« PreviousContinue »
fear God; and, 'like. Joseph, say how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God. Gen. xxxix, 9. Now this will expel this sin out of the body and soul. At some certain times, I believe, when nothing else perhaps will not. Therefore, let us look to the Bleeding Lamb, and pray
for repentance, mercy, and grace, so that we may be delivered from this great and sore evil before it be too late. Amen.
THE CRUELTY OF THE WICKED.
Om bebold what Satan, disobedience, and sin bath done, and how cruel it bath made the offspring of Adam. Now It appears ibat after the fall, ibat Eve conceived and bore Cain, and said I bave gotten a man from the Lord. But perhaps she was not rightly aware what sin had done, and the sting which it had left in their offspring, and likely sbe thought that he would become their help, support, and joy, and comfort. But, alas! he become their grief, shame, and sorrow, and I say, as I have said in another place, we know not what enemy bangs at the breast of a mother; for we see that after Cain that Eve bare Abel his brotber, and in process of time it came to pass that they brought their offerings unto the Lord, and the Lord had respect unto Abel, and bis offering: but unto Cain, and to bis offering, he had not respect, because his ways was not right in the sight of the Lord. And it appears that this filled his heart with hatred, envy, and malice against his righteous brother. But still, we see what fair conditions the Lord set before Cain concerning his acceptance. But it appears that all would not suffice nor assuage his wroth, and it is said, that Cain talked with Abel, bis brother, and I am ready to think that he talked with him very unreasonable, unfair, and awkward. But again, metbioks that ou ibe other liaud that Abel tasked with bim reasonable, fair, aud right, and with good sense. But it appears that all would not suffice, for we see that with cruel hands and a sinful and malicious heart and spirit, how that he rose up and slow bis righteous brother. A Cair, wish cruil brands, thou didst destroy thy mother's love and faster's joy, and ihe voice of Abel's bluod cried unto the Lord from the ground, for he found no mercy from the hand of his brother upon the marilı. Therefore, it appears that he crieil unto the Lord that he might look upon is, and through Christ low himself tonne the mercies of heaven. But ifihe Lord bail no more mercy on us Iban we sometimes have for one another, I say then if it were so, then we shoubit boe almost destitule of mercy. But bless the Lord it is not so, but his blood speaks belter things than that of Abells. Now, according to our laws, which appear to be just and riglii, I say loy this law, nani's blood seems 10 claim justice. But blesi bellie Lamb of God, for his blood clarins mercy. And availl, ailer Ilie food we see how pride, lust, wickedness, and cruly begun to spring up in the evil heart of man, tur we reait of ile sodomites, and there we see that how lustlul, wickell, and cruel llrey were; for meihinks that they would have deo stroyed Lot with the tivo Angels of Heaven, hai il lain in their power. But by the power of the Loril these bolessed ones smote them wiili blindness, so that they could not hurt their precious souls. And, perhaps, these soorites "never saw no more at all, for it a; pears that in a little 11.se they died by the fire of his vengeance, in misery, groans, and fears. Now, Lot had said to his sous-in-law which married his daughters, uj get ve ont of this place for the Lord will destroy this city; but he se-meil as one that thicked unto his sous-in-law. O!, cow what a lively figure is this of the punishment of the wicked in helt fire; how many there seemeth to be, it is to be lamesitell, who, wheel tliey are forwarded of the lake of fire anel brinsiune, make a mock of it and will not believe it, vill, like the sons-in law of Lot, they come to feel the scorching heat as they divi the burning of Sodom and Gomorralio . Therefore, my readers, These things are left upon record, for vout and fur 11e, for an example that we follow not their sleps; and side here is in this subject sotretling very remarkable, but I must omit. But one thing be ye aware of, and that is, see that ye figlit not against the holy messengers of God. Gen, c. 19. And again, we also read of the cruelty of Pharaolie King of Egypt, who klew not God; and how he commanded the midwives 10 kill the dear infants of Israel as soon ay tbry was delivered from their inother's womb, even in the time of their sharp travail, para aid sorrow. But still the Lorit had mercy upon them, and at fiis good he took away the king's lile. Exod. ii, 23. Aud again, we spe how cruel the Philistines was to put out the eyes of Samsoj), or boreu out his eyes, and bound him with levers of brass; and he did grind in the pi:on house. Judges, avi, 21. Ah, Samson, was not thine heart entived ly a woman, and did not not she deceive thee, and cause thy strength to tail, and brought thee into bondage and shortened by days. But again, we also read that some of the Kings of Israel was very cruel and wicked in their days, even Saul the first King of Israel, for we see and read how that he slew the Priesis of the Lord. At that time when he pursued after Davidd to lake away his litr, for we read and see how that David in the lime of his aistress came to Nob to ile Priest, whose name was Abimelechi and requested some relief, and by David's subtile and fair speech Animebi ch in the integrily of las heari, it appears, supplied his necessary warts, And Saul, David's theny, bearing of it was wroth witin Alimelech, and would 101 har bis cause. But commanded und slew on that day tourscore and tive persons that did hear a lineis ephod. de slew those which he bad 110 CONmand 10 slav, and te spared some of them which the Lord had commanded him to play. See I am. sv. 9. But it appears that Doeg was the informer or postigador to this wicked act, and it appears that David spealis of it in the 52 Poalin. But notwithstanding tliere may be somrihing of ihe just judgment of God in this. See i Sais. ii 29 W31;
But wevertheless it appears that Saul was very crvei and wicked in doing of it, for it is said at be siviu Nob the city of ine priest with the edge of the sword, bolla men and women, children and sucklings, and the dumule animais thereof, sidule he with the edge of the sword. Sam. xxii. 18, 19. But it came to pass, alter this, iar bis owo sword departed not rrow him, tur in the day of barrie he was sore wounded by the archers, and he commanded his armourbearer to slay him, but he would not; therefore. Suu took it sword and fell upon it, and so he ended hix.
days. He was cruel to others, and at last he became cruel to himself. 1 Sam. xxxi. 4. And again, we see that Abab, King of Israel, was very cruel and wicked in his reign, and 80 was Jezebel his wife, for they was so worldly minded and $0 covetous and so cruel that they brougbt in a false accu. sation of blasphemy against Naboth, and took away his life 10 the intent of taking possession of his field. 1 Kings, xxi. 13. But observe, my brethren, it was in the days of old as it is now, that is to say, sometimes we see in this life that the innocent are condemned and loose their lives, and the guilty go free. But this denotes that there is a judgment day to be, and the Lord by the mouth of Elijah denounceth judgment against Abab and Jezebel his wife, and this was their end in this life. Abab was wounded in the battle and he died, and the dogs licked up bis blood, Kings, xxii, 88, And Jezebel, Ahab's wife was thrown down out of a window and the dngs eat up her flesh. 2 Kings, ix, 33, 34, 35. According to the word of the Lord wbich he spake by Elijah the Prophet. 1 Kings, xxi, 23, 24. See my little Book called “The Power of God against the Wicked.” And we see and read that many of the Kings of Israel and Judah were very wicked and cruel in their days, such as Manasseh, and many more, and see how this grieved the spirit of the holy one. But many a time was the Lord mer ciful unto them and to save them out of the hands of their enemies, and would not stir up all his wrath. O how many times he sent unto them his messengers of love because he had compassion upon his people, and on his dwelling place. But they mocked ihe messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets until the wrath of the Lord arose against bis people till there was no remedy. 2 Chron, xxxvi, 16. And the City of Jerusalem was besieged until there was uo bread, and the city was broken up and the King of Babylon took the city and burned it with fire, and he was so cruel that he took the King Zedekiah and his sons, and they slew the sops of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with feiters of brass, and carried him to Babylon, 2 Kings, xxv, 7. See Jer. xxxix, 6. But again, we see how that the King of Babylon had the mastery of the children of Israel, and carried them away captive, but not becanse he was righteous,
but because they was wicked, therefore the Lord delivered them into his hands. And we read also in the Book of Daniel of his idolatry, pride, and cruelty. For it is said, that he made an image of gold, whose heighth was threes score cubirs and the breadth thereof six cubits, and tre commanded that all his people, nations & lauganges, should fall down and worship bis image which he had made, and, being so full of pride and cruelty, commanded that those that worshiped it uot, should ihe same hour be cast iuto the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Dan. iii, 6. And at that time the Children of Israel was in bondage as it were, and iay under his mercy as he thought, but at the same time there was, as it appears, a few righteous souls among them, of whom was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedi vego, and i bese wen, it is said, regarded not the king's decree, they served not bis Gods, nor worshipped his golden image, which he had set up? Dan iii, 12. Then the king to shew his pride and power was so cruel that he con manded that they should heat the furnace one seveo times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shad. rach, Meshach, aud Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then ihese men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning titry furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and furnace exceeding hot, the fame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down hound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. v. 23. But the Lord was with them there, and delivered their righteous souls, so that they received no hurt, v. 27. And it appears to me that Nebuchadnezzar the King would have made something like a hell for the righteous, but hell itself was
sever made for the righteous, neither sball they endure it although the earth may be set on fire. 2 Peter, iii, 10, 12. for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers. But it is irue, I suppose, that some have been burnt at the stake, and that for the cause of holy religion. But surely this was suffered of God, and that to be for some wise put.