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the nations of the world seek Christians should look upon as beafter : and your Father know-| low their concern, carrying themeth that ve have need of these selves as becometh those who expect, things.
ere long, to solace themselves in the
enjoyment of God himself. While 31 - But rather seek ye the
David looked to his father's sheep, kingdom of God; and all these
he carried himself as a shepherd; things shall be added unto you. but when he had mounted the throne,
32 Fear not, little flock; for majesty presently sat in his brows, • it is your Father's good plea- and he behaved himself like a king. sure to give you the kingdom. So you, although whilst you lived in 33 'Sell that ye have, and
your sins, and so were strangers give alms ; " provide yourselves
unto God, you then lived like earthly
creatures, conversing with nothing bags which wax not old, a trea
but dust and clay; yet, now that sure in the heavens that faileth
you profess to have repented, and to not, where no thief approacbeth believe in Christ, and so to be enneither moth corrupteth. titled to the kingdom of heaven, you
34 For where your treasure should live like yourselves, and scorn is, there will your heart be also. | to stoop so low as to lick up the ser
pent's food ; deporting yourselves as those who every moment look to be sent for, to go and take possession of your celestial crown. The very
thought whereof should make you READER.—He said unto them, Take disdain the highest enjoyments that heed and beware of covetousness ; for this world is able to afford you, as a man's life consisteth not in the abund-things not worthy to be compared ance of the things which he possesseth. with the glory that Christ hath pro
-Are you Christians ? Then let cured for you. So that, let me tell me tell you, you are sons and you, so long as your thoughts and afdaughters of the eternal God, the | fections are taken up with any thing only monarch of the whole world, upon earth, you act below yourselves. and so are heirs apparent to the You who expect ere long to bathe crown of glory. Tell me then, what yourselves in those rivers of pleasure an unseemly sight would it be to see which are at God's right hand for a prince doting upon a beggar, and evermore, can it become you to robes enamoured with rags! How drown yourselves in a deluge of car. much more is it unseemly for you, nal pleasures and sensual delights? who have nothing less than heaven | You that have such a plenty of bread entailed upon you, to be doting and heavenly manna in your father's upon the beggarly vanities of this house; is it not below you to feed lower world ! which certainly all true like the prodigal upon the husks, with
the for prechange your fut
is it fitting
the swine of this world ? You that at the shadow, you lose the substance, hope ere long to trample upon the and exchange your future happiness moon, and to be advanced above the for present misery.-BEVERIDGE. stars themselves, is it fitting for you | But God said unto him, Thou fool, to lie under a clod of earth ? In a this night thy soul shall be required of word : you that expect ere long to be thee.—There is a foolish disposition invested with all the bliss and happi- in the hearts of men to think that ness that a creature is capable of, is they shall ever continue in that state it a comely thing for you, in the mean which they are once in. The proud while, to spend your time in running and wicked man hath said in his heart, after shadows, and in playing with “I shall never be moved, I shall childish gewgaws; in raking in the never be in adversity. God hath fordirt, or treading in the mire ? Is this gotten ; he hideth his face; he will proper work for the heirs of heaven to never see it.” Psalm x. 6–11. And be employed in ? Or is this to "walk David was overtaken with this gross worthy of the vocation wherewith you error, “I said in my prosperity, I are called ? No, surely; and there shall never be moved.” This was the fore so long as you suffer your affec- vain conceit of the fool in the gospel. tions to be bent upon the things be- “ Thou hast much goods laid up for low, you act below yourselves as men, many years, take thine ease, eat, drink, much more as Christians. The things and be merry.” Luke xii. 19. This upon earth can never satisfy your de- ever hath been the language of sires ; for nothing can do that but secure and wicked men; “None evil what is better than yourselves; al can come upon us.” Micah iii. 11. though you may have too much of “I shall have peace, though I walk in them, you can never have enough of the imagination of mine heart,” Deut. them; never so much as to satisfy xxix. 19. “To morrow shall be as your souls, and make you happy. this day, and much more abundant,"
Give me leave to mind you of the Isa. Ivi. 12. If men would but conApostle's sayings, that covetousness sider how easily God can break down is idolatry,” Col. iii. 5; and that all their cobwebs, and sweep away whosoever minds earthly things is a their refuge of lies ; how easily he shame to the gospel, and an enemy to can spoil them of all the provisions of the cross of Christ, Phil. iii. 18—19; their lusts, they would be more fearand then, of consequence, in setting ful of him, and less dote upon things your affections upon them, you thwart that will not profit ; they would take God's intentions in giving of them; heed how they abuse their youth, who gave them not but that you strength, time, and abilities, as if they should improve them for his glory. had a spring of them all within themAnd, therefore, have a care lest your selves, and consider that their good is table become a snare, and your earthly not in their own hand ; that the wealth an occasion of your eternal scythe can get as well through the ruin. Have a care lest in catching | green grass as the dry stubble; that
consuming fire can as well melt the that they are near unto cursing. His hardest metal as the softest wax. judgments are like lightning, and have What is the reason why men in sore wings suddenly to overtake a sinner. extremities make strong resolutions, He requires but a month, nay, but and vow much repentance and amend- a morning, nay but a moment, to conment of life, and yet as soon as they sume his enemies, and bring desolaare off from the rack, return again to tion upon those who said they should their vomit, and wallow in their sit as a lady for ever, and did never wonted lusts, but because their sense remember the latter end. “Though made them feel that then, which if a sinner do evil a hundred times, and they had faith they might still perceive his days be prolonged," namely, by and so still continue in the same good the patience and permission of God, resolutions, namely, that God's hand in whose hands his days are, " yet was near unto them? But what, is it shall be well with them that fear not God a God far off as well as near God.” Eccl. viii. 12–13.—Rey. at hand? Jer. xxiii. 23. Doth not NOLDS. he say of wicked men, that in the And he said unto his disciples, Therefulness of their sufficiency they shall fore I say unto you, take no thought be in straits! Cannot he blast the for your life, &c. See Matthew vi. corn in the blade, in the harvest, in the 19—34, and the Commentary. barn, in the very mouth of the wicked ? Did he not cut off Belshazzar in his
HYMN. cups, and Herod in his robes, and Babylon and Tyrus in their pride, and Haman in his favour, and Jezebel
O happy soul that lives on high
While men lie groveling here, in her paint? Have but faith enough
Whose hopes are fix'd above the sky, to say, I am a man, and therefore no And faith forbids bis fear. human events should be strange unto
His conscience cleans'd from all his sins, me; and even that one consideration
Lore, peace, and joy combine may keep a man from outrage of sin To form a life whose holy springs ning. It may be I have abundance of Are hidden and divine. earthly things, yet am I still but a
No earthly wealth, nor joy, nor throne, gilded potsherd. It may be I have
Is his ambition here; excellent endowments, but I have Content and pleas'd to live unknown them all in an earthen vessel. And
Till Christ his life appear. shall the potsherd strive with the pot
He looks to heaven's eternal hill ter, and provoke him that made it?
To meet that glorious day; This would teach us to fear and trem But patient waits his Saviour's will ble at God's power. Though we look
To fetch his soul away. upon death and judgment as afar off, yet God can make them near when He will; for he hath said, that the damnation of wicked men is swift, and
41 | Then Peter said unto ♡ CXCVII.
him, Lord, speakest thou this CHAP. XII. 35–48.
parable unto us, or even to all?
42 And the Lord said, 'Who We must be ready at a knock to open to then is that faithful and wise our Lord whensoever he cometh. Christ's steward, whom his lord shall ministers are to see to their charge.
make ruler over his houshold, 35 Let your loins be girded to give them their portion of about, and y your lights burn- meat in due season ? ing;
43 Blessed is that servant 36 And ye yourselves like whom his lord when he cometh unto men that wait for their shall find so doing. lord, when he will return from | 44 _Of a truth I say unto the wedding ; that when he you, that he will make him cometh and knocketh, they ruler over all that he hath. may open unto him immediate. 45 ° But and if that servant
say in his heart, My lord delay37 “Blessed are those serv- eth his coming: and shall ants, whom the lord when he begin to beat the men-servants cometh shall find watching :) and maidens, and to eat and verily I say unto you, that he drink, and to be drunken ; shall gird himself, and make 46 The lord of that servant them to sit down to meat, and will come in a day when he will come forth and serve them. looketh not for him, and at an
38 And if he shall come in hour when he is not aware, and the second watch, or come in will 'cut him in sunder, and the third watch, and find them will appoint him his portion so, blessed are those servants. with the unbelievers.
39. And this know, that it 47 And that servant, which the goodman of the house had knew his lord's will, and preknown what hour the thief pared not himself, neither did would come, he would have according to his will, shall be watched, and not have suffered | beaten with many stripes. his house to be broken through. 48 . But he that knew not,
40 °Be ye therefore ready and did commit things worthy also: for the Son of man com- of stripes, shall be beaten with eth at an hour when ye think few stripes. For unto whomnot.
soever much is given of him
shall be much required: and son against the father ; the to whom men have committed mother against the daughter, much, of him they will ask the and the daughter against the more.
mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 | And he said also to See & & LXXVIII. LXXIX. the people, "When ye see a
cloud rise out of the west, Matthew XXIV. 34–51.
straightway ye say, There comand XXV. 1--13. eth a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south
wind blow, ye say, There will $ CXCVIII.
be heat ; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can CHAP XII. 49–59.
discern the face of the sky and Shrist's ministers are to look for per.
of the earth; but how is it secution. The people must take this time that ye do not discern this of grace, because it is a fearful thing to time? die without reconciliation.
57 Yea, and why even of 49 g * I am come to send yourselves judge ye not what fire on the earth; and what is right: will I if it be already kindled?! 58 ° When thou goest
50 But 'I have a baptism with thine adversary to the to be baptized with ; and how magistrate, Pas thou art in the am I 'straitened till it be ac-way, give diligence that thou complished !
mayest be delivered from him; 51 Suppose ye that I am lest he hale thee to the judge, come to give peace on the and the judge deliver thee to earth? I tell you, Nay; 'but the officer, and the officer cast rather division :
thee into prison. 52 m For from henceforth | 59 I tell thee, thou shalt not there shall be five in one house depart thence till th
depart thence till thou bast divided, three against two, and paid the very last mite. two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the