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St. Margaret's Westminster,

On the 21st of M A Y, 1690. .

DEUT, V. 29.

my

O that there were such an Heart in

them, that they would fear me, and keep all Commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their Children for Ever!

T

HESE are the Words of God ta
Moses, concerning the Children of
Ifrael. And Two Things may be
gathered from them.

I. His serious Desire of their Happiness.

II. The Means whereby that Happiness is to be attained.

The First of these is imported in that Solemn Wish, into which the Text is framed;

O that there were such an Heart in them, &c. that it might be well with them, and with their Children for Ever,

The Second is imported in the Way of connecting the former Part of the With, with that which follows: ( that there were such an Heart in thems! what then? That they would fear me, and keep all my Commandments always; And why so? It follows, That it might be well with them, and with their Children for Ever, Which plainly implies, That the way to have Things well with them, and with their Children, is to fear God, and keep all his Commandments always,

I have but one Thing more to observe conçerning the Text, and that is this; That the Wish or Defire that God here expresses of Israel's Vertue and Happines, doth not so much relate to the Israelites, consider'd singly, and as particular Persons (though it cannot be denied, but it doth extend to them, even under that Notion) but it chiefly relates to the Children of Israel, consider'd collectively, that is to say, under the Notion of a People or Nation. God here expresses his Care of the whole Nation, and seriously wishes they may be a happy People, they and their Children after them.

Two Points then we have from this Text, very proper to be insisted on, upon this Oco casion; which, therefore, I shall make the Heads of my following Discourse,

First, That God is seriously concerned, for the Good and Happineß of Nations and Kingdoms, as well as that of particular Perfons: and more

especially

that ay

pipecially of those Nations that profess his true Reo ligion.

Secondly, That the Happiness and Prosperity of Nations, is to be attained the fame way particular Man's Happiness is; that is to say, by fearing God, and keeping his Commandments.

I. I begin with the First, That Gud is serie riously concerned for the Good and Happiness of Nations and Kingdoms, as well as that of particular Persons; and more especially of all those Nations that prefess his true Religion.

I do not think this is much doubted of by any Chriftian; and therefore, I need not infiit on a laborious Proof of it.

That God who doth not overlook the mean. est and the most inconsiderable Creatures that he hath made; but so far concerns himself in taking care of them, and providing for them, that not so much as a Sparrom (if we may be lieve our Saviour) doth fall to the Ground with out his Will: Can it be imagined, that he is not more concerned for the Happiness, and Well-being of the noblest Part of the visible Creation, Mankind, who bear his own Image, and whom he looks upon as his own Children? Certainly he is.

And that God whose Care and Providence doch fo particularly extend to every individual Man, that (as the same our Lord Jesus {peaks) the very Hairs of our Head are num. bered by him; Can it be imagined, that He doth not ftill take more Care of the greater Bodies and Combinations of Men, such as Nations and Kingdoms, which are so many

ways

O that there were such an Heart in them, &c. that it might be well with them, and with their Children for Ever,

The Second is imported in the Way of connecting the former Part of the With, with that which follows: O that there were such an Heart in them! what then?. That they would fear me, and keep all my Commandments. always; And why so? It follows, That it might be well with them, and with their. Children for Ever, Which plainly implies, That the Way, to have Things well with them, and with their Children, is to fear. God, and keep all his Commandments always,

I have but one Thing more to observe conçerning the Text, and that is this; That the With or Defire that God here expresses of Ifrael's Vertue and Happiness

, doth not so much relate to the Israelites, consider'd fingly, and as particular Persons (though it cannot be denied, but it doth extend to them, even under that Notion) but it chiefly relates to the Children of Israel, consider'd collectively, that is to say, under the Notion of a People or Nation. God here expresses his Care of the whole Nation, and seriously wishes they may be a happy People, they and their Children after them. ? Two Points then we have from this Text, very proper to be insisted on, upon this Oce casion; which, therefore, I shall make the Heads of my following Discourse,

First, That God is seriously concerned, for the Good and Happineß of Nations and Kingdoms, as, well as that of particular Persons: and more

especially

that

specially of those Nations that profess his true Re. ligion.

Secondly, That the tappiness and Prosperity of Nations, is to be attained the fame way particular Man's Happiness is; that is to say, by fearing God, and keeping his Commandments.

1. I begin with the First, That God is seririously concerned for the Good and Happiness of Nations and Kingdoms, as well as that of particular Persons; and more especially of all those Nations that profess his true Religion.

I do not think this is much doubted of by any Chriftian; and therefore, I need not insist on a laborious Proof of it.

That God who doth not overlook the meaneft and the most inconsiderable Creatures that he hath made; but so far concerns himself in taking care of them, and providing for them, that not so much as a Sparrow (if we may be. lieve our Saviour) doth fall to the Ground without his Will: Can it 'be imagined, that he is not more concerned for the Happiness, and Well-being of the noblest Part of the visible Creation, Mankind, who bear his own. Image, and whom he looks upon as his own Children? Certainly he is.

And that God whose Care and Providence doch fo particularly extend to every individual Man, that (as the fame our Lord Jesus {peaks) the very Hairs of our Head are num. bered by him; Can it bé imagined, that He doth not ftill take more Care of the greater Bodies and Combinations of Men, such as Nations and Kingdoms, which are so many

ways

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