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with this; for ic is an old truth, Ingratum fi dixeris,omnia dixeris
, Say he is unthankful ard you have said all:
this is a full imputation,and Saint Bernard faith, Ingratitudo est ventus urens, focans, fsbircem misericordia, fluenta gratie.
2.The Remedies These we may reduce to these few.
1. A frequent and serious confideration of our felves, what we were by Creation, what we are by our fal, for so we shall fiad how poor and impotent we are in oar selvs, how we have no strength co do any thing, but we are debters to God for all, all that we have is borrowings; quid habes o bomo quod non accepifti? We have lost the freedom of our Will to any thing that is good : we do carry about us legem membroram, corpus perenti, so that our strength is weaknelle, our wisedom is folly, our friendship with the world enmity with God.
2. The clearest mirrcur to behold our selves in, is the Holy Word of God, which reportech to us the story of our Creation, and of our Fall, which openeth and revealeth God to us, in his Justice, and Holinesse, and Wisedome, and Power, and Mercy,
3. Let us fet God always before us, and the nearer we approach to him, the more shall we perceive whereof we are made, and we shall then remember that we are but dust.
We shal perceiv wherfore we are made, namely to live in the obedience and service of our Maker, to bestow all our time conItantly therein, even to the end, co glorifie God in our bodies and in our souls.
We shal see how unable we are to perform any part of this duty without God& how we stand obnoxious to thecurse of the law, for either omitting the duties which we should perform'or committing any thing against that just law.What have we then to be proud of seeing, in him, and for him, and by him are all things?
4. Let us often revolve and recoont the good favours of God to us, and remember all his benefits, and confider what he hach done for us, and we shall find that there is a full stream of favour coming towards us, whether we seep or awake, whether wo drink of that brook in the way or not,
The Apostle Joynech cwo Precepts cogether, which do sweetJy serve to exercise a Godly and Christian life. Pray continually:
in all things give thanks; which do shew that all good gifts come from above to us, and therefore all our holy duries must direct themselves that way; and as our help cometh from those hils, so our eyes must be ever to those hils.
It is not bread that man doth live by, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God: it is not the letter of the Word that quickeneth us, but the fpirst.
Dur whole help is in the name of the Lord who hath made heaven and earth; Hallowed be that name :. we are bis People and the sheep of his Pasture.
Let us go into his gates with Thanksgiving, and into his Courts with praise; let us be thankful to him and speak good of his name. Let us do this faithfully, and we shall see it is no thank our. own net,or drag,that our portion is fat and our meat plenttous.
For none but be filleth the hungry with good things; Peter and bis company, though they had their ners, and filhed all night, yet they caught nothing:when at Christs word they let fall their nct and made a great draught, they knew whom to thank for it.
A domino fa&tum eft hoc, this is the Lords doing. Is the voice of the Church; therefore non nobis, non nobis, cwice be puttethic from our selves, fed nomini tuo du gloriam. Not unto us, but unto thy name give the glory. 5. Grievance. Ver. 17.Sball they therefore empty their nel, and
not spare continually to say the nations? He continueth his former figurative manner of speech, and pressech his grievance, shall those fishing Chaldæans when they have filled their net with fish,empty it, and return to another fishing? will it hold out, that they shall go from nation to nation, and make all theirs as they go ?
The grievance is that the Prophet doth not see any end of their cruel persecutions as yet;for the lingring affiliations which gather increase of strength by time, do threaten final ruine, whereas via. lent extremities spend themselves into vanity and nothing.
2. Things are here feared. 1. The hurt that they may do, if they may filt and empty, and fill again their net as often as they will,
2. The pride of heart, that they may gather by the vain-glocy of their Conquests. The point here considerable, is, that
The urigodly man hath no bowels.
Cain must kill Abel his own natural brother, and Judas must betray innocent blood.
They that be once flesh't in the blood of men,, can make no spare thereof; there is oculus in sceptro, but not oculm in gladio, an eye in the Scepter, not in the sword. Agags sword made many women childlesse.
The growing Monarchies ruined ail before them as they went; and overflowed all as a deluge; nations and kingdomes chat prevented not facking and destruction with timely dedition, perish, ed before them.
But it is a signe of an unestablish t Itaca, when the foundation thereof is laid in blood and such as must be watered in blood to
amoformer against them; vox fan, guinis fratris tui clamat de terra, the voice of thy brother cryeth from the earth.
This makes all that love the gates of Sion, and take pleasure in the prosperity of our Jerusalem to give God no rest in their eárneft-devotions, praying him not to deliver our Church
into the hands of Papists
, because it is a bloody Religion, such as doch hazard Princes more then common men; which doch bear them out in murthers, and legitimacech Maffacaes for the safety and increase of their Church.
2. It is wifeďome out of the present state of things to forecast what may come hereafter, as the Prophet doth the Chaldæans must come and invade the land, chey shall fill their net with fish. God hath spoken it, it'is like to be a merry time wich them, they shall there like glad. lagene (ne éc. They shall faceifire to their net.jar
But har this conquest fo Bech them, that they shall empty their niets, and fish again amongst the nations, and "noc cease to Med bloud,
Ezcchiäb háth the name of 2,800d King, he prayed to God ,
ten there be peace, or as the Kings tible reads ; siqit not good that there be peace and Tough in my days ? tarjoaa the But careful Princes will look beyond their own days, and fic of
Present evils being in their growth threaten future dangers, and we say of them as our Saviour doth, Theje are but the beginnings of sorrows, and there is fear that there will be femper deterior posterior dies, the latter times will be the worser. The best remedy is to awake the tender love of God to his Church, with an expostulation; Shall they do this o Lord? Thy will be done.
Shall they do it continually? wilt thou suffer it? when the time is come he will bave mercy,
Vers, t.I will stand upon the watch and set me upon the Tom
er, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I a'n reproved,
N this Chapter God answereth a'lche Prophets grievances, and it containeth two parts.
1, The Prophets attendance upon God for
his answer, vers, s. 2. The Lords answer in the rest of the chapter.
In the first, The Prophet having disputed with God, and as his name importech, having wrastled with him, doch resolve,
I will stand upon the Watch, und set me upon the tower, alluding to the military practice of souldiers, who appoint some in some eminent place to observe the enemic, and to give timely warning of their doings.
And seeing God hath declared himself an enemy to the Iews, by all those evils which he hath threatned to bring upon them, the Prophet watcheth him, and attendech to receive further advertisement from himself, concerning his purpose toward them.
I will walth to see what he will say unto me; for the secrets of the Lord are revealed unto them chac fear him : And God fpake
in the mouth of all the Prophets, which have been fince the world began.
Neither doth the Prophet attend God out of a curiosity, fcire et fciat, to know only, as Bern. 1peaks, but that he may know what toaniwer for God when he is reproved, or as the Mar. gent faith much better, when he is argued with, and others come to dispute with him upon chose grievances, as he hath done with
for you must understand that in all the former complaints this Prophet hath not argued as a particular man, but as undertaking the cause of the Church, and fustaining the Persons of all his afflicted brethren, for whose fakes, that he may fatisfie them, and for Gods fake whose Minister he is, thac he may know how to maintain to them the cause of Gods Wisedome and Iustice, he doth now attend Gods answer.
Ey this standing upon the watch and upon the tower, in this place is meant the Prophets attending upon a furtherRevelation of the Will of God concerning these grievances,bccause in those it times God did speak to his Prophecs by visions, and dreams, and secret inspirations.
And holy men chen had acceffe to him immediatły, whereby they knew the mind of God, and yet did communicate to them his counsels.
Yet so as he put them to it to await his good leasure, and to a expe& his answer. So David in his own cafe, I will heare what the Lord God will say unto me.
These words do wel expresfe the whole duty of a faithful Prophet; and Minister of the Word, consisting of two parts. 1. His information of himself, implet cisternam bc fils the
Ciftern. 2. His instruction of others, for then he will turn the Cock.
In the first observe,
what he will say unto me.