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“ in working;” and in 1 Tim. i. 17. he is called “the only wise God,” and also in Rom. xvi. 27. and Jude 25. But in If. xl. 12. &c. we have a most magnificent description of the power, wisdom, and universal supremacy of the one true God, as opposed to the objects of worship in the heathen world. “Who hath measured the “ waters in the hollow of his hand? and “ meted out heaven with the span, and “ comprehended the dust of the earth in a “ measure, and weighed the mountains in “ scales, and the hills in a balance? Who “ hath directed the spirit of the Lord, or “ being his counsellor, hath taught him? “ With whom he took counsel, and who “ instructed him, and taught him know“ ledge, and shewed him the way of un“ derstanding? Behold, the nations are as “ a drop of a bucket, and are counted as “ the small dust of the balance : behold, he “ taketh up the illes as a very little thing. “ All nations before him are as nothing, “ and they are counted to him less than “ nothing, and vanity. To whom then will “ ye liken God? or what likeness will ye
“ compare unto him ? Have ye not known? “ have ye not heard ? hath it not been told “ you from the beginning? have ye not " understood from the foundations of the “ earth? It is he that fitteth upon the “ circle of the earth, and the inhabitants “ thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretch“ eth out the heavens as a curtain, and “ spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in : “ That bringeth the princes to nothing; he “ maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. “ Lift up your eyes on high, and behold “ who hath created these things, that bring“eth out their host by number: he callcth “ them all by names, by the greatness of “his might, for that he is strong in power, “ not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O “ Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is “hid from the Lord, and my judgment is “ passed over from my God? Hast thou “ not known? haft thou not heard, that the “ everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of “ the ends of the earth fainteti not, neither “is weary? there is no searching of his un“derstanding. He giveth power to the
“ fiint; “ faint; and to them that have no might, “ he increaseth strength.”
The Gentile nations imagined that some gods had power over one country, and others over another; and even that some had power in the hills, and others in the valleys only. There are, however, two remarkable pieces of hisory in the Old Tcstament, in which we find that, for the instruction of the Ifraelites, the divine being particularly attended to, and by the most signal displays of his own power, refuted those absurd opinions.
Senacherib, king of Assyria, imagining that the God of Israel was no other than the God of that particular country, and of no greater power than the gods of other countries, insulted Hezekiah, king of judah, which he was then about to invade, with a detail of the other kingdoms which he had lately conquered, saying, If. xxxvii. 10. &c. “ Thus Thall ye speak to Heze“ kiah, king of Judah, saying, Let not thy
“God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, “ saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into “ the hand of the king of Aliyria. Behold, “ thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria “ have done to all lands, by destroying them “utterly, and thalt thou be delivered ? “ Have the gods of the nations delivered “ them which my fathers have destroyed, " as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and is the children of Eden which were in Te“ lasar? Where is the king of Hamath, " and the king of Arphad, and the king of “the city of Sepharvaim, Henah and Ivah?” Hezekiah, in his prayer to God upon this occasion, avows very different sentiments, acknowledging the supremacy of the one true God, and putting his trust in him only; for laying open the letter which he received from Senacherib before the Lord, he prayed, saying, If.xxxvii. 16. “O Lord of hoits, God “of Israel, that dwellest between the cheru“ bims, thou art the God, even thou alone, “ of all the kingdoms of the earth, thou haft “ made heaven and earth. Incline thine car, “ O Lord, and hcar; open thine eyes, O Lord, " and fee: and hear all the words of SeVol. II.
“ nacherib, who hath sent to reproach the “ living God. Of a truth, Lord, the kings “ of Affyria have laid waste all the nations “ and their countries, and have cast their “ gods into the fire : for they were no gods, “ but the work of mens hands, wood and “ stone: therefore they have destroyed them. “ Now, therefore, O Lord our God, fave “ us from his hand, that all the kingdoms “ of the earth may know, that thou art the “ Lord, even thou only.” Upon this prayer, the prophet Isaiah was sent to encourage Hezekiah, with a promise of the utter destruction of the army of Senacherib, which was presently after accomplished, in a fudden and miraculous manner.
The Syrians having been worsted in the hilly country, during their war with the Ifraelites, imagined that the God of Israel had power there, but not in the valleys; and, therefore, endeavoured to bring the Israelites to an engagement in the flat country. But there came a man of God, and spake unto the King of Israel, and said, 1 Kings xx. 28. “ Thus faith the Lord, Because the Syrians