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The Humblest Believer an Instrument of Good.

The Humblest Believer an Instrument of Good.

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ROBERT GORDON, D. D.


2 KINGS V. 3.

And she said unto her mistressy Would God my lord
were with the prophet that is in Samaria f/or he would
recover him of his leprosy.
ROBERT GORDON, D. D.


2 KINGS V. 3.

And she said unto her mistressy Would God my lord
were with the prophet that is in Samaria f/or he would
recover him of his leprosy.

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THE HUMBLEST BELIEVER A ISTRUMET OF GOOD.ROBERT GORDO, D. D.2 KIGS V. 3.And she said unto her mistressy Would God my lordwere with the prophet that is in Samaria f/or he wouldrecover him of his leprosy.It is frequently and very distinctly stated inScripture, that the great object of all God's inter-positions on behalf of Israel, considered with areference to the existing state of the world, at thetime these interpositions took place, was to de-monstrate the divine supremacy, and to sanctifyhis great name in the sight of the heathen. Thuswe find God declaring by the mouth of the pro-phet Jeremiah, that he had chosen and separatedunto himself the family of Abraham, that " theymight be unto him for a people, and for a name,and for a praise, and for a glory ;" and whenat a future period he commissioned Ezekiel toreprove Israel for their ingratitude, by enume-rating the many deliverances that he had wrought308 THE HUMBLEST BELlEVEli SEll. 15.on their behalf, and reminding them how fre-quently he had turned away his anger, notwith-standing their provocations, he expressly assignedthe manifestation of his own glory, as the reasonof all the forbearance which he exercised towardsthem, from his first interposition for them in theland of Egypt, till the day that they were carriedcaptive into the land of Babylon. " I wrought,"said he, and the declaration is repeatedly made in
 
the same chapter, " I wrought for my name's sake,that it should not be polluted before the heathen,among whom they were, in whose sight I mademyself known unto them, in bringing them forthout of the land of Egypt.'*or was it only at a late period of the historyof the Israelites, that these great purposes of the divine dispensations were fully stated and ex-plained. It appears from various passages in thewritings of Moses, that he was fully aware of thisleading principle of God's procedure towards theIsraelites ; and, in proof of this, I need only referto the use which he made of it in the mar-vellous intercession, or I might almost say re-monstrance, which he presented to God, on behalf of that rebellious people, when the divine displea-sure was ready to break forth against them, andconsume them. " How long," said the Lord untoMoses, referring to the infatuated purpose whichthe Israelites had formed of returning into Egypt,on hearing the report of the spies respecting theSER. 15. A ISTRUMET OF GOOD. fJ09difficulty of taking possession of Canaan, and tothe violence which they manifested against Jo-shua and Caleb who opposed that purpose — " howlong will this people provoke me ? and how longwill it be ere they believe me, for all the signswhich I have showed among them ? I will smitethem with the pestilence, and disinherit them, andwill make of thee a greater nation and mightierthan they. And Moses said unto the Lord, thenthe Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtestup this people in thy might from among them,)and they will tell it to the inhabitants of thisland : for they have heard that thou. Lord, art
 
among this people ; that thou. Lord, art seen faceto face ; and that thy cloud standeth over them ;and that thou goest before them, by day-time ina pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.ow, if thou shalt kill all this people as one man,then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Because the Lord wasnot able to bring this people into the land whichhe sware unto them, therefore he hath slain themin the wilderness. And now, I beseech thee par-don the iniquity of this people, according unto thegreatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiventhis people from Egypt even until now. And theLord said, I have pardoned, according to thy word ;but as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filledwith the glory of the Lord."It was thus that God was pleased to identify1SIO THE HUMBLEST BELIEVER SEU. 15.the honour of his name, and the supremacy of his government, with the prosperity of Israel — itwas for this purpose that " he put the fear of them,and the dread of them," upon all the nations thatwere round about, and raised them to the highestelevation of prosperity and power under the reignof David and Solomon — and when he foretold,by the mouth of his holy prophets, the deliver-ance that he was yet to work for his people,when he should turn again the captivity of Judah,and bring them from Babylon to Jerusalem, itwas still the manifestation of his supremacy asthe only living and true God, that he assigned asthe reason of that gracious interposition. " Thussaith the Lord God, I do not this for your sakes,O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake,

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