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have the rule—that Egypt should be, then in the twenty-sixth verse, “ The placed under his power—that he should blessings of thy father have prevailed be the second person in the kingdom. above the blessings of my progenitors, Did not his bow abide in strength ? unto the utmost bound of the everlastWill any man dare to tell me, that this ing hills.” With what feelings must was all chance—all accident? Such a the dying old saint have enlarged on man would show that he had very all these points, when he considered little claim to a sound mind. Chance that not long before, Joseph himself and accident ! No such thing, my had been a captive. But markbrethren ; it was the goodness of the “The God of thy father.” Jacob had Lord. His bow abode in strength a profound reverence for Abraham and -and how? He tells us : by the hands Isaac, and he wished it now to be unof the mighty God of Jacob.
derstood, that the blessing of his foreThere is something peculiarly in- fathers was descending on his children, teresting, in hearing the old man on while he was going the way of all the his dying bed, give this name to the Lord earth. Let children learn to seek these -The Lord God of Jacob. A few blessings, and let parents be such, as more days, a few more hours, and Ja- that their blessing may be worth hav cob would be gone ; but he hands ing, let them be really devoted to God; down this name to his children-The so that when they lift their holy hands God of Jacob. O, there is something without wrath or doubting, commenddelightful, when a father of a family, ing their children to the blessing of knowing the blessings and powers of God, there may be these recollections religion, tells his children, My dear on the part of the children, My father children, the God of Jacob is my God; was a holy man, he blessed me in God's he has been my God through all my holy name and now he is gone, I look pilgrimage—he is my God now-and and I labour for that blessing he prohe will be your God for ever.
nounced upon me while he was yet Here is a reference to his struggle-alive. his acknowledgment of the support, of But what is there in all this to us? the strength given to him. His bow Some of you are now passing through was strengthened by the mighty God affliction. You come to your minis. of Jacob. The Lord God is the great ters for comfort, and you have a right feeder ; the shepherd who provideth to look to them to be the channels of for the great flock; “ the stone of comfort to you; but you must look Israel.” This little parenthesis, and higher than them. God is now prethe other which you meet with in a paring you to suffer—the archers shoot former part of the chapter where Jacob at you—one trouble
after says, “I have waited for thy salva- another. I am sure, and I speak adtion, O Lord,” are some expressions visedly, the troubles and afflictions of a pious mind, which cannot help that come before me, as a minister ; bursting forth, even in the midst of the brought to my notice in their seveprophecy he is delivering, bursting ral details, are sometimes enough to forth to give all the praise and all the crush my heart. I am ready to say, glory to God. Then he goes on ad-O that I could help the people, that I verting to his trials, he speaks of his could relieve such an one of my brebeing despised by his brethren. They thren in this case, and such an one of hated, they despised him, they sold my brethren in another case ; but I him, they did all but murder him ; but cannot. I can hear their cry, I can God was with him, and afterwards sympathize with them, but I cannot raised him up above them all.
take them away. God can. Look at There is another thing to be noticed Joseph-see how he was called to sufin these words as they relate to Joseph, fer, and see how allhis sufferings were and that is, he speaks of the God of made subservient to, and preparatory for his father. “ Even by the God of thy his enjoyment of the most wonderful father, who shall help thee, and by the prosperity that the world ever witAlmighty, who shall bless thee with nessed. Are you Christians ? Rememblessings of heaven above, blessings of ber that those who are seen in glory, the deep that is under, the blessings with white robes, and palms in their of the breast and the womb.” And hands, were once sufferers like you,
they once knew what it was to be in little children, we do not know what trial, trouble, and affliction. “Who is good for us; and the more I see of are these,” is the inquiry made of St. the church of Christ and the world, John. Sir, thou knowest,” said the and my own heart, the more I see the modest Apostle—" These are they need of affliction to bring us in the which came out of great tribulation, way of heaven. We need affliction to and have washed their robes, and made keep us in the way of heaven, and we them white in the blood of the Lamb. need affliction to perfect us ; for I do Therefore are they before the throne believe, that of all the means under of God, and serve him day and night heaven, there is none like sanctified in his temple: and he that sitteth on affliction. Now the archers seem to the throne shall dwell among them. be wounding, and one is ready to say, They shall hunger no more, neither I am wounded, and you come to us thirst any more, neither shall the sun and tell us of your wounds; I take light on them, nor any heat. For the you to record this day, do we not Lamb which is in the midst of the take you to the chief Physician, do we throne shall feed them, and lead them not tell you there is balm in Gilead ? unto living fountains of waters : and Then looking at the passage, For God shall wipe away all tears from our OWN COMFORT. I ask whether
not many of you, who Now you say you hope to get there through grace have maintained your by and bye. You say you are pil- Christian profession, and sustained grims here, and that you have set out your Christian warfare even till now? from the city of destruction to the city And how is that? Others that were of light, and the land of glory. Then stronger than you, or that you thought do not be surprized if you have trou- so, have fallen, have gone away and ble. If God loves you, you are sure walked no more with us. Some have to have trouble : For whom the turned aside to the world, like Demas, Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scours who loved this present evil world ; geth every son that he receiveth.”
but here your bow was made strong These afflictions, there is a needs be by the mighty God of Jacob. Did I for them. We like them not; but address you just now as a şufferer ? how many instances God answers our did. I address you now, however, prayers by afflictions! For instance, as soldiers fighting, bearing up against you ask for the conversion of some of difficulties, with your bow made strong your unconverted brethren—you bring by the mighty God of Jocob. them before God-you entreat him Now, my brethren, notwithstandwith tears and prayers to give them ing all our sorrows, I bid you take
He hears the prayer-it is good heart upon it through God's not lost. By and bye comes an angel grace. Yes, a good heart—a good from heaven with some trial for you, spirit-solid courage of soul; that some affliction. Not the affliction that you may not be daunted, that you you would like to have, but that which may not be dismayed, that you may of all others, perhaps, you least wish not be driven to despair-why? Befor, that concerning which, you are cause there is Omnipotence on your ready to say, Any thing but this. No, side. Though you are poor he is rich, says your Lord and Master, that is though you are weak he is mightythe way I will answer your prayers. he is all in all. What do you want I will bring those for whom you have besides ? O, that all men would come been praying to a knowledge of myself, to Jesus, and take the day as it comes. and the experience of my grace and What shall I do to-morrow? you are mercy. Ah, my brethren, we are like saying.
( To be continued.)
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