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be required at their hands, Ezek. xxxiii. 3--6, and also do what in them lies to arm and strengthen them against such spiritual enemies, collecting, as it were, all the force together, rising up to heaven in prayer, and using the weapons of their warfare, which are not carnal, ' but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ : and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when their obedience is fulfilled, 2 Cor. x. 4---6, and thus beat and banish such errors, innovations, and corruptions, whether in doctrine, worship, or discipline,' away from the church of Christ.
i This bird is said to be most 'alert in time of thunder, when sulphurous clouds are impending. . In like manner should all true believers be most active in fleeing to God by prayer, in humbling themselves, and in
performing the other đuties of a Christian life, when the Lord's judgments are abroad in the
earth, and heavy clouds of his displeasure hang over a guilty land.
When the Lord's voice of judgments crieth to a'city, country-sideor nation at large, those alone are the men of wisdom, that see his name, hearkening to his rod, and Him who hath appointed it, Mic. vi. 9, well knowing that sin is the procuring cause of all evil; and it is not for nought when God lifteth up his hand to punish a nation, or people ; for he doth not affliet willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lam. ii. 33. - Lipi;
Whether therefore, his judgments be on nations, families, or individuals, they ought to have this effect, to make all who are concerned learn righteousness.
It is an awful circumstance, and a sign of great depravity, when they still remain careless': at such stupidity the prophet seémeth to have been deeply affected, when he cried out, when thy hand is lifted they “ will not see: but they shall see.”. Isa. xxvi. 11. So that they who will not see the Lord's
hand in a way of mercy, shall in a way of judgment.
It was when Jonah thundered in the ears of the Ninevites, “ Yet forty days, and Ni
neveh shall be overthrown,” that the inhabitants thereof “ believed God, and pro" claimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from “ the greatest of them even to the least of " them: for word came unto the king of “ Nineveh ; and he arose from his throne, and “ he laid his robe from him, and covered him “ with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he “ caused it to be proclaimed and published “ through Nineveh, (by the decree of the king “ and his nobles) saying, Let neither man
nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: 66 let them not feed nor drink water : but let
man and beast be covered with sackcloth, “and cry mightily unto God; yea, let them “ turn every one from his evil
and from “ the violence that is in their hands. Who
can tell if God will turn, and repent, and “ turn away from his fierce anger, that we
perish not? And God saw their works, “ that they turned from their evil way; and
“ God repented of the evil that he said he " would do unto them; and he did it not,” Jonah, iii. 4, to the end.
We see what a blessed effect such humiliation had; and shall heathens put Christians to shame? Shall we in this land, in the year 1801, when the Lord is thundering over our guilty heads in his awful judgments, by war abroad, tumults and famine at home, with disorders in the state, and divisions in the church, such as never were known in the annals of Britain, not humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and cry mightily unto him, that he would avert the judgments, which, like dismal clouds, not only gather thicker and thicker, but are begun to pour down vengeance on our land?
These judgments, or similar, we may well expect, (according to the experience of other nations, recorded both in sacred and profane history) shall continue on our island till they either make us turn unto him that smiteth
us, or destroy us from being a nation altogether.
Let none think they are innocent in bringing down these heavy judgments with which this kingdom is at present afflicted; for every one of us as individuals, of all ranks, have had a high hand in procuring those evils in which we are involved by our sins and iniquities.
O that we would all then, nationally and personally, humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and turn unto him who smiteth us, that iniquity may not be our ruin. Ezek. xviii. 30. However others do, may I be complying with that sweet invitation, Come,
my people, enter thou into thy chambers, “ and shut thy doors about thee : hide thy“ self as it were for a little moment, until “ the indignation be overpast : for, behold! " the Lord cometh out of his place to punish " the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her “ blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isa. xxvi. 20, 21.
What becomes of the swallow tribe when they leave us in autumn ? Whether, in caverns, or hollow places of the earth, they remain in a torpid state during the winter; or emigrate beyond the seas to some warmer cli