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After

Elijah's

God.

3

Infance of

it

about

the Widow's

Son, who was recovered upon his fo ferions

Ad-

drefs

to God for

her

and,

him,

r

King.

xvii.

2ö.

--

-a4.

See

alto

yam. v. 17,

r8.

And

how

God

owned

.hint by fpeeial

Providence,

is

manifeft by

the extraordina

-.

ry

Miniftrÿ

of

the

Ravens

unto

his

Bodily Necellities,

s

Kinps.

xvii. 6. But

more

dilindly.

He

was

a

Man

of

Knowledge,

to

whom

the Lord imparted the things

that

did relate both

to

his Soul and

Funkion. He nnderftood

his

God,

Himfel

,and the

People

of

Isis

Generation;

and

was

every

way fit

and furnifhed

to

acquaint

them with

their

Maladies,

their

Remedies, and

their Duty.

He was

a

Man

of

Courage,

and

great

Magnanimity,

fit

to

cnterprizc

and encounter

the

greateft

Dif

-.

ficulties

whereto

his

God,

by

Providence,

calla or

expofed him. He feared

no

Man'sface whom he

was

ordered

to

Reprove. He dreaded

no

Man's

wrath, that

any

way oppofed God.

He

valued

not

his life

unto the dbath, might

he

but fulfill

bis

Miniftery, and

his

Courfe with

joy.

He would Run,

A

&, Speak,

Warn,

Urge,

on

Plead with

any Man ;

and

valued no Man's Friendfhip

or

ProteEìion, upon any

terms,

difhonourable

to

his

Gau

fe

and God. He

was

a

Man

of

verygreat

Severities;

as

to

Temperance

and

Converfation. He

valued

not

his

flefh

to

ferve his

God

; he

could befull

or

empty, naked

or

clothed,

in

boufe

or

field

:

and would

not

cherilh an

Enemy

(

for

pampered flefh is

no

better

)

tho',

vet

he

would

not ttarve

a

Friend

(his

Ii"

e7r

)

fo

far

as'it might

be fcrviccable

unto God. He

was

a zealous

perfora

for

God's

Intereft, againft

the

fierce

add úniverfal oppofitions

of

his

degenerate

Age,

r Kings

xix.

to.

He

was all

Spirit,

Life and Zeal

for

God.'

And what

is

Zeal;

but the

Fervour

of

Love,

working b?

Anger, when

what

the heart

is

molt intent,

upon,

and

molt

affedted

with,

is

either

rivaid or abutted

?

He

is

truly

called

the

Tffhbite,

i Kings xvii.

r. or the

Converter, as

the word

imports;

whence

that.

Ex

preffion

Behold

I

will (end

you Elijah

the

Prophet

before

the coming

of

the

great and

dreadful day

of

the

Lord.

,

And

he

fhall turn

the

heart

of

the Fathers

to

the

Children,

and

the

heart

of

the Children

to

their Fathers

left

I

come

and fmite

the

Earth

with

a

Curie.

Whence

alfo

the

Evangelist thus reprefents john

the

Baptift,

as

going be-

fore the Lord

jefus

in

the

fpirit and

power

of

Elias,

to

turn

the

hearts

of

the

Fathers

to

the

Children

and

the difobedient to the wifdom

of

the

juft,

to

make ready

a

people

prepared

for

the

Lord,

Mal. iv. 4.

s. with

Luk. i.

:7.

And

how deep and Faithful his

heart

was

in

his

work,

may be difcerned

from,

i King. xviii.

36,

37.

where he thus.

breaths

his

fervent

heart;

Lord

God

of

Abraham,

jfaac,

and ofIfrael,

let

it

be

known this day

that

thou

art

God in

Ifrael,

and

that

I

am

thy

fermant, and that

I

bave

done all thefe things

at

thy word.

Hear

me O

Lord,

hear

me,

that

this

people

may

know

that

thorn

art

theLord

God,

and that

thou

ball turned their hearts

back

again.

Ws

Funktion

as a

Prophet

his

Unftion

as

an

infpired

and accomplilhed

Prophet

Ms

diligent, fervent, confant

management

of

his Undertakings, were

things

confpi

-,

canes in

his day ; and

are

as

fich

uponRecord

with

us.

Nor

did

his

Spirit and

power want their

full

work

and

Teo,

and

in him

we may

fee fuch

things

.as'

thefe.

(i.)

God's Provident

Care

to

fit Men

for

the work

he

calls

them' to. For

they

flail not want their

clear

Call, their

full

Commifon

,

their

Competent Uaktion,;

and Accomplifhments, their great Encouragements, and

their

meet

Affiftances.

They

lhall

not

run

before they are

fent;

they

(hall be

Authorized

to

do

their work

and

all

the

Abilities

regnifite

to

their

work,

fuch as

Knowledge, and

Utterance;

they ball not

want

:

Nor

(hall

they be

defitute of

what

may

tefifie unto

them

God's

pretence

with

them,

his

Concern

for them,

his

Delight in

them,

and his

helping

hand

to

Suit them

to,

Support them under,and carry them through

what

theyare fent about.

Elitab,

when,

feat

our,

was

both

par

negotio

er

oneri

ferendo.

His work did not

exceed

his

Qualifications

for

it,

nor

was his

Enterprize

unegeal

to

his Strength.

(2.) The

Coft and Difficulties

of

Prophetick

Work.

Elrjah

had

the Royal

Throne,

the Prieftly-Robe, and the

rude multitude fet againft

him;

and all

that

.

belh could any way

refent, to

make his

Undertaking frightful

and

uneafie

to

hin{;

every

way.

Hardened

Idolaters,

Apofates,

and

Tranfgreffors

t

are the

fierce

Enemies

again4

the

Prophets of the Lord

:

And

it

is

noteafy for

every one

to.

encounter

them; Nor

was

that

Counfel

impertinent or ufelefs, that the

Apostle

thought

fit

to

back

with

filch

Enforcements and Encouragements;

as

we find

in

2

Tim:

ii,

3

-.

-rq: And

what

fort

of

Perfons

the Prophets

of the

Lord are

like

to

hare