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children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call *. But when he was called to preach to the Gentiles, he appears not to have understood that till his Mafter set him right again ; so that he was to call no
; mun common or unclean t.
2. If an Apostle, after the great effufion of Pentecoft, could thus fpeak above his own comprehension, no wonder that the Old Testament writers did fo too: this might be the case with one of Job's friends, and, therefore, what he layos
may very well refer to the blessed time I am now speaking of.--At diftruction and famiñe thou hul langa; neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. For thou shalt be in leagueạrvith the stones of the field; and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. Thou shalt know that thy tabernacle fall be in peace; and thou fhalt avisit thy habitation, and salt not fin I. Perhaps what is said elsewhere may refer to the fame, Thou sisalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet 9. That is, if any of these animals should attempt to affail thee, they Mall ha i e no power to hurt thee. And to (new that the fame Psalm refers to some such timne, God fays, to him that dwells under his shadow,-With long life will I satisfy him, and will fnew him my salvation. With long life will I fatisfy him; yes, for I apprehend there will be no death during this glorious period, and, therefore, must be a blessed salvation indeed.
+ Ch. x. 14. ver. 28.
Pf. xci. 13-16.
I job v. 22, 23, 24.
3. In the course of these Sermons I have made great ufe of the evangelic Prophet, and I must call in his evidence again. Speaking expressly of these times he says, Tbe welf also fball dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the farling together, and a little child sball lead them. The cow and the bear fall feed; their young ones shall lie down together : and the lion shall ear straw like the ex. And the fucking child shall lay on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice-den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in a l'my holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the Jea*. So again,--The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock : and dust shall be the jerpents meat +.
And here the words of the text are repeated, -They shall not hurt, nor destroy, in all my boy mountain, faith the Lord. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field; and with the foruls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow, and the sword, and the battle out the earth, and I will make them to lie down safely I. Fear nat, O. land; be glad, and rejoice : for the Lord will do great, things.-Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field : for the pastures of the wilderness, do fpring f. As if he had said, I am about to do marvellous things : and such a change fall. take place in the creation, that even the beasts of the earth thall rest in fafety; the dire enmity shall cease, so that they shall have no cause to fear, either from man, or from R3
each * Jl. xi. 6, 7, 8.
+ Ch. Ixv. 29. | Hosea ii. 18.
Joel ii, 21, 22.
each other; and the earth shall yield such plenty, that they shall never feel want any more ; for I will give back the original fertility of the earth, so that there shall be no want or fcarcicy to man or beast. Such is the happy change which shall take place among the brutes.
4. It would lead me out of my way to take notice of all the cavils and objections which learned men may have against what is here advanced ; I am now offering my thoughts to such as believe the Bible. As for the different appetites which God has given to different animals, and the powers of their digestion, and the different weapons he has armed them with, for taking, tearing, and digefing their prey,--how easily can he reverse all this, and reduce every power and appetite to its first state ! Besides, I look upon the Ark of Noah, and its inhabitants, to be an emblem of the blefled time I am speaking of.
We cannot suppose that all voracious animals were to be gorged with blood and rapine during the time they were detained in the Ark; no, nor very probably for some time after their dismiflion from the Ark. But that, I apprehend, was only a temporary restraint, whereas this I am pleading for will be an entire change of their nature ; and surely it is as easy for the Almighty to change the nature of any creature as to restrain it. How desirable a period !--Lord, hasten the blessed time !
5. Let us now turn our thoughts upon the vegetable parts of the creation; these received their baneful in. Auences when the ground was.curled for man's offence, and was doomed to produce briers and thorns, and every thing hurtful troublcfome to man or beast. But, the
Heavenly Blesser of all nations hath appeared to repeal that curfe, when his peaceable and quiet reign shall take place. ' But take not my word for it ; no, let God speak for himself. The earth, in its present state, has a variety of dismal prospects : mountains covered with perpetual snow-dreadful precipices-burning fands-dreadful and horrid volcanos-seas and countries yet unexplored-bogs and unwholesome fens, pernicious with flagnated waters. Many of the plants and fruits so fraught with poisons, or armed with chorns, that man dares not to meddle with them-o that they, instead of producing any thing delightful, are a curse, a scourge, or terror, to man. But hear what the Lip of Truth hath said, -The wilderness and he solitary place shall be glad, and rejoice for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and bloom as a role. It shall blofom abundantly, and rejoice, even with joy and singing : the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon : they shüll see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God*. 'I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the vallies: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry lands springs of waler. And I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the fhittah-tree, and the myrile, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box-tree together t. And to thew that this change is not the effect of mere natural causes, he adds, That they may fee, and know, and confider, and understand it together, that the hand of the Lord baih done this, and the H ly One of Israel he bach created at I. Hence we see this is nothing less than a new creation, and requires the very
fame # lsa. XXXV. 1, 2, 3. + Ibid xli. 18, 19.
| Ver. 20.
same Power which spoke the world into existence. Yet again, -They shall feed in the way, and their paftures fhall be in the high piaces. They shall not hunger, nor thirft ; neither frall the beat nor fun smile them : for be that hath mercy on them fall lead them, even by the Springs of water shall be guide them. And I quill make all the mountains a way, and my highways jhall be exalted *. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace : the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into finging, and all the trees of the field fhall clap bands. Instead of the thorn fball come up the fir-tree, and instead of tbe brier shall come up the myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, and for an everlasting sign that fall not be cut off t. And I will make them, and the places round about my hill, a blessing : and I will cause the shower to come. down in his feason ; there shall be showers of bleffing. And be tree of the field shall yield ber fruit; and the earth jhall yield her increase; and they Jhell dwell safe in their land, and fball know that I am the Lord I. And the floors shall be full of wh:at, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locus hath taten, the canker-worm, and the caterpiller, my great army, which I sent among you. And ye fall eat in plenty, and he satisfied, and Skall praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wonderously among you : and my people shall never be alamed S. And behold, the days corne, faith the Lord, that the flowman Jhall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that Sorveth the seed; and the mountains fall drop sweet wine, and the hills shall melt ll. But now, at this blessed time, I will
no * Ifa. xlix. 9, 10, 11.
+ Jbid lv, 12, 33.