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6

Eliíhá'r

C

R

T

He did

not

a&

without

Commiflion.

Had

he

run of

his

own head, where

had been

his

Help,

hisPeace, his Succouror his Confidence? He

was

not

any way

defeft-

ive in his Prophetick

llnftion:

he

knew his

Errand,

and

what

he was

to fay;

he

knew

the God

that

fent

him

; he

knew

to

whom

he was

to

fpeak ; he

knew how

to

fpeak

pertinently,

clearly, pungently, cogently, and bodly

;

and all this Spirit

that

was

infpired into him,

came

from above; from the Father of

Lights;

and

from

the

Original

and End

of

every good

and

perfer

gift.

What

had he,

that

he had

not

received

?

and what

he had

received,

was

eminently Divine, both in

the nature,

measure,

and

deigns

thereof. Had not

his

Spirit

been large and

great,

and

his Tongue touch'd

as

with a

Coal from God's

Altar

; he

had been daunted

by his Enemies,and

ftraitened in

his own Bowels:

but

he was like

that other Pro-

phet

,

[au

of

power

by

the

Spirit

of

the

Lord,

of

3udgment and of

Night,

to tell

Trani

greffors

of

their iniquiats and

fns,

Micahhi. 8.

II.

That

God;

whore

Intereft

and

Glory he

defign'd,

and purfu'd; in

his

whole

Prophetick Courfe.

t

King.

xviii. 36,

37.

He

neither

baulked

nor flatter'd

any.

He did

not

fear

the

frowns or rage either

of

armed or

carded

Düft

:

nor did he

court

the

frailes,

proteaions,

gifts, or honours

of

the

Enemies

of

God upon difho-

nourable and mean Termes. He

did not talk,nor

at

deceitfully,

for

God. He did

not

reek

himfelf in what he appeared, and

profeffed

to

do for God. God

was

the

Lord

his

God

as being

molt intirely minded, molt highly valued, molt through

-

ly

ferved, molt intimately trufted,

mein clofely followed,

and molt

abfolutely de-

lighted in

by him.

And

his whole care,

purpofe

and

work

was

this;

that

all

he

was, and

did,

in Spirit,

Speech, and Pra&ice,

might

reach and witnefs hisdevoted

-

nefs and faithfulnefs

to

God. His whole

felf

was

a daily

Offering

to

God

; and

to

the

Concernments

of God'sGovernment and

Name he molt

intirely and faithful-

ly

facrific'd

his

all

:

as

if

he had known before,

the

urgency, and

import of

that

Charge

and Counfel, given long

after,

in

Rom.

xii.

s,

s.

He knew the narrow

-

nefs and

meannefs ;

the

insignificancy

,

emptiness, contemptiblenefs, and danger

of

that

Soul

that

is

not

more for God

than for

its

fell;

and

that

it

was

not worth

his

while,

to

live and

aft,

were

not

his all

devoted,

and

direfted

to that

end, which

is infinitely

better than

its

felf.

He thought God's glory

needful ;

but not

his

own

Interest,

or

Being;

rave

to

this

end.

III.

The

God

which

own'd him

constantly and

greatly, in

what he did for God.

God kept

his

Spirit

up,

and would

not

quench

that

Sacred

Fire which he

had

kind-

led in

his Breaff.

God fteel'd

his

Countenance, and

rendred

it

incapable

of

be-

,

Ing daunted,

by

either

the loftien,

or

moll furly

Looks.

He feared not

the

face

of

.hab

;

neither

cóuld iezebel cut him off,

nordaunt

him by her

threats

orgreat-

nefs : And all her

Prophets, under her

Countenance

and Proteftion,

could

not

prevent their

ownDeftruftion

at

this

Prophet's

Order. God preferv'd

his Life

and

Perfon molt

miraculoafly; and indeed, faithful

Prophets, under Divine Proteftion,

are Immortal till

their Work

be done.

Rather than this

Elijah lhòuld

want Food,

the

Ravens

(hall

fupply him

:

Nor

(hall

the

Craft

of

Water

fail, until this

Pro-

phet

be refrelh'd.

The

power and prevalence

of

this Prophet's

Prayers want

not

their

Inftances and

Illuftrations.

Such as

the Widow's

Son

rais'd

by

him from

death

;

and the

Drought

and Rain

that

were

foanfwerable

to

his

Delires; together

with

that

Fire

that

came

from Heaven, which

fo affefted all about him,

as

that E-

lijab's

Order more

influenced

the

People

to

destroy

Baes

Prophets, than

ali

their

Interen in,

and Relation

to,

and Patronage

from,

that

Idolatrous

Court,

could

countervail

or

hinder.Shooid weinfift upon

the

Ministry

of

an Angel ;

or

on

God's

own

fo awful,

and yet

fo

apposte

appearance

to

him ;

or

on his ExecutedDoom

upon

Abazrab

and his Melfengers;

or

upon his

Wonder

-

working Mantle

dropt up-

on

Elrjha,

after he

was

taken up from

him

;

all

this

would evidently

show,

how

much

Elijah

had God's Eye,

Ear, Heart,

and

Hand,

to

fecond him in all

that

he

fpake

and

did for God. God

left

him

not,

when he

thought

all

the

Seed

of

God

cut

off,

and

no

Prophet left behind, but his

own

fell

to

do the work

of

God.

Indeed, his Life

was

Slid

with

wonders;

his own Experienced Deliverances

and

Prefervations were fo

manifold,

feas'onable,

and

wonderful,

as

if

God's

Pro-

vidence,

towards

him,

determined

to

be a

Senfible

Comment upon

his

own

Name.

Iv.

That