Page images

and the free and immutable counsel of his owu will f, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy g.

II. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to paf: immutably and infallibly h: yet, by the same providence, h; ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of the second causes, cicher necessarily, freely, or contingently i.

III. God

correct? be that teacheth man know II. h AAsii2 Him, being deledge, thall not be know? v.11. The livered by the dtermicate counsel Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, and foreknowlede of God, ye have thac they are vanity

takén, and by vicked lands have s Eph. i. 14. In whom also we crucified and da. have obtained an inheritance, being i Gen. viii. 2. While the earth predestigated according to the pur- remaineth, fel-time and harvelt, pose of him who worketh all things and cold and eat, and summer and after the counsel of his own will, winter , and ļ and night, shall not Psalm xxxij. 101 The Lord bring. cease. Jer. xxi. 33. Thus faith eth the counsel of the heathen to the Lord, vich giveth the fun for nought: he maketh the devices of a light by ty, and the ordinances the people of sone effect. v. 11. of the me and of the stars for a The counsel of the Lord sandeth light by ght, which divideth the for ever, the thoughts of his heart fea, whethe waves thereof roar; to all generations,

the Lordi höfts is his name. Exod, & Ilaiah Ixiii. 1.4. As a bealt goeth xxi. 31

And if a man lie nor in down into the valley, the spirit of wait, † God deliver him into his the Lord caused him to rest ; so didet hand ,nen I will appoint thee a thou lead thy people, to make thy place ither he fall face. With Self a glorious name. Eph. iii. 10. Deuxix. 5. As when a mail goeth To the intent that now unio the intore wood with his neighbour, principalities and powers in heaven- to wood, and his hand fetchly placas, might be known by the et

stroke with the ax to cut doitn church the manifold wisdom of God, rytree, and the head flippeth front Rom. ix. 17. For the scripture faith helve, and lighteth upon his unto Pharaoh, Even for this famí éghbour that he die; he shall fiee purpose have I raised thee up, tht nto one of those cities, arid live. I might fhew my power in thee, ad 1 Kings xxii. 28. And Nicaiah faid, that my name might be declard If thou return at all in peace, the throughoui all the earth. Gen. xv Lord liath not spoken by me. And 7. And God sent ine before you't he said, Hearken, people, every preserve you a posterity in the ett! one of you. v. 34. And a certain and to fare your lives by a gre

man drew a bow aç a venture, and liverance. Pral.cxlv. 7. The til smote the King of Ifrael between the abundantly utter the memoryny joints of the harnefs : wherefore he great goodness, and fall fin o by laid unto the driver of his chariot, sighteousness


III. God in bis ordinary providence maketh use of means, k, yet is free to work without !, above m, and against them at his pleasure n.

IV. The Alnighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, fo far manifeit themselves in his providerice, that it exendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other


Turn thine hand, aol carry me out cy upon the house of Juda, and of the host, for lam vounded. Ifa. will save them by the Lord their 8. 6. I will fend kim against an hy, God, and will not save them by bow, pocritical nation and against the nor by fiord, nor by battle, by people of my wrat will I give him horses, nor hy horse-men. Mat. iv. a charge to take the spoil, and to 4. But 'he answered and said, it is take the prey, and to tread them written, Man shall not live by bread down like the mircof the streets. alone, but by every word that prov.7. Howbeit, he Aaneth not so, ceedech out of the mouth of God. heither doth his hearthink so, but Job xxxiv. 10. Therefore hearken it is in ħis heart to decoy, and cut unto me, ye men of understanding : off nations not a few.

far be it from God, that he should III. k Acts xxvii. 31 Paul said to do wickedness, and from the Althe centurion, and to soldiers, tnighty, that he should cummit iniExcept these abide in fhip, ye quity. cannot be saved. v. 44. And the m Rom. iv. 19. And being not řelt, fome on boards, anome on weak in faith, hé considered not his broken pieces of the ship :nd so it own body now dead, when he was came to pass that they erged all about an hundred years old, neither safe to land. Isaiah lo. 10 por as yet the deadness of Sara's womb, v. the rain cometh down, and to fuow 20. He staggered not at the promise from heaven, and returneth n thi- of God through unbelief; but was ther, but watereth the earthand strong in faith, giving glory to God: maketh it bring forth and bud,bat v. 21. And being fully persuaded, it may give feed to the fower, bd that what he had pronuiled he was bread to the eater. v. 11. Colhal

able also to perform. word be that goeth forth out of

n 2 Kings vi. 6. And the man of mouth : It shall 110t retùrn unto tt God said, Where fell it? And he void, but it shall accomplish tha hewed hin the place. And he cut which I please, and it mall profpes down a stick, and cast it in thither, in the thing whereto I sent it. Hor. and the iron did swim. Dan. ji. ü. 21. And it thall come to pass in . And the princes, governors and that day, I will hear saith the Lord, brains, and the king's counsellors I will hear the heavens, and they be gathered together, saw these Thall liear the earth, v. 22. And

, upon whose bodies the fire had the earth shall hear the corn, and nbwer, nor was an hair of their the wine, and the oil, and they shall hafinged, neither were their coats , hear Jezreel.

nor the smell of fire had I Hof, i, 7. But I will have mer.

pafupon them.

[ocr errors]


fins of angels and meno, and that not by a bare permission P, but such as bath joined with it a most wife and powerful bounding q, and otherwise ordering, and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to his own holy ends r; yet so, as the


IV. o Rom. xi. 32. For God hath him, and turned the kingdom ioro concluded them all in unbelief, that David the son of Jesse. 2 Sam. xvi. he might have mercy upon all. v. in. And the king faid, What have 33. O the depth of the riches, both I to do with you ye sons of Zeruiof the wifdom and knowlege of God! ah? lo let him curse, because the how anfearchable are his judgements, Lord háth faid unto him, Curse Daand his ways past finding out ! v. vid. Who shall then say, Where. 34. For who hath known the mind fore halt thou done so ? Ads ii, 23. of the Lord, or who hath been his Him, being delivered, by the detercounseller? 2 Sam. xxiv. 1. And a. minate counsel and foreknowlege gain the anger of the Lord was of God, ye have taken, and by wicked kindled against Israel, and he mod. hands have crocified and liain, Acts ett David again them, to say, Go iv. 27. For of a truth against thy ruirber Ifrael and Judah. With holy child Jefus, whom thou haft ai Chr. xxi. I. And Satan stood up nointed, both Herod and Pontius against vrzel, and provoked David Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the to nombet Israel. i Kings xxii. 22. people of Israel were gathered toge And tre Lord faid unto him, Where. Ther, t. 28. For to do whatsoever with? And he said, I will go forth, thy hand and thy counsel determinand I will be a lying spirit in the ed before to be done. mouth of all his prophets. And he Þ Atts xiv. 16. Who in times part faid, Thou shalt persuade him, and suffered all nations to walk in their prevail also: go forth, and do so. own ways. v, 23. Now therefore behold, the 9 Psalm 1xxvi. 1o. Surely the wrath Lord bath put á lying spirit in the olma n shall praiserhee: the remain · mouth of all these thý prophets, der of wráth shalt thou restrain. 2 and the Lord hath spoken evil con- Kings xix. 28. Because thy rage åcerning thee. i Chr. x. 4. Then said gainst me, and thy tumult is come Saul to his armour-bearer, Draw up into mine ears, therefore I will elsy fword, and thrust me through put my hook in thiy nose, and my therewith; left these uncircumcised bridle in thy lips, and I will turn come, and abuse me. But his ar thee back by the way by which thou mour-bearer would not, for he was camelt. lore afraid. So Saul took a sword, Gen. I. 20. But as for you, yé and sell upon it. v. 13. So Saul died, thought evil against me; but God for his travsgression which he com meant it unto good, to bring to país, mitted against the Lord, even against as it is this day, to save much peothe word of she Lord, which he kept ple alive. Ifaiah x. 6. I will send pict, and also for asking coursel of him against an hypocritical dation, one that hach a familiar spirit, to en- and against the people of my wrath quire of it; v. 14. And enquired will I give him a charge to take the pot of the Lord; therefore he flew spoil and to take the prey, and to


sinfulnels thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God, who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of lins.

V. The most wise, righteous and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season his own children to manifold teinptations, and the corruptions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former fins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled t; and to raise them to a more close and constant dependance for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of fin, and for sundry other just and holy ends v.

VI. As

tread them down like the mire of the reprove thee, and set them in order streets. v. 7. Howbeit, he mean

before thine eyes. eth nut so, neither doth his heart V. t 2 Chr, xxxi. 25. But Hezethink so, but it is in his heart to de- kiah rendered not again, according Itroy, and cut of nations not a few. 10 the benefit done unto him: for v. 12. Wherefore it sha'l come to his heart was lifted up; therefore pass, that when the Lord hath per. there was wrath upon him, and u-, formed his whole work upon mount pon Judah and Jerusalem. v. 26. Zion, and on Jerufalem, I will pu- Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled nish the fruit of the stout heart of himself for the pride of bis heart the king of Assyria, and the glory (both he and the inhabitants of Jeof his high looks.

rusalem) so that the wrath of the [ James i. 13. Let no man say Lord came not upon them in the when he is tempted, I am temipted days of Hezekiah, v. 23. Howbeit, of God: for God cannot be tempted in the business of the ambassadors of with evil, neither temptech he any the princes of Babylon, who sent inan,

But every man is unto him to enquire of the wonder tempted, when he is drawn away that was done in the land, God lett. of his own luft, and enticed. v. 17. him to try him, that he might know Every good gift, and every perfect all that was in his heart. 2. Sam. gift, is from above, and cometh xxiv. 1. And again the anger of the down from the Father of lights, Lord was kindled against Israel, and with whom is no variableness, nei he moved David against them to say, ther shadow of turning. I John ii. Go number Israel and Judah. 16. For all that is in the world, the v 2 Cor. xii. 7. And left I should lult of the flesh, and the left of the be exalted above measure, through eyes, and the pride of life, is not the abundance of the revelations, of the Father, but is of the world. there was given to me a thorn in the Psalml. 21: These things halt thou flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet done, and I kept silence : thou me, left I should be exalted above thoughtest that I was altogether measure, v. 8. For this thing I be. such an one as thyself: but I will fought the Lord thrice, that it might


V. 14

VI. As for those wicked and ungodly men, whom God as a righteous judge, for former Gns, doth blind and harden w, from them he not only withholdeth his grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understandings, and wrought upon in their hearts x; but sometimes also withdraweth the gifts which they had y, and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of lin z; and withal, gives them over


depart from me. v. 9. And he said VI, w Rom, i. 24.

Wherefore unto me, My grace is sufficient for God also gave them up to nnclean. thee: for my strength is made per ness, through the lusts of their own feat in weakness. Most gladly there. hearts, to dishonour their own bo. fore will I rather glory in my in. dies between them felves i v. 26, For firmities, that the power of Christ this cause God gave them up unto may reft upon me. Pfal. Ixxii, vile affections : For even their women throughout. † Plalm lxxvii. 1. I did change the natural use into that cried unto God with my voice : even which is against nature : v. 28. And unto God with my voice, and he even as they did not like to retain gave ear unto me. v. 20. And I God in their knowledge, God gave said, This is my infirmity : but I them over to a reprobate mind, to do will remember the years of the right those things which are not convenihand of the most High. v. 12. I ent. Rom. xi, 7. What then ? Ifrael will meditate also of all thy works, hath not obtained that which he seek. and talk of tby doings. (Read the eth for, but the election hath obrainintermediate verses in the Bible.) ed it, and the rest were blinded. v. 8. Mark. xiv. from the 66. v. 10 the According as it is written, God hath end, with John xxi. 15. So when given them the spirit of flumber, eyes they had dined, Jesus faith to Simon that they should not see,and ears that Peter, Simon son of Jonas Jovest they fhould not hear unto this day. thou me more than these? He faith * Deut. xxix. 4. Yet the Lord unto him, Yea, Lord; thou koow. hath not given you an heart to pereft that I love thee. He faith unto ceive, and eyes to see, and ears to him, Beed my lambs. v. 16. He hear, unto this day. faith to him again the second time, y Matth. xii. 12. For whosoerer Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou hath, to him shall be given, and he me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; shall have more abundance : buc thou knowest that I love thee. He whosoever hath not, from him shall faith, unto him, Feed my sheep, v. 17. be taken away, even that he hath, He faith unto him the third time, Mat, xxv, 29, For unto every one Simon, son of Jonas,lorest thou me? that hath shall be given, and he Peter was grieved, because he said shall have abundance : but from unro him the third time, lovelt thou him that hath not shall be taken ame? And he said unto him, Lord, way even that which he hath. thou knowelt all things; thou know. z Deut, ii. 30. But Sihon king of eft that I love thee. Jesus faith un. , Hesbonwould no: let us pass by him: to him, Feed my sheep.

for the Lord thy God hardned bis


« PreviousContinue »