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After

Elijah's

God.

IV.

That

God who

fo

miraculoully

took

him up

to

himfelf

at.laft,

Hob.

xi.

6.

That

God

that

fitted him

for

Heaven, and made him value faithfulnefs,

and glory,

more

than

any

thing, at length remov'd

him

to

himfelf, and plac'd him

where

he

long'd

and laboured

to

be.

We

are

told; that

God

has

a

de

ire

to

the

works

of

his

oven

hand,

Job xiv.

t

S.

Which

'mirage

Teems

to intimate,

as

if

God long'd to

fee his

Works

in

their

determined

perfeaion

; efpecially

his

Favourites, 'wrought

with

filch

skill

and

power,

z

Cor.'e.

g.

to

Etch a

glorious

hate

as

Heaven.

And

what more

congruous, and

expehable

by

Divine Contiitution

and Indulgence,

than

that

Elilab's God who was his

end,

lhould be his

reE,

and his Eternal Joy

?

Pfad.

xvi. 8.

-

-

-t

i.

How

much

of

Miracle

was

in this

thing,

noMan

can

tell.

This

we

are

faire

of, no one, but

God,

could

do this

for

any

;

and none

but Eliah'sGod

would do

it

for him,

Heb. xi.

tr

, 16.

III. The Inqúifstive

Prophet

after Elijah's

God.

I.

It

was

Elßa.

One whom

Elijah

found

at the

Plow ; and whom God

or-

dered to

fucceed

his

Matter

in his

Prophetick

Work,

i

King. xix.

16,iy. Whence

Several

things

may be

obferved

;

as,

(

t

.

)

Men lofe

nothing

by

diligent attending

upon

their

Calling.

David

was

minding

Sheep

,

when

he was

fent

for to

he

Anointed King

:

The

Shepherds

were in

the

Fields,

when

the Angelick Hoff

fainted them

with

filch

joyful

ty,-

dings, and were diligently looking after

their

Flocks

there.

,lmos

the Prophet

was among

the Herdmen of

Tel

when God

reprefented to

him

°ferufalem's

Doom.

The

Eunuch was

on

his way

returning

to

his

Miltrefs the

Ethiopian

Queen,

when

Philip

met him,

by

the Spirit's order, Convinc'd,Converted, and

Baptiz'd

him.

And this Prophet

was

about

his bnfinefswhen

God conferr'd this

honour upon him,

to

fucceed

his Matter in his

Prophetick

llníhion

and

Employ-

ment.

( a.)

God

chufes

whomhe pleafes

to

ferve the purpofes

of

his Church

and

King-

dom. All are

alike

to

him, who needeth

none.

All

the

Accomplilhments

Men

have

(

though wonderfully various and

great)

they have from

him.

He doth

not

find his Instruments

fit, but

makes

them

fo,

to

Peron

his

mind and purpofe.

Wit

-

nefs his

After

-

Prophets, Apoilles

and

other Minihers.

He

can

clear the dullett

Eye

; open

the

clofeft

Ear ; and

Set

at liberty the

Stammering Tongue ; and

or-

dain

great Strength for

Babes

and

Sucklings.

Mofes

his backwardnefs

to

his ap-

pointed

Embafi;y,

was

founded upon but

a

trivial

extufe,

when

hepretended that

he

was not Eloquent, but

floss

of

Speech

and

Tongue

:

nor

could his excufe

abide

the

TeE, nor

fatisfie

himfelf

; when he was

told

who

it

was

that

made Man's

Mouth

;

and

that

the Lord

that

Pent

him'

was he

that

makes

the

Dumb,

the

Deaf,

the

Seeing,

and

the Blind; and when

he was

Allred that

God himfelf would

be

with

his

Mouth,

and teach him what

he was

to fay,

he

then provoked God to anger,

by

being

too

folicitous

about

his

own inabilities, when

he had been Commiflionated

to

go,

by

God, Fxod.iv.

in.

--

-16. And

when another Prophet complained that

he

could

not

fpeak, in

that

he was

a

Child

;

God told

him how unfit

it

was,

for

him

to

fay

fo,

feting God

al-rural

him

of

his

own prefence

with

him,

jer.

i.

6.

--

-8.

(3.)

God takes great care

to

Gill

up

all

the

Vacancies which

he

makes by

Pro-

vidence, when

it

maybe ferviceable

to

his own

Deigns.

Elijah goes.

to

Heaven,

but

Elsa

rifes

up,

to

do

the Tranliated Prophet's

Work. Thus

Motes

dies,

but

there

rifes up a'fofhua

to

fucceed

him. Nadab and

11biint

are carried

off,

but

Elea

-

zar

and Ithamar

come up in

their

Read.

Whillt

God

has

work to

do

for Pro-

phets

; when

Sins

are neceflirily

to

be

reproved,

and

Souls

to

be

inform'd con-

verted, edifyed,

and

Paved ;

when Solemn

Worlhip

is

to

be

preferved

in

Exercife;

and when People

need

their

Guides ;

God takes

care in

all

SucceQeve

Ages

;

to

fend

forth

Labourers

(

yea,

to thruft

them

forth

)

into the Marveh.

II.

It

was endear'd Elifhá

to

bis

Matter,

by

that

Mantle

which

fell

from

Elijah

upon him, according

to

his

hearts defire,

a King. ii.

y.---t4

Elifha

lov'd

him

dearly, and

expefed

great things from

him:

Whence we

may

further note,

ß

(t.)

Any