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Eliíha)s

T

tefted

and maintained in

their

ufefulnefs and fafety,

till their

work

bedone.

And

our Enterprizes

mutt be fmiled upon, and attended

with that Providential

Pretence

which (hallaccommodate

it

felf to

all

Affairs,

that

are

and

ought

to

be Com

pleat-

ed by our Minittry. God's

influencing

Operative

Pretence

(

call'd his

hand

)

lnuft

be upon

us,

with

us, and

for

us.

There

muff be

in

us

holy

Wifdom,

Courage

Patience, Confidence,

and Chearfulnefs; and

there

mutt be

fuch

a

Providence as

to

make Second Gaufes

to

ferve

or

yield

to

us, and fpeak

for

us.

2.

It

was

the

Pretence

of

Elijah's

God. A Pretence fuited

to

a

Prophet's work,

a

Cor. x.

4,

g.

There

willbe Enemies upon

their Thrones,

in Arms,

in

Confliltati-

ons;

fighting againft

God

and his

Era's,

with their Thoughts,

Tongues,

Pens,

and

Interett. And Prophets

mull encounter and endure all,

Ephe

.

vi.

i

z. -

-18.

Earth

and Hell combineagainft

them;

and there

want not Inftruments

,

Engines,

Methods, and Pretences ;

to

Patronize, Propagate,

and Encoúrage Idolatries, In-

fidelity, Immoralities, and

Cruelties,

and

all

forts of

Mifchief.

And

can

there

be grapled with and Conquer'd without

Elijah's

God

?

The Spirit of Elijah

waft

Yell

upon

Etta

:

How otherwife

can

the Waters part,

which are

fo

obftrufive

to

his

Dutiful and Profperous Motions

?

z

King

ii. 14, 15.

Or

the unwholefom

Springs of

Waters

he

heal'd

; fo as

that

neither Death

, nor

Barrennefs

refult

therefrom

??

Verf.

ai.

Or the

early ( almoft

Infant)

Em`lations of

Malignity

and Scorn be check'd and punilhed?

Verf.

z3,

24.

Or

the

good

King

gehofaphat

be refrefh'd

and

profper'd

?

z

King. iii.

i.

--

-25.

Or the Widow's

Oyl be mol-

tiplyed,

as

the

miraculous owning

of her former

Husband's Godlinefs

?

Chao.

1.

-

-

-7.

Or the

Shunamite's Son

reftor'd to

Life

?

8.

---37.

Or

Death

re-

mov'd from the

Pot?

Verf.

38. - -

-4t.

Or

an

Hundred

Men miracvloufly

Fed?

Vert.

43, 44.

Or

a

Naaman cured of, and

a Gehazi {Mitten

with the

Leprofy

?

Chap.

v.

Or the

Syrians

Chamber

-

Politicks

detefted,

and

all his Army. Con

-

quer'd?

Chap.

vi.

Or

Plenty brought

to

otherwife Starv'd

Samaria ,,

beyond

expeftation

?

Yea,

or this

Elba

live

fo

defirably, and die

fo

honourably and la-

mentedly

as

he

did

,

z King. xiii.

14.---r9.

A Prophet's

Work

and Province

needs

that

Uncîion,

Pretence, and Encouraging

reward,

which none

but an

E-

lijah's

God

can give, t King.

36.

with

a,

3, 54

-

-

-21.

This

makes

aPro-

phet

mighty both in

Word

and Deed,

with God

and Man,

Ezr.

vii.

6;

9,

to.

Neh.

ii. 8. Ezek. iii. 8. - -

--11.

ger:i. i

8,

r9.

And

who can

nand

before

a. Prophet

and his

God

?

3.

This

pretence mull be

evidently

filch

to

others.

Let it

be

known this

day

(

faith this

Elijah, whofe

God

Eia

is

now enquiring

after)

that

thou

art

God

in

lfrael, and that

I

am

thy

Servant,

and that

I

have

done

all theft things

at

thy word.

Hear

me,

O

Lord,

hear

me,

that

this

People

may

know

Then

the

Fire

of

the

Lord

fell, and

con

fumed

And

when

the

People were Convinced

that

God thus

Ihew

d himfelf, and

own'd

bin

Prophet, then

fell

Elijah

to

his

ordering

of

Baal's

Prophets

to

be

dettroy''d,

t King.

xvht.

36.

---40. And

filch

a Pretence was

E-

lifha

concerned

to

obtain,

when

as

the matter might require it

o

And

filch

con

-

eernednefs

we find elfewhere,

as

Pfat. cix.

26,

27. Exod. iv.

i.

-

-

-y.

This

his

Enquiry

feems

to import

thus

much

; Be thou

fo

much with me,

as

to

cenfirain

thofe

perfons to whom

I

am

to

Prophete,

to

fay, No Man

could

Prophete,

AP,

and Live, and

thus fulfil

bits

Charge, and

Ar

%insftry,

unlefs

Elijah's

God was with him. See

foh.iii.z.

t

Cor.

1i.

4,

ii. 3, 7.

Hal. ii. 4.

O Let Gifts,

Grace, Power, Performances, and

Succefs

bear teftimony

to me, that

Elijah's

God

is

ever with

me.

V.

The

Genuine Spirit

of

this

Speech.

L Elijah

was

yet greatly

in

Etfha's

thoughts;

they were but

newly parted.

remembrances

What

frefh

n

Prophet

r

the

Office,

Excellencies, and

endeari g

Converfai

on,,

of

his

reti ed

and

Exalted Matter

The

Pape

and features

of

his

Perfon

;

the

Excellency

of

his

Temper

;

the

Com-

pofures

of

his grave Countenance;

the

weightinefs

of

his

Words;

the

manner

of

his Converfation ;

the

Severities

of

his Life ;

the

undauntednefs

of

his

Spirit ;

the

freedom

of

his Conferences

the

power

of

his

Prayers; the

exemplarinefs

of

his

Life; the

nliraculoufnefeofz his

Experiences and Performances;

and his

ex-.

ftzordigary paling from

hence

to Heaven; with

all

the

good which

had

and