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good angels of the Lord, who are oftentimes the executioners of these igments; it is an holy undertaking, and it cannot but serve the interests boliness to make our modest observations upon the judgments of God ich have been executed among us. As far as it may be convenient in s discourse, I will now address my self unto this undertaking. Sirs, give me your attention. When that great man, the emperor curitius, beheld his family overwhelmed in terrible calamities, and five peful branches of his family slain before his eyes, he humbly recited use words of the Psalmist in Psal. cxix. 137: "Righteous art thou, O rd, and right are thy judgments.” My neighbours, we have ever now 1 then those calamitous things before our eyes in our neighborhood, ich, if we are not blind, we must pronounce " the right judgments of a hteous God." And I must now ask you to take some notice of those igments. I do most readily grant, that lubricus hic locus ac difficilis, * 'tis no easie tter to observe the judgments of God: we shall easily fall into the reams of being either too censorious and fanciful, or else too negligent our observation of the divine judgments. And I am not altogether ignorant of the Jewish maxim, Non est curiose trendum post Opera Dei: omnia enim sapienter fecit, tametsi abscondita tab Oculis sapientum. I But yet the judgments of God sometimes are so circumstanced, that he o runs may read them; and our duty thereupon is described in Psal. 7.9: “All men shall fear, and they shall declare the work of God, for y shall wisely consider of his doing.” Learned men have complained it, as a defect in the historical part of learning, and there is not extant impartial and a well attested historia numeseos, or, account of remarkajadgments on scandalous and notorious offenders. Yea, the God of ben himself complains of it, when men do not regard his works, even operation of his hands. will now therefore, with all faithfulness, lay before you some of those arks which I have made upon the judgments of God which have been cuted in this land. Sirs, the Lord has been known by his executing hese judgments; accompany them with your meditations! you shall r nothing but what has had sufficient evidence; and certainly I should fraid of speaking wickedly for God, or talking deceitfully for him! 'HE FIRST REMARK.—Take a due and a deep notice, I beseech you, of notable judgments with which we have seen the contempt of the rious gospel reveng'd by the God of glory. We have seen the gospel, he tidings of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ, for miserable sinners ciously offered: we have seen the offer of this gospel most ungratefully 'This place is slippery and difficult. It is not well to inquire too curiously into the works of God; for He has done all things wisely, though they data from the eyes of the wise.
refus’d: but of this refusal what event have we seen? Truly a ver terrible event. I remember a passage of Scripture, which runs thus in o translation, Isa. ii. 22: "Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostra for wherein is he to be accounted of?” But, if you please, you may th understand it: The prophet is denouncing the judgments of God up the Jews for their despising of the Messiah; and the denunciation is th concluded: "Now forbear as to that man, [or cease from offending a provoking of him,] who is now very angry, [which the Hebrews expie by breath in the nostrils,] for none is able to declare how high an accou is to be made of him. Sirs, we have seen the God of heaven very angt he has breath'd the hot lightnings of death out of his nostrils, when peop have made no account of the Lord Jesus Christ and of his gospel. V have seen these four or five remarkables among the rest:
For a First Instance.—The nation of the Narragansetts was one the most populous and powerful among all the Indians, and once fi) this mighty wilderness. Unto that woful nation the gospel of our Lo Jesus Christ was freely tendered; but they, with much affront and cu tempt, rejected it. An holy man, then famous throughout our churcht hereupon utter'd a speech to this purpose: "I speak altogether witho the Spirit of God, if this nation be not quickly and strangely destroyer It was not long before this nation, much against the advice of the mo aged men among them, engaged in acts of hostility against our peop Whereupon, ours, with a force much inferiour unto theirs, but with marvellous valour and success, in the depth of winter, made a desce upon 'em. The glorious Lord Jesus Christ, whom they had slighted, w with our army, and the day was wonderfully carried against the tawi Infidels. Their city was laid in ashes. Above twenty of their chi captains were killed; a proportionable desolation cut off the inferio salvages; mortal sickness, and horrid famine pursu'd the remainders 'em, so that we can hardly tell where any of 'em are left alive upon i face of the earth. Such was thy speedy vengeance, O blessed JEsus, ont heathen that would not know thee, nor call upon thy name.
For a Second Instance. That renowned evangelist of our Indiai the reverend Eliot, , preached the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ un Philip, the prince of the Wompanoags; but that monster, pulling off button on the good man's coat, said, he did not value what he preachel a more than that: and he hindered his abject subjects from embracing 1 Christian religion, that they might not become the subjects of our Lo Jesus Christ. But what has become of 'em all? They rashly precipita' themselves into a rebellious war against the English; and at last Ph! fell into all the distresses that could be imagined. One of his own viss then ran away from him, and informed the English where he was. To came upon him in his thicket, just as he was telling his counsellor 1 dream that he had fallen into our hands. While he endeavoured :
sape, an Indian shot him thro' the heart, whereof he died immediately;
Our Lord sus Christ hath said, concerning the “faithful ministers of his gospel," Luk.,x. 16, “He that despiseth you, despiseth me." When the “miners of the gospel" are holy, prayerful, painful, watchful, and fruitful vants of the Lord Jesus Christ, and men filled and acted with his Holy irit
, we have seen the judgments of God many a time arresting those at have abused these ambassadors from the King of heaven. Thus, there ve been angry men among us, who have sat over their cups, railing at zh or such a “minister of God,” and hoping ere long to see the death of n. In a little while they themselves have died miserably, and on their ath-beds they have cried out for that very minister to help them in their guishes. Yea, you may sometimes mark it in our churches: a church s long enjoy'd an excellent minister; but they grow at length full of accountable prejudices against him: The Son of God, seeing this their vward folly, sends for that minister away to heaven presently; and let n supply themselves with such another when they can find him. And, all I venture to say one thing more? I will say it. Let the Levites of
the Lord keep close to their instructions, and “God will smite thro' the loins of those that rise up against them.”—I will report unto you a thing which many hundreds among us know to be true: The godly minister of a certain town in Connecticut, when he had occasion to be absent on a Lord's-day from his flock, employ'd an honest neighbour of some small talents for a mechanick, to read a sermon out of some good book unto 'em, This honest, whom they ever counted also a pious man, had so much con ceit of his talents, that, instead of reading a sermon appointed, he, to the surprize of the people, fell to preaching one of his own.
For his text be took these words: “Despise not prophecyings;" and in his preachment he betook himself to bewail the "envy of the clergy” in the land, in that they did not wish "all the Lord's people to be prophets," and call forth "private brethren" publickly to "prophesie." While he was thus in the midst of his exercise, God smote him with horrible madness; he was taken ravingly distracted: The people were forc'd with violent hands to carry him home. And tho' in a few weeks the physician brought him to so much composure that he could jog on after some sort in an obscure privacy the rest of his days; yet, if any one began a discourse of any thing in religion with him, he would ever fly out into a fit of madness, which would continue till the discourse were laid aside. I will not men. tion his name: He was reputed a pious man.
If unto these things I should add, that the impoverishing judgments of God upon our land have been very much for that abominable sacrilege, wherein the ministers of Christ, almost all the land over, have been as much defrauded of their dues, as if you should with-hold the wages of your servants, (which is a sin that cries to God for vengeance!) I could quote Scripture enough to give authority unto that assertion. Scripture! yea, and experience too.
A town in this countrey, enrich'd with two very eminent ministers, did one year pass a town vote, that they could not allow their ministers above thirty pounds a-piece that year for their salaries; and, behold, the God who will “not be mock'd," immediately caused the town to lose thre hundred pounds, in that specie of their cattle by one disaster. But I forbear it; for though the judgments of God go on to break “people in a mortar" for it, this foolishness, I know, will never depart from them. I pass to
The Second REMARK.—Men had need beware of rash speeches, especially of rash wishes; for we have seen sore judgments fall out most agreeably thereunto. It was wholesome advice once given by the town clerk of Ephesus, “Ye ought to do nothing rashly." Truly, nor should we speak any thing rashly, much less wish any thing rashly. Sirs, the "angels of death” over-hear what we say, and God often gives 'em commission to smite a man, ex ore suo.* How often have we seen it, that a
• Taking him at his own word.
wi's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul!" nere was once a very godly man, of whom 'tis reported in Psal. cvi. 32, It went ill with him, because they provoked his Spirit, so that he spoke advisedly with his lips." I'll tell you what I have met withal. I have ard a vexed father say, “he cared not whether he ever saw such a ild again.” That child has gone out of his presence, and through the spatches of death, he has never seen that child again. I have known a weary mother say, “she hopes this is the last child she ul ever have; and multiplied and unhappy miscarriages, ever after, ive given 'em cause to remind what they said, with bitterness of soul. Again, there was a sailor in a boat bound bither from the northward, bo, being disswaded from taking a pipe of tobacco, because they had a rrel of powder aboard, reply'd, “I will take it, though the devil carry e away alive!" The fire some how came at the powder, which tore the at in pieces, and lost all the goods that were in it. All the men were admiration preserved, except that one sailor, whom they long after und in the woods, with his body torn to pieces. Who carried him say, think you? Once more: A lewd young man, being dissatisfied with the service herein he lived, at the house of an honest man, in a neighbouring town, Len they told him that his bad courses would bring him to hell at the , he wickedly said, “He had rather be in hell than in his master's ruse." Immediately after this, he was in a very strange manner drowned I a little bank in the river.—Take one example more: There was an old professor in one of our churches, who being under the imonition of the church for some offences, was by his friends call'd upon repent, and reform, and humble himself. But he flew into this outrageous swer: "No! I will burn, before I will turn." And behold the issue! Lis man some time after fell into the fire, and was burnt to death.—Take i one more example. 'Tis well known to all the neighbours: A man in our Narragansett country, having set his dog to mischief his ighbours cattel, deny'd the fact with imprecations "that he might never I from the place, if he had so done." The neighbor to whom he denyd expressing himself troubled at his impudent lying, this Atheist hereupon ed the name of the great God in his imprecations, “that God would never him stir out of that place, if he did the thing.” The wotds were scarce t of his mouth, but he sunk down dead in the place, and never stirr'd 5 more.—Credible persons in this place have been able to testifie unto e truth of another such passage: A fellow aboard a vessel commanded by one Wollery, being charg'd th some deceit, horribly wish'd "that the devil might put out his eyes, Lie had done as had been suspected concerning him." That very night rienn fell into his eyes, with which in a few days, to the astonishment ais company, he became stark-blind, even as if he had forsworn himself,