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have heard of a Hecatomb, or a hundred Ox-SERM. en facrificed at once, as a Thank-offering to a the Gods. For as such Discoveries entitled Men to be denominated thenceforward σοφοι *, or wife ; so they readily acknowledged the Gift that rendered them so, to proceed from the Fountain of Wisdom above. And thus far it will become us Christians to imitate even Heathens themselves : Only—what they imputed to such a Number of imaginary Deities, we must ascribe to that ONE TRUE GOD, in whom all the Powers of Heaven concur ; to that Father of Lights, from whom alone all gracious Influences, every good Gift, and every perfe&t Gift (as well of Nature as Grace) cometh down from above, James i. 17. Insomuch that what St. Paul asserts with relation to Abilities in the Work of the Ministry, will equally hold good in every lawful Calling of Life. We are not sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves ; but our Sufficiency is of God, 2 Cor. iii. 5. It is to him that Master of his Profession owes his Skill. 16 It is he (faith an ancient Father of the Church t)

that gives the Musician his Ear, the Sing* See Patrick on Exod. xxviii. 3. and xxxv, 10, + Clem. Alex. Strom. I. p. 281. Parif. 1629.

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SERM.“ er his Voice, and the Statuary his Hand :

« It is he that finishes the Poet's Numbers, " the Orator's Expressions, the Logician's si Consequences, and the Philosopher's Spee culations.” . Every excellent Endowment, whether of Body or Mind, the Hand or the Head, the Fingers or the Brain, are owing to the Blessings of that God, who first made and fashioned them all. And he that created all Mankind of one Clay, has Power, and not only Power, but Will, of the same Lump to make one Vessel unto Honour, and another unto Dishonour, Rom. ix. 21. The same that made us, the Apostle reminds us, made us to differ, i Cor. iv. 7. And as not in our Being, so neither in our Well-being have we any Thing that we don't receive. But to that divine creating Hand, to which we are indebted for being Men, we are indebted for the particular Distinction we bear amongst Mankind.' And he that in the infinite Scale of Beings placed us in a Rank above the Brutes; it is he that leads us every Step we advance and foar towards Angels and Gods. But it is Time I should proceed to the

II. SECOND Head of my Discourse, under which I am to shew, that the several

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different Occupations, Employments, and SE R M. Trades, of Use in Life, are Ways which GOD appoints to Men, to render them helpful and beneficial to one another, and serviceable to himself. That Bezaleel and Aholiab, and the other Workmen in my Text, served God in thit Business in which they were engaged, I have no Occasion to prove in Form to any one that knows for what Use the Ta. bernacle and the holy Garments were made. Not that I suppose that every

Man who

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any Art'or Trade, is engaged so immediately in the Service of God as these were, who were set to work by his own Direction and Call, and to a Work too that was to tend towards the promoting the Honour and Worship of himself :-I don't, I say, imagine this.-Nor indeed do I desire to consider this Instance, as an Instance of Men, whom GOD, as it were, hired and set apart to himself :-But my Meaning is, to confider them with respect to the Use and Service they were of to the rest of the People ; and then to infer their Service to GOD, from the Benefit that accrued by their Labours to Men.

For the decent Performance of the Worfhip of GOD, God himself requires a Tabera nacle, and sacred Vestments for the Priests.

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many, who

SERM. All could not have Time, or if Time, not

Skill (even supposing there could have been
Artists without Inspiration) to enter upon and
go about the Work. And those that had
Skill for the performing of one Part, were
perhaps as unknowing as the most ignorant of
them all, in what was required to be done in
another. The making the Ephod, the
Breast-plate and Mitre, the Urim and Thum-
mim, and the broidered Coat, was very like-
ly a Work beyond the Reach of
yet might excel, some in the Curtains, and
others in the Coverings, and others again in
the Altars, or Tables, or Vesels, or Lavers,
or Fabrick of the Tabernacle : A nicer Hand
might, again, be required in those that
worked in Gold and Silver, than in those
that were set to work in Brass. And they
that cut and set the Jewels or precious Stones,
might have proved but very useless Men, had
they been employed in the carving of Tim-
ber.

But as every one was assigned to the particular Work, his Genius or Ability, either natural or infused, recommended him to; the whole Work came out of their Hands finished and compleat ; each Artificer helped to forward the Business of the others; and all together perfected a Building, in

which themselves and the whole People S ER M.

IV. found their Account, had the Advantage of worshipping God in a Way that he himself prescribed : And God, besides the peculiar Service paid in his House, was pleased and honoured with the Service of Men to one another.

And just fo is it in the common and ordinary Affairs of Life :-Every Profession, every Art, and every Calling, that any Ways tends to the Service of Man, by that Tendenсу

itself becomes the Service of GOD. The Lawyer and the Physician (let their Patient and their Client have no Cause to complain) will be owned, I don't doubt, for the Servants of God, as well as the Divine. Though by the Way, supposing the Divine to prostitute his Call, I shall also suppose him to have so much the greater Share in the Vengeance of God, as the Injury done to the Souls of Men exceeds any Harm to their Health or Estates,But I have not Time now to expatiate and enlarge.-I must keep to my Text, or at least to my Heads: And that I am upon leads me at present not to have any Suppositions at all how far Divines may prove deficient; but how far Men who are not Divines may come up to them. And VOL. I.

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