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the Angel who bears his Father's name. I only mention these following
1. See that ye be well acquainted with the name of God as it is set forth in him, for this is the very ground and reason of all obedience to him, Obey his voice, for my name is in him : we will yield but a forry obedience, if we do not take up a God in Christ. Study to take up the being, the perfections, and glory of God as displayed in him; for it is this that makes every knee to bow, and every tongue to confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
2. If you would yield acceptable obedience to the voice of the Angel, you must take up God in him as your God; not only your creating God, and your preferving God, but as your redeeming God, your God by a new.covenani grant, where he has said, “I am the Lord thy God;" for the faith of this is the foundation of all acceptable obedience, as your Catechism well instructs you, in that question, · What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us? It teacheth us, that because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments. Never rest then till you know and acknowledge him as your God in Chrift, and to your obedience will go upon the right footing, for “ without this faith, it is impoffible to please God; and whatsoever is not of faith, is fin.” Believe in him as your pardoning, pitying, justifying, sanctifying, supplying, and saving God, and this will make his yoke easy, and his burden light.
3. Make conltant use by faith of the strength of the Angel, for your affittance in work and wariare, and of his righteoulness for acceptance. This was David's way, “I will go iti the strength of the Lord;" and when I have done so," I will make mention of thy righreousnels, even of thine only.” We muit work by a foreign strength, and be accepied upon a borTowed or imputed righteousnels ; and in this way it is, that we.“ come up from the wilderness, leaning upon the beloved."
4. Shake youríelves loose of every thing, that would encumber you in obeying the voice of the Angel: Heb. xii 1. 2..., “ Let us lay alide every weight, and the sin which doth to ea. fily beset us, and let us ran with patience the race that is fee before us, looking unto Jesus," &c “ If thy rignt hand of. fend thee, cut it off; if thy right eye offend thie, piuck it out, and cast it from thee;' that is, if any lust or idol be in thy heart, be it the luft of covetourners, the luft of uncleanness, the lust of envy, the luft of revenge, pride, worldlineis, or whatever it be, though as dear as a right hand, or a right eye, away with it, that you may obey and follow the voice of the Angel: “ Mortify these deeds of the body: for if we live
after the flesh, we shall die ; but if we through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live.”
5. Let your obedience to the voice of the Angel be absolute and unreserved; be aware of hiding any idol that he requires you to part with ; for “ if we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us." And be aware of a partial obedience to the Angel, doing one thing, and neglecting another, for he will not be obeyed by halves. It is true, indeed, it is impossible to yield a perfect and Gnless obedience to him, but we must aim at it through his grace, by a regard to every part of his revealed will: “ Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments." It is gis ven as the character of Zacharias and Elizabeth, that they walked in all the commandments and ordi:sances of the Lord, blameless." Christ he glories in an upright Chriftian, as a man glories in the fruit trees of his garden. How doth he upbraid the devil with Joy's integrity ? “ Hast thou considered my servant Job, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" annis
6. Be diligent in reading the scriptures, and in hearing of the word preached, for it is by the word that the voice and mind of the Angel is known and understood. Hide his word in your hearts, that you may not sin againd him ; attend unto it as a " light shining in a dark place;" let it be unto you as the pillar of fire and cloud to Ifrael; and follow no man further than he is a follower of Christ ; for the Angel has ordered us to call no man father or matter in this fenfe. .
7. Kerp your eyes, upon him as your guide and pattern: “ He that faith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, eytn as he walked.” He has not only chalked out our way of obedience in his word, but he has trode the path before us, and so “ left us an example, that we should follow his steps.” And, in a subordination to him, eye the footsteps of the flock, that have followed the Lamb to glory, and keep company with them that are minting in fincerity to obey his voice, and to follow him; for “he that walketh with the wise, shall be wise."
8. Pluck up your spirits, put'on courage and resolution to face all opposition in following the voice of the Angel ; resolve to relitt, even unto blood, striving against fin. Men will think it strange, that you do not wa k with them according to the course of the world and the luits of the fleth, and they will hate you, they will brand you with hypocrisy and fingularity, they will oppose you in your way, they will persecute you in your name, in your relations, in your worldly interests; but let none of these things move you, neither account your
life dear, that you may finish your course with joy ; let this be always your rejoicing, amidst all the storms that may blow from heaven, earth, or hell, even" the testimony of your conscience, that in fimplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, you have had your conver.. sation in the world."
9. Let your obedience to him be voluntary and sure: he does not love to see his followers drooping and hanging their heads; no, he delighted to do his Father's will, and to fulfi the hard task of service to his Father for our redemption, and he expects that we should be joyful and voluntary in our fervice to him. This is the way to get frequent meetings of love with him, “ He meeteth him that rejoiceth to work righteousness, who rememberech him in his ,ways.” Hence are these repeated calls to his followers to yield cheerful obedience, “ Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous : and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Rejoice evermore : and again I say, Rejoice.”...
10. Lastly, Let your obedience to the Angel of God be conftant; for " he that endureth to the end, shall be saved. The righteous holdeth on his way. Be ye constant, and unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.”
THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID RUINED BY MAN, AND
REARED UP BY THE MIGHTY GOD.
-BEING THREE DISCOURSES...
THE FIRST AND SECOND PREACHED AT EDINBURGH, NÓVEMBER
1735 ; AND THE THIRD AT KINROSS, FEBRUARY 17. 1736, AT * THE OPENING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF THE ASSOCIATE MINISTÉRS THERE. 1, , ji
Amos it. 'u, But I read from ver. 8. Behold the eyes of the
Lord God are upon the finful kingdom, and I will deftroj it from off the face of the 'earth; laving that I will not utterly destroy
the house of Jacob, faith the Lord. !!! or 9. Pox-lo, I will command, and I will lift the house of Israel among call nations, like as corn is fifted in a live, get shall not the Teaft
grain fall upan, the earth; ,, wiele i 10. All the finners of my people foall die by' the sword, which says
The evil pall not over take nor prevent us.'; !r: 11. In that day will I raise rap the tabernacle of David that is
fallen, and close up the breacbes thereof, and I will raise up his • ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old..
THE FIRST SERMON ON THIS TEXT.
IN these verses which I have read, we have a mixture of
judgement and of mercy, judgement and wrath ushering in and paving the way to mercy; he that “ planteth the heavens, and lays the foundations of the earth, and who buildeth his stories in the heavens” (as in the preceding part of the chapter), he pulls down the Jewish church, that he may raise up one more glorious and beautiful in its room. This prophet Amos was but of a mean extract and original, among the herdmen of Tekoa, as you will find in the beginning of his prophecy: however, that God who took David from following the ewes with young, and set him on the throne to sway the fceptre of Ísrael; he takes a poor herdman from following his flock, and commands him to go and deliver his mind and message unto the king, unto the court, unto the nobles, unto the priests, and to the people of Israel. If a man carry God's commission, whatever be his birth or pedigree, or whatever has been his employment, he is worthy of reception and entertainment,
All the fons of men are before God as a company of clay vessels, and he makes one to honour, and another to dishonour, and does whatever he pleases in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. What though he take the poor from the dunghill, and set him among princes, if it be his pleasure?. He appeared upon the ftage in a very degenerate day: however, like a faithful watchman, he sets the trumpet to his mouth, and declares unto the house of Judah and Israel their abominations : and although he was prohibited and dischar. ged to come near the king's court and chapel, yet, in obe* dience to him that sent him, he lifts up his voice like a trumpet.
... , In the verses which I have read, we may take notice of these few particulars following :
1. We have the defignation that the prophet Amos, by God's commillion, gives unto the kingdom of Ifrael ; you see it in the beginning of ver. 8. he calls them a fenful kingdom. They were “a people laden with iniquity, a feed of evit doers, children that had corrupted themfelves; they had de parted from God," departed from the purity of that worship which God had appointed them to oblerve at the temple of Jerusalem, and, in room thereof, they had erected their idola, trous calves at Dan and Bethel ; yea, many of them, the ge. nerality and body of the nation, except it was some leven thousand or so, they had all bowed the knee to Baal, and run after the example of their corrupt kings and priests; they were indeed a hnful kingdom. And, alast may not the fame motto be writ upon us in the land wherein we live? I could make this evident in many particulars. We are laden with fin, we have corrupted our ways like them; they brake God's covemant, and so have we; they countenanced idolatry and super. Atition, and went after many vile abominations, they joined themselves in a covenant with hell, and sacrificed unto devils ; and I am hearing that witchcrafts and devilish arts are also performed in this city. Oh what a load of fin is lying on the land! What dreadful perjury and apoftasy! what dreadful profanation of the Lord's day and name is to be found among us! The cry of our fine hath gone up to heaven, and they are blind that do not see a frowning God upon the account of these things. But then, :7
2. Another thing we may notice here, is, an advertisement that the prophet Amos rives unto this finful kingdom ; why, says he, the eyes of the Lord are upon it. It is very like there was á generation of men' among them, as there is among ourselves at this day, who, if they do not fay it with their mouths, yec fay it in their hearts; and say it in their practice ; the language