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17. For God hath put in their planets, and to all the host of hea
hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. Nth. xiii. 1 5, In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in (heaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brooght into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold tictuals. v. 17. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thiag is this that ye do, aud prophane the sabbath-day? v. a». Then I testified against them, and said unto them, "Why lodge ye about the wall? If
ven. r. 6. And he brought out the grove from the he use of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burnt it at the brpok Kidron, and stamp' it small to powder; and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of 'he children of the people, v. 9. Nevertheless, the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren, v. 20. And he Hew all the priests of the high places that were there, upon the altars, and burnt mens bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem, v, 21. And the king commanded all the people, „ . fay'ngi Keep the passover unto the
ye do so ag;un, 1 will lay hands on Lord your God, as it is written in
you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath, v, 22, And I commanded the Levjtes, that they (hould cleanse themselves, and that they mould come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concern ingthis also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy, v. 2J. And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and pluck: off the hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves, v. 30. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and ap pointed the wards of the priests, and
the book of this covenant. 2 Chrdn. xxxiv. 33. And josiah tookawayall the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children Of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they^leparted not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers. 2 Cliron. xv. 12. And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord and of their fathers, with all their heart, and with all their foul; v. 13. That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel, should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman, v. 16. And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the kins, he re
the Levites, every one in his bufi- moved her from being queen, be
nefs. 2 Kings xxiii. 5. And he put cause she had made an idol in a
down the idolatrous priests, whom grove: and Asa cut down her idol,
the kings of judah had ordained to and stamped it, and burnt it at the
bum incense in the high places, in brook Kidron. Dan, iii. 29. There
the a'tiej of Judah, and in the pla- fore I make a decree, That every
CM round about Jerusalem, them people, nation, and language, which
also that burn incense unto Baal, to speak any thing amiss against the
the fun and to the moon, and to the cod of Shadrach, Melhach, and
■ •• •' 1 ■ AbedChap. XXI. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day.
TH E light of nature (heweth that there is a God who hath lordship and sovereignty over alh is good, and doth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with aH the soul, and with all the might a. but the acceptable way of
Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, Godhead; so that they are without and their houses (hall be made a excuse. Acts xvii. 24, God that mads dunghill; because there is no other the world, and all things therein, god that can deliver after this fort, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and 1 Tim. ii. 2. For kings, and for all earth, dwelleth not in temples made that are in authority; that we may with hands. Psal. cxrx. 63. Thou lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all art good, and dost good; teach me godliness and honesty. Isa. xlix. 23, thy statutes. Jer. x, 7. Who would And kings shall be thy nursing fa- not scar thee, O King of natiorts?
.thers,. and-their queens thy nursing for to thee doth it appertain: forasmothers; they shall bow down to much as among all the wife men of thee, with their faces toward the the nations, and in all their kitigcasth, and lick up the dust of thy doms, there is none like unto thee, feet, and thou shalt know that I am Psal. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, all the Lord: for they shall not be a ye his saints: for the Lord preservstumed that wait for me. Zech. xiii. eth the faithful, and plentifully re2. And it shall come to'pass in that wardeth the proud doer. Psal. xviii. day, faith the Lord of hosts, that 3. I will call upon the Lord who is -1 will cut off the names of the idols worthy to be praiied; so shall I be out of the land, and they shall no saved from mine enemies. Rom. x. more be remembred: and also I will 12, For there is no difference because the prophets, and the unclean tween the jew and the Greek: for ipirit to p*ss out of the land. v. 3. the fame Lord over all, is rich unto And it ihallcome to pass, that when all that call upon him. Psal. lxii, 8. any shall yet prophesy, then his fa- Trust in him at all times; ye pco
. ther and his mother, that begat p]e, pour out your hearts before him, shall fay unto him, Thou shalt him: God is a refuge for us. joshua not live; for thou speakest lies in the xxiv. 14. Now therefore, fear the name of the Lord: and his father Lord, and serve him in sincerity and his mother, that begat him, and in truth, and put away the gods shall thrust him through when he which your fathers served on the propbesieth. other side of the flood, and in 1C
1. a Rom. i., 20. For the invisible gypt : and serve ye the Lord. Mark things ot him from the creation of xii. 33. And to love him with all the the world are clearly seen, being heart, and with all the understandunderstood^ by the things that jire. ing, aud with all the foul, and with made, eveo bis eternal power and ail the~strength, and" to love hist
H 3 neigh. worshipping the true God is instituted by himself,and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed iu the holy scripture b.
II. Religious Worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone c: not to angels, saints, or any other creature*/: and since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone e.
neighbour at himself, is more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrices.
b Deut.xii. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Acts xvii. 35. Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Mat. iv. 9. And faith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. v. 10. Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou (halt woiship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Deut. xv. to the 30. verse.) Exod. xx. 4. Thou shalt not iluke unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth, v. 5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the-third and fourth generation of them that hate me : v. 6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.and keep my commandments. Col, ji. 231
Which things indeed have a shew of wisdom in will worship and humility, and neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
II. c Mat. iv. 10, (See before in letter b.) With John v. 23. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth. not the Father who hath sent him. And 2 Cor. xiii. 24. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
d Col. ii. 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puft up by his fleshly mind. Rev. xix. 10. And I fell at his feet to worship him : and he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rom. i. 2 j. Who changed the truth of ood into a lit, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
e Johnxiv.6. Jesus faith unto him, I am the way, aud the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by me. 1 Tim. ii. j. For there is one God. and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 18. For through him we both have an access by one Spirit unto the Father. Col, iii. 17. *nd whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,' giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.
III. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worships, is by God required of all men g'; and that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son h, by the help of his Spirit/.according to his will i, with understand-* ing,reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love and perseverance/;
and, apd, is vocal, in a known tongue m. -.. • •
HI./Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God>
g P/al. lxv. 2. O thou that heirest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh eotne.
h john xiv. 13. And whatsoever ye shall a/k in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. v. 14. ifyelhal! ask ■ any thing in my name, 1 will do it. 1 Pet. ii. 5. Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jefta Christ.
/' Rom. viii. 26. Likewise trie Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we knew Hot what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
i 1 John v. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will he heareth us.
/Pfal. lxxv. 7. For God is the king of all the earth, sing ye praises with understanding. Feel. v. 1. Keep tby foot when thou goest to
the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. v. 2. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God : for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few. Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve cod acceptably with reverence and godly fear. ceo. xviii. 27. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes, jamesv. 16. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye maybe healed: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James i. 6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth, is like a wave of the sea, driven wiih the wind and tossed, v. 7. Forlet uot that'man think that he shall receive any thiug of the Lord. Mark xi. 24. Therefore I say unto you. What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and y« shall have them. Mat. vi. I2. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive ous debtors, v. 14, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, y our "heavenly Father will also forgive you. Vi 15. But is ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Col. iv. 2 Continue in prayer, and watch H' in
IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful «, and. for all forts of men living, or that (hall live hereafter o: but not/or the dead p, nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death q.
-. V. The reading of the scriptures with godly fear r; the
in the fame with thanksgiving. Eph, vi. 18. Fraying always with all prayer -and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints.
,m i Cor. xiv. 14. For if 1 pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfrmtful.
JV. » (1 John v. 14. See letter i.)
e i Tim. ii. 1.1 exhort therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: v. 2. Tor kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. John xvii. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also who shall believe oa me thro' their word. 2 Sam. vii. 29. Therefore now let it please thee to blels the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, o lord God, hast speken it; and with thy bleiling W the house of thy servact be blesled for ever. Ruth iv. 12. And let thy house be like the house of Pharcz. (whom Tamar bare unto Judah) of the seed ■which the Lord shall give thee os this young woman.
p 2 Sam, xii. 31. Then said his servants unto him. What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst arise and cat bread.
T. 22. And he said, while the 1 was yet alive, I fasted and wept: forI said, Who can tell whether Cod, will be gracious to me, that the. child may live? v. 23. But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again i I shall go to him, but he shall not return to roe, (With Luke xvi. 25.) But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art toimented, v. 26. And besides all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fix* ed: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, neither can they pals to us, that would come from thence. Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, front henceforth: yea, faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their la-, hours: and their works do follow them. 1
o 1 John v. 16. If any man fee his brother fin a (in which is not uo-> to death, bestiall ask, and he thallgive him life for them that (in not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do net fay, that he (hall pray for it.
V, r Acts xv, 21. For Moses of old time hath in every city, them' that preach him, being read in the snagogues every sabbath day. Rev. i, 3. Blefftd is he that readeth, and .. they