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8

Eliíha)r

C `/

T

(

i.)

Any

thing

wins

the heart

which is

appointed thereto

by

God ;

Word

Look, Touch,

or

Sign.

God openeth the heart

as

he

fees fit.

Any thing

does

every

thing,

when

it

comes

forth

as

in

the

Word

of

the Lord.

Elijah's

Mantle

cart upon

Elba,

ftrangely

Role his

heart

away. Something

was

done;

Elifha

knew

not

what;

and

Elijah feem'd

to

wonder at the thing

;

Go

back

again

(

faith

he

)

for

what have

I

done to

thee? So much was

done,

as

that

Ela

had no power

to

mind his other work,

rave

to attend

Elijah,

and

to

Minifter

to

him,

r

ICing.xix.

19. -21.

Where

is

that

heart

that

can

withstand God,

when God

has a

mind

to

work

it

over

to

his

Minifters,Members,

Service,

or

himfelf

?

(2.)

Heartstoucht and won

by

God

cleave

fall

to

him,and

stick

at

nothing.Elifha,,

he left

all

;

his Kindred,Flocks,and

Interefr,to

Mintier

and cleave unto his Mafter.

did the Apofties,

St.

Paul, and

others

who have profefs'd themfelves

to

be

Constrained by Love.

Hose

urgently

did

Elijah

prefs

Elifha

to

be

gone from him?

2

King. ii.

z

-

-

-6,

But he clave

falter

to

him.

How urgently werethe

two

Daugh-

ters

in Law

of

Naomi

prett

to

return

each

of

them

to

their

Mothers

houfe

?

And

yet

how

loth

were they

to

leave

her

?

but afterward

Orpab bilk

her only

;

but

Ruth clave

to her,

and warmly

told

her

,

that

whitherfoever

the

went,

the

would

go

with her

;

the

fame

Lodging

fhould

feree

them both and

that

Naomi's

God

and people

Ihould be

her God

and People

too

;

that

where

the

dy'd, there

wòuld

her Daughter alfo,dye,

and

there

would

the be

bury'd

; and bound

it

with

an

Oath, that nothing

elfe

but Death fhould

part

them,

Ruth.

i.

It.

-

-_

tS.

and

Ruth

loft nothing

by

it.

God

makes

the faitefl

Friends and Friendship

:

it

is

his

work

to

joyo

our hearts too

clofe

together

to

admit

divorce:

nor

is

it

in Man's

power

to

make one faft Friend

to

himfelf.

And

as

nothing

binds

fo

Itrongly

as

genuine

and

fervent

love

; fo

is

it

in God's power

to

quench

or kindle

Mens

Afe

&ions

;

and fo

to

eftablifh

or

dilfolve all Friendship.

(

3)

Engaged hearts

to

Divine

Services and

Enlargements, look quite

beyond

all Secular

Relations and Concerns,

Gal. i.

r

y, 16.

Mailer

(fay the Difciples)

we

have left all and

followed

thee.

Chrift tells

us

plainly,

That

we

can

he

his

Difci-

pies,

upon no

other termes than thefe, viz.

That

Father and Mother,

&c.

and

all Secular

Entertainments, and

Concerns

be

left

for

ham,

Mat.

x.

37:

-

-3g, xix. 21,

27.

---29. No

Man

( faith Chrift)

having put

his

hand

to the

Plow,

and

looking

back,

is

/;t for

the

Kingdom

of

God

Luk. ix.

62. How eminent an

laitance,

and Exem-

plar, of

this

thing,

was

the

Great

ApoRie

of the

Gentiles,

llûs

xx. 24.

Phil. iii.

7,-

-

-ce.

See

alto

2

Cor.

iv.

16.-18.

Heb.

to.

34.

III.

It

was

Exercifed

Elii'hah;

under great Apprehenfmnsof

his most difficult

Employment, and

of the want

of

filch a

publick

help

and

treafure,

as Elijah was

,

and

might have

been

to

him,

2 King. ii.

t

z.

The

Mantle in

his hand

;

the Pro-

phet

in his thoughts

;

his

great work

upon his

heart

,

and

the great

difficulties

of that

work before

his eyes ; thefe all awakened him

to

this Concerned, and

So-

licitous Enquiry

after

Elijah's

God. He well remembred what

Mountainous Dif-

ficulties

(

indeed infuperable,

without Divine

Aflìstanne) Ilejah had

broke through

to

his

thus Exalted State

:

and in whole

ftrength

all

this

was

done:

and

the great

Interet

that

Prayer and

Zealous Faithfhlnefs had in God.

And

hence he well

con-

fidered how

little

Elijah's

Mantle, in

his

hand, imported

tohim,

without the

pretence

of

Elijah's

God.

Elba

could-not think

his own

work

likely

to

be

eag-

er than

Elijah's was ;

nor that

either Prince or

People would

be

more kind

to

him

than

they had been

to

his

Predeceffor;

he knew

himfelf

to

be

but

flefh

and

blood, and not

fo

different from

his

Matter,

in

the Characterof

being

,

a Man

fubjelt

to like

PaJTons

(

and Infirmities ) with the

ref?

of

Men,

as lefs

to

need

God's helpand

pretence

than

Elijah

did.

We

may well conceive him

to

be full

of

thought,

and

great

Solicitudes

about the Reverhons

of

his

Work

and

Tryals

:

and

that

his

Spirit

should

he equal

thereunto

was

more than

he

duri? promife to

himfelf,

or truft to,

unlefs he could engage

the Prophet's God

to

help

him.

IV.

It

was

Solicitous

Elifha,

to

imitate and

equal

the Spirit

and Performances

of

his Tranliated Matter,

z King. ii. 9. Elijah's

Offer had

been

kind

:

Elba's

De-

fires prove

as

large

:

and his Neceflities feem

as

great

;

but the requeft

Teems

ve-

ry

difficult

to

be

obtained;

But

the thing at

loft

is

granted,

and an

Experiment

quickly