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I His March.
Thou didft march through the land in indignation ; which teach-

That in all wars God is Lord of Hosts, and generall of all Dott. the Armies teat fight in his quarrel.

This was assured to foshua by a Vision, for It came to passe when Jolhua was by Jericho, that he lifted sep his Jolhos.13. eyes and looked, and behuld there stood a man over against him, with his Sword drawn in his hand, und Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, art thou for usor for our adversaries ?

And he said nay : but as a Captaine of the boast of the Lord am I
now come, and Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship.

This must be God that appeared to him by this Angel : and
it is the same Angel which God before promised.
Behold, I send an Angell before thee to keep thee in the way ,

to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Beware of him, and obey his voice, and provoke him not ; for ke
will not pardon

your transgressions : for my name is in him.
This Angel must needs be the same, who is after called the
Mefiub, or anointed in the next verse, and both the power
that was given him of God to protect, and to pardon, and the
charge that was given to the people not to offend him, and the
worship which Foshua did give him, and the name which God
said was in him, prove him to be Jesus Chrift.

All serves to prove that God was the leader of these wars,
as here is said. Thou didft march through the Land.

And God doth take it upon himself. I the Lord do all these things.

The reason is, because war is one of the rods of God, wherewith he doth scourge the finnes of men. For chus, faith the Lord God.

How much mure when I send my four great judgments upon Jeru-
salem: the first of them is the word.

Who can manage the judgments of God but himself, and 21.
therefore when wicked persons are imployed by him to punish
finners by the sword, be confefsech, the service done to him
as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babel againf Tyrus.


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Ezek.14. I have given bim the Land of Egypt, for the labour wherewith Virica". be served againft Tyrus: becanise they wrought for me, faith the


God ordereth all wars, for wars, as I have said, is one of Gods own rods, and none can manage them without him, fo all wars, as they are from him, are just wars.

But they may be unjust in respect of them that commence and profecute them.

The point then here taught is, that in all wars which are just in respect of God who smitech them, God is the leader, and the protector of his armies, who giveth them both strength to fight and victory in battail.

These were Gods wars by which Ifrael was setled in the land of Canaan, and they were the wars of God, by which

Ifrael was fed away captive into Babel. you heard God him-
Hab.!.6. self say so. For, lo, I raise up the Chuldaans that bitter and

hafty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to
polless the dwelling places that are not theirs.

God was he that marched through the land then in indig-

This teacherh us wherefoever we see the sword of God use.

abroad in the world to smite, to confeffe it to be Gods foare
judgment, without whom no man could draw a sword, or

lift up his arme in the world, Nate.

God brought in his Ifrael. by the sword, and by the
sword he carrieth them out of Canaan, the hand of the Lord
is in both.
Therefore, whatsoever preparations of war,

Gods servants
do make to hold or to recover their own right, to relieve the
distresses of others, or to suppresse the injuries of opprel-
sours, they must commit their cause to the Lord

and seek their strength from him, and depend on him for their .:. fuccefle.

t-Bur as God isthe author and manager of all wars, so is he
the specialk prorectonriofithofe that he hath separated from
the be bis Church and peculiar people, as in the story
of Israels paffage you have heard... weiter

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In this war, God did march before his Israel against the inhabitants of Canaan, and cast the fear of thein upon them all.

This is a great advantage in all wars, to have Cod on their sides, for as David faith, if the Lord had not been on our sides when men rose up against us, they had swallowed us ap, dc.

Then is God a speciall prote&our, when he directeth his war to the good of them whom he protecteth, and marcheth in fury against their enemies.

And thus it was with Israel when they took pofseflion of Canaan, as you have heard. For they gate not the Land in pos- 1941:44. : session, by their own arm, neither did their own arm Save them, but thy right band and thine arme, &c.

The distressed have a speciall warrant to call upon God, and it was the voice of the Church, when the Arke removed to say, Exurgat Deus dislipentur inimici ejus: let God arife, and let his enemies be scattered.

God is mercifull to our land, and Church, that we yet live in peace, it is full of comfort, when God marcheth before his Church in their wars, but it is much more happineffe when he biddeth us go to our chambers, and shut the door after

us, and tarry a while till the storm of troubles over-blow.

But then it is most joyous, hen he giveth peace within our walls, and plenty within our palaces.

Thus have we lived hitherto by the favour of the God of peace, and it shal do well that we do lay this example to heart: For the same God that marched before Israel to plant them in, doth now march before the Chaldæans to caft them out, he that fought for them to give them their land, now fighčeth against them tocarry them captives out of the Land.

It is the indignation of God that maketh this change, and it is their sin that thus provokech him.

Yet they look back in their captivity and comfort them selves with the remembrance of Gods former protection.

Sinhath made this change : are we more in the favour of
God then Israel was, or have we sinned lefse then they did that
their evils should not come on us.
Surely the sins of our land, are both many and hainous,




the double edge of the word which is drawn and used against them, doth not draw bloud.

Neill us fequitur di vulacre Sanguis, The course that is taken for reformation is preposterous, for men look without themselves, and complaine of the faults of others, and would faine amend their brethren, but the right way is: Let every one strive and labou: to amend one.

And all that lay, Let not chis evill come upon us ; not the sword, not the pestilence, not famine : let them be cender that no evill come out of them, for our sins are they which part God and which maketh him that set us up, cast us down.

2 His conquest. This is exprest in divers phrases, to declare. it fierce and violent.

Thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
2 Thou woundest the head out of the house of the wicked.
3 Discovering the foundation to the neck.

All look one way to describe God in his indignation, how he layes about him, and they teach us, that is

It is a fearfull tbing to fall into the hands of the living God; for he is known by executing judgement, and the heathen are punished in bis sight.

True, that he is patient, and long-suffering, even toward the heathen that know not God; long did the cursed feed of Cham pofleft the land of Canaan, and God deferred their punishment to the fourth generation, himself giveth the reason of it.

For the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. GC 15.16. There be fix signs of ensuing judgment, and where they are

found, what iemaineth but a fearfull expectation of the fierce Wrath of God?

1 The qualitie of the fins committed, if they be of those crying finnes which do immediately impeach the glorious Majesty of God : such as are superstition and Idolatry, which do give the glory of God to creatures,Blasphemy, breach of Gods Sabbath.

Or such as violate humane society, fins against nature, asin the Sodomites, fins of bloud,as in the old world, sins of oppref

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fion, bribery, extortion, corruption of justice and such like.

These things do put Almighty God so to it, that he saith, How shal I pardon thee for these things?

Jer.5.7 Shall I'nıt visit for these things saith the Lord, shall not my V1.9. Soul be' avenged on such a Nation as this ?***

The fields look yellow,as Christ saith, for the harvest , and call for the sickle of Gods vengeance to cut them down.

2 The spreading and extent of fins, when it hath corrupted the most, as in the old world, God said to Noah, I hee inely have I found righteous before me in this age.

And in Sodome not ten righteous to be found, and in feruSalem God said,

Run too and fro through the ftreets of Jerusalem, and see now and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgement, that seeketh truth,and I will pardon it. The Prophecdid go the circuit.

He searched amongst mean men, and he found them foolish and ignorant : he gate him amongst the great ones , and he found them such as had broken the yoak.

When sin once covereth the face of the earth, and is grown like a generall pestilence infecting the greatest part, Moses, Job, Samuel and Daniel may pray and have no audience.

3 The impudencie and boldnesse of sin when men are not ashamed of their evils that they commit to cover and conceal them to do them in the dark, but brave the Sun with them : as Absolon defiled the Concubines of David in the light of the Sun, and before all Ifrael. It is Gods complaint of his peo: ple.

The new of of their countenance doth witnesse against them, and Jer.3 9. they declare their fin as Sodome and they hide it not. And again,

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination ; nay, Je1.6.15. they were not at all ashamed, neither could they bluso.

Thou hast an Harluts forehead, thou refusest to be ashamed.

4 Oftentation of fin, when men do make their boast there- 'cr.3.3. of why boasteft thow.thyself in mischief?

Upon which words, Saint Augustine faith, Gloria malignitatis, gloria eft malorum.

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