Micah had an house of gods, and consecrated one of his sons to be his priest. And in those dayes there was no King in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

  1. Obs. That where no King is to rule a Nation, that Nation and people is ready to consecrate priests to themselves. Heb. 4.5. No man ought to take this honour to himself, but he that is called of God as was Aaron, to be an high priest.
  2. Obs. That where there is no King in a Nation though Gods own people Israel, yet Israel walks according to their own wayes, and contrary to the wayes of God. Lev. 26.21. If ye walk contrary unto me, I will walk contrary unto you, and bring seven more judgements upon you, for my wayes are not your wayes, nor my thoughts your thoughts, saith the Lord. Isay 55.8.

1 Sam. 8.4. When the Elders of Israel perceived that the sons of Samuel though Judges, walked not aright, but followed lucre and perverted judgement. They came to Samuel and said unto him, make us a King to judge us like all the Nations.

  1. Obs. That the Elders, and rulers, the heads of the Tribes of Israel, desire to have a King, for to rule them and judge them.
  2. Obs. That no Elder or ruler ought to dis-throne a King from ruling or judging.

1 Sam. 10.24. And Samuel said unto the Elders and to all the people; See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him amongst the people: And all the people shouted: and said, God save the King.

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  1. Obs. That Kings have their originall choice from the Lord.
  2. Obs. That no man ought to be compared to the King.
  3. Obs. That no man ought to think slightly of the King, but to rejoyce in their King.
  4. Obs. That its the peoples duty to pray for the King, God save the King.

2 Sam. 16.16. Hushai being sent from David, said unto Absolon, God save the King. God save the King.

  1. Obs. That dissimulation hath a cloak for every action.
  2. Obs. That prayer is made a cloak for dissimulation.
  3. Obs. That fair speeches and the stronger party, is made a maine cloak for dissemblers. 18.19.

1. Kings 1.39. And Zadok the priest Anointed Solomon King, and they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, God save King Solomon.

  1. Obs. That Kings are the Lords Anointed.
  2. Obs. That great triumph ought to be made at the Anointing of Kings.
  3. Obs. That its the peoples duty to pray for their King by name. King Solomon. King Charls.

1 Kings 20.31. And Benadads servants said, the Kings of the house of Israel are mercifull Kings, let us put sackcloth on our loyns, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the King of Israel, peradventure he will save our lives.

  1. Obs. That the councell of servants ought not to be rejected.
  2. Obs. That Kings ought to be mercifull.
  3. Obs. That its the duty of the people to be humbled and submit their lives to the Kings mercy.
  4. Obs. That where there is no humiliation, there ought to be no mercy.
  5. [Page 4]Obs. That Kings have power in themselves to pardon great offenders.

1 Kings 21.13. Children of Belial witnessed against Naboth, Naboth did blaspheme God and the King: And they stoned him with stones that he died.

  1. Obs. That blasphemers of God and the King, ought to suffer death.
  2. Obs. That we ought not to have an evil thought of the King: Eccles. 10.20. Curse not the King, no not in thy thoughts. Exod. 22.28. Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people.
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Prov. 16.15. In the light of the kings countenance is life, and his favour is as a cloud of the latter raine.

  1. Obs. That the life of a good subject is the chearfull countenance of the King.
  2. Obs. That the favour of the King, is like the former and the latter raine upon the ground in his due season.
  3. Obs. That Kings ought to shew their respects to their good subjects.
  4. Obs. That no subject ought to provoke the King to make him frown.
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Jer. 27.8. It shall come to passe that the Nation and Kingdom which will not serve Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon, will I punish with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and hearken not to your Prophets, for they prophesie a lye unto you, bringing your neckes under the yoak of the King of Babylon, and serve him and his people and live, why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the Nation that will not serve the King of Babylon?

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Mat. 17.12. Jesus asked Peter, what thinkest thou Simon? of whom doe the Kings of the earth take custome? of strangers, or of their own children? yet lest we should offend, goe to the sea, cast an hooke, take a fish, open his mouth, take a piece of money, and pay for thee and me.

  1. Obs. That Christ allows of Kings to be on the earth.
  2. Obs. That Christ will pay custome to Caesar, rather then offend Caesar.
  3. Obs. That Christ will work a miracle, to pay custome to the Kings of the earth, rather then offend.

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1 Pet. 2.13, 17. Submit your selves therefore to every ordinance of man for the Lords sake, whether it be to the King as supreame, or unto Governours as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well, for so is the will of God: honour all men, love the Brotherhood, fear God, Honour the King.

  1. Obs. That the ordinances of man, that are made agreeable to the word of the Lord, ought to be obeyed.
  2. Obs. That the King is the supreame Governour, and his Authority is supreame Authority, and his commands are supreamly to be obeyed.
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7. And here observe now, and behold the peoples duty to their King.

  1. THe peoples duty is, to pray for wisdome and understanding for the King.
  2. The peoples duty is, to pray for the King by his name, God save King Solomon: God save King Charls.
  3. The peoples duty is, to pray for the King, and his seed for evermore.
  4. The peoples duty is, not to compare themselves to the King, nor thinke slightly of the King, nor curse the King.
  5. The peoples duty is, to maintain and uphold with their lives and estates the Kings honour: and to humble themselves, and submit their lives to the Kings mercy.
  6. The peoples duty is, to obey all the Laws and commands of the King.
  7. The peoples duty is, not to provoke the King to anger, nor to controle the King, nor to rise up against the King, by thought, by word, or by weapon.
  8. The peoples duty is, to serve and obey the King, lest the punishment of disloyaltie to the Kings commands befall them, as sword, famine, pestilence.
  9. The peoples duty is, to pay customes or tributes to their King, Caesar.
  10. The peoples duty is to observe the duty for fear of a greater punishment: damnation is the reward of all those that resist the Kings supreame AUTHORITY: blessednesse is the reward of all those that submit unto, and obey the Kings supreame AUTHORITY.

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Shall we follow the example of Daniel, Dan. 9.3. who set his face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes, and prayed unto the Lord, and made confession, saying, We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have rebelled, and departed from thy precepts, and from thy judgements: And have not harkned to thy servants the Prophets which spake in thy name to our Kings, our Princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land: Hearken now and be no more rebellious.

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Luke 22.41. Who withdrew himself from them about a stones cast, and kneeled down and prayed. Joh. 17.1. Who lift up his eyes to heaven and said, Heb. 5.7. Who in the dayes of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and teares, unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.

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But unto the goates on the left hand, Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, for ye are they that are disobedient, and rebellious against the word of the Lord, against the holy Prophets and holy Apostles, and against the example and commands of Jesus Christ himself, who commands obedience to Caesar: Submission to the Kings Supreame AUTHORITY.

Now these things have I written unto you according to the power which the Lord hath given me for edification, 2 Cor. 13.10. In hopes the better learned will amend it. And brethren be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, fear God, honour the King: Live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

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Keywords

afraid, anoint, authority, death, famine, leprosy, suffering

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Title: CERTAINE OBSERVATIONS UPON Some Texts of SCRIPTURE, GATHERED TOGETHER FOR THE SETTING FORTH THE KINGS AUTHORITY, AND THE PEOPLES DUTY. Col. 3.16. And now brethren, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdome, teaching and admonishing one another. John. 5.39. Search the Scriptures, for in them ye thinke ye have eternall life, and they are they that testifie these things. Printed in the year, 1648.

Author: T.M.

Publication date: 1648

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Early English Books Online: http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home Bibliographic name / number: Wing / M81 Physical description: [2], 23 p. Copy from: Cambridge University Library Reel position: Wing / 1312:01

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Original author(s): T. M.

Language: English

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  • 1 ) Selections from pp 1-4, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21-23

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