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Ser M. Service, the Earth, Air and Sea, and all I.
Things in them; and not only fo, but the heavenly Bodies also, the Sun to rule the Day, and the Moon and Stars to give himLight in the Night Season ; for tho’ these may
have other Uses in Nature, yet as long as they serve the Uses of Man, it is the fame to him as if they were made for him only, and require the same grateful Aca knowledgments.
2. The Wisdom of God in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only Thankfulness, but Humility. For indeed, if we consider that, among the infinite Variety of Things with which we are incompass’d, there is not one of them that is thoroughly known and understood by Man, a few Properties only of a Thing being enough for an Age or two to find out, and the least Blade of Grass having Wonders enough in it to confound the greatest Philosopher, what Avenues can there possibly be for Pride to enter? Well then might it be said, that Pride is founded. in Ignorance, and well might the most knowing be also the most humble.
3. The Wisdom of God discover'd in the Works of the Creation should teach us not only to be thankful and humble, but to be good, and to lead such Lives as may
make us in some measure worthy of these SERM.
I. Blessings which we were design'd to contemplate and enjoy. And indeed, if we are truly grateful and humble, these Virtues will naturally lead us to this; for all the Adions of a good Life are but so many Branches that spring from them. Whoever has a juft Sense of Gratitude to God, and is possess’d of a truly humble Mind, will also of course be temperate, sober, just, and every thing else that is good and praiseworthy ; he will put that Value
Men and Things which they deserve; he will consider himself, not only as the Workmanship, but the Image of God; and therefore will be very cautious of doing any thing that tends to throw a Slur upon him whose Image and Superscription he bears.
In short, he will do every thing to answer the Ends of his Creation, and to contribute to the Glory of his great Creator. Which that we may all do, God of his infinite Mercy
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the Fear of the Lord that is
Evil is Understanding, SERM.
N the foregoing Chapter, to which II.
this has Relation, Job had been protesting against the Doctrine of
his Friends, who all along affert, ed that Amictions were ever the Consequence of Sin, and that some remarkable Vengeance always attended wicked Men; which nevertheless he grants that it does sometimes happen to be true, tho' he denies it to be always a constant Rule and Method of God's Proceedings: And being aware that they would be apt to suspect the Impartiality of this way of acting, and would not be able to reconcile it to the Justice of God, he
B J E C.TS. 23 shews them that these things are beyond the SERM. Reach of human Capacity, that the Things
II. of Nature would be a more proper Subject to employ the Wit and Industry of Man, whose Enquiries, when they have been carried this Way, have answered the End and proved successful, but that the Secrets of the Almighty are likely always to remain such to us, notwithstanding our utmoft Endeavours to find them out. Surely, says he, there is a Vein for the Silver, and a Place for Gold where they find it: Iron is taken out of the Earth, and Brass is molten out of the Stone. There is a Path which no Fowl knoweth, and which the Vulture's Eye hath not seen ; the Lion's Whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce Lion passed by it. But where Mall Wisdom be found 2 and where is the Place of Understanding ? that is, who can find out the Reasons and Methods of God's Providence?. This is, indeed a hard Question for Flesh and Blood to answer: as for this sort of Wisdom, which is Wisdom in the highest Sense of the Word, there is no Purchase to be given for it; for Man knoweth nat the Price thereof, neither is it found in the Land of the Living. The Depth. saith, It is not in me; and the Sea faith, It is not with me: Where then
SERM. shall we seek it? If it is not in the Earth
nor Sea, where can we imagine it to be
Unto. Man be said,
25: Behold, the Fear of the Lord that is Wifdom, and to depart from Evil is Understanding ---- Now tho' these Expressions, griez the Fear of the Lord, and departing from frosty Evil
, include in them the whole Sum and siapa Substance of Religion, yet because Job had
2013 been speaking against a curious Enquiry into the Ways of Providence, and had shewn that that kind of Wisdom belonged only to God, and having in the Words of the Text pointed out to us a Wisdom of a lower Na. ture, in Contradiction to that which is more suitable to oựr Capacities, and which confifts in the doing good and forsaking Evil,