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6: heritage?” When God promises, fear not left the performance should prove delusion. Hear this stedfast servant of the Lord, when he had now employed several years after his arrival in Canaan in combats for the establishment of his brethren in their allotments ftating his own claim before Joshua. Thou knowejt the thing that the Lord said unto Mofes, the man of God, concerning' me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. And Mofes fware on that day, saying; Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever : because thou hast wholly fola lowed the Lord thy God. And now, behold, the Lord bath kept me alive,' as he said, these forty and five years, even fince the Lord fpake this word unto Mofes, while the children of Ifracl wandered in the wilderness. And now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. Is get I am as strong this day as I was in the day ibat Mofes fent me: as my sirength was then, even so is my strength now for war: Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day (for thou beardes in that day how the Anakims were there, and, that the cities were great and fenced): if the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. And Joshua blessed him (c): and according to the promise
(e) Joshua, xiv. 6–14. xv. 13, 14.
of Moses assigned to him the mountain and city of Hebron, which were inhabited by those giants, the sons of Anak, at the name of whom the whole congregation of Israel had trembled ; and the Lord was with Caleb ; and he utterly destroyed them. The words of the Lord will be fulfilled as punctually with respect to you. The wicked fall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal ( F ). If the gospel is preached to you in vain; if your lives are not lives of faith and holiness through Christ: you will perilh everlastingly, where the worm dieth not and the fire is never quenched. These are the true sayings of God. If you have another Spirit with you, even that new spirit which is created in the heart by the eternal Spirit of fan&ification; if you follow the Lord fully in godliness, and humility, and prayer, and - perseverance unto the end: the inheritance of the spiritual Canaan, the kingdom of heaven, will be yours, by the blood of Jesus, for ever.
(f ) Matt. XXV. 46. ^.
I. SERMON XI.
On the Character of Naaman.
2 KINGS, v. 2, 3..
The Syrians had gone out by Companies, and had brought away captive out of Israel a little Maid ; and she waited on Naaman's Wife. And she said unto her Mistress ; Would God my Lord were with the Prophet that is in Samaria : for he would recover bim of his Le
THAT the name of God might be glori
fied among the heathen was one of the leading purposes, for the furtherance of which the children of Israel were selected to become a peculiar people to the Most High. In the victories which from age to age have attended the standard of the cross, this plan of mercy has advanced many steps towards its completion. In the universal triumphs which await Christianity, when the conversion and re: establishment of the Jews shall bring the fulness of the Gentiles into the church, it will receive its perfect accomplishment. But during the whole period of the Mosaic covenant ; from the day when the magicians faid unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God, to the moment when the Roman centurion exclaimed, Truly this Man was the Son of God: the deliverances miraculously wrought amidst the chosen race shook successive kingdoms and generations of unbelievers with terror; and concurred with the conspicuous purity of the Jewish religion to extort from reluctant idolaters the tribute of praise to Jehovah.
In the narrative of which the portion of Scripture already recited forms a part, we perceive the Omnipotent gaining to himself from among the heathen an acquisition which his mercy never despises, the acquisition of a faithful worshipper. I propose, in the first place, to state and briefly to illustrate the circumstances of the transaction : and, in the second place, to point out some of the methods, in which we may derive benefit from the consideration of them.
· I. The kingdom of Syria bordered upon Ifrael. In consequence of disputes respecting their boundaries and various other causes, there
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arose frequent wars between the two nations. About the time of which we are speaking, fome troops of Syrians had effected a fucceffful incursion into the land of Israel : and, according to the cruel custom of those days, had carried back with thein into captivity fuch of the inhabitants as they had been able to seize. Among them was a young woman,
who became a servant in the family of Naa: man. Naaman was captain of the host, ge
neral of the whole army, of the king of Syria.
God my lord were wiit the prop?ei that is in : Samaria : for he world recouer hin un mis