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they shall fall when none pursueth. But, if they fall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me ; and that I also bave walked contrary unto them, and bave brought them into the land of their enemies; if tben their uncircumcised hearts be bumbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity; then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abrabanz will I remember ; and I will remember the land. Lev. xxvi.
Solomon in his prayer at the dedication of the temple and the promise of God in answer thereto, is full to the same purpose. If thy people fin against thee (for there is no man that finneth not), and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near ; yet if they fall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captive, and repent, and make fupplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have finned and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness: and so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their foul, in the land of tb ir enemies wbich led them away captive, and unto thee toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou bast chofen, and the house which I have built, for thy name : then bear thou their prayer and their supplication in beaven tby
dwelling place, and maintain their cause, and forgive tby people that have finned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compasion on them. I Kings viii. And the answer is, That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he bad appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the Lord
said unto him, I have beard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me :. I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built to put my name there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 1 Kings ix. 1–3. These were the prophecies that went before, which were full of counsel and instruction to those who were ordered to go away, and to remember the Lord afar off.
This kind caution was to guard them against the subtilty and thievery of the devil, who watches and lies in wait to steal the word of God out of the heart which is sown in it, that we may become unfruitful. Hence the apostle's exhortation, We ought to give the more earnest beed to the things which we have heard, left at any time we should let them fip. If ever we let them Nip, it is by the cunning of the devil, who diverts our minds with some worldly rattle, while he robs the memory of the word of God fown therein-therefore remember the Lord afar off. Remember the promises that he hath made to you, of being with you, and a little fanctuary to you ;' and of his sending you there for
your good, of his setting his eyes and his heart upon you, of the happy return he has promised you, and the peaceable end he will bring you to: and as God is most faithful, so he will without fail make his promise good. Meditate upon these things, ponder them over in your mind. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth fall praise thee with joyful lips: when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditata on thee in the night watches. Because thou haft been my belp; therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Psalm Ixiii. 5-7. Remember the Lord afar off. Remember to put your trust and confidence in him, to rest and rely upon him, and to expect every needful and promised help from him, Now know I that the Lord saveth his cnointed; be will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of bis right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in borses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Pfal. xx. 6, 7. Reinember to call constantly upon his name, and be thankful for his discriminating grace in sparing you from those that have not obeyed the voice of the Lord: for those, to a man, shall fall by famine, by pestilence, and sword; but you are the few bairs that have cleaved to the covenant Head, and are wrapped up in the skirt of him that ihall be called The Lord our Righteousness. Ezek. v. 3. · And let Jerusalem come into your mind. It is your birth place, and the place of your fathers sepulchres; it hath long been the city of the great King,
the holy mountain, and the residence of the living God, where the Almighty has long put his naine. And to this you are encouraged by ancient prophecy. By the river's of Babylon, there we sat down, &c. How shall we fing the Lord's song in a strange land? 'If I forget thee, o Jerusalem, let my right band forget ber cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not: Jerusa em above my chief joy. O daughter of Babylon, w'o art to be destroyed; bappy shall be be, that rewardeth thee' as thou baft served us. Pfalm cxxxvii. 5, 6. 8.
It is to Jerusalem, and to the temple there, that Solomon in his prayer directs your eyes to look for help. If thy people go out to battle against their enemy whitbersoever thou Jalt send them, and foall pray unto the Lord toward the ciry which thou haft chofen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name : then hear thou in beaven their prayer and their fupplication, and maintain their cause. 1 Kings viii, 44, 45. Therefore let Jerusalem come into your mind.
Jerusalem is to be built again, and the temple also ; and is to be once more the residence of the Lord of hosts. Cyrus is to build the city, and to found the temple; and he is to let you go free, not for price nor reward, faith the Lord of hosts by his former prophets.
It is to Jerusalem that the promised Messiah is to come; into that city he is to ride, having falvation, meek and lowly, riding upon an ass, and upona
colt, the fole of an afs—therefore let Jerusalem come into your mind.
God will choose Jerusalem again, and take up his abode there, and dwell there, until the desire of all nations shall come. It is in that city that an end is to be made of sin, and reconciliation for iniquity, everlasting righteousness shall be brought in, the Most Holy shall be anointed, and the Mersiah shall be cut off, but not for himself-therefore let Jerusalem come into your mind.
But again, it is from Jerusalem that falvation is to go into all lands : the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. In Bethlehem our hope is to be born, in the land of Zebulun and Naphtali he is to shine, to Jerusalem he is to come having salvation, in the second temple he is to appear in person, in his days Jerusalem is to dwell in safety, and Israel is to be saved; and this is the name whereby be shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness. Therefore let Jerusalem come into
Remember what hath been done there, what is promised to you at your return thither, and the wonderful works that are yet to be accomplished in that city, and the salvation which is to go from thence, even to the ends of the earth. There fore I exhort you to let Jerusalem come into your mind.
Having gone briefly through the historical and prophetical part of my text, I shall now endeavour