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her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the daies of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her, the adversaries (am ber, and did
mock at her Sabbaths. Ezek.20.20. Hallow my Sabbaths, and they shall
be a sign between me and you, that ye may knong
that I am the Lord your God. Ifa.56.2. Blessed is the man that doth this, and
the son of man that layeth bold on it, that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his band from doing evil. V.4. For thus faith the Lord unto the Eunuches that keep my Sabbaths, and chuse the things that please me, and take hold of my Cover V.6. ulso the fons of the stranger that joyn themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and 10 love the Namie of the Lord, to be bis servants, every one that keeperb the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my Covenant. V.7. Even them wil i bring to my holy Moun
lain, and make them joyful in my house of prat. er: their burnt offerings and their Sacrifices Mall be accepted upon mine Altar : for mine house shall be called ar house of prayer for all peos
ple. Mark 2.27. And be said unto them, the Sab
bath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
V.28. Therefore, the son of man is Lord also of
Law or the Prophers, I am not come to desiroy,
but to fulfill.
had been brought up, and as his custome was, le
stood up for toread.
when the Disciples came together to break bread,
the Saints, as I have given order to the
that there be no gatherings when I come,
made , we will rejoyce and be glad in it.
2. Hearing the Word.
mercy of God)there is much good preaching; buc 'cis a general complaint there is so little profiting. We fee not those gracious effects of the Word, thac were to be desired and wished. And certainly one main reason of it, is, few take care to hear in a right manner, as they ought to do. Thac therefore thou maist so hear, as to profit I shall
1. What thou art to do before thou hearest, by way of preparation.
2. What thou art to do in time of Hearing.
For che First: Thou must prepare the heart be-
cimes spent some hours before he could get his heart in tune for folemn duties. Gods children have entred comfortably on duties, when they have been serious and careful in their preparations for them.
To help thee therefore to prepare thy heart for the Word, take these Directions.
1. Lay aside (as much as possibly chou canst) all worldly thoughts, cares and bufonesses, chat chy mind may be free for God, and the impressions of his Word and holy Spirit,
on Saturday night, shut up the gates of thy heart against the world, as Nehemiah, Çbap.13.V.19.20. did the gates of Ferusalem, or the evening of their Sabbath. If any Merchants come, any worldly thoughts or businesses, let them stay without till the Sabbath be ever. The work of mens Callings, is not only in their hands, but in their minds and heads. A Minister way have a great Congregation, & yet but a few hearers, if their minds bestuft with the world before then come : if they bring their trades, their bargaines, their plow, their worldly businesse along with them. As cherefore we read of Abraham, in Gen.2 2.5. That when he went ap to the Mount to offer Sacrifice, he left his servants and the Asse in the valley behind him; lo should we our worldly cares and busineses, when we go co worship God, and to hear his Word.
2. Consider and meditate on the great concernment and importance of the Word. 'Tis che
ordinary means God hath appointed for the working that great work of conversion (without which no salvacion) and for the edifying and building up those that are already saving ly wrought upon, Jam 1.18.of his own Will begat he us by the Word of Truh. i Cor. 4.15. I have begotten you in Christ Fesus (faith Paul) through the Gospel. Rom.10.17. Faith cometh by bearing. Indeed son and consequently death came by hearing at the first, by our first Parents listening to, and believa ing a tempting Spirit. But now Faith, and consequently life comes by Hearing, through the operati. on of the blessed Spirit of God in the Word, 'Rom. 1.16. The Gospel'tis the power of God unto salvation.
Labour therefore to have an high value and esteem of the preaching of the Gospel. God hach appoinced bis Ordinances, not in Soveraignty only, bur in Mercy to us. As our Saviour faid of the Sabhath, Mark 2,27. The Sabbath was made for man, do not man for the Sabbath: So may I fay of all the Ordinances of God, they were ordained for man, for mans benefit, and not man made for them. And therefore the great benefit, that ( with Gods bleffing) may be expected from them (if we duly attend upon them) should
Indeed it is one of the devils stratagems in this age, to urge the efficacy of the Spirit, as a plea for the neglect of means. Whereas Gods Spirit