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work of Gods hand, and let us commend our selves to his fatherly love

Prayer is fidelis nuncius, a faithfull messenger, we may dipatch away this messenger from Babylon, from the Lions' den, from the belly of the whale, from the fiery furnace of heaven, and it will do our errand to God faithfully and effe&ually.

It iş St. Augustines comfort. Cum videris non à te amotum in Pfalos. deprecationem tuam securus efto,quia non eft amta misrecordia ejus.

2 Petition. In the midst of the years make known. That is in the mean time,whilst thy Church is in captivity,reveal to the thy gracious purpose of restoring& avenging them.

The true comfort in affli&ions groweth out of a right uni- Doctr. derstanding of the will and purpole of God therein, that is, that he beareth a constant love to his Church, however he punish them.

1. This maketh them able to bear afli&ion, when we see Reaf. I. that God maketh a way to escape, as you heard

from St. Paul. And this is very cleer in this people, for God made known 13. tothem his purpose concerning their bondage in Ægypt, his will vyas thus revealed to Abraham. Know that thy Jeed of a Gen.15.13 Surety shall be a stranger it a Land that is not theirs, and shall Serve them, and they shall. affli&t them four hundred Years

. And also that natdon whom they shall serve, will I judg: and after-Verl.14. ward shall they come out with great substance.

This, as St. Augustine vvell understandeth, doth include all the time that passed between the birth of Ifaac, and the entring of the people of Ifrael into the land of promise, duriug which time, they had no land of their owvn,and in a dif-junct reading, they vvere either strangers, as during their first abode in Canan, and after in Ægypt, or they served, as after Josephs death, and vvere afflicted.

Four hundred years are a long time, yet they tv an end of their travails, and afflictions, and they knevv that their posterity should have rest at last, and they käevy that God would judg their oppreffours, this made them able to bear the affliction .. Here is a pi&ture draven to the life of a christian mans life

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drawing neer to God, for finners without Chrift, then God
came and sought out Adam, he arraigned the offenders, and
finding the Serpent guilty of the teniptation, he cursed him;
and there he promised Christ. --
4. When mercy was revealed to man, then he called the
man first, and then the wornan. And ever since, that mercy
was made known to the Church, the true Church hath had
no other plea buc mercy.
·. There is misericordia condonans, a pardoning mercy, he for-
giveth all our iniquities, an article of faith, remifio peccatorum,
remislion of fins, there is mifericordia denans, a giving mercy,

he giveth medicine to heal all our infirmities. 2 Reaf.

The Church knowech chat they have given God cause to be angry, they know that if his wrath be kindled bur a little, he is a consuming fire, and it is a fearfull thing

I thing to fall into his hands, they know that in bis favour is life, and at his tight hand there are pleasures for evermore.

We bave nothing to keep us from the anger to come but Lam.3.22. mercy. It is of the Lards mercies, that we are not all confuPfal. Si.1. med, for his conipaffion's fail not. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, ac

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We have nothing to bring us again in favour with God,

whom we provoke every day, but his mercy.But as for Pfal.5.7. meil, will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercies. 3 Reas.

** The Church knoweth that God is more glorious in his mercy, then in all his other attributes , for his mercy is above all.his works; the:justice of God is against us, because we are unrighteous : the wisedom of God is against us, because we have walked as fools, and not as wise men.

The holinėss of God is against us, because we are unclean, conceived in fin,and born in iniquity. - The truth of God is against us; for omnis homo mendax, every man is a lyer; The power of God is against as, because we have forsaken him the fountain of living water, c." 37"

The Patience of God is against us, because he is a God that lovech not iniquity, neither shall'evilt dwell vvith him; he hateth all those that work wickedness.

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most 1600 years that hath lasted long, and the time of their restitution is not perticularly revealed, this maketh them hang the head, God in justice for the cruelty which they did execute upon his Son, wouid not let them know the time of their deliverance, as in their former atfictions he did, which, no doubt, is a great signe of Gods heavy indignation. »

Seeing then that the knowledge of the will of God and his purpose revealed in his Word, is so great a comfort in afflictions, we are taught to study and search the Book of Gods Will and therein to exercise our felves, for he is the same God that he was, and his wil is the same, the just have the same promises that they had, the unjust shall have the same judgments, hear read the Book of God, and apply it as thou goeft, for there thou shalt have thy porcion.

Labour for newnesse of life, and that shall bring thee to the proof and tryal, to the discerning and experience of the will of God, as the Apostle saitb, And be not conformed to the World, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove phant at that good, that acceptable, and perfe&t will of God. For God will not reveale himself to the ungodly, but the

secrets of the Lord are with them that fear him, and he will shew chem his Covenang,

We must reft in this wil of God, with a fiat voluntas tua, thy will be done, we must nor resist it, we must not murmure at it, we must not make bafte, but we must live by faith, and tarry the Lords leasure, and in the mean time, gather strength from his promise, to establish our hearts that they faint not, and fail us in our tribulations.

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mercy.
The plea of the true Chureh in affiliations is mercy,

God taught us this himself, for when our first Parents had finned, they were afraid and ashamed, and hid themselves from God, there was no mercy yet revealed.

How would they folicite God, Jesus Christ vvas not yet kdown to them, therefore they fled from God, for there is no

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When mercy was revealed to“ man, then he called the man first, and then the woman. And ever since, that mercy was made known to the Church, the true Church hath had no other plea buc mercy.

There is misericordia condonans, a pardoning inercy, he forgiveth all our iniquities, an article of faith, remiffio peccatorum, remission of sins, there is mifericordia denans, a giving mercy,

he giveth medicine to heal all our infirmities. 2 Reas.

The Church knowech chat they have given God cause to be angry, they know that if his wrath be kindled but a little, he is a consuming fire, and it is a fearful thing

I thing to fall into his hands, they know that in his favour is life, and at his light hand there are pleasures for evermore.

We have nothing to keep us from the anger to come but Lam.3.22. mercy. It is of the Lards mercies, that we are not all consue Plal. si.l. med, for his compassions fail not: Have mercy upon me, O Lord, ac

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We have nothing to bring us again in favour with God,

whom we provoke every day, but his mercy." But as for Plal.5.7.

meil will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercies. 3 Reas.

7 The Church knoweth that God is more glorious in his
mercy, then in all his other attributes, for his mercy is above
all his works; the:justice of God is against us, because we are
unrighteous : the wisedom of God is against us, because we
have walked as fools, and not as wise men.

The holinėss of God is against us, because we are unclean,
conceived in sin,and born in iniquity.
- The truth of God is against us; for omnis homo mendar,
every man is a lyer; The power of God is against as, because
we have forsaken him the fountain of living water, com

The Patience of God is against us, because he is a God that
lovech not iniquity, neither shall'evilt dwell vvith him; he
hateth all those that work wickedness.

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Onely Mercy is our friend, that maketh Christ our justice, our wiledom, our fanctification and redemption; that maketh truth perform gratious promises and his power becometh our protection, his patience our peace; Divitiæ mifericordia , riches of mercy.

This seemeth to excellent use i To assure to us the favour of God, tecause it is built 1 use. upon the foundation of Gods mercies, of shich Danià faith, The mercy of God enduretls for ever, his mercy is euerlasting:

The knowledge of salvation given by the remission of our fins is, Through the tendir mercy of our God, wberiby the day-spring 78. from on high buth visited us.

So that if God be angry with us for our sin, yet his vvrath doth not burn like fire; but as he fayd of Solomon, I will chaften him with the ruds of men, but my mercy will I not take utterly from him

2 It seemeth to rebuke those dat put their trust in humane merits, or.works of the Law, they that come to God for wages, forsake their own mercy; nothing so contrary to Divine mercy, a; humane condignity.

3 Because here is anger and mercy together, this killeth all : Cor.1.3. presumption, for he that is called The God of mercies, is called a Nahu.1 2. jealous God, and a furious Avenger.

And the rods of men well laid on will sinart, and draw bloud. : 4 This invitech to new life, because, The goodness and mercy of God leadeth to repentance, and the Crown of it.

Seing we have so much need of mercy our selvs,let us shew mercy unto others. Eftote misericordes, ut pater vefter cæleftis, be ye mercifull, as your heavenly father; for there shall be judgement vvithout mercy to him that sheweth no mercy

Christ abideth yet naked, and sick and imprisoned, and hungry and thirsty, in our poor brethren, as his mercy embraceth us, so let our inercy embrace him, that he may say, esurivi cu paviftis, I was hungry, and ye fed me.

Rom. 2.6.

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