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to return their Thanks. The Legal Sacrifices, S ERM, as I have already said, are now abolished;
III. they are supplied by that one Commemorative Sacrifice in the Holy Eucharist, which the Church by the Rubrick exhorts the Woman to partake of, and by the Offering The ought. to make of herself, a holy and living Sacrifice to God. But Offerings to the Minister are still required ; not under the Notion of a Fee or Reward, but as something paid as an Acknowledgment to God, and offered to them who still are to live upon God's Revenue, And therefore as under the Law, even those that were poor, brought a Dove, or a Pigeon, but they of greater Substance a Lamb: So now though the
S ERM.and cheerfully to pay your Vows, (by wbich,
Should you pay in the Courts of his own House,
The ISRAELITE without Guile.
JOHN i. 47
- Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no Guile.
HIS Day is dedicated by the Western Church to the Memory and
Honour of the Apostle St Bartholomew. Of whom, it is remarkable, that we find nothing recorded in the whole New Teltament, except that his Name is four Times mentioned, and that only in Course, in the general Catalogue of all the Apostles, Matt. X. 3. Mark iii. 18. Luke vi. 14. Asts i. 13.
This has induced many to believe, that he lies concealed under some other Name, and that Nathanael (of whom my Text is spoken) must be the same with St Bartholomew, whom we this Day commemorate.
What makes this seem more than probable, is, that St John, in reckoning up the Disciples,
SERM. to whom our Saviour appeared at the Sea of
For they who were together were Simon
And if of the Twelve; it will soon appear, S ERM.' that he must be the same with Bartholomew. IV. For first it is remarkable, that as no other Evangelist (except St John) makes mention of Nathanael; so neither does St John, who mentions him, ever once make mention of Bartholomew. Again it is observable, that in three out of four of the Catalogues of the Apostles given by the Evangelists, Philip and Bartholomew are coupled together; Matt. x. 3. Mark iii. 18. Luke vi. 14. very fit Companions, supposing Bartholomew was the same with Nathanael, of whom, we may infer from the Context, Philip was an old and an intimate Acquaintance, and the first Instrument of bringing him to Jesus,
Nathanael and Bartholomew then, is very plainly the same. Man, only mentioned by different Names: St John calling him by his personal or proper Name, the other Evangelists by the Name of his Family. So that putting both his Names together, he may properly be called Nathanael Bartholomew ; i. e. Nathanael the Son of Tholomew or Tolmai. For that Bar (the first Syllable in Bartholomew) signifies a Son, is evident from blind Bartimeus's being interpreted the Son of Timeus, Mark x. 46. and from Peter's being