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filling His purpose, though it was not intentional ? " Behold his Servant whom he upholds, his Elect in e whom his soul delighteth.” This was expressly his motive : « LO! I come to do thy will, O God ; . " thy law is within my heart.” He trod “ the wine“ press alone, and of the people there was none with “ him.” Behold Him poor, not having where to lay his head ; despised and rejected of men ; exceeding forrowful. What a life of suffering! What a death of anguish! What does God think of all this ? « He 6 was obedient unto death, even the death of the “ cross; WHEREFORE God also hath highly exalted 6 him, and given him a name which is above every “ name : that at the name of Jesus every knee should « bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, “ and things under the earth ; and that every tongue 66 should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glo. "ry of God the Father.” “He shall see his feed, " he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the “ Lord shall prosper in his hands. He shall see of " the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. “ THEREFORE will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; “ Because he hath poured out his soul unto death : " and he was numbered with the transgressors; and Che bare the sins of many, and made intercession for 6 the transgressors. Ask of me, and I shall give thee 6 the heathen for thine inheritance, and the utter
most parts of the earth for thy possession. His " name shall endure for ever ; his name shall be con“ tinued as long as the fun : and men shall be blessed « in him ; all nations shall call him bleffed. Blessed
6 be the Lord God of Israel, who only doeth won« derful things. And blessed be his glorious name “ for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with his c glory. Amen and Amen.”
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THE DISAPPOINTMENTS OF LIFE.
JOB XXIX. 18.
Then I said, I shall die in my neft.
]F we examine the world in which we live, we shall every where discover variety, changeableness, and succession. Here plains rise into mountains, and there hills sink into vallies. We fee well-watered meadows, and dry and barren sands. We rejoice in the light, but we are soon enveloped in darkness. We hail the loveliness of spring, and welcome the approach of summer ; but the agreeable months soon roll away, and the north pours down the desolations of winter. Equally chequered and variable is human life. Our bodies, our relations, our conditions and circumstances are perpetually changing. But this diversity constitutes the beauty and the glory of Providence. It displays the divine perfections, by render ing their interposition necessary and obvious. It fur. nishes means, by which the dispositions of men are tried, and their characters formed. It lays hold of their hope and fear, joy and sorrow ; and exercises
every principle of their nature in their education for eternity.
Hence Divine Providence is always deserving of our attention. Providence is God in motion. Providence-is. God teaching by facts. Providence is God fulfilling, explaining, enforcing his own word. Providence is God rendering natural events fubfer vient to fpiritual purposes; rousing our attention when we are careless ; reminding us of our obligations when we are ungrateful; recalling our confidence when we depart from him by dependence upon çreatures. « Whoso is wise, and will observe these
things, even they shall understand the loving-kind. “ nefs of the Lord.”,..
The words which I have read give us an opportunity to pursue and improve these reflections. When Job uttered them “ he had seven fons and three daughpters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, 5 and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke
of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great “ household; so that this man was the greatest of all 6 the men of the east.” Hear his own language : 5 I washed my steps with butter, and the rock pour$ ed me out rivers of oil. When I went out to the 6.gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in & the street, the young men saw me and hid them$ felves : and the aged arose and stood up. The " princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on sú their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and *** their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.”
He had something better than all this. “When the The ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the 6 eye saw me, it gave witness to me; because I deliv"ered the poor that cried ; and the fatherless, and 6 him that had none to help him. The blessing of “ him that was ready to perish came upon me: and “I caused the widow's heart to fing for joy. I put on “ righteousness, and it clothed me : my judgment was 6 as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, 6 and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the 6 poor : and the cause which I knew not I searched 66 out. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and 66 plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Then I said, I 6 shall die in my neft. THEN, when I had such “ wealth, power, authority, honour ; Then, when “ all was green and flowery, when my sky was clear “ and no cloud appeared ; Then, concluding on the “ permanency of my condition, imagining I was in no “ danger of vicissitude, and fuppofing I should live “ happy and end my days in peace ; Then I said, I 66 shall die in my nest.”.
What does this paffage of scripture imply and express ? What views and feelings of mind does it characterize ?...
I. In these words we see something GOOD ; even in his greatest prosperity, Job thought of DYING ; whatever changes he hoped to escape in life, he expected an hour of dissolution, and knew if his possessions were continued he should be called to leave them.
Death is always an irksome confideration to the man of the world who has his portion in this life, and poflefles no hope of a better. He therefore strives to banish it from his thoughts. He puts far off the evil