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Ifa. xi. 6,
SER M. foftning their Averfions. The Wolf he made to dwell with the Lamb, and the Leopard to lye down with the Kid; that is, the most Oppofite Tempers were brought to conspire peaceably in this Great Event, the most Divided Interests were reconcil'd in it and even They, who were prepar'd to Prophefy against it, were yet, by an Over-ruling Influence, determin'd to pronounce a Bleffing; and forc'd, as they look'd on, to take up their Parable, and fay; God hath not beheld Iniquity in xxiii. 21, Jacob, neither bath be feen Perverseness in Ifrael; the Lord his God is with him, and the fhout of a King is among them. God bath brought them out of Egypt; be bath, as it were, the strength of an Unicorn. Surely, there is no Inchantment against Jacob, neither is there any Divination against Ifrael: according to this time it hall be faid of Jacob, and of Ifrael, What bath God wrought ?
Since the Work, therefore, was His, let us give Him the Praise of it! even as we do, by this Solemn Appearance : falling low on our Knees before his Foot
ftool, and saying, Not unto Us, O Lord, SER M.
Let us piously ascribe this, and all other our Deliverances to God, and all our Calamities to our Selves; acknowledging the One to be as properly the Consequence of our Sins, as the Other is the Refult of his Unmerited Favour and Goodness. And let us from fuch furprizing Events as these, which have confeffedly fomething Divine in them, learn to lift up our Thoughts above Material Causes, and to inftruct our selves in all the Amazing Leffons of God's Governing Providence; by which he holds the Balance of Nations, and inclines it which way he pleases; so that all the In- Dan, iv, babitants of the Earth are reputed as no 35: thing to him, and he doth according to his Will in the Army of Heaven, and among OL. I. T
SERM. the Inhabitants of the Earth, and none can ftay his Hand, or fay unto him, What doeft thou?
And this he now performs by the Administration of the Man Chrift Jefus ; to whom, immediately upon his Refurrection, he gave all Power, in Heaven, and in Earth and whom, upon his Afcent into Heaven, (the Holy Subject also of this Day's Solemnity) he inftated in the full Poffeffion and Exercife of that Pow
er; declaring him King of Kings, and Rev. v. Lord of Lords. And, indeed, Worthy is 12, 13. the Lamb that was flain, to receive Power, and Riches, and Wifdom, and Strength, and Honour, and Glory, and Bleffing. Therefore, Bleffing and Honour, and Glory and Power, be unto him that fitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever!
The Duty of Publick Interceffion and
Preach'd before the Honourable
Houfe of Commons,
St. Margaret's Westminster,
On Wednesday, March 8. 1701.
The Day of Her MAJESTY'S Happy
1 TIM. ij. I, 2, 3.
I Exhort, That, first of all, Supplications, Prayers, Interceffions,and giving of Thanks be made for all Men; for Kings, and all that are in Authority; that we may lead a Quiet and Peaceable Life, in all Godliness and Honefty: For this is Good and Acceptable in the fight of God, our Saviour.
HERE was nothing by which the Enemies of Christianity endea vour'd, and hop'd fo much to retard the
SER M. Progress of it, as by representing to Princes, and Rulers, that the Propagation of this Doctrine tended to fubvert their Government; that the Spreaders of it, whereever they came, exceedingly troubled Cities, and turn'd the World upfide down. It be hov'd the Apostles, therefore, to guard against this Objection, with all imaginable Care. As they knew, that the great Work, in which they were employ'd, was not, as yet, to be promoted, or countenanc'd by the Powers of this World; fo they refolv'd to give them no juft Ground, or Colour to obftruct it: and wifely, therefore, took all Occafions to declare their Jude viii. Abhorrence of Such as defpis'd Dominion, and Spake evil of Dignities; frequently prefs'd upon their new Converts the Duties of paying Honour, and Fear, and Tribute to the Higher Powers, [as being the Ordinance of God] and of submitting themselves to them, not only for Wrath, but also for Confcience fake. And, for this Reason, it may be prefum'd that St. Paul introduceth his Inftructions to Timothy, the new Bishop of Ephefus, by Exhorting him, that, in order to a due Discharge of