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Word 5 For how could that have come hither, Or how could we have gone beyond the Seas for it,had it not been tor the Sea, wherein goe the Ships f Pauls Shipwrack was most blessed and happy to that Island, AH. 27. 41. for by that means the Gofpell ot Christ came tothem, the greatest commodity thatcouldbc; Butunworthy are we of this Pearl which Merchants have found and brought from bryond the Sea, feeiag we so lightly regard, that we will scarce step out of doorcs for to hear it, this is the good that we by it have Merchants, Nahum. 3.16. Another benefit of good we receive by them, Nahum. 3.14. in that they arc made to us as a Di.ch, Fortresse, Wall, or Bulwark of strength and defence to the Land. For in Islands we are intrenched, as it were, round about, with Sands, with Rocks, with Ships, and Seas. These things more properly pertain to us Islanders •, tor Islands arc called the branches of the
For main Lands have other carriage and defence, though with more trouble and cost. Lastly, It is good lor Peter with his Nets and Gins to take Fish.
Now for the Eafth, God also saw and said that ittvai goodXke- Thedsewwtt wise, which is so well known, that I need not tell you that the use ofthchanhof it a top is not only good to goe and runne upon, and inhabite, but also to bear Corn, Wine, Oyle, Herbs, and Roots, and other Fruit, for Man and Beast, that dwell thereon,^, a 8. 5. And under the good mould for fruit, we fee it good and profitable, in that it hath mines of Coalc, and under it veins of Gold, and other most profitable metals, and under it precious stones, and every where within Quarries and Rocks of stone, and without Trees of timber to build us houses wit hall. This were sufficient to make us fee and confessc, to Gods glory, bow good it is to us.
But let us come to the very substance of the Earth, in respect of the whole, and (not to search his riches and parts and fruits) we fee that it is the matter of which we are made, and to which we must return, $ob 10. 9.10. which there is set down after two manners, both as we respect Adam in creation, or our selves in generation, being pared out as milk, &c. For touching creation, we are of the Earth, and therefore called houses of Clay, as Jeremy speaketh to his King, o Earth, 0 Earth, &c. 22*29. Wherefore, if we think our selves good, we cannot deny, but the matter of which we were made is also good.
Secondly, It is a good and a convenient place [user quern, as the », Aire is a fit Element in quo for God hath made it good to goe upon, and therefore he hath made it locum lucidum, folldum, ficcum, fixum, drfirmum, that being light and steddy, it might have all the com* mendations and goodnefse of a place to dwell in and as it is a place to move in, so it is to take rest and ease; as it is h^jov. a Work* house and Shop, in which we must imploy our travail and labour, so is it our * res thorium, to refresh and ease our selves >and to recover * Refection, our strength. ,
The Waters and Land joyntly considered, tpur things noted therein.
The Earth is the Lords and all in it, P/al. 24. r. but he hath given the Earth tothefonnes of men, Pfal. n\,i6, but only to this cnd,rhat they should srtvc him in the works of theirOUings, in the service of God and the Country, that they might keep hu statutes and observe his Laws, Pfal. 105. 45. . ..
The third goodndsc is the benefit of our grave, for this is our Mothers lap and armes into which we y*eld our bodics,bcing dead, it is our Cameterium, our sleeping place in the night time of our dt ah, J-ob 17.13. as it was our i^yt^kiw in the day time of our life.
Now as we have considered the goodnesseotit wholly 5 so now let us fee the parts by themselves, the hills, mountains, and rocks are good for fhaddows in time of heat, and for shelter in ttme of Winter against cold and tempests, Esaj 3 2. 2. the stoney rocks also serve for Conies t Pfal. 104. 18. the valleys and dalesaregood and commodious for Corn, Pfal. 104.10. Efay 30. 23. and also for pasture, Pfal. 65.13. so it is good for to give all things to feed man and beast.
The other dryer part of the Earth, which is sand and gravel), is good for treasure, Deut. 33. 19. and the wet or moister part of ic which is clay and marie, is good to dung and mend the land, also to make vessels of earth, for. 18.3,4. and to make brick and houses, and morter, E^ech. 13.10. So that the high and low parts, the dry and moist parts of the Earth, are very good. ,"
Yet let us further consider these things, thatis,thc Waters and Land joynt together, as they are framed in one globe, touching which we have four things to note.
The first, is in regard of Heaven and Celcstiall bodies, where we (hall observe a threefold good j fora thing that is good only in it self, and doth not impart it to other, is good in vain,and to no end; and that which is good to it self, and hath a nature to be good to other, but hath noe good means to conceive it, is to no purpose: Wherefore, as the Heavens have vertue and goodness?, as light; heat, dews, &c. So the Aire is the good means by which it is sent and conveyed, and the Earth is that receptacle which receives all thole good things imparted to it: So all the good of Heaven is con* veyed to the Earth by the Aire, and so it is made known and proved to be good. The Earth is the pond of all waters, and the lap and open hand, yea, and the wide orjfen mouth which God hath ordained to receive all the blessings of Heaven, untill Heaven have received us.
Secondly, The Waters and Earth are good in regard of one another, the warers are good to the land, and the land to the waters j the Earth would be without water to glue it together, even as dust, which would fly in our eyes to hinder our sight andchoakc us, and hinder our breathing in the A»rc, 5^38.38. and being all dry clods it would be unprofitable for tillage; therefore God giveth the waters to mollifie and soften it, Pfal. So the Earth is good to the SeawatciS; for it is a denser and drainer, through which the faltncssc and unfruitfulncssc of the Waters are amended, and made
provable, profitable, Exod> 15.25. Also as irmaketh the m serviceable, so doth the Earth make them medicinable, by his veynes, givingavertueto makehotbati es, Gen. 36 24. so by it the waters arc made profitable, serviceable, and medtcinablc.
Thirdly, In regard of our selves which enjoy both; for both are 3. our matter and substance of which we are made : For the Earth is the Meale and the Waters the Liquor, of both which the whole lump of Mankinde was made, and by both we are preserved alive, as the means appointed by God.
Lastly,in regard of God.For the Earth is Gods good Footstool,the 4. Seas and Waters his Gallory or path to walk in, Job 9.%. and the Hea* vens to be his Sear, on which, if he but stamp with his feer,as angry, both the Earth and Warers are troubled and doc quake j but if he tread gently, as pleased, they are quiet, and doe, as it were, leap, play, and dance for joy j but at his frowning and check the hills trcmblej and the Seas are troubled and make a nbyse, Pfal. 48. In the 114. 5. we may fee a Dialogue between the Sea and the Land touching this; For the Earth asketh the Waters, What ay leth thee that thou art troubled, t^c. The Waters reply and fay, We fly at the presence ana! voyce of God; ac which he faith, Tremble thou O Earth j for if his feet make the Seas goe out.of course, then it is able to overturn the Earth, being his Foo stool.
The use of this is matte* of meditation, both of Gods Mercie and Ufmt Justice : If we anger God with sinne, the Earth is made to stagger and recle, rhe Seas to roare and swell, and the Fire to rage and burn on every side, and threaten our destruction : If we please him, they we made good means for our preservation : Whereof thisis the effect and application of this his goodnesse and approbation, to pray to God, which it the hope ofall which dwell on the Earth, and which remain on the broad Sea, Pfal. 6%. 5. that he will use the Sea to drown all our sinnes in it, UMicba. 7. p. and one day to make us to fee allhis goodnesse in the land ofthe living, Pfal. 27.13. for then we (hall indeed fee that all that God made for us is most absolute and good. '• •
Jterumdixit Dem^ FJerhascat terra herhulas, herhas fententantes Gmf* 1, semen, &c. «w/.u. ta.
T was a benefit for the Earth to be disburdened from the great weight of huge waters, wherewith it was surcharged, even that breathing and case from that burthen was a great blessing $ but it con. tenteth not God (so gracious is he) only to make it Jpectabilcm, but also he will make it (peciofum j he wih\ jiavc it both conspirable, that it may befeen, and also conlpicuall that it may be worthy the sight, that is,comely,
sightly,and good and pleasant to behold. For,as.E/4j faith,40. i 5. it was made and appeared at the first, it was but a dust heap, and as he calleth it,< measureofdust ashes, but now it is made habitable and a scat for men 5 then it was in its nature bat as a D; fart place, destitute ofall necessaries to sustain them which are and remain dwelling in it j but now, being delivered from the naturall inconveniences Tohu,Toboh», it is become a store-house, replenished with all things for man and beast, mundus erat ant Ca domus, as I have shewed you 5 for it had Heaven the scaling, the Waters as walls, the Earth as pavemenr, fednon •'.', er at in domo hac p.wis; it was as a Shepherds Cottage and wildcrnesle in which we might stay, but we must needs starve, if it had continued so .* Wherefore as good no place as such a place, untill God had added this blessing to furnish it,as here we shall see.
Therefore, that it might bepenu, as the waters made \x fronts tuarium, God here maketh it a storehouse and place of receipt, taking order by his word that it might be locus conveniens ad vitam, ad vitfum, advestitum, and to that end doth he here open his mouth again, faith KMofts.
1. The second Touching which, we will first consider of his second opening of Gsmwmkii. hismouth. Secondly, of the Argument and Contents of his Edict. *. Of the Ar- Thirdly, of his Words and Works, which doe expresscit. tfi'o( his The iterating and doubling of his word, is a signe of his double care wordi.and and love he bare to the Earth, which we must answer again by douworks, which' bling our love and care to please him with all our heart and foul tJMatth. oewpre eit. jo ]f wc foo^ on an their works and compare this with the two before j and after we shall sec heuseth but one speech to his place of Heaven, but he fpeaketh once or twice to this, and the reason is because the Earth was cumbred with a double and indeed with a tripple inconvenience; for it was within emptie, without a bare and a deformed dust heap, and all overwrapped with waters to cover it: Therefore God having removed the waters with one word, now here he removeth the other inconveniences, giving her fatultatemfœcunditatis instead of emptinesse, & amiftum venuHatis for the other without j So this is the beautifull apparcll of the Earth whxh the Poets fay Vesta gave her, rather doe we account this as a work of adorning, than a removing from it these native inconveniences which before it hadfor these we call ornaments that may be removed or taken away, as we are whole though jewels and bracelets and chains be taken away, such are the living Creatures, as beasts and birds, &c. which may be removed. But those things here named, grow fast unto the Earth and cannot be put away,but are as supplies to the indigence of nature. God cannot abide ejseiners, that is, an idle being; and therefore, as he gave the light a power to fend Out beams, and the Heavens to fend down influence and dewes, and to Rivers a motive powerto runne into the veins of the Earth, and so spring up : So here to keep the Earth from idlenesse, he in this work of distinction giveth it a power to (hoot out Plants, which are as the beams and influences of the Earth, that it corrupt not in idlenesse. And thus much of the Order and dependance of these words. How
Now* for the form and argument ot it, We shall see thac the pupofe of God herein, is partly to deck and trim up his work, and ^lArgu~ partly that it might be inriched with store for profit and neccifi y j for nothing is good in respect of God, which is only jptciosum videnti, nisi stt commodum uttnti $ therefore God would make it as well profitable as pleasant, both for man and beast, Psal. 104. 14. and prepare and make all things ready and fit for life, before he made living things. Which course we Ice usuall and agreeable ro nature • for God provideth still breasts full of milk before the Child be born : And it is the manner and course of men in the world,beforc they will come to dwell in and posssse a house, they will first lay in their provision and necessaries for houfhold.
So doth God deale in this place5 He first taketh ordetforour nt0fidPdttt diet and fare,'he Flover of Meale for Bread, and the Grape for the F«m&4*. Winepresse, out of the Hcrbe and the Plant, ofe 9. 2. which Moses callcth, Deut. 32. 14. the fat of the Wheat, and ibe bloodef the Grape, thus he provideth for men in the Herbs and the Plants, and for beasts he took order in that he left for Hay and for Pasture and Grasse ot the fields, Psal. 104. 14. and clean And good Provender for them, JEjay 30. 24. AU which he did that we might be kindled with the love of God, which hath been so carefuU and provident for us."
Touching the Decree, it contaisleth three parts, First, the Decree The Decre«. it self. Secondly, the Complement of it, and it Xom so. Thirdly, the Censure of God in his liking and approbation, that it it good, of the first of these at this time.
Wherein first of his speaking again, When we shall consider the virtue and force of Gods dixit, whereby he made and furnished all things, It must teach us, not desticere terras, not to look downward and depend on the Eatth for food, nor yetsufbiceresteBdsjbax is, not gaze on the starres to trust in them for fruitful! increase 5 but it teacheth us to passe beyond all these, and know that all these blessings of the Earth come from God and his word, which faith Let the Earth hear forth, and it wot so, non produxit terra amtquam dixit Detu products terra-, for the nature of the Earth was at first empty, in the second degree dry ani cold, which are mortifer* qualitates, and will rather kill than quicken and keep any seed, herb, or plant : But notwithstanding all this, if God call for a plenty, and fay, Let the Earth bear, though there be no man to till the ground* no feed in the ground, no starres to give influence, no means now ordeined to cause it^yet it will bring forth fruit in aboundance : For at this time Adhuc Adim suit Adama, that is, Agricola suit adhuc ager,mtn was earth,and yet in the dust heap 5 thereto* e man was not the cause that the Earth did bear fruit, neither were the Heavens and Starres any cause, sot they were not as yet made for the Sunne, Moon, and all the Stars, are Juniors to the Herbs and Plants,and the very Grasse and Flower of the field Ancients to them all, quid ergo afykas astra, faith one to starre-gazers. '\
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