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the Jews. He gave the Egyp- preservation of a kingdom, in tians plenty, that the church which they did not with to be inmight be supported through their terested. A holy and sovereign means, and by their hands ; and God gave their labor, and their that in this way the former might wealth, a ransom for the rightebcome a ransom for the latter. ous. In the chain of events, to Doubtless God had power to which I have now alluded, and preserve and support Ifrael in the which brought salvation to the land of Canaan; but to make church, there were many links, in displays of his holy sovereignty, themselves mysterious, and painful he chose that they should be fed beyond all expreffion ; but Joand nourished in Egypt. Infinite feph faw, in every one, the hand wisdom devised means to accom- and the wisdom of God. Heacplish this,—and the means were knowledged it to his brethren, such as Israel would never have when their minds were perplexed thought of. Joseph, the favorite and embarrassed, in reflecting on son of Jacob, was hated and sold the base and criminal part, which by his brethren, to be carried as they had acted. a slave into Egypt, to prepare the thought evil againk me ; but God way for that heathen people to meant it unto good, to bring to pass make out a ransom for the right as at this day, to save much people
Here God gave him favor, alive.” Joseph plainly intimated and brought him before the king. as much, as that the labor and It was so ordered in providence, wealth of the wicked and idolathat Pharaoh should have very ex- trous Egyptians were given a rantraordinary dreams, such as greatly fom for Ifrael. troubled him, and that Joseph For the same purpose their lives should give such an interpretation were eventually given. Pharaoh, of them, as deeply to impress the after beholding a feries of miramind of Pharaoh with its truth. cles, exhibited in most pointed In consequence of which Pharaoh judgments against himself, was gave orders, that the seven years cut off and all his hoft, for the of plenty should be faithfully and fake of God's chosen people. It induftriously improved in laying is true nothing more came upon up stores; which, as it afterwards them than what they deserved, appeared, were to be improved as and fully deserved ; yet they were a ransom for God's people. To cut off, at this time, for the fake preserve the church was the great of the righteous--they were given end providence had in view, in a ransom for them. In this light dispofing the Egyptians to labor the Psalmist celebrated their deand toil fo abundantly, and to struction, in the 136th Psalm-heap together such vast treasures To him which divided the Red Sea of wealth. God made Pharaoh into parts ; for his mercy endureth esteem and admire Jofeph, which forever. And made Ifrael to pass paved the way for the treasures of through the midst of it: for his the heathen to be opened, and mercy 'endureth forever. But overvoluntarily opened, for the fup- threw Pharach and his host in the port of a people among whom Red Sea : for his mercy endureth God had set up his holy and fpi- forever. Here the awful event of ritual kingdom. Here we behold overthrowing Pharaoh and his the wicked paying a price for the host in the Red Sea, confiting
probably of many thousands of This was truly the case, though souls, is called a manifestation-a she, with her house, was fared by display of God's mercy. How faith. It ought, however, to be could this be? It may be answer observed, that the Canaanites, by ed, they were given a ransom for their gross idolatry and wickedthe righteous. Their deftrudion nefs, deferved all this. The iniwas the salvation of God's people. quity of the Amorite was fuli, In the 43d chapter of Isaiah this and a holy and sovereign God event is spoken of in language, gave all they possessed to his peowhich perfectly corresponds with ple—not because his people had the plain and literal sense of the deserved it, for to them it was a portion of feripture, now proposed display of marvellous grace. for explication. For I am the 3. While the greatest part of Lord thy God, the holy One of Il the Canaanites were cut off for rael, thy Saviour : 1 gave Egypt
the sake of the church, some were for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba left to prove them, and to pro
Since thou wast precious mote their redemption in this in my fight, thou hast been honorable, way. This part of God's wonand I have loved thee : therefore, derful providence is mentioned in will I give men for thee and people the 3d Chap. of Judges. Now for thy life. When we hear God these are the nations which the Lord saying to the church, as we do in left to prove Ifrael by them, (even this passage, I gave Egypt for thy as many of Israel as bad not known ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for them all the wars of Canaan ; only that and that because thou art precious, I the generations might know to teach will give men for thee, and people them war, at the leaft, such as befor thy life when we hear God fore knew nothing thereof ;) name saying this to the church, we need ly five lords of the Pbilistines, and
not hesitate in determining how all the Canaanites, and the Sidonithe wicked shall be a ranfum for ans, and the Hivites that dwelt ja the righteous, and the tranfgref- Mount Lebanon, from Mount Bafor for the upright.
al-hermon unto the entering in of 2. The ancient inhabitants of Hamath. And they were to prove Canaan were given a ransom for Ifrael by them, to know whetbar God's church. Though nume. they would hearken unto the comrous and powerful, God made mandments of the Lord, wbich be them feel, as if they had no commanded their fathers by the band strength to stand before Ifrael. of Mofes. Thus a holy and loveRahab, the harlot, acknowledged reign God saved some of the Phito the spies before the children of listines alive for the sake of his Israel made their appearance, that
people, to be instruments of try. their land, their wealth, their ci- ing and proving their faith. ties which, perhaps, they had been Strictly speaking, these very na. hundreds of years in building, and tions that were saved alive, as well even their lives, were given by as those which were cut off, were God to Ifrael. She had heard given a ransom for the righteous. of God's giving the wicked a ran God made use of them for the som for the rightcous, and advert good of his people. How un. ed to instances which had come searchable are his judgments, and to her knowledge, and she had his ways past finding out ! faith that he would do it again. 4. The scriptures furnith us
with instances of God's plunging probably, will be the executioner: the wicked into the same evils, of each other. Nation will rise which they had maliciously plot. up against nation, and they will ted to bring on the righteous ; bite and devour one another. The and, in this way, they are given meek will inherit the earth. The a ransom for them. In the reign wicked will be given a ransom for of Ahasuerus, the Persian, a de. them, or, in other words, the cree was obtained, and ratified by wicked will be removed from their the king, that on a certain day all poffeßions to make way for God's the Jews should be flain by the people, the church. Therefore, sword. This being a decree of it is said in the 37th Pfalm-For the king, and sealed with his figo yet a little while, and the wicked net, it appeared impossible, in the ball not be : yea tbou shalt diligenteye of reason, to prevent its exe- 1 ly consider his place, and it hall not cution. But a holy God pre
be. But the meek shall inherit the vented it ; for on the very fame carth : and swall delight tbemfelves day in which the Jews were to be in the abandance of peace. Most cut off, their wicked enemies were itrikingly is the same idea exprefgiven, a ransom for them. The sed in the prophecy of Daniel — righteous were delivered out of And the kingdom and dominion, and of trouble, and the wicked came the greatness of the kingdom under in his stead.
the whole heaven, foall be given to In the days of the prophet Da. the people of the saints of the Mof niel, a similar event took place. High, whose kingdom is on everThe enemies of Daniel obtained a lafling kingdom, and all dominions decree, which was designed to
Jball serve and obey him. The bring about his deftruction ; but
time is coming, when it will apthe very fame decree effected their
pear to be emphatically true, that own destruction. Righteous Da- the righteous, and the transgressor
the wicked are given a ransom for niel was delivered out of trouble, for the upright. The wicked are and the wicked came in his Atead. And the king commanded, and they
now making many improvements brought thoje men which had accu) by which the righteous are now ed Daniel
, and they call them into benefitted and will be more pecu- . the den of lions, them, their children, liarly so in the days of the millenand their wives, and the lions had nium, when the wicked will not the mastery of them, and brake all be seen on the earth. their bones in pieces, or ever they
6. In the solemn day of accame at the bottom of the den. Here counts, it will appear that all we see God gave the wicked a ran
things were made to subserve the fom for the righteous.
interest of the Redeemer's king
dom, and this will be enjoyed by 5. The scriptures speak of a the righteous. The Lord hath time, when all the wicked, in ever made the righteous and the wick. ry part of the world, will give ed for himself, and by them he place to the righteous. God will will glorify himself. And as the give this whole earth to his peo- righteous are interesled in his glory, ple. To prepare the way for it may be said the wickedness of this, it is probable that thousands the wicked will be over-ruled for and millions of the wicked will be the advancement of their future cut off. In many instances, they happiness and glory. All things
will work together for the good number of Baptift elders settled of God's people. In the great on this tract ; but none of the day, the righteous will see the Congregational or Presbyterian following words of the apostle ve- order.
order. On the sixth of October rified-All things are yours : whe- I was installed over the church of ther Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, Christ in this town, by a council or the world, or life, or death, or of Congregational and Presbyterian things present, or things to come ; | ministers. On the fifth of Janu. all are yours ; and ye are Christ's ; ary last the Rev. Hugh Wallis and Christ is God's.
was inftalled over the church op LEVI. the west hill in Pompey. And
on the second inftant the Rev. Na. than B. Darrow was ordained over
the church in Homer. Religious Intelligence.
In each of these places the
churches are respectable for pumTo The EDITORS OF THE Con. bers, their confessions of faith are NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MA
distinguishing on the doctrines of grace ; and they have been unani,
mous in their calls to their respecS cold water to a thirsty tive paftors to settle with them,
a far country. Men whose hearts have presented competent terms of delight in praying for Jerusalem, support to their respective minifwill rejoice in her prosperity. ters. The councils on those ore Knowing that the good people in dination occasions were harmoni. different parts of New-England, ous among themselves on the imhave for several years contribnted portant points of the Christian re, liberally for the support of mis- ligion ; and, in their examinations fions to the new settlements and of the candidates they entered to the heathen ; and believing it with precision into their experiwill gratify their feelings, glad mental acquaintance with the truth den their hearts and stimulate to and power of religion, as well as future exertions ; it has been into their doctrinal knowledge and tho't expedient to communicate sentiments in theology. for publication the following state The appropriate exercises on ment of facts and circumstances those occafions were folemn and relating to the religious interest | interesting, especially to those of this part of the country. more immediately concerned, and
The military grants, so called, many of the dear children of God included in the counties of Onon were filled with great joy for what daga and Cayuga, is a tract of they faw. There was experiencountry about seventy miles in ced, as I trust, at those times, a length and fifty in breadth ; and good degree of the divine pres. contains probably at present about ence-of the spirit of love and 30,000 inhabitants, who have set-prayer; and many will praise God tled in this country in the course to all eternity for the wonders of of about twelve years. Before his goodness and grace which he the first of October last, there has manifested amongit us. To was one respectable minister of the view the wilderness which so late. Dutch reformed church and a ly fat folitary now eminently be
come a fruitful field—to consider“ Connecticut Evangelical Magthe yell of beasts and favage men “ azine, a succin& account of the succeeded by the heavenly and 16 installation at Aurelius and harmonious praises of God and “ Pompey and of the ordination the Lamb—to view churches in this place, to be published formed, ministers settled and all “ by them if they see cause." conducted with religious order, In compliance with the foregoing peace and love, mu present an vote, I make to you the statement animating and grateful prospect of these animating events concernto the distant beholder. “It cer- ing the growing state of religion tainly warms the hearts of those amongst us. And I would further of us who have been eye-witnesses add, that there are already formed of thefe things. « The Lord in the above mentioned tract of hath done great things for us, country, three presbyterian and whereof we are glad.”
fourteen congregational churches, Notwthstanding it be a truth all of which I believe to be in a that God worketh all things ac- ftate of flourishing harmony. cording to the counsel of his own But notwithstanding our preswill, yet he works by such ways ent prosperity, there is still room and means as best to answer his and great calls for missionary afpurpose and most fully to bring fiftance on this ground. Many into view his character. We have churches and societies are yet no reason to believe that these incompetent to support gospel pleasing circumstances would bave preachers ; and two or three mintaken place as they have, if it had ifters who are fixed to particular not been for those important mif- places can do but little, in their fionary efforts which have been occasional visits abroad, over such made in our country. Many who an exten hive territory. The suchave contributed for the support cess which has attended past exof missions may now view numbers ertions, and the uniform fervor of of their friends, brethren and chil- gratitude expressed by the good dren uniting with them in the people in these settlements, we fame religious observance of pray- hope may have a claim on the fuer, public worship and ordinances ture exertions, benevolence and of the gospel. This they could prayers of our pious friends in the not have done had they withheld old settlements, and especially on their contributions or restrained those who have a principal agency their prayers on missionary sub- in the direction of the missions. jects. These circumstances were That missionary exertions and viewed so important and the ac- prayers may yet abound more and count of them so acceptable to more, and that success may attend the pious readers of the Magazine, all such exertions, is the prayer of that the Ecclesiastical Council at your friend and servant in Chrift, Homer on the 2d. instant voted
DAVID HIGGINS. unanimously, “ That, to gladden Aurelius, State of N. York, “ the hearts of our Christian Feb. 14, 1903. “ brethren with a view of our re“ ligious prosperity in this part Extraa of a letter to one of the Edi“ of the country, the Rev. Da. tors, from his correfpondent in “ vid Higgins make out and for Rutlard (Well Society) Vermont, “ ward to the Editors of the dated February 17, 1803.