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A&s 20. 32. Gods word is called verbum gratia, which doch contain heavenly grace as the clouds doc water, which by the influence of Gods spirit is made aqua vita di vivificans, John 6.35. for the word is as feed, but the spirit givech life, and so that is made effcuall in us, and we made fruitfull unto God, and as a sweet ground whom God hath bleffed, Gen. 26.12.
Now as God, in the name of Heaven, holdech up the finger, as it were, and faith here is waters to be bad and looked for.so the same word of God which made the Heavens, must give these waters from thence, and therefore they which want wisdome, and knowledge; . les them ask and seek thems of God, Fam. 1.5. 17. The bucket by which we must draw this water is a true faith, Efay 13.2; 3. Prop. 12 17. 19: and then our souls become like a well watred garden, Fer. 31. 12. This water it yeeldech for meditacion.
There is also proficable matter to learn for imitation; For as we fee God doth here, we must expreffe the liks in our actiuns, that we may be like unto God : First, When we have received our light of knowledge, we are taught by the Order of Creation; char the acx courks in regeneration is to extenuate our earthly aff Rions, and to lublimc and elevate and to lift up Qur mindes to Heaven, Pbil. 3. 20 So St. Paul willeth us, col. 3. 3. this is the laying up of treasures in Heaven, Matb.6. 20. we must think on Ferufalem which is above, if we will be trèe Citizens in it, Gal, 4. 26. Secondly, for the divisie on, As there is a Heaven and Earth, the two parts of the world, so is there in mao two parts correspondent, the earthly Adam made of the dust, and the spirit and soul which God gave, Preach, 18.7. which is called the Heavenly Adam, 1 Cor. 15.47.48. God will first say, lec be a separation, our souls must be separated from earth, carthly and carnall things, as we laid before, and ascend , And as all carthly tbiogs which make for the flesh, are brought into a narrow compaffe ofthe Earth, which is but a prick in a circle, whereas God hath reserved the large spatious roomc of the Heavens for our souls, so must we bring our carking cares of this life iaco a narrow room of our hearts and let the whole compasse of our souls and thoughts be filled with the study and care of the Kingdome of God. Thirdly, As the part of warers which afcended, became a Firmament, and ars most sure and immurable unto the end of the World; fo must our souls, having begun in the spirit, ascead to Heaven, be constant, firm and immutable to the end of our lives, and never end io thc ách, Gal. 3. 3. nor tall to the Earth as chofs starres did, Rev. 6.13, for it ir is the part of a foolish and wicked . man that is mutable and wavering, Prou. we must not bc Ru. benites, Gen.49. weak and inconftant as water; for a just mans heart is firm and shall not shrink nor be moved, but puttech his truf in God, Pfal. And this is the part of Martyrs, for though they
are by nature weak and fearfult and as waters, yec by Gods grace · are made, as the Firmancpt, morc furc againd all Gods enimies than a wall of braffe. ...
The last use is for macier of thankfullneffc and gratefullneflc, Mareer of
offe, with which we will close up all. For wc ses that when the Earth ihankfullneffc.
sendeth up but a thin and a small myst, the Clouds require it by powring
Gen, 1. g.
Poftea dixit Deus, confluant aquæ ifta, qua fub hoc Calo funt in
locum unum, ca conspicua fit arida : & fuit ita.
D e vOHE a&tion of the second day was suspended, as I
told you the last time, and in some fort left undone and unperfed, by reason that the Prophe delayed and deferred the approbation of the Heavens, untill he should show us what should become of the aecher waters then sepa
raccd; wherefore, having declared how the
- upper waters, being lift up, were stretched and spread abroad, and made a Firmament, now he lheweth how the nether waters below were gathered together to make the Seas, and -withall hc Ihewsth us the Earth (which, as St. Ambrose faith, lay as a wrack in the middest and bottom of the waters) was by Gods word drawn up and brought to light, and made profitable for man and beast. For after the swadling bands of darknesse were removed and the disordered course of warers, well ordered and disposed, thea
the eye of Gods providence, from which nothing is hid, beholdech
In this dayes work we are to consider four parts, each doubled, 4 Paris. First, two Decrees; then two Adions performed: Thirdly, by two accomplishments : Fourchly, by two approbations. :
On the Earth we see two adions necessarily performed, First, the · emptying and removing of that it should not have, which was the
outward impediment of a huge number of waters, which hindred the fight of it and ability to be inhabiccd.. :: V !
The second the delivering and removing from it.his acther and inward inconvenience of emptineffe, being void of all things meet for habitation and replenishing it with store and variety of Plants and
Herbs, &c. And so having removed the outward and inward impedimcnc, Tohu, Tobobu, which it had within and withou', he finished the work of God, gertech out a severall warrant to remove both inconvcnicnces, to this end, that it be habitable and stored with noccffarics for them that dwell therein.
The parts are che Decres and the Action ; the giving out of the Decree is to be considered in this word Dixis, the cenor of the Decree is durable : First, for the removing of the waters : Secondly, for the appearing of thc Earth : The third and last place fortech down the accomplishment of it. Touching the giving out of the Decree, to omic the things before rehearsed, I will deliver chele three points, First, the giving out of it in regard of God : Secondly, touching thc word : Thirdly, of the number.
For che first.Seeing Abraham makerh it a great matter, Gen.18.27. that Earth should seem to speak to God, we may think it a wonder and a strange thing that God should so abase himlelf, as it were, to behold, much more to vouchsafe to speak to this rude and poor Creature, which lay in worte and baser cass than any other for whereas other Creatures in their imperfection had but one inconvenience, we foc this had two, without and within : Wherefore, if we make this a matter of inquiry, the Scriptures show us this rcafon, that it is Gods usuall customs and nature and delight, to show his · goodnessc, cspecially in cxalting things humble and most base, and to lift the poor out of the mire, fob 5. 11. It is a known thing, that God Humilibus dat gratiam, Pro. 3. 34. which all the Apostles also teach ; wherefore the Earth, being the lowcft and bafelt and most poor and humble, doth God of his grace and goodneffe choole to give it this grace, and to exalt it thus..
The Prophet tellech us that God had made choise co dwell in two places, Habitat aut in eternitate, or cllc kabitat in bumilisate, that is, he will no where dwell, but either in the high Heavens, or else in the low and humble Earth. Therefore of his goodnesla he voucbsated to lecka treasure house in the Earth wherein to keep his chosen, and so hath made thc Earth, as it were, che ornament of the HeaVons.
Thus we lce the Decree in refpe&t of God.
Secondly for thc Word. As we saw the word of God to be the piller of the Heavens, so here we fee it ferreth to build and uphold
ihc Earth, and as the Spirit then moving, by dilatation made and : fpcad abroad the Heavens, so here the work and power of the Spio
rit is seen in contra&ion, for fo the Earth was made, and the Seas,
goza aquarum, a concourse or gathering of waters, thereby comparing
Secondly, for the instability, in which respect, the wicked area,
Thirdly, In refpea of the raging and unrulineffe of the Seas, Pfal. 3: 65.7. therefore, for these ill qualities of the wa'ers, they think that God gave the Sea this name:Other think that God gave not that name 2. to signific any evill, but rather the good properties anj natare of it, and therefore they say that it hath its name because the Seas were, as it were, the mother, out of whose wombe the earth was ra'ien, as Eve out of Adams fide, and it was not only taken e vifceribus aquarum, as having a wombe, as job faith 38. 8. but also the Earth takech his nourishment ex vifceribus aquarum, for of it felfit is dry & witherly withall, Prov. 30. 16. and is as a Child thirsting, gaping, and opching his mouth for the moisture of the waters to drink and be fatisfied with it, Pfal. 143. 6. (o they think that it hath his name hereof, and from and out of it iflucth the Earth, and is nourished also thereby.
The third fort think that it is nominated from the scituation and place which it hath, for if we look in a Map of the World and let our face to the East, weshall see that the Seas are placed on the right hand on and the Earth scituated on the left, as giving it the right hand of tel. lowship.
The fourth and last fort are the best, who considering the two 4. words which signifie the Earth and the Sea, Majim dan Jamin, for the first letter put to the latter end of the other word maketh them all one, and the latt letter of the second word put before the first, makech the two words to be all one without difference, which is donc only by a transposition of letters, which shew that Waters naturally are above the Earth, and yet by Gods transposition the Earth is set above čhe Waters, and so they are without difference joyned as in one Globe.
This transposition of the things they gather out of the tran position of words; for at the first naturally the Seas cát up and devoure the Earth, but now being transposed and set aloft, it feedeth and nourisheth it; at the first it was the grave of the Earth, but now it is as agarment co it, Pfal. 104. 6. and so by Gods fpirit it is transposed, and God did as it were change and transporc his Decree to have it so, Job 38.10.