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4 Q. How did God punish them for the Golden Calf?
A. The Children of Levi were commanded to A their Brethren, and they flew three thoufand of the Children of Ifrael, Exod. xxxii. 27, 28.
5Q What was another of their remarkable Sins? A. In the next Stage. after Sinai, they lothed the Manna which God fent them, and murmured for Want of Flesh, Numb. xi. 4.
6 Q: How was this Murmuring punished? A. God gave them the Flesh of Quails in Abundance, and fent the Plague with it, Numb. xi. 31, 33. 7 Q. What was their third remarkable Sin?
A. Being difcouraged by the Spies who fearched out the Land of Canaan, and brought an ill Report of that promised Land, they were for making a Captain to return to Egypt, Numb. xxii, 32. and chap. xiv. 3, 4, 36.
8 Q How was this Rebellion chastised?
A. Ten of theSpies died immediately of a Plague, and all the People were condemned to wander forty Years in the Wilderness, till all thofe who were above twenty Years old fhould die by Degrees in their Travels, Numb. xiv. 29-37.
9 Q. Who of the Spies were faved?
A. None but Caleb and Joshua, who followed the Lord fully, and gave a good Account of the Land of Promife, Numb. xiv. 6, 23, 24, 37, 39. and chap. xxvi. 65.
IO Q. What was their fourth remarkable Sin? A. When Korah, Dathan and Abiram ftirred up a Rebellion against Mofes and Aaron, Num. xvi. 1,&c. 11 Q. What
Cherubs might be fometimes figured as flying Men with Calves Feet, or as flying Ŏxen, as part of the Equipage or Attendants of God.
11 Q. What was the Occafion of this Rebellion of Korah and his Companions?
A. They pretended that all Ifrael were holy, and that Aaron and his Family had no more Right to the Priesthood than they; and that Mofes took too much upon him to determine every Thing among them, Numb. xvi. 3, 10.
12 Q. How were Korah, Dathan and Abiram punished?
A. They and their Families were fwallowed up by an Earthquake*, and their two hundred and fifty Companions were burnt by a Fire which came out from God, ver. 31, 35. and when the Congregation murmured against Mofes and Aaron for the Death of these Sinners, God fmote above fourteen thousand of them, and they died of the Plague, ver. 41-50.
13 Q. What Miracle did God work to fhew that he had chofen Aaron's Family to the Priesthood?
A. He bid the Heads of the People choofe twelve Rods for the twelve Tribes of Ifrael, and write Aaron's Name upon Levi's Rod, and lay them up in the Tabernacle till the Morrow: At which Time they took each Man his Rod, and Aaron's Rod bloffomed, and yielded Almonds, Numb. xvii.
14 Q. What was done with this Rod of Aaron? A. It was laid up in the Ark to be a lasting Testimony against thefe Rebels, ver. 10. and to confum Aaron's Right to the Priesthood.
15 Q. What was a fifth remarkable Sin of the People?
A. They murmured because of the Length of the Way, and for Want of better Food than Manna, Numb. xxi. 4, 5.
Yet in Numb, xxvi. 11. the Sons of Korah are ex
16Q. How was this new Murmuring punished? A. God fent fiery Serpents among them which deftroyed many of them, Numb. xxi. 6.
17 Q. How were the People healed which were bitten by the Serpents ?
A. By looking up to a Serpent of Brafs, which Mofes put upon a high Pole at God's Command, Numb. xxi. 8, 9.
18Q. What was the fixth remarkable Sinof Israel? A. Whoredom and Idolatry; for they loved the Midianitifh Women, and worshipped their Gods, Numb. xxv. 1, 2.
19 Q. How was this Whoredom and Idolatry punished?
A. By the Command of God and Mofes to kill the Offenders, and by a Plague which flew twenty four thousand, Numb. xxv. 4, 5, 9.
20 Q. Who tempted them to this Idolatry? A. Balaam, the wicked Prophet and Soothsayer, Numb. xxxi. 16.
21 Q. Why did he tempt them to it?
A. Because God hindered him from curfing Ifrael, when Balak the King of Moab had hired him to do it, Numb. xxii. 5-12.
22 Q. How did God hinder him?
A. Three Ways. (1.) By forbidding him to go at firft, though afterwards he permitted him. (2.) By making his own Afs fpeak to him, to stop him when he was going. (3.) By inspiring him with Prophecies, and compelling him to blefs Ifrael three or four Times, inftead of curfing them. See Numb. xxii. 12, 30, 31. and xxiii. 7, 8, &c.
23 Q. What became of Balaam at laft?
A. He was flain among the Midianites by the Men of Ifrael, under the Conduct of Mofes, before they came to the River of Jordan, Numb. xxxi. 1-8. C H A P.
CHA P. VIII.
Of the Jews Entrance into CANAAN, and their Government by Judges.
SECT. I. Of the Ifraelites Poffeffion of CANAAN. 1Q. WHAT became of the People of Ifrael after all their Wanderings in the Wil
A. Though their Sins and Punishments were many and great, yet they were not deftroyed; but God brought them at laft into Canaan, the Land which he promised to their Fathers, Job. i. 11.
2 Q. Did Mofes lead them into that Land?
A. No; he was only permitted to fee it from Mount Pisgah, and there he died, and God buried him, Deut. xxxiv. 1—8.
3 Q. Did Aaron go with them into Canaan ? A. Aaron died before Mofes, and Eleazar his Son was made High Prieft in his Room, Numb. XX. 24-28.
4Q. Why were not Mofes the Lawgiver, nor Aaron the High Prieft, fuffered to bring the People into the Land of Promife?
A. Because they had both finned and offended. God in the Wildernefs, and God would fhew his Displeasure againft Sin, Deut. xxii. 48-51.
5Q What other Leffon might God defign to teach us by this Conduct of Providence?
A. Perhaps God might teach us hereby that neither the Laws of Mofes, nor the Priesthood of Aaron, were fufficient to bring us into the Poffeffion of the heavenly Country, of which Canaan was a Figure.
6 Q. Who
6 Q. Who was appointed to lead the People of Ifrael into the promised Land?
A. Joshua, whofe Name is the fame with Jefus, and who came to be the Governor and Captain of Ifrael after Mofes died, Joh. iii. 13-15.
7 Q. How did they get over the River Jordan? A. As foon as the Priefts who bore the Ark dipped their Feet in the Brink of the River, the Waters which were above rofe up in an Heap, and the Channel was left dry while all the People paffed over, Joh. iii. 14, 15.
8 Q. What Memorial did they leave of their paffing over Jordan on Foot?
A. By God's Appointment they took up twelve Stones out of the midft of Jordan, where the Priests, flood with the Ark while the Tribes paffed over, and fet them up as a Monument in the Place wherein they lodged the firft Night, Job. iv. 3-9, 23.
9 Q. How were they commanded to deal with the Canaanites when they took their Land?
A. They were required to destroy them utterly, left if they fhould live they might teach Ifrael their Idolatries and their wicked Cuftoms, Deut. vii. 16-26.
10 Q But what Right had the Jews to destroy them, and take their Country?
A. The Canaanites were abominable Sinners, and God, by particular Inspiration, made the Jews the Executioners of his Wrath against them, juft as he might have ufed a Plague, or the Beafts of the Earth to have destroyed them; and then, as the Sovereign Lord of all, he gave their forfeited Country and Poffeffions to whom he pleafed, Lev. xviii. 24, 25. Pfalm cxxxvi. 17-22.
Here let it be observed, that this awful Inftance of one Nation's deftroying another, and feizing their Lands