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Lord himself revealech the cause, and giveth account of bis jud
of darknelle hath blinded our eyes. 1.Suggest. "1.
The fins that bring in profiç and make the pot seech, though Mofes and his Prophets, Christ and his Apostles do tell them that they are sins, and such as lead the offenders to bell, they will not believe them all against their profit,but cry as the Ephesians did for 'Diana. Great is Mammon; this is called The deceitfulnesse
Mat.13,22 of Riches.
clean to you.
O Who hath bewitched the heart of man, that he should value his soul for which Christ died, at fo low a race, that be will sell it for corruptible things?
So St. Peter cals gold and silver;
Forasmuch as yee know that you were not redeemed with corrupo 1 Pet.l. 18. iible things as gold and silver. 2.Suggcft.
2. These sins be thought little fins where they be confest, be. cause they make a man able to make God some part of amends in almes and good works; so the oppreffour of his brethren curnech his oppressions into sacrifices, as if oppressions of injury could be sacrifices of righteousnesse.
This suggestion seemech supported by the words of Christ, Luc.11.41 Give almes of such things as you have, and behold all things are
So that he which hath congested wealth by oppression, shall purifie all his goods by giving almes of part thereof.
They mistake our Saviour there; observe him well, he found the Pharisees faulty in this sinne here threatned with judgment : for their outside was a fair Profession of Religion, cheir inside was full of rapine and wickednesse.
1. Our Saviour oppoteth almes against rapine : rapine corrup teth all the goods that we poffeffe, even the fruits of our honest labours in our callings, the fruits of our inheritance from our Parents; goods unlawfully gotcen from our brethren, against the law and word of God, do make all unclean, they defile all, and bring a rust and canker upon our creasure; but charity by distribution of almes doth purifie and keep clean all our wealth.
2. This charity must have matter to work upon, and that is Tżávórta, that is, tuch things as are in our power; we may give no
almes de alieno, of what is anothers; and there is nothing in our power to dispose of but what we may rightly call our own; this utterly despaireth the hope of the oppreflor, that he may make a sacrifice of his rapines.
And farther, whereas the custome of gathering wealth by injury, which robbech our brethren, doth paffe it over lightly as a small sinne; let me tell you, that ill-gotten goods do bring such a sin upon a man as cannot be purged but wich owo Pills, 1. Unfained repentance, 2. Jast restitucion,
Obferve it in Zachens, he joyned charity and restitution; his charity was of his own goods, Dimidium bonorum meorum. It is Luk. 19,8. thefe what soever is not Gods gift,and nothing is the gift of God but what is warrantable by the law and word of God.
For this, a man that feareth God, will cather be Gods Lazaru and beg crumbs, then the Devils Dives, and fair deliciously.
3.The oppressors of their brethren that live at ease and rest in 3.Suggest, plenty, and surfet drinking the sweat of their brethrens faces, and to use the phrase of David, drinking the blood of their brethren, when any crosse or losse becideth them, because they observe fome formal customary profession and practice of Religion , they smooth it over with this comfort,chat God doth exercise the pacience of his servants in this life with some tryals.
To whom I say, take heed, be nor deceived, take not that for an exercise of thy pacience, which is a punishment of thy sin.
1. Thou mistakest God, he is not thy friend, but is contrary to thee.
2. Thou 'mistakest thy self; thou caHest thee the servant of God; no, Mammon is thy God; for chou goest against the word of God to gather wealth: It is but a false worship that thou gi. veft to God, God loves no divided hearts.
3. Thou mistakest the caule of thy disease, and thy Physician; for thou thinkest it to be some propenfion in thee có lin, which needeth some preventing physick, wheras it is a coroding plaister to eat our dead felh :yes flesh and blood hath many invention; we use to shoot another arrow after the first; and like Balak; try in anoch place, and see if it will prosper there.
Verf. 1 4. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glor i ry of the Lord, as tbe Water's cover the sea
3. The effect. Vide fura pag.
T is plaine, that Gods remiffenelle in the execution of his just
judgments upon the proud and cruel Babylonians, and the miserable face of the Church disfigured with cears, her voyce hoarse with roaring for help, her throat dry, her heart aking, and no relief appearing : all this had not only made che ungodly and profane confident that there was no such thing as Providence; but it appeareth by chis Prophet that the faith of Gods children was staggered hereby.
But when God shall declare his justice against these his enemies, then he shall recover his glory; then shall they both know that Christ is the Lord, both che oppressour shall know it, and the delivered shall know it, and they that are no parties to che cause of any side fhall all understand.
The words of God in this text are full of marrow and fatness; for God is rich in mercy, aperit munnm & implet, so he dilatech bis favours,
-1. In the fatitude, all the earth over.
4. In the profundicy, as the Waters cover the sea... Detr.I. We are taught from hence, that the delivery of Gods Church
from the power of the enemies, and his vengeance upon them doth give honour to the name of God upon earth; lo. David, me
are in great milery. Pf. 79 9.
Help us Gad of our salvation, for the glory of thy name, and deliver w.
1. Because if the wicked overcome the Church, they will-triReal. i.
umph against God. So Moses, 2.32. 12., wherefore shall the Egyptians Steak and say, he hathi brought
shem out maliciously to say them?
eth, who is he among all the gods of these lands, that hath delivered 16.36.20° their Country out of my hands?
But God delivering his. Church and punishing the enemies. thereof is magnified thereby, as Ezechias did pray : Now there. Ifa.37, 20. fore O Lord our God save thout us out of his hand, that all the Kingdomes of the earth may know that thou only art the Lord.
Reaf. z. 2. Because as the Schoole faith, gloria est clara notitia cum laude; and what doth more make the name of God known with praise then bis prelent help to his Church, his quick vengeance upon the enemies thereof? The Heathen shall say, be Lord hath done for them great things. Because this declareth the justice of God; for
Reaf. 31 First, He is just and faithful in performing the gracious promises that he hath made to his Church,
Secondly, He is just in the punishment of oppression and iniquity, which his soul abhorreth. The use of the point is to teach us that whenfoever we see the
Use Church or any part thereof delivered from the hands of their e. nemies, and to che righteous God taking vengeance upon them, that we ascribe glory to God for the same.
Moses song is a good example of this duty; for when the Egytians tḥat pursued Ifrael into the red sea were covered and deItroyed by the returne of the waters of the sea upon them,
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song anto the Lord, and Þake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath tri- Exod.15.. umphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath be throwne into the Sean
This deliverance was a type of the final deliverance of the Church from all her enemies; and therefore in Johns Vision it is y faid D. They (ang the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of Rev. 15.34 the Lamb, Jaying, great and marvailons are thy works Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy wayes, thos King of Saints.
who fall not fear thee O Lord, and glorifie thy name; for thou i only art holy, for all. Nations Mall come and worship before thee, for Verse 4. thy judgments are made manifeft...
We have great and gracious examples at home of this; our blessed Queen of happy memory, Queen Elizabeth Anno 1 588,
after the defeat of the Spanish Armado, came in person to the chief Church in her Kingdom, where having upon ber knees de voutly given the glory of that deliverance to God, she heard the Sermon at Pauls crosse, and taught her people by her godly example to know the glory of God; for in those dayes Spaniards loved us not, and we thought it a great favour of God to be delivered from them.
The like publike declaration did our Soveraign that now is, make of the glory of God, for the deliverance of his royal person, Crown and posterity, the Religion and peace of the King. dom, in the last session of that first Parliament, delivered by the hand of God from the bloody designe of the Papists, whose Re. ligion was also in those times thought dangerous to this Common-wealth;his speech and recognition of the protection of God is extant in print.
And as States and great Common-wealths have their dangers and deliverances, wherein as every one that is a member thereof, hath their share of benefic, so from every one is growing a debt
of duty, to acknowledge the same : fo that as Ezechiah faith,The Ifa.38.19
fatber to the children shall make known the truth of God.
So in our particular estates, we have many tastes of the sweetneffe of God, in our deliverances from dangers at sea, on shoare from fickneffe , imprisonment, infamy, and many other evils which annoy our life;in all which God revealeth to us the knowledge of his glory, and we shall do him but right, to give him as David faith, the glory due to his name; and to invite our brethren as David did, I will tell you quid Deus fecit anime mee, what
God hath done to my soul. Doftr, 2. Seeing God promiseth to fill the earth with the knowledge of
the glory of God, we are taught that God is glorious, and so we ought to conceive of him : our Saviour bath caught us fo, to acknowledge in the close of the Lords Prayer, Tna eft gloria, thine is the glory. St. Stephen faith, The God of glory appeared to our fathers. And of this God is so jealous, that
he faith, My gloA&.7. 2.
ry will I not give it another. Hold this fast; the Devill when he Jf1.428. tempeeth us to fin, doth not finde an easier way to fetch us a. Real. I. bout, then to blemish the glory of God, and to dim that to our
Gights and opinions.