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occasions barrenness and famine? Or, is it | They treat those as weak-headed, whom the some new malediction, supernaturally denounc visitations of Heaven prompt to self-examinaed by him who renders nature fruitful in her tion, who recognise the hand of God, and who ordinary course? Is it the exhalations froin endeavour to penetrate his designs in the afflicthe earth which empoison the air; or, are lions of mankind. More occupied with Pilate there some pernicious qualities formed in the than with him whose counsel bas determined air which empoison the earth? By what secret the conduct of Pilate; more occupied with poliof nature, or phenomenon of the Creator, does tics, and more attentive to nature, than to the the contagion pass with the velocity of light-God of nature, they refer all to second causes, ning from one clime to another, bearing on the they regard nature and politics as the universal wings of the wind the infectious breath of one divinities, and the arbitrators of all events. people to another? The statesman admires This is what we call a spirit of blindness. And here the catastrophes of states, and the vicissi- as nothing can be more opposite to the design tudes of society. He admires how the lot of of this text, and the object of this discourse, war in an instant raises him who was low, and we ought to attack it with all our power, and abases him who was high. He sees troops demonstrate another truth supposed by Jesus trained with labour, levied with difficulty, and Christ in the text, not only that God is the formed with fatigue; he sees them destroyed by author of all calainities, but that in sending a battle in an hour; and what is more awful still, them, he correctly determines their end. This he sees them wasted by disease without being shall appear by a few plain propositions. able to sell their lives, or to dip their hands in Proposition first. Either nature is nothing, or the enemies' blood. The dying man sees, in it is the assemblage of the beings God has crethe calamities of others, the image of his own ated; either the effects of wature are nothing, danger. He sees death armed at all points, or they are the products and effects of the laws “and him that hath the power of death”* mov- by which God has arranged, and by which he ing at his command the winds, the waves, the governs beings; consequently, whatever we call tempests, the pestilence, the famine and war. natural effects, and the result of second causes, The Christian here extending his views, sees are the work of God, and the effects of his eshow terrible it is “to fall into the hands of the tablished laws. This proposition is indisputaliving God.”+ He adores that Providence ble. One must be an Atheist, or an Epicurean, which directs all events, and without whose to revoke it in doubt. For instance, when you permission a hair cannot fall from the head: say that an earthquake is a natural effect, and he sees in these calamities messengers of the that it proceeds from a second cause: do you God “who makes flaines of tire his angels, and know that there are under our feet subterrawinds his ministers."| He“ hears the rod, and nean caverns, that those caverns are filled with who hath appointed it."'$ Fearing to receive combustible matter, that those substances igthe same visitations, he prepares to meet his nite by friction,* expand, and overturn whatGod." He “enters his closet, and hides ever obstructs their passage? Here is a natural himself till the indignation be overpast.” He effect; here is a second cause. But I ask; who saves himself" before the decree bring forth."I has created this earth? Who has formed those He cries as Israel once cried, “Wherewith creatures susceptible of ignition? Who has esshall I come before the Lord, and bow myself tablished the laws of expansive force? You before the high God?"** Such are the variety must here confess, that either God, or chance of reflections and of emotions which the calami- is the author. If you say chance, atheism is ties of Providence excites in an enlightened then on the throne; Epicurus triumphs; the mind. Truths which we proceed to develop, fortuitous concourse of atoms is established. and which we znünerate here solely to demon- If you say God, our proposition is proved, and strate the stupidity of this first disposition, and sufficiently so; for those that attack us here, are to oppose it by a spirit of recollection and seri- not Atheists and Epicureans; hence, in refuting ousness implied in our Saviour's answer, and them, it is quite sufficient to prove, that their which he was wishful to excite in us.
principle tends to the Epicurean and the athe2. We have marked, in the second place, a istical system. spirit of blindness, and our wish to oppose it by Proposition second. God, in forming his an enlightened and well-informed disposition. various works, and in the arrangement of his When we speak of those who have a spirit of laws, knew every possible effect which could blindness, we do not mean men of contracted result from them. If you do not admit this minds, who having received it from nature, principle, you have no notion of the perfect are incapable of reflection; men who think Being; an infinity of events might happen in merely to adopt phantoms, and who talk merely the world independent of his pleasure; he would to maintain absurdities. We attack those wit- daily learn; he would grow wiser with age; and lings who pique themselves on a superiority, become learned by experience! These are prinwho, under a pretence of emancipating the mind ciples which destroy themselves, and combine from error and prejudice, and of rising above I by their contradiction to establish our second the vulgar, so immerse themselves in error and proposition, that God, in creating his works, prejudice, as to sink belmo the vulgar. Persons and in prescribing the laws of motion, was apwho have knowledge indeed; but "professing prised of every possible effect. themselves to be wise, they became fools;"f1
* This was the received opinion in our author's time; and are so much the more blind, to speak as
but modern observations attest that great masses of sulthe Scripture, “ because they say, we see.”It phureous coals thrown on heaps kindle spontaneously by
So on the falling of the * Heb. ii. 14.
Heb. i. 7. alum shell of Boulby cliffs, the rain and air caused the Mic. vi. 9. || Amos iv. 12. Zeph. ii. mass to ignite. Sec Sutcliffe's Geological Essays: ani Mic. vi. 6. tt Rom. i. 2 # John ix. 41. | Hist. of Whitby
the accession of air and rain.
+ Heb. x. 31.
Proposition third. God, foreseeing all those 3. Men regard with a spirit of severity and effects, has approved of them, and determined of preference, the judgments which God ineach to an appropriate end. It is assortable to ficts on others; but Jesus Christ was wishful to the nature of a wise Being to do nothing but excite in them a disposition of tenderness and what is consonant to wisdom, nothing but what humiliation; he apprises them, that the most is connected with some design; and to make afflicted are not always the most guilty. So is this the distinguishing characteristic of the the import of these expressions, “ Suppose ye smallest, as well as of the greatest works. The that these Galileans were sinners above all the wisest of men are unable to follow this law, Galileans. Suppose ye that those eighteen on because circumscribed in knowledge, their at- whom the tower of Siloam fell, and killed, tention is confined to a narrow sphere of ob- were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerujects. If a prince, wishful to make his sub- salem? I tell you, nay." jects happy, should endeavour to enter into all The Jews had much need of this caution. the minutiæ of his kingdom, he could not at- Many of them regarded all the calamities of tend to the main design; and his measures life, as the punishment of some sin committed would tend to retard his purpose. But God, by the afflicted. The mortifying comforts of whose mind is infinite, who comprises in the Job's friends, and all the rash judgments they immense circle of his knowledge an infinity of formed of his case, were founded upon this ideas without confusion, is directed by his wise principle: you find likewise some of our Sadom to propose the best design in all his works. viour's disciples, on seeing a man born blind, Consequently the works of nature which he asking this question: “ Lord, who did sin, this has created, and the effects of nature which man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" he has foreseen, all enter into his eternal coun- John ix. 2. How could they conceive that a sels, and receive their destination. Hence, to man, blind from his birth, could have commitrefer events to second causes, not recognising ted a crime to superinduce the calamity? This the designated visitations of Providence by the corresponds with our assertion: they were perplague, by war, and famine; and under a pre- suaded that all calamities were the result of sumption, that these proceed froni the general some crime; and even in this life, that the laws of nature, not perceiving the Author and most calamitous were the most culpable; and Lord of nature, is to have a spirit of blindness. they even preferred the supposition of sins
Moreover, all these arguments, suggested committed in a pre-existent state, to the ideas by sound reason, are established in the clearest of visitations not preceded by crime. They and most indisputable manner in the Scrip- admitted, for the most part, the doctrine of tures, to which all wise men should have re- metempsychosis, and supposed the punishments course to direct their judgment. Does Joseph sustained in one body, were the result of sins arrive in Egypt, after being sold by his bre committed in other bodies. This sentiment thren? It was God that sent him thither, ac- the Jews of Alexandria had communicated to cording to his own testimony, Gen. xlv. 5. their brethren in Judea: but we suppress, on “Be not grieved nor angry with yourselves, this head, a long detail of proofs from Philo, that ye sold me hither, for God did send me Josephus, and others. They had also another before you to preserve life." Do Kings arrange notion, that children might have criminal their counsels “Their heart is in the hands thoughts while slumbering in the womb. It is of God: he turneth them as the rivers of wa- probable that those who, in the text, reported ter," Prov. xxi. ). Does Assyria afflict Israel? to Jesus Christ the unhappy end of the Gali“He is the rod of God's anger," Isa. x. 5. leans, were initiated into this opinion. This is Do Herod and Pilate persecute Jesus Christ the spirit of severity and of preference by They do that which God had previously“ de- which we regard the calamities of others. termined in counsel,” Acts iv. 27. Does a | This is what the Lord attacks: “ Suppose ye hair fall from our head? It is not without the that those eighteen on whom the tower in Šipermission of God, Luke xii. 7. If you re-loam fell, were sinners above all that dwelt in quire particular proof that God has designs in Jerusalern? I tell you, nay: but except ye rechastisements, and not only with regard to the pent ye shall all likewise perish.” chastised but to those also in whose presence This is the inost afflicted man in all the they are chastised, you have but to remember earth; therefore he is more wicked than anothe words at the opening of this discourse; “Ither who enjoys a thousand comforts. What have cut off all nations, I have made their tow- a pitiful argument! ers desolate, and said, Surely thou shalt receive To reason in this way is to "limit the Holy instruction;" you have but to recollect the One of Israel,” Ps. Ixxviii. 41; and not to rewords of Ezekiel, “ As I live, saith the Lord, cognise the diversity of designs an infinite Insurely because thou hast defiled my sanctuary telligence may propose in the visitations of with thy detestable things, a third part of you mankind. Sometimes he is wishful to prove shall die with the pestilence, and another part them: “Now I know that thou lovest me, of you shall fall by the sword, and a third part seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine shall be scattered: and thou shalt be a reproach, only son," Gen. xxii. 12. Sometimes he deand a taunt, and an instruction,” Ezek. v. signs to be glorified by their deliverance. Thus 11-15. Pay attention to this word, “ an in- the opening of the eyes of the man born blind struction.” My brethren, God has therefore was designated, to make manifest “the works designs, when he afflicts other men before our of God;" and the sickness of Lazarus was “to eyes; and designs in regard to us; he proposes glorify the Son of God.” Sometimes he proour instruction. Hence his visitations must be
• Philo on the Giants; and on Dreams; Joseph. Wan regarded with an enlightened mind. Tor the Jews, book ii. cap. 12.
poses to make their faith conspicuous; this was ized his assertions; and would to God that ours, the end of Job's affliction.
compared with the multitude of victims which To reason in this way, is to revolt against this day cover the earth, might not suggest the experience, and to prefer the worst of sinners same reflection? “Suppose ye that these Galito the best of saints. Herod who is on the leans were sinners above all the Galileans? throne, to Jesus Christ who is driven to exile; Suppose ye that those eighteen were sinners Nero who sways the world, lo St. Paul who is above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?” reckoned “the filth and offscouring of the Do you suppose that those whose dead bodies earth."
are now strewed over Europe? Do you supTo reason in this way, is to disallow the tur-pose that the people assailed with famine, and pitude of crime. If God sometimes defer to those exempt from famine, but menaced with punish it on earth, it is because the punish- the plague and pestilence, are greater sinners inents of this life are inadequate to the enor- than the rest of the world?" "I tell you, nay." mity of sin.
IV. Lastly: mankind regard the judgments To reason in this way, is to be inattentive which God obviously inflicts on others with an to the final judgment which God is preparing. obdurate disposition; but Jesus Christ is wishIf this life were eternal; if this were our prin- ful to reclaim them by a spirit of reformation cipal period of existence, the argument would and repentance. This is the design of his inhave some colour. But if there be a life after ference, which is twice repeated; Except ye death; if this be but a shadow which vanishes repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” away; if there be a precise time when virtue One of the designs God proposed in perinitshall be recompensed, and vice punished, ting the cruelty of Pilate to those Galileans, which we cannot dispute without subverting and the fall of the tower of Siloam on eighthe principles of religion, and of reason, then teen of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, was to this conjecture is unfounded.
give others an idea of the punishment which To reason in this way, is to be ignorant of awaited themselves, in case they should persist the value of afflictions. They are one of the in sin, and thereby of exciting them to repentmost fertile sources of virtue, and the most ance. He has now the same designs in regard successful means of inducing us to comply to us, while afflicting Europe before our eyes. with the design of the gospel. If the calami That this was his design with regard to the ties which mortals suffer in this life were al Jews, we have a proof beyond all exception, lowed to form a prejudice, it should rather be and that proof is experience. The sentence in favour of God's love, than of his anger: and pronounced against that unhappy nation; “Exinstead of saying, this man being afflicted, he cept ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish," is consequently more guilty than he who is not was literally executed, and in detail. Yes, afflicted, we should rather say, this man hav- literally did the Jewish nation perish as the ing no affliction, is, in fact, a greater sinner Galileans, whose blood Pilate mingled with than the other who is afflicted.
their sacrifices, and as the others on whom the In general, there are few wicked men to tower of Siloam fell. whom the best of saints, in a comparative view, Read what happened under Archelaus, on have the right of preference. In the life of the day of the passover. The people were asa criminal, you know at most but a certain sembled from all parts, and thought of nothing number of his crimes; but you see an infinite but of offering their sacrifices. Archelaus surnumber in your own. Comparing yourselves rounded Jerusalem, placed his cavalry without with an assassin about to be broken on the the city, caused his infantry to enter, and to wheel, you would no doubt find a preference defile the temple with the blood of three thouin this point. But extend your thoughts; re- / sand persons. view the history of your life; investigate your Read the sanguinary conduct of those cruel heart; examine those vain thoughts, those irre- assassins, who in open day, and during their gular desires, those secret practices, of which most solemn festival in particular, caused the God alone is witness; and then judge of vice effects of their fury to be felt, and iningled huand virtue, not by the notions that men form man gore with that of the animals slain in the of them, but by the portrait exhibited in God's temple. law; consider that anger, envy, pride and Read the furious battle fought by the zealcalumny, carried to a certain degree, are more ots in the same temple, where without fear of odious in the eyes of God, than those noto- defiling the sanctity of religion, to use the exrious crimes punished by human justice; and pression of the Jewish historian, “they defiled on investigating the life of a criminal, you will the sacred place with their impure blood.”+ be obliged to confess that there is nothing Read the pathetic description of the same more revolting than what is found in your own. historian concerning the factions who held
Besides, a good man is so impressed with his their sittings in the temple. “Their revenge," own faults, that the sentiment extenuates in he says, "extended to the altar; they massahis estimation the defects of others. This was cred the priests with those that offered sacrithe sentiment of St. Paul: “I am the chief of fices. Men who came from the extremities of sinners; but I obtained mercy.” This was his the earth to worship God in his holy place, fell injunction; “In lowliness of mind, let each down slain with their victims, and sprinkled esteem another better than himself,” Phil. ii. 5; their blood on the altar, revered, not only by 1 Tim. i. 13. But is this avowal founded on the Greeks, but by the most barbarous nations. fact? Is the maxim practicable? It is, my The blood was seen to flow as rivers; and the brethren, in the sense we have just laid down. But the Jews, whom our Saviour addressed,
* Joseph. Antiq. lib. xvii. cap. 11. had no need of those solutions: their lives real
† Joseph. Wars of the Jews, book iv. chap. 14.
dead bodies, not only of natives, but of stran- , awful. But now God does not propose; he ingers, filled this holy place.”
ficts them. He does not propose any one of Read the whole history of that siege, ren- three; he inflicts the whole at once. On what dered for ever memorable by the multitude of side can you cast your regards, and not be preits calamities. See Jerusalem swimming with sented with the like objects To what voice blood, and entombed in its own ashes. Mark can you hearken which does not say, “Except how it was besieged, precisely at the time of ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish?” Hear their most solemn festival, when the Jews were the people whose unhappy countries have for assembled from all parts of the world to cele- many years become the theatre of war; who brate their passover. See how the blood of hear of nothing " but wars and rumours of eleven hundred thousand persons was mingled wars," who see their harvest cut down before with their sacrifices, and justified the expres- it is ripe, and the hopes of the year dissipated sion in the text, “Suppose ye that these Gali- in a moment. These are instructive examleans were more culpable? I tell you, nay; but ples; these are loud calls, which say, “Except except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Hear See how the walls of Jerusalem, in the same those people over whose heads the heavens are siege, sapped by the Roman ram, and by as brass, and under whose feet the earth is a thousand engines of war, fell down and bu- as iron, who are consumed by scarcity and ried the citizens in their ruins, literally accom- drought: these are instructive examples; these plishing this other part of the prophecy; “Sup- are loud calls which say, "except yo repent, pose ye, that those eighteen on whom the tow- ye shall all likewise perish.” Hear those peoer of Siloam fell, were sinners above all that ple among whom death enters with the air dwelt in Jerusalem; I tell you, nay; but except they breathe, who see fall down before their ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." eyes, here an infint, and there a husband, and
God has the same designs in regard to us, I who expect every moment to follow them. while afflicting Europe before our eyes. This | These are awful examples; these are loud is the point at which we must now stop. We calls, which say, “Except ye repent, ye shall must leave the Jews, from whom the means all likewise perish.” Thus our first parallel is of conversion were ultimately removed, to pro- correct; we, like the Jews, have seen examples fit by their awful example; and especially, from of the divine vengeance. the consideration of their impenitency, to derive 2. We, like the Jews, are still spared; and the most serious motives for our own conversion. whatever part we may have hitherto had in CONCLUSION.
the calamities of Europe, thank God, we have There is then so perfect a conformity be-thers, and given us refuge under his wings.”
not fallen. “He has covered us with his featween us, my brethren, and those who came to report to Jesus Christ the calamity of the We have not been struck with “ terror by poor Galileans, that one must be wilfully blind night,” nor with “the arrow that flieth by not to perceive ... 1. The Jews had just seen
day,” nor with "the pestilence that walketh in
" with the destruction that examples of the divine vengeance, and we also
darkness," nor, have lately seen them. 2. "The Jews had been wasteth at noon-day. A thousand have fallen spared, and we also are spared. 3. The Jews at our side, and ten thousand on our right were likewise as great offenders as those hand; but the destruction has not come nigh that had fallen under the strokes of God; and or fasting have ever been alleviated with
to us,” Ps. xci. 4—7. Our days of mourning and we are as great offenders as those that now suffer before our eyes.
4. The Jews joy; and this discourse which recalls so many were taught by Jesus Christ what disposition gloomy thoughts, excites recollections of comof niind they should in future assume; and we
fort. The prayers addressed to Heaven for so are equally instructed. 5. Those Jews har many unhappy mortals precipitated to peril, dened their hearts against his warning, and are enlivened with the voice of praise, inaswere ultimately destroyed; (O God, avert this much as we are still exempt from the scourge. awful augur!) we harden our hearts in like with joy and with grief at the same instant;
weep between the porch and the altar, manner, and we shall experience the same lot, with grief, froin a conviction that our sins if we continue in the same state. 1. We ourselves, like the Jews who were
have excited the anger of God against Europe; present at that bloody scene, have seen exam- tended to us; and if we say, with a contrite
with joy because his fury has not as yet exples of the divine vengeance. Europe is now an instructive theatre, and bespangled with heart," O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto tragic scenes. The destroying angel, armed thee; but unto us confusion of face: "o Lord, with the awful sword of celestial vengeance, Lord, pardon the iniquity of tliy people,” we
enter not into judgment with thy servants: 0 goes forth on our right hand, and on our left, shall' make these walls resound with our distinguishing his route by carnage and horror. “The sword of the Lord intoxicated with thanksgiving. We shall say with Hezekiah, blood,” Jer. xlvii. 6, refuses to return to its
“ A great bitterness is come upon me, but thou scabbard, and seems wishful to make the whole hast in love to my soul delivered it from the earth a vast sepulchre. Our Europe has often pit of corruption.” We shall say, with the been visited with severe strokes; but I know prophet Jonah, “ Thy billows and thy waves not whether history records a period in which of thy sight; yet I will look again towards thy
have passed over me; then I said I am cast out they were so severe, and so general. once proposed to David a terrible choice of holy temple; and with Jeremiah, “It is of the pestilence, of war, or of famine. The best was because bis compassions fail not: they are new
Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, and * Joseph. Wars of the Jews, book v. every morning." Our second parallel is there
fore correct; we like the Jews, are still spared. I if these walls which surround us were about Dan. ix. 7; Joel ii. 17; Isa. xxxviii. 17; Jonah to fall, and to make us like the eighteen on ii. 3; Lam. iii. 22, 23.
whom the tower in Siloam fell? And what would 3. Like the Jews, we are not less guilty our situation be, if the curses on those ancient than those who fall before our eyes under the people, and which are this day accomplished judgments of God. What a revolting propo- in so many parts of Europe, should fall upon sition, you will say? What! the men whose us? “The Lord shall make the pestilence hands were so often dipped in the most inno- cleave unto thee, until he consume thee from cent blood, the men who used their utmost ef- off the land. The heaven that is over thy forts to extinguish the lamp of truth, the men head shall be brass, and the earth that is under who are rendered for ever infamous by the thee shall be iron. The Lord shall cause thee death of so many martyrs, are they to be com to be smitten before thine enemies. And bepared to us! Can we say of their calamities, cause thou servedst not the Lord thy God with what the Lord said to the Jews concerning joyfulness and with gladness of heart, thou the calamities named in the text, “ Think ye shalt serve in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, that these Galileans were sinners above all and in want, an enemy which shall put a yoke Galileans' Think ye that those eighteen on upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. whom the tower in Siloam fell, were sinners And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, above all that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters nay." We would wish you, my brethren, to which the Lord thy God shall give thee," have as much patience in attending to the pa- Deut. xxviii. 21. 23. 25. 47, 48. 53. rallel, as we have had ground for drawing it. My brethren, let us not contend with God, Who then, in your opinion, is the greater sin- let us not arm ourselves with an infatuated ner, he who opposes a religion he believes to fortitude. Instead of braving the justice of be bad, or he who gives himself no sort of God, let us endeavour to appease it, by a concern to cherish and extend a religion he speedy recourse to his mercy, and by a genuine believes to be good? He, who for the sake of change of conduct. his religion sacrifices the goods, the liberty, and This is the duty imposed on this nation; this the lives of those that oppose it, or he who sa is the work of all the faithful assembled here. crifices his religion to human hopes, to a sordid | But perinit me to say it, with all the respect interest, and to a prudence purely worldly? of a subject who addresses his masters, and, at He who enters with a lever and a hatchet into the same time, with all the frankness of a mihouses he believes profane, or he who feels but nister of the gospel who addresses the subjects languor and indifference when called upon to of the King of kings, this is peculiarly your revive the ashes he accounts holy, and to raise work, high and mighty lords of ihese provinces, the foundations he believes sacred? A glance fathers of this people. In vain do you adopt on the third parallel is, I presume, sufficient to the measures of prudence to avert the calamiinduce you to acknowledge its propriety. ties with which we are threatened, unless you
Amid so many dissipations, and this is the endeavour to purge the city of God of the fourth point of similarity, Jesus Christ still crimes which attract them. The languishing teaches us the same lessons he once taught the church extends to you her arms. The minisJews. He renders us attentive to Providence. try, rendered useless by the profligacy of the He proves that we are concerned in those age, has need of your influence to maintain it
He opens our eyes to the war, the self, and to be exercised with success; to put a pestilence, and famine, by which we are me period to the horrible profanation of the sabnaced. He exhibits the example of the multi- bath, which has so long and so justly become tude who fall under those calamities. He says, our reproach; to suppress those scandalous “surely thou shalt receive instruction.” He publications which are ushered with insolence, avers that the same lot awaits us. He speaks, and by which are erected before your eyes, he presses, he urges. “He hews us by his with impunity, a system of atheism and irreliprophets, and slays us by his word,” to use an gion; to punish the blasphemers; and thus to expression of Hosea, vi. 5. To all these traits, revive the enlightened laws of Constantine and our situation perfectly coincides. What then 'Theodosius. can obstruct our application of the latter, “ Ex Is in this manner, we shall correspond with cept ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” the designs of God in the present chastise
And shall events so bloody leave no impres- ments of men, he will continue to protect and sion on your mind? “Ye shall all likewise defend us. He will dissipate the tempests perish?” What would your situation be, if ready to burst on our heads. He will confirm this prophecy were about to be acccomplished to us the truth of that promise he once made If our lot were about to be like that of the to the Jews by the ininistry of Jeremiah; “ At Galileans? If on a fast-day, a sacramental what instant I shall speak concerning a nation day, a day in which our people hold an extra -to pull down and to destroy it-If that naordinary assembly, a cruel and ferocious sol- tion turn from their evil, I will repent of the diery, with rage in their hearts, with fury in evil I thought to do unto them,” xviji. 7, 8. their eyes, and murderous weapons in their In a word, after having rendered our own life hands, should rush and confound our devotion happy, and society tranquil, he will exalt us with carnage, sacrificing the father before the above all clouds and tempests, to those happier eyes of the son, and the son before the eyes of regions, where there shall be "no more sorthe father, and make this church swim with row, nor crying, nor pain;" and where "all the blood of the worshippers? What would tears shall be for ever wiped from our eyes." your situation be, if the foundations of this Rev. vii. 17; xxi. 4. God grant us the grace: church were about to be shook under our feet, I to whom be honour and glory for ever. Amon.