Obiect. These were extraordinary examples: the Patri∣archs were indued with the spirit of prophesie, whereby they reuealed to their children what their estate should be in the times to come: for knowledge whereof their children came to them.
1. Answ. Their blessings were more then predictions of things to come: they were confirmations and assurances to the * children that God would indeed performe that blessing which their parents had pronounced. For they sustained a double person: the person of a Prophet, and of a father; as prophets they foretold things to come: as fathers they obtained the blessings pronounced, and an assurance thereof to their chil∣dren, * and that by faith and praier.
2. Answ. Though all parents cannot with such an extra∣ordinary spirit assure vnto their children any distinct particu∣lar blessing, yet the faithfull praier of parents is an especiall, and ordinary meanes to obtaine a blessing from God vpon their children: and that because of Gods promise which ex∣tends * it selfe not only to fathfull parents, but also to their seed. Wherefore as the children of the patriarches came to their fathers to be assured of some extraordinary blessing, so may other children goe to their parents as a meanes to obtaine an ordinary blessing. It is noted of Eliah that by an extraordi∣nary spirit in praier he obtained extraordinary matters: Yet * the Apostle setteth forth that example to all Christians as a motiue to stirre them vp in faith to pray for ordinary bles∣sings. But for further clearing of this point, note the phrase * vsed in the fift commandement as a reason to moue children to honour their parents: this it is word for word, That they may prolong thy daies, &c. how can parents prolong their chil∣drens daies, but by begging that blessing of God? * The praiers then of parents are a great blessing to children, and children ought to seeke this blessing of their parents.