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Sermon

i.

Pie

may tidy be applied to them.

Beho!d,ye defpifers

1

andwonder, a1u/.vapijh

for

God

Mlstl

.j;,

hdlh wr

011

ght

a

Worke inyour dayes,

a

worke which

yo~

yo11r[elves that werethe

d~e;s, {h~ti

Jcarccbe!eeve,whenit jha/1 bctotd:

that evena!tomfl1ed themfelves, to fee it go for-

ward fo long, and fofuddenly

~all:

downe. Nay, I goefmther, to make it a

mirac!~

confummate. I doubt not,but It was fl:rangc newes,even

m

HeN

It felfe,iofomuch

as

even that place had never hatched the

ltke

monfrer btfore.You fee the welcome they

in

Hell

<>ave him of

Aj{ur ( E(ay

XIII!.)

what art

tho~come,

that ,,akefltheearth to

nc,

1

11 .

1

t,;;

tremble;~

11

d

doeffjb!lke whole

kingdom~s?

And yet it is well knowne,all

bisjhaking

was

- ·

but in

a

mc.lliphore:

He

never.ma~e

ttjhake atiually,

as thefe would have dooe: and

therefore, this ofgreater admtranon, and

(I

doubt not, but) more

w~nderfi•ll

m

their

rycJ

~

And

ours

are very dimme, ifin

all

other it be; and lie not fo in

euts.

·

Then iffuch

dayes

there be; ifthis ofours be one

<!f

them, ifthe

f~re,part

ofthli

I 1I;'

verfedoe; then mull: thelatteralfo belong tO us. Iftlus, the

day, the L,ordhath mit.de;

TlttDNi):

then, this, the

day,

wherein we to

rejoyce:

When

He makes,

we to

make;

and our

re-.

-

joycing

in it, is our

making

of

it.

.

_

To

rejoyce,

no hard re.quefr, norheavie yoke, let it not be grievous to us.

We

love to doe it, we feek allmeanes to doe it in all cafes elfe: then

to

affay to do it here.

.This (fure) the

Prophet

would not require, nor make it the office ofthe day,but that

·

'/

uponfuchdayes,God himfelfe calsustojoy.

,

.

And even as, when

God

calleth ustor:rtoutning, by

hlacked•yes,

offamine ot

ivarre, or the like; then to fall

rofe.yling

or. revelling, is that that highly difplea.

feth GoD: fo, when

God,

by good

day~s,

calleth us to

joy

;thent<,> droope, and not

to accommodate our felves tei feafons ofHis fending, is that which pleafes Him ne-

yera whit.

, .

.

.

.

.

.. ,

.

.. .

. . .

What~

(faith

NehemiM,

uponfucha bleifed day as

this)Droopeyou to

d~y

r

No~

Nehrm. R.j;

lite,

at no hand to doe it;

Dies enimfeflm eft,

it is

a

fefliva./1 day :

wl)at

then~

why

it

.

10

'

iseffentiall,itisoft~every~ature of~very ~eafl

(faith

God

in His

iaw)omni~~ga_uf!e- ~~:·

•;-;;:.

re,

by any meanes, •n anywtfe, therem to reJoY,cel 1'\nq

Nehemtas

promtfe

JS

to

m-

· ' · --'

courage

us,

that

if

the

ftrength ofthe Lorit

be our joy,the very joy ofthe

Ltird_{hall

be

our

jlrength.

. ..

. To

co~clude:

Sure

I

am, that if the

pfot

h_ad prevailed, it would have beenean

htgh Feafr m

Gath,

and aday of

Iukilee in Ajc;,lonl The

dat~ghters

if

the uncqmmcifed

•Sam:t.oo:

would have made it

a

day in triumph.

Let us not be behi[lde rh_em then, but}hew as

"

much

joy,

for our

faving,

as they would certainly have don'; for

ourperifoing. ,

Exultemru

&

1-ttemur. God

loveth our

joy

fl10uld be full! it is not full,

excep~

.txutttmru

:lhd

we have both rhefe,the

hedy

(asirwere)and the

Joule

of

joy:

the

joy

outwArd

o(rhe

L~t<murb9<n,

bedy, andgladnej{e inward

ofthe

fort/e.

(

So.m.uch qoe the tw,o words fignifie, in a\1

the three tongues.) Both he will have: for,ifone be wanting, it

isbutfemiplennm,

halfe full.

.

.

And he beginneth with

Exrlltemm,the

outward: Not,ro our

[elves

wirhiri,which

Exu!wruai

wecallg4udere in

fint~,

Jgy ofthe hofome;

but fuch, fo exuberant, as the fireames ofit

~heoucwar<!

may overflow, and the beames ofit lhineand /hew forth,in

~n

outward fenfible

txul-

J•Y:

!"'ien.

It is a

day:

[o

would he have usrejDyce,that,as by

day light,it

inlght fie fecne

m our face, habir,·and gefrure :

Scene,

and

heard

both : Therefore hee faith

~at

the

I

5.ver[e,) thevoiceofjiJ r'>inthedwellings oftherighteotu. AndinthCd.velling

Vcir011 ;

lt l)oth well: But yet, that would not ferve

hi~

turoe; but,

open me

(faith he at the

XIX.

ver[~.)

thtg4tes

~f

righteoufnejfe,

that is, the

ChHrch-dom

(his

houfe

would

vicJ• ;

9 ;

nor hold

hlm)thttherwi!JI goein,

and

there,

in

the congregation, in the great Con.-

·

gregattin, grverhankes to the Lord:

And that

[ogreat

Mongr~ation,that

it may

confli-

:uere dum folemzemincondenfis t'.{q11e ad

Cornt~aaltaris,

that they may frao,d fo thlCke

lO

t;he

Chu~ch,as

fill it from the emrie ofthedoore, to the very edge ofthey1/tar,

'fh1s fame

JOJ

•.

~hat

is neither [eene nor heard, there is fome

!eve~

of

"'alignity

in it; he

~:ll!not

skill of

~t~

He will have it

feene

in the

comitenancr, heard

in'

the

voice;not

o~l

y

·

preachtng