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The Purification of Mary, and the
Presentation of Jesus in the Tem-
When the Days of her Purification, according
to the Law of Mofes, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present bim to the Lord, (As it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every Male that openetb the Womb poall be called Holy unto the Lord) And to offer a Sacrifice according to that which is said in the Law of the Lord, A Pair of Turtle-Doves, or, two young Pigeons.
N discoursing upon this Passage of Scrip-
thy our Attention: The one of which
II. The other the PRESENTATION of y E-SERM. SUS to God.
These two therefore, I intend to make the Subject of my present Discourse: And for your bei'er Instruction, shall treat of them both in the following Manner.
I. First, I shall recite to you the Institution and Meaning of each of thefe Rites, separately or jointly, as the Occasion thall require.
II. Secondly, I shall note from the Words of my Text, how readily and exactly, the Blessed Virgin complied with these Rites in relation both to herself and her Son. And then,
III. Thirdly, I shall see what Observations we may
draw from the Command ittelf, and this Compliance with the Command, for our own Direction and Use.
I. First, I fall recite to you the Institution and Meaning of each of these Rites, separately or jointly, as the Occasion Thall require.
I shall begin with that Rite which more
SERM. the Son: The Mother must be purified, be-
Now the End of the Mother's Purification,
But now because the Sin of Adam was what his Posterity could not help; and consequently since it is not owing to any actual Fault in the Child, that it brings this original Defilement with it into the World ; therefore God, designing that a second Adam should in Time be born, not only free from all Impurity in himself, but also to free all the Chil
dren of the first Adam from that Impurity SE RM. which was in this Manner entailed
However, to signify the impure Condition
prescribed, till they had first performed some typical Rites, which pointed at him for whose Sake they were forgiven and accepted. What these were with Relation to the Child, I shall Thew by and by. But first let us examine,
SER M. the Manner and Ceremony of purifying the III. Mother.
To do this we must turn to the xiith of Leviticus where the Ordinance is contained. And there we shall find, that when a Woman was delivered of a Son, she was for seven Days after separated from all common Conversation as unclean, and for three and thirty Days more (i. e. for forty in all) she was debarred the Sanctuary; i. e, during that Time she was not suffered to enter into it, nor to join with the Congregation in the Publick Worship of God. This was the Time prescribed her for a Son: The Time for a Daughter was double the former. For fourteen Days she was set apart from all Conversation; and for fixty-six more (i. e. for eighty in all) was forbidden the Tabernacle. The Occafion of this Difference between a Son and a Daughter, is conjectured to have been, because Sin and Guilt was properly derived from the Female Sex. For Adam (faith St Paul) was not deceived, but the Woman being deceived was in the Transgresion. The Female Sex therefore having been the principal Source of Sin; it is therefore thought that the Birth of a Daughter under the Law communicated the longest legal Contagion.