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ftcr

Elijah's

God.

might

have

iffued

from him,

and been

derived to himfelf

and others, had

but

the

Prophet

continued here longer amonglt Men

:

Such

things

as thefe mutt needs

affe&

his

heart,

and exercife his

thoughts, evenat every mention of

Elijah

;

and fo

far renew

the

pleafures

of their former

Intimacies, andReciprocated-

Esiendfhips.

Elijah was

the Father, Friend,

and

Matter

of .Elba,

and Rood in near Relation

to

his God ; and

he was

thought on

by

the Prophet,

as

being greatly priviledged

by

that

Relation

:

Otherwife,

why

not the Lord

my God,

as well as

the

Lord God

of

Elijah

?

This 'Man

was

written

on his heart.

Such

are

remembrad

by

their Inti-

mates when

not feen

;

'twas not in heart,

but perfon,

that

they were parted.

11.

Elijah's

God

was now

very powerfully upon

Elba's

heart.

Era's

thoughts

were deep and

bufy

about

great things,

confidered by him

as

in

reference

to

Eli-

jah.

He frequently and intimately confider'd,

to

what

his

God

had calledElijah;

what

he had made him

;

a Man

;

a

good

Man, and a

Prophet:

What

an

Llation

he

had

beltow'd upon

him

;

what Encouragements

he afforded

him;

what ready

Audience

he gave

his.

Prayers

; how he

protefted

him

from what he feared

;

how

he

enabled him

to

do what

he

did

; how he

fupported

him under what he

felt;

how he

ownd

him publickly in

what he went about

; how

he

had

tranflated him

to

what

he

long'd

for

;

and how he

had placed him

at

Taft

antongit thofe

that

he

had fuited him unto

:

He alfo

thought what

a

God this Godwill be

to

others,

that

was

experienc'd

to

be

fach

to

his Matter. O how did thefe things

work

upon

EGfha's

heart

!

Who

would

not

be ambitious

of the

Saving

Powerful

Knowledge

of

this

God;

of

Covenant-Relations

to him; of

all Engagements

in

his

Service, and

of

all

Endearments

to

his

Heart

!

No greater Wifdom,

Power,

Faithfulnefs, and Kindnefs,

can

be coveted,and retted on, thanGod's.

Ill.

Elijah's bleffed

State was

mol

affedlingiy

in

Elifha's

profpeft

; even

in its

place

and meafiire

much

what

like

that

in

Luk.

xxiv. 5z, 53.

Elijah

taken upthus

vifibly in

Solemn State

to

Heaven, and

this too

by

the Lord

his God

a

Ring. ii.

i

1.

cannot but minifter

to great

thoughts,

even

fuch as

theft;

¿t.)

What

cannot God do

if

he pleafes

?

Exod.

xv. t

i.

Ffal. civ.

i.

-

-5. cxxxv.

6.

cxv.

Bafe

Earth,

and fluggilh

Flefh

mount up

;

Fireand Angels, they defcend

;

Mor

-.

tais

become

Immortal

;

the Living

Rife

;

the Dead are

Raifed

up

;

and

a Favou=

rite

(hall

be Jingled

out from

amonglh Men

to

be indemnified

from

the

ftroke

of

Death,

and from

the

Indofures

of

a cold

Grave.

(z.)

What

will

not

God

for

his Faithful Zealots

in

his Service

?

he

is

not afhamed to

be

called

their Gad,

ba-

ying

prepar'd

for

them

a City;

,

and

promis'd

and engaged for their

Tranllation

thither.

E:eb.

xi. 16.

What

the Earth

cannot

entertain them

with, the

Heavens

iball.

(3.)

Nothing

can

bethought too

much

for God, nor

any

thing loft indeed,

nor

counted

great,

that

we are

call'd

to

hazard,

lofe, endure,

or

do

for

him.

Heb.

X.

4.

z

Cor.

iv. 17,

t8.

Elijah's

Affumption

into

Heaven foon made

amends

abundantly, for all

hisSufferings, Pains

and

Loifes.

(4.

)

Elijah's

God

is all

in

all below

to

them, who

have him

for their God indeed ,

z Tim.

xiv.

57, 18.

Heb. xiii. 6.

Pf

lxxiii. z4.

-

-

-z9.

Elifhah

thought,

that

he

who had

horn

Elijah

through

all his

Agonies,

Toils,

Fatigues

and Fears

to

Heaven, could

do

as much

for

him

;

and why

not therefore

to

be

ferved,

eyed and

trulted

by him?

(5.

)

What

fo meet and needful

,

as

an liïeavenlyExpe&ation, Mind and Life

? Col.

iii.

a. Matt.

vi.

t9.

-

-

-zi.

xaii.

3,4. We

cannot think

Elijah

carry'd

up

unto

that State,

which

never had

his

thoughts and

heart:

he never

could imagine

that

this

World

and Body could be his

refting

place,

in that

they were

fo much

polluted

:

Therefore

it

was

the

Heavenly Countrey

that

he

made

the greateft

reckonyg

of;

andwhenceand whither he

was

carry'd

by

the

Lord

his God,

with

all his

delicate Entertainments

there

(

and perhaps by

the

way as

he

afcended

up)

could

not

but

fix

Elba's

thoughts fire his

heart ;

confirm him

in

his holy

purpofes ; quicken his endeavours

to

fulfil his Miniftry

;

and thereby ripen him.

for

his

matt abundant

entrance

into the

Heavenly State, bybearing his

Spirit

up

in

hope, and drawing

forth

many a ferions quickening

,

and

heart-refrains

-

thought.

By

what

Elifha

faw, he could

not but

expo&

great things from God

;

and

mufe

upon

(with great

delight)

what

the

Lord,

Elijah's

God,

at lait,

would

make

him,

and

whither he

would

bring

him,

IV.

Elüah'p

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