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12

Elitha'r

C

It

2"

1V.

Elijah's

Work

now wholly

li

s

upon

ElàJba's

hands

t

F.'i,

.

xix.

t

6. He

mutt

now

Prophecy,

Inftruét, Reprove,

Rebuke,

Exhort,

Reform, Endure, En-

counter, and Engage againft

all

that

fhall

rival

or

oppofe God

All which

is

now confidered

by him,

as

quite above

his

ltrength

and skill,

uslc1

Efiju!,'s

God

be with

him. Men

of the

deepeft

thought,

of the

greatefl reach,

:nüf.eyea

of

the

nobleft refolution

to

do

their

utmoft

to promote Cod's

Intereft in

the'

World,yet

tremble at

their Work,

when they confider

the

im'p'ort

of it,

'and

the

difficulties

that

attend

it

:

and

it

fends

them

oftentotheir

-

Prayers

and

"fears,

that

God

would

not

defect

them,

and leave

them

to

themfelves.

St.

R.?

that Great

Apo

file, had

been no

ftranger

to, not Trifler

in his

Work

;

nor

unacquainted

with

the

Severities

of Martyrdom;

one

of

Small

Proficiency, in the Vigours and Ex-

periences

of

Chriftian Gedlinefs

when

yet

in

the profpecî efdpproaching trou-

bles

he

fo

concernedly

addrèlt himfelf to Heaven

by

Prayer,

ï

(br.

xii. 7. -q.

And it

was;from

the

Divine Promife and not from

any

thing

in himfelf,

that'he

deriv'd

hisìhopes

of

Perfeverance

to the

end

; and

fortifyed

his

Courage

to

with-

stand

all

Enemies, and Obflaeles

in

his

Connie.

This

was

the

Armour

he

ran,

and Fought in

(

might

I

allude

to

that'Olympick Game which

they

called öe'lsíra

ógófue -,'

whereto this

fame

Apoltle

Seems

to

allude

in

X12.

xx.

14.

-a

Tim.iv. 7.)

'Tis

no

filch eafie

thing to

demolifh

-the Itrong holds of

Satan,

to

call dotve

all

the

Reafonings, and Imaginations

that

lie fo

oppofite to

God's Intereft,

in

the

Idolatrous,

and Profeffing Chriftian

Wörld

;

nor

to

tread

down every thing

that

exalts

its

Pelf

againft

the

Knowledge:

of

God,

and

Chriftian Intereft

; and

to bring

into

Captivity

every:

thought, to the'.

Obedience

of God

and

Chrift:

and the wea-

pons

of

this warfare

mull

not be carnal; for then

they would proveto

be

too

weak

:

and

if

they

be

mighty and

fsccefsful,

it

mull

be

through God

:

as 2 Cor.

x._

4,

S.

Inch thoughts

as

thefe may well aSk/I Ekfha, when he had no

Elijah

at

his

hand

to

help

him.

VI.

The

Errand

and Memorials of

this

Tëxt

and Day.

i.

As this Day

is

now our

Sabb.ach

-dcy ; fo

let

us

remember the Lord

Elijab's

God,

as

telling

from Creation

-work,

and callingus

to

the

Commemoration both

of

the

Monuments

of

his vilible

Power,of

the pleafure

that

he

took

therein,

and

of

the

Signatures

of

his

molt reverend and

Holy

Name impreft

thereon,

Exod.

xx.8.

-

-t

t.

r

Chron.

xxix.

in.---1

3.

Nehem.

ix.

S, 6. Dent.

x.

14.

y

anab

i.9.

This

vaft Fabrick

is

fo

expreffive

of God's

Name,

fo

worthy of

his

Providence,

and

fo

adapted

to

the

purpofes and

ufes,

whereto he

had

contrived

and conlign'd

it,

as

that it

deferves

to

be Commemorated

with very great

Solemnity

and

Re-

verence.

The

Univecfe being vaftly

great,

lhouldbe confider'd

as

the

.Produa

of

his Almighty word and

thought: for it

declares

the

grtatnefa

of

his

Power

; and

yet it

is

comparatively

but

a

faint

hint

of what

he

is

able

to

produce and do,

by

his own Powerful

Word

4.

The

wife contrivance and apt harmony

of

this

Stately Fabrick,

fhews

the great

wifdom,

and All-comprehending-thought

of

its

fo glorious Builder, prat. civ. 24. Prov. iii. t

9,

zo,

Jer.

x.

la.

O what

a

va-

riety ofSpheres,

Regions, Globes, and Vortices ;

of Animate

and Inanimate Crea-

tures ( to

fay

nothing

of

thole

Innumerable Myriads

of

Spirits

above) with

their

refpeétive

Situations, Afpefts,

Diftances,

Influences,

Furniture, and Me-

tual Dependences, bath Infinite Power producedunder the Condu

/-

of

thatWif-

darn,

which

hath fa

Accurately, and Illuftrioufly fheiv'd

it

felf, in

filch

abundant

Variegations, as may challenge and endure even

our fevereft

fourth and obliga-

tion,

to

Admiration

and Amazement

!

Again, the Furniture

and Provifions

of

this

World,

and

of

all

the parts thereof,

are

equally

Demonftrative

of

the

Riches

of

God's goodnefs thereunto, pr.

civ.

24.-28.

All

the

Chambers and

Apart-

ments of this Edifice, are

filled

with

precious

and plea/ant Riches, Prov. xxiv.

4.

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Paraphraf

this

Text

may

be

of

Pfal. eis.

z. let the

Judicious

and Learn-

....id

Judge

as

they tee

eagle, upon deliberate

and mature PS/light,

Prat.