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says he to himself, goest to Church, and enjoyest the Ordinance of God: Thy Servant stays at home to dress thee perishing Food. Hom knowest thou but it is to the Jeopardy of ber Eternal Life? Fear to Eat of that mear mbich Costs so dear, This Practice he remedy'd in his own Family, as much as he cou'd, without turning the Day entirely into a Fast. He, generally upon the Lord's Day, had no Company but his own Family; that fo no Reserves might hinder him, from entertaining them with Religious Discourse. But if other Company were with him, he wou'd be talking to his Servants about the Scrmon, and bring in some Religious Subje-Ito be discours'd of; and if Abroad, he us'd the fame Method, but with his usuad Modesty and Caution.
The Lord's-Day Evenings he chose to spend alone, or in such Company, where Religion might be the only Entertainment, But the Rarity of such Company, nade kiin at last resolve to visit None upon that Day, but the Sick, or the Afflicted ; and to decline receiving Visits, as much as poslīble ; desiring to converse only with God, and his own Thoughts, till it was time to call bis Family together. Then he Examin'd bis Servants, and Instructed them in the great Principles and Duties of Religion. Then he ufaally read to them some plain Pious Book, for about an Hour together; then one or more Chapters in the Bible, and so went to Prayers; concluding the Day with his o-, ther Devotions; only large Additions of
Prayers, Prayers, and Praises proper to it. Thus did he answer, in his Practice, the End of the Institution of the Lord's Day, making it a truly Christian Sabbath ; a Day, not so much of Rest, as Religion, and a happy Type of that Eternal Sabbath, which the Saints enjoy in Heaven ; who rest for ever from their Labours, yet are for ever employ'd in the work of Thanksgiving and Praise.
I shall here add his Judgment of the necessity of Observing the Lord's-Day, and keeping it strictly Holy.
The Lord Blessed the Seventh Day, to (the purposes of Piety and Spiritual Benefit 6 of his Servants ; yea, and it shall be Bles< fed. This is not a Branch of the Ceremo
nial Law; for from the Beginning of the World, the Lord hath establish'd
a Blessing upon the Seventh Day, making it ' a Mark and Characteristick of his Servants, (from the reft of the World, who take no no
tice of a Seventh Day; an outward Sign
of his Everlasting Covenant with them, ? from the Beginning to the End of the ( World. He hath fanctifi'd a Seventh part
of our Time to himself; and as He here< tofore fanctifid the Temple, as a Type
of our Emmanuel, of our Saviours Man< hood ; and gave great Privileges to the : Prayers that were offer'd up to Him, in it,
or towards it; so hath he Sanctifi'd every Seventh Day of our Time, as a Type of that Eternal Day of Holiness, and of Rest,
which we shall enjoy, in the Presence and
not then, my Soul, the Day is blessed ;
this Day, shall have a double Acceptance ; (and whatever good thing thou desirest, on I this Day, fhall have a speedy Answer.
This is the acceptable Time, in which God will hear Thee; this is the Lord's own - Day which He hath Blessed, and in which " He will Bless thee. Only take heed, that Ifa. 56: 6.
thou keep the Covenant of the Lord, and San< €tifie this his Day. (For most wise Rea
sons, he hath appointed it, as Efential and < Necessary to the Improvement of our Souls.
For whoso looks into the World, and sees o'chow Men are apt to be engag’d to it, and
< forget their Eternal Home ; will soon
and thy Services shall be accepted that
In another place he speaks to the same
* i* The Christian Church assum'd the Festi-
bath, traerts in Rhe work o
kept in remembrance of, were Fulfill'd in our Saviour, and therefore the same Festiva's were to be kept by Christians, in remembrance of this Fulfilling. Thus the
Pasiover was the Type of our Saviours © Suffering, and Transferr'd to our Easter :
The Feast of Tabernacles, to Christmas, in remembrance of God's having pitched his
Tabernacle among Men. And so the Sab. (bath, transferr'd from an Outward to a SpiCritual Relt; in Remembrance of Christ's
having perfected the Work of our Redem
ption, and our Rest from Sin procurd • thereby: So that we are not to look up. 'on it as a Jewish, but a Christian Festival; ? for to do otherwise is blam'd by the A:
postle, and Parallel'd with setting up of Circumcision. "The Jews observ'd the Sabbath for a long time, only as a Day of Rest, and not of Holy Exercises. The Christians at first, did meet in the Night of the Lord's. Day, because of Privacy; and several of them were Slaves, who cou'd get no other time; (in the Morning those that cou'd went to their Repose ; the others to their Labours, · The Laws of our Church and Land are not so strict in forbidding Work, as re
quiring Allembling to the Worship of God. ? And for the rest of the Day, we are parti'cularly directed to Acts of Charity; and no doubt such Innocent Relaxation is lawful,
cas does not take us off from that serious Temper of Mind, we ought to maintain.
It seems Impollible for Men to be Sav'd, ? without Sanctifying One Day in Seven ; I (mean in the ordinary Course of Living. « Less than this, will not keep their Minds
above Sin, and the World. And then all < Visits and Idle Chat is to be avoided, and
we ought to be altogether alone, or in • Company and Conversation, that may Edi
fie; and we are to consider, that the Lord's· Day is not only a Remembrance of what is
past, but a Type of the Eternal Sabbath
in Heaven; and therefore ought to be <spent in such Exercises (bating Acts of
Charity and the Necessities of our Mor
tal State) as we hope to be employ'd in " there.
And as he kept the Lord's Day most strict- Heolferu'd ly Holy, so he was a Religious Observer the Feasts of the Feasts and Fasts of the Church, giv. and Fasts of ing them up to Devotions proper to them, the Church's as much as his Engagements in the World wou'd allow; to Humiliation and Repentance, if Days of Sorrow; to Praises, if Days of Joy. And what he thought of our Festi. vals, and how he observ'd them, the Two following Meditations will shew.
Solibus eftivis non consule computat Annum, A. Maco I was the Character of the happy Man of thew's Day « Old. But our Happiness is of another 1495.
fort, and our Computation different, O I happy Soul! when the Offices of Religion do measure out to thee the Time and the