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45

Pre.

s,

Confidence

and

fecurity

by

Chrift.

Cloud

and

Fire,

tapes of

Chrift.

cover for the

íterme,

and

for the

raine,

1/44.6.

Now

therefore

get to

him

by

prayer,faith,and

repentance.

V

I.

The Cloud

was

a patient and

rep(live

guide.

It

waited

all

their

neceflities,

it

refted

that

they

might

mil,

it

moved tlowly

according

to their

pace,

it

flayed

for them

till

they

had

ground theirMannah,

and baked

it;

till

they

had eaten and

refrefhed

rhermfelves; till

they

had

offered facrifices,

and what(oevcr

was

ncce(iary

to

be

done,ic

waited

for

them.

Oh

what

a

patient

and re-

fpe6tive

Lord have

we, who

not

onely waits

on

our

r9e-

ceffìties,but beares

all

our

needs and weakneffes

on

him

-

felfe

;

not onely beares

with

our infirmities,

but

bearer

them

on himfelfe

and helpes

them

in

us

!

He

flretcheth

his hands

all

day

long,waiting

for our return :He

knows

our

mould

and

weaknetfe,

and covers

it

with

his

owne

flrength

and righteoufneffe

:

He

would

be

in

all

things

like

us,that

he

might

in

all

things

helpe

us.

VII.

The Cloud was

a

conflant guide.The

Lord

never

took

away

his Pillar by

day,nor

by

night from before

the

people,

Exod.

r

3.2

z.

not

all

their

journey till they

came

into

Canaan.

jefus

Chrift

is

conftant

to

his

Church, ne-

ver

leaves

it

without

light

and

direction,

without

com-

fort

and

coufolation,without

fafcty and

protection.

Nay

he not only leads and

covers

them

in

this wilderneffe,

but

never

fayles

them,

no

not

in

the

land

of

their

ref}.

That

cloud

which now

is

like the cloud

whichE/,

law,

like the

bigneffe

of

an

haud,then thall

cover,

or rather

fill

the

whole

heavens.

II.

Here

is a

ground

of

confidence and fecnrity

in

the

greateft perils.

What

a

marvellous thing

is

it

that

a

Pil-

lar

offire

fhould

fit upon the Tabernacle,

and

not

burne

it

?

What

a

orange

thing

that

a

Pillar

of

fire

muftcoole

the

Ifraclites, and

lave

them

from fire?

So

(hall

all

fires

kindled,

and

all

extreame

dangers

thrcatned

againll

the

Church,

tend

to

the

faving and

comforting

of

it.

For

i.

God never

kindles

a

fire

to

confume

his

Church,

but

I

(as