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and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do ju- ftice and judgment.
Mot. 2. They are born like wild asses colts, and have a natural bent to the way of fin and destruction : Pfal. lviii. 3. The wicked ure estranged from the womb, they go aftray as soon as they be born, Speaking lyes. It is too fond and blind a love to your children, that makes you take no notice of the corruption of their nature. And if they are natural. ly corrupt, what cap ye expect but that they will run to their own ruin, if ye are not at pains with them for their souls good? Hence says Solomon, Prov. xxix. 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom : . but a child left to himself, bringeth his mother to Shame.
Mot. 3. Parents propagate that corruption of nature to them, by natural generation. The sinful nature of children is a glass wherein the parents may get a humbling view of their own : Gen. v. 3. Adam begat a fon in his own likeness, after his image ; and called his name Şeth. Compared with Job xiv. 4. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean not one. Have ye been instrumental in conveying the poison to them, and will ye not be thereby ftir.. red up to minister the antidote to them?
Mot. 4. They are in the midst of many snares, en tered into a world wherein offences abound, Matth. xviii. 7. Their youth makes them raw and unexperienced, and disposes them to be rash and héed. less. They have need of a monitor, and instructor and guide. How shall they learn, if they are not taught ?
Mot. 5. Ye must die ; and it is like will die before them, and leave them in this evil world. Will ye not be concerned for them, that it may be well
with them when ye are away? Your concern for their temporal provision will not make it well with them, while ye are not concerned to sow the seeds of religion in their hearts. That will be but to give much fail to an empty ship without ballaft, that may sink her in the deep sea, as is feen in the fad experience of many.
Mot. 6. They must die; and it may be they may die before you, and leave you ; and then they will have no use for all the temporal provision ye have laboured for, for them. But religion propagated by you to them, will then appear a precious treasure. But if ye have neglected that duty to chem, that will then appear a criminal neglect which ye will never more be capable to mend; and it will leave a galling sting in your conscience, if ye be not quite stupid.
Mot. 7. lastly, What comfort can ye have in their case, while ye can have no comfortable prospect of their eternal happiness? If they were to be lords and ladies in this world, but to perish co ternally in another world, what comfort can be there? The barren womb and dry breasts are preferable to the bringing forth children to the murderers ; much more to the bringing forth children for hell-fire.
Let these things work upon your copsciences, and on your natural affection, to bestir yourselves towards the propagating of religion to the rising generation. If ye have any conscience of duty towards God, any humanity towards your fellowcreatures, neglect it no more. For particular directions, I propose
Doct. III. ult. The true way of propagating religion, the standing to the rising generation, is, that the former make God known to the latter, so as they may betake themselves unto him, his truth and faithfulness, by faith and trust. This is the fense of the words of the text, and agreeable to the
matter, Hezekiah's life being prolonged in virtue of it, that promise, 1 Kings viii. 25.-There mall not
fail thee a man in my right to sit on the throne of if Ifrael ; fo that thy children take heed to their way, I That they walk 'before me as thou hast walked before
me. So this notification is not of the matter as a fpeculation, but as a practical thing, that the riLing generation may be brought to God.
In difcoursing this doctrine, we shall consider,
of propagating religion, the standing to the ri
sing generation. . - IV. lastly, Apply. : I. We shall consider the end to be aimed at in our teaching the rising generation. And that is, that they may be brought to betake themselves unto the truth of God by faith and hope. This is expressly taught, Psal. lxxviii. 6. 7. That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born : who Nould arise, and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the corks of God; but keep
his commandments. Now, here we are to confi. der,
1. What is this truth of God we are to endea. vour to bring the rising generation to. 2. How one, betakes himself unto God's truth, which is that we should aim to bring the rising generation to. · First, What is this truth of God we are to endeavour to bring the rising generation to ? The truth of God may be considered three ways.
J. In the divine doctrine in general. And thus whatever the Lord teaches in his word, is true to a tittle. Hence says David, Psal. cxix. 160. Thy word is true. All the, discoveries made to us therein, are to be relied on as most firm truth: But that truth of doctrine is not here meant ; for it belongs to the means, the object to be made known.
2. In the divine threatenings. They are not mere scarecrows, as the wicked world looks on them, and disregards them, Deut. xxix. 19. ; but shall have a certain accomplishment in their true mean. ing and intention : for which cause believers of God's word tremble at them, I). Ixvi. 2. But neither is this here meant; since it is not the object of hope, but of fear.
3. In the divine promises. These are of two forts. (1.) Law-promises; as, He that doth them, mall live in them. This cannot be here meant neither; for no man can be happy that way, Rom. viii. 3. (2.) The gospel-promises ; such as, John iii. 16. God fo loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whofuever believeth in him,
should not perish, but have everlafling life. Heb. . viii. 10. This is the covenant that I will make with
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the house of Israel after those days, faith the Lord ;
Now, the promise of the gospel is held forth under the notion of God's truth, on these accounts..
1. In refpect of the weight of the things promised therein. . They are fo great and weighty, that were not the infallible truth of God impawned for them, they could not be believed by sensible guilty creatures : 2 Pet. i. 4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you might be partaker's of the divine nature. Compared with Luke xxiv. 25. 26. Then Jesus Said unto them, o fools, and Now of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? That the eternal Son of God should take on man's nature, and suffer the most ignominious death therein, for sinners, who could have believed on another than God's own testimony? That God freely gives eternal life in him to sinners, as i John v. 11. who otherwise could believe?
2. The foundation of believing it is in God only. A true believer receives the kingdom of God as a little child, Mark x. 15. on the mere testimony of his Father. There is nothing in nature's light to bring us to the belief of the gospel. So faith is called the evidence of things not feen, Heb. xiii. The threateniog of death in the law, a na