Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

bier .dcceptance with God. 51 the cattle in facrifice to God, ítill infiftíng SERM. that he had obeyed the voice of the Lord, as IL. verfe 20. but Samuel reje &s all his defences verfe 22. faying, Hath the Lord as great de- light in burnt-offerings and facr fces as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey, is better than facrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams ; and adds in the 23d verfe, Rebellion is as the fin of witchcraft, and flub - bornnef is as iniquity and idolatry. Rebellion againit the true God, by difobeying his com- mandments, is like ferving a falfe God ; and a pretended obedience to God which is only partial, while men feem in fome things to do his will, but omit other things as plainly en- joined, and will ftubbornly conduct their pro- felt obedience according to their own plea- lure or humour, this is really not ferving God at all ; for the mind which is truly de- voted to him, mutt be determined by his fupreme authority, both as to the matter and manner of obedience whenever his will is made known ; and no pretence can be more unreafonable and trifling than that we do the will of God, becaufe we do it in tome inftan- ces, when we knowingly neglect it in others. And, therefore, wilfully o tránfgrefs any one Qf