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thy Face mall I be bid ; i. e. from the im- Serm. mediate Presence of God as heretofore, XI. and I Mall be a Fugitive and Vagabond in the Earth, and it hall come to pass, that every one, that findeth me, fall say me: But from this he was preserv'd, and accordingly a Mark was set upon him, lest any finding him should kill him. What that Mark was,
tho' there are many Conjectures about it, which are of little Use, unless it be to shew the Folly of those who make them, is not material; whatever it was we find it was something that prevented People from killing him; and this is all the Account we have, or need have concerning it.
Having thus shewn, that every Sin calls to Heaven for Vengeance ; and that the Sins that are of a Heinous Nature, such as Murder, do so in a more extraordinary manner, let us see now,
Secondly, What proper Observations are to be made upon it. And First
, we may observe the Goodness and Justice of God, in that he will not fuffer the least Evil to go without its Compensation ; that Punishment shall be the sure Consequence of Sin, which if it does not overtake a Man in this Life, upon account of the many Imperfections and Chances that attend the State of things, tho'it will always have its Chance for being
SERM punish'd here, which is all that Time XI. can give it, and a Certainty of it in Eter
nity there will surely be; and therefore thothe Evil does go unpunisk'd in this Life, tho’here below the Wicked triumph and the Ungodly prosper, yet as this is not always the Case, so when it happens to be fó, it is not the Consequence of any Male-Administration in God, but of the Imperfection of the present State of things, which cannot be perfected but in Eternity.
But there are fome, who are so far from thinking that there is any thing wrong in a Sinner's not being punish'd in this Life, that they rather incline on the contrary to think it inconsistent with the Goodness of God to punish any Man at all, either here or hereafter ; as if Justice was somewhat contrary to Goodness; and Goodness was bound to relieve the Punishment that Injustice did inflict; whereas these things are all one in God, and only become different, as they are by us differently apprehended. For to punith the Evil is to do it as much Good as belongs to it; as to reward the Good is to render it the Justice that is due to it. To an absoJute Being these things are the fame: To Reason, Truth, Jultice, and Goodness are all one, and the same thing: And in this View to shew Goodness to a Being is to Thew it Justice and Truth
and to thew Truth is to shew Justice SERM,
To Pity, a Man is an Object of
Secondly, If every Sin calls to Heaven for Vengeance, this may teach us the Malignancy of it, and Thew how cautious we ought to be of committing it; for tho' we may have a thousand Chances for escaping Punishment from Men, yet we have no Chance against God; it is all Certainty there.
Let us therefore upon the Commission of it be sure to be early in seeking God by Repentance; for that, as it is a making Reparation to Justice, will stand between us and Vengeance, and take off the Violence of the Blow : It will plead for us as Abraham did for Sodom; whereas an obftinate Impenitency is not only a denying of all Justice, and the Truth of things, but also a deny
SERM. ing of a Deity, or which is much the XI. fame, denying that he has any thing to do in the Government of the World
i and because the way to prevent great Sins is to avoid small ones, let us rather guard against that which we think the most minute: and inconsiderable, left for want of being kept under they borrow Strength from Indulgence, and grow at last unconquerable. As to the particular Sin of Murder a Man cannot come at it without wading thro' a deal of Malice,"Envy, Hatred, &c. These Avenues are therefore in the first place to be taken Confideration. That Abel found Favour with God, when Cain could not, was the first thing that stirr'd up his Envy, which for want of being check'd, foon took Malice and other Companions to its Affistance and: at length broke out into the deadly Crime mention'd in the Text. If at any
time then we find this to be the Cafe, that things go better with other People than ourselves; let, our Anger begin at home, and be employ'd upon the Evil of our own Hearts, to which it properly belongs; and let us, before we envy others, deserve better ourselves. Which that we may all do, God of bis infinite Mercy grant for the fake of Jesus Chrift
ACTs xxiv. 25.
and Temperance, and Judgment
59 Ighteousness, and Temperance, and
SERMO R Judgment to come, are very un- XII.
welcome Doctrine's to a Sinner
that has not lost all Sense of Shame and Remorse, and especially the last of these. For what Pleasure can he, who has been always accustom'd to indulge his Desires and Appetites, possibly take in hearing Lec
upon Temperance and Righteousness, that are fo opposite to this. Certainly these Sounds muf be very grating to a sensual Ear, especially since there is to be an After-Reckoning for these Things, where Kk
tures upon TO