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172 Q. Who were the moft famous of all these in sacred History?
A. Levi, Judah, and Joseph..
73. Q. What is there remarkable concerning Levi?
A. The Priesthood, and other Things relating to the Worship of God, were committed to Levi's Family in following Times, Deut. xvii. 9. and xxxiii. 8. 10.
74 Q: But did not Levi do a very wicked Thing in killing the Shechemites ?
A. Yes, he and his Brother Simeon dealt very treacherously and cruelly with them, in saying them after they had made a Covenant of Peace with them, Gen. xxxiv.
75. Q. How did Jacob bear this?
A. He feverely reproved them for it, and upon his Death. bed, by the Spirit of Prophecy, pronounced a Curse upon them, that they should be scattered abroad through all the Land of Israel, Gen. xxxiv. 30, and xlix. 5.
76. Was this. Curse executed ?
A. Yes, in some Measure, for the Simeonites as well as Levites had their posledions scattering among all the Tribes of Israel; but the Curse of the Levites was lightened by their having the Priesthood given them, Fofoca xxi.
77.Q. What is there remarkable relating to Judah ?
A. He dealt very basely with his Daughter-inlaw Tamar, and committed thameful Wickedness, Gen. xxxviii.
78 Q. Did God forgive this Sin?
4. Yes, God forgave it so far as 'not to punish his Posterity, for it: for the Kingdom and Government in future Ages was promised chiefly to his Family, Gen, xlix. 10.
79 Q. What is there remarkable said of Joseph ?
Å. His Brethren sold him for a Slave into Egypt, where he became the Ruler of the Land, Gen. xxxvii. 27. and chap. xlii. 40. Aits vii. 9, 10,
80 Q. Why did they fell him?
A. For Envy, because his Father loved him, and made him a Coat of many Colours, and because he dreamed that they should bow down to him, Gen. xxxvii. 3, 4.
81 Q. What was his first Station in the Land of Egypt?
1. He was a Servant in the House of Potiphar, a Captain of the Guard, and by a false Accusation of his Master's Wife he was cast into Prison, though he was entirely innocent, Gen. xxxix.
82 Q. What was the Occasion of his Advancement?
A. He interpreted the Dreams of some of his Fellow-Prisoners, and when the Interpretation proved true, then he was sent for to Court to interpret the King's Dream, Gen, xli.
83 Q. And did this raise Joseph to be the Ruler of Egypt?
A. Yes; he was thus advanced, because he foretold the seven Years of Plenty, and seven Years of Famine, which Pharaoh the King dreamed of under two different Emblems of good and bad Ears of Corn, and of seven fat Kine and seven lean ones, Gen. xli. 39.
84 Q. How did Joseph carry himself towards his Brethren in his Advancement !
4. In the Famine they came down to buy Corn in Egypt, and bowed down to him, according to his Dreams ; but he treated them roughly at first, as a great Lord and a Stranger, till their Consci
ences (mote them for their former Cruelty to him, Gen. xlii. 7, 19, 21.
85 Q. Did he then revenge himself upon them?
A. No, but he made himself known to them with much Affection and Tenderness, Gen. xlv.
86 Q. How did he manifest his Forgiveness of them?
A. He sent for his Father, and bid his Brethren bring all their Families into Egypt, and he maintained them all during the Famine, Gen.xlv.4-7.
8Q. Did Jacob die in Egypt?
Å. Yes: bue according to his Defire his Body was carried op ro the Land of Canaan, and was buried there in the Faith of the Promise, that his Seed should pofless that Land, Gen. xlix. 29. and
88 Q. What became of the Families of Israel after Joleph's Death?
A. They were made Slaves in Egypt, and a new King, who know not yoseph, sorely oppressed them, and endeavoured to destroy them, Exod. i. 13, 14, 16, 22.
89 Q. Did Joseph, as well as his Father, proess any Hope of his family and Kindred returning from Egypt in following Times ?
A. Yes, he died in Faith of the Promise made 10 his Fathers, that they should go and posiela the Land of Canaan; and therefore be required them when they went, to carry up his Bones, and bury them in the promised Land, Gon. l. 14, 25.
CH A P. II.
The Deliverance of the Israelites from
Egypt, and of Moses and Aaron.
il. WHO delivered the Israelites from the
Slavery of Egypt? A. God heard iheir Cry, and delivered them by the Hand of Moses and Aaron, Exod. iii. 9, 10, and xii. 31. Joh. xxiv. 5, 6.
2 Q. Who was Moses?
A. He was one of the Family of Levi, among the People of Israel, who was wonderfully faved from drowning when he was an Infani, Exod.ii. 10.
3 Q. How was he in Danger of drowning ?
A. Pharaoh the King of Egypt had commanded every Male Child to be drowned ; and when Mofes's Parents could bide him no longer, they laid him by the Bank of the River in an Ark or Box of Bulrushes, Exod. i. 22. and ii. 3.
4 Q. How was he faved ?
A. The King of Egypt's Daughter found him by the River, and picied the Child, and brought him up for her own Son, Exod. ii..5,6, 9.
50. Did he continue a Courtier in Egypt ?
A No, for when he was grown a Man he shewed Pisy to his Kindred in their Slavery, and flew an Egyprian; which being known, he fled from the Court of Pharaoh, Exod. ii. 11-14.
6 Q: Whither did he fly?
A. To the Land of Midian, where he kept the Sheep of Jethro, a Priest, or Prince of the Country, and married his Daughter, Exod. ii. 14. and iii. 1.
7 Q. How did God appoint him to deliver Israel? A. God appeared to him in a burning Bush, as
he was keeping Jethro's Sheep, and sent him to Pharaoh, to require the Release of Israel his People, Exod. iii. I-18.
8 Q. What was his Office afterwards?
A. God made him the Leader and Lawgiver of the People of Israel, Exod. xxxii. 34. Deut. xxxiii. 4, 5. John i. 17.
9 Q. Who was Aaron?
A. He was Brother to Moses, and he was sent of God to meet him as he was returning to Egypt, and appointed to affist him in his Dealing with Pharaoh the King, Exod. iv. 14, 27.
10 Q. What was Aaron's Office afterwards ?
A. He was made the firft High Priest of Israel, Exod. xxviii. 1. Heb. v. 1, 4.
11 Q How did Moses and Aaron prove to Pharaoh, and to the People, that God had sent them upon this Errand ?
1. They had Power given then from God himself to work several Miracles, or Signs and Wonders, to convince the People of Israel, as well as Pharaoh, that they had a Commission from God, Exod. iv. 1-10.
12 Q. What was the first Miracle ?
A. Aaron cait down his Rod, and it became a Serpent; and when Pharaoh's Conjurers did so too, Aaron's Rod swallowed theirs all up, Exod.vii.9--12.
13 Q. What did Moses and Aaron do further to deliver that People ?
A. Upon Pharaoh's Refusal to let the People of Israel go, they brought ten miraculous Plagues upon the King, and upon all the Land, by the Authority and Power of God, Exodus vii, viii, ix, x, xi. and xiv. 10, &c. Psalm cv. 26, &c.
14 Q. What were these ten Plagues ?