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SCEPTRED KING, king of kings and Lord of Lords, Rev. 19. 16. He came out of Jacob and rose out of Ifrael. For, the Lord raised up that prophet from the midst of his brethren, Deut. 18.15; and the glorious one of Israel sball be of bim, and the governor Mall proceed from the midst of him, Jer. 30. 21, who is over ell, God blessed for ever ; but from the fathers as comcerning the flesh, Rom. 9. 5.
XLIII. The works ascribed to him are these two fiah Imites ift. The smiting (breaking] of the sides or corners of ners of Moab. That is, the subduing of thofe, who were Moab. before fworn enemies to himself and his church. And
that two ways, either by grace, when, by his word and fpirit, he subdues them to the obedience of faith, få that they willingly fubmit to his sceptre, cafting down every bigb thing, that exaltetb itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. 10 5. Or, in a way of justice and vengeance, when he subdues the obftiae and forces theni, however unwillingly, to acknov. ledge:his power and supereminence, breaking them with aröd of iron, defying them in pieces like a patter's vessel, Pf. 2. 9. But the Moabites are here mentioned as. an instance; because Balaam was, at that time, principally concerned with them. 2dly. The desiruction of ell the children of Seth. This fignifies his triumph over all men, whom he shall fubdue to himself, either by his grace, or by his righteous vengeance. Because all men in the world are propagated from Seth; while the progeny of Cain, and of the other fons of Adam, perished in the deluge. From Seth, Noah descended, and all mankind from Noah: so that we are all the children of Seth, But we shall all be made subject to Christ, who fall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father: when he shall have put down all rule, and authority and power, 1 Cor. 15. 24
XLIV. In the last place, he shews the time and rature nature of Christ's kingdom; when Ifrael Shall do
valiantly, against his enemies, by shaking off the of Christ's tyrannical yoke of Antiochus and others: when Edom,
kingdom. and Seir à noted mountain of Idumea, shall become the poffeffion of Israel; which happened under the second temple, when the Idumeans were subdued, and, submitting to circumcision and the other Jewish rites, were added to the republick of Israel: as not only Fosephus, but also Strabo relates, Geogr. lib. 16; they joined themselves to the Jews, and had laws in common with them. When, I say, all these things shall happen, out of Jacob hall come be, that shall have dominion : namely, that great ruler, that mighty one of Jacob, Isa. 90. 16, whose right it is, and I will give it bim, Ezek. 21. 27. He Mall destroy him, that remaineth of the city. He will overthrow the city and all human power, which shall make head against him, to the utmost: for, he bringeth down them that dwell on bigh, the lofty city, be layeth it low, he layeth it low, even to the ground, he bringeth it even to the duft. I be foot fall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. Ifa. 26. 5. 6. And thus we have carried down the doctrine of salvation in one continued series to the times of Mofes.