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After

Elijah's

God.

quickly made,

as

to the Virtue of the

received

Mantle.

This

good

Man thought

himfelf greatly infcriour

to

his

Mafter;

and

his cafe

more deplorable

through

the

removal

of

fo

great

a

Perfon. He knew

he had

great work to

do

;

and

potent

Enemies

to contend with

and

a

degenerate Generation to

reduce

to

God. He

knew

that

proportionable

wifdom, diligence, and fervour, vigour and patience

hereunto,

was

of

necefliity

to

be had and exercifed.

And

no

Pattern

had

he

known, more Exemplary and

Succefsful

than this

Elijah was.

And very

loth

he

was

to

Come

behind

hint.

Nothing did

prefs fo

urgently

upon

his

heart

as

this

-,

that

his own Perfon

al

Excellencies,

and

d'erforneances

might

be

fch,

as

that

the

work

of

God

thereby

be

Vniform.

,

And though

the

gift

of

Miracles was

probably

.

more

immediately

in his

Eye;

Yet was

not

this

his

ultimate

Dad

i

e

and

.Dell

gn;

but

rather to

have

all

advantages

for

a

Reformation-work,:

by

pining

greater and

more

effeftnal

Credit to

his

Miniftry.

He would

not

culpably

come

behind

his

Matter,

nor

be defe&ive

in any

thing

ordinatile and advantageous onto

the

bull-

nefs

of

his

then prefent

Day and

Fnnaion.

V.

It

was

Concerned

Elba

to

come

off

well

at laic,

AHs xx. 24.

2Tim.

iv.

6.---8.

He coveted

fo

to

fulfil

his

Courfc

and

Fnnion,

as

to attain the

molt a-

bundant entrance

into that

State whereto

he taw his

Malter

pafs.

Great

indeed

was

the

inlance

which

he

lately had of,

God's Regard.

to

Excellent

Elijah:

and

though

he could

not

hope

for

being excufcd from

Death ( nur

seas

he,

as

we find,

n

Icing. xiii.

iç,

no. ) yet might

he

covet,

aim

at,

and

prepare for, dying

in

the

Lord,

and

living with

him in

that

State which Elijah's being thus

lifted up Prefi-

gured.

Elijah had

born

his

ample

telimohy to

the

Name and

Carafe

of God.,

when the

Baalitical

Apoflacy

had grown

fo

great. And

he had

God's

Miraculous

Teftimony

to

his

Zeal and Faithfulnefs

:

And

this might

well

provoke Elifhds

.heart,

to

be folicitous

abort that

prefence

of Elijah'sGod,

which

might future

his

perfeverance, andconftant

fulfilling

after God

;

and his

molt

feafonable and

de

lightful

entrance

into

Elijah's State

of

Heavenly Joys, and

Glory

;

for

like his

Ma-

iler

he coveted

to

be,

both in

thisWorld,

and

in the

nekt.

VI.

It

was EncouragedElijaa

to

expert great things from God,

a King.u.

Great Men of

God

know

hose

to

take

their

helps and hints

for boldnefs in

their

applications

tohiin,

both from

Indulgence and Experience,2

Sam.

vii.

27

-

-

-29.

Pfal, ix.

10.

Hai.

iii.

as

-

- -19.

The

great

Experiences

of

Elijah,

were grateful

Explications

of

this

Significant

Relation;

and fmart

Temptations,

and Incentives

to

this Prophet's Prayer and Hope. He,

that

knew Elijah, and had feen what Spi-

rit

ac77ed

him, what Power

attended him, what Pròvidence wrought for

and by

him,

how

all

Spirits and

e

Difficulties

melted down before

him , how

great

an

Ho-

nour

and

Preferment

was vonchfafed

to

him, in being thus carried up

to

Heaven

he

that

was

Called,

and charmed

to

hisFunction and

Employment

by

Divine.Or

-.

and Elijah's

Mantle

hethat

taw

the late

Miracle which this Mantle

wrought,

in

a King. ii.

8.

he

that

had the,

Sign given him

of

being gratified

in

his defined

favour from

Elijah

:

he

that

fo

throughly

confider'd what

a

Peblick

Treafure God

had made

Elijah

unto Ifrael;

-and

that

had fuck

reafon and

propenfinn:to

believe

God's generous kindnefs

to

his

devoted

ones ; Yea, he

that

(b

illy

).

felt

fuch

E-

nergies in his awn holy Principles and

Appetites,

could

not

be

delitute

of Ea-

coeragements,

to

expefit

that

God would own

him

and affil him in all,

that

he

had call'd him

to;

a

Parallel

to

all which

we

Teem

to

have in

;ler. i. g.

-

-

-i

o.

All

good

Men

love

to

know

their Errand,

and

their Warrant,

when

they follicit

for

Great things

from Heaven.

Fancy's

are but

weak Foundations

for great Expefta-

tions to

be

built upon. Had

not

Eli(ha

been thus. Countenanc'd by his

Mailer,

to

ask (as

it

were)

at

large ; he had been more modeft

in

his Suit

t

but

when

the

prophet

bid him ask

(though

his Reque& feem'd

hard)

yet did not

that

much

difeourage him

from

expeaing

what he

long'd and

begg'd

for,

IV. Elijah's

great

Enquiry

and

Concern.

a.

God's Prefence

was

the thing enquired

after,

and

regnefed:

and nothing

can

he

done without

it.

See

Exod.

xxxiii.

12.

-

-

-17.

We

need

God's prefence

with our Spirits, with our

Perfon,

and our

Enterprizes.. Our

Spirits mull be

upheld,

furnifhed;

fortified;

and encouraged

; and

every

way

prepared

for, laid

even

with,

and

kept clofè

to the

bufinefs

of their

Day.

Our

Perlons mull

be

pro,

R

a

retied