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SERMON 1.
Of the Necessity and Nature of

our Preparation for the Day of
Judgment.

[The Firii Sermon on this Text.]

À MO S iv. 12:
Therefore thus will I do unto thee O Israel:

and because I will do this unto thee; pres
pare to meet thy God; O Ifrael:

HÉ Prophet, as the Em-Vol. II

bassador of God, begins T this Chapter, with a De

nunciation of astonishing

Evils; and from thence concludes with this Exortation, Theres fore thus will I do, &c.

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Vol. II. The Literal Sence runs thus. God is

coming forth against thee as an Arm’d
Man, or rather as a Mighty Host, His
Fury is kindled against Thee, and He
is Arm'd with all the Instruments of De-
struction and Death; it behoves Thee
therefore either to summon up all thy
Force and Courage, that thou may'st be
able to sustain His Fury: Or if this be
an Attempt too desperate to be thought
on, prepare thy self by Repentance and
Submission to Attone it.

This being the immediate Design of
the Words, Commentators, according
to the usual manner of interpreting the
Old Testament, with reference to the Do-
ĉtrines of the New, have by an easy Al-
lusion applied this to the Day of Judg-
ment. As if the Prophet, when he
fpake to the Jews in a Litteral, had at the
same time spoken unto us in a Mystical
Sence, after this manner. O you the
Israel of God, you to whom God vouch-
safed his Oracles, you to whom he
vouchsafed the Presence of his own Son
in the Flesh, you whom the Son of God
purchas'd by his own Blood, you whom
he has invited by great and precious Pro-
mises, you whom he calls Day after
Day, by the Voice of his Apostles and
Prophets, by the Voice of repeated Pro-

vidences,

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vidences, and by the Charms and Invi- Ser. I. tations of his own blessed Spirit; I denounce unto you, that He is coming forth out of his place to Judge the World, that this Day will be a Day of Vengeance, a Day of Darkness, and of Glominess, a Day of Terror and Rebuke to all those who have rejected God, who have disobey'd his Voice, who have broken his Covenant ; for He will call such to an Account for all their Evil Deeds, and hard Speeches, for all their contempt of Mercy and Abuse of Grace; and that Day shall burn as an Oven, and the Wicked shall be as Stübble, in this only differing, that they and their Flame shall be Eternal, and they shall be Eternally fensible of the Pain: And because God will do this unto thee, therefore prepare to meet thy God 0 Israel, therefore prepare either to encounter and outbrave Almighty Wrath, and to endure and despise Ěternal Pains : Or if thou thinkest thiou canst not resist God in his Fury, nor be able to dwell with Everlasting Burnings, then prepare to Attone the one, and prevent the other, by Repentance and Submission.

Taking the words in this Sence, I shall speak to three Things.

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Vol. II.

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I. I shall Discourse of the Necessity

of our Preparation for the Day of
Judgment.

II. Of the Nature of such a Pre

paration.

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III. I shall propound to you fome

Motives to this Preparation. :
I. Of the Necessity of this Prepa-
ration. St. Jerom gave it as a Rule for
those of his Order to observe, that they
should always have this Voice founding
in their Ears, Awake and come to Judg-
ment. The Day of Judgment is a won-
derful Day, a Day on which depends
the Fate of the whole world, a Day
wherein the Power, Justice, Goodness
and Wisdom of God will be exalted in
an unconceivable Height and Glory.

If we consider the Nature of the
Trial; the Secrets of all Hearts will be
then reveald, not only the Works of
Retirement and Darkness; but even
every Design and Intention of the Heart
stript of that Disguise it went abroad in;
nay, the very Desires of the Soul of
Man, which like Fire pent up, were
ftifled within the Inclosures of the Mind,

and

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