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On the Judgments of God

On the Judgments of God

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BY THE VERY REV. G. H. BAIRD, D.D.,

When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitantx of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah xxvi. 9.
BY THE VERY REV. G. H. BAIRD, D.D.,

When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitantx of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah xxvi. 9.

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ON THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD BY THE VERY REV. G. H. BAIRD, D.D., When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitantx of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah xxvi. 9. I BEGIN, my friends, with remarking that by the term "judgments of God" the Scriptures sometimes denote the de-cisions, whether favourable or adverse, which God passes upon the conduct of men. But more frequently this phrase is employed to denote the effect of such de-cisions, when they are unfavourable — to denote those remarkable punishments by which the Almighty chastises the wick-edness of guilty individuals, and the crimes of guilty nations. In the course of God's providential procedure we often see his judgments; we see misfortune and distress following so closely and visi- bly the conduct of men, that we can have no doubt whatever concerning the con-nexion tliat, by his appointment, subsists
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 between them. Thus when poverty, like an armed man, rusheth on the prodigal — when a failing of eyes, and trembling of  joints, and rottenness of bnnos afHict the sensualist — when a dissolution of all the moral bonds that uphold governments sweeps from a once high place among the nations an ungodly, and profligate, and efTfininalo people, we see in such cases an obvious relation between sin and pun-ishment — between the sin and the judg-ment of God passed against it. They are connected as cause and efTrel by the ori-ginal constitution which the Almighty has imposed on man, and on the world in which man is placed, and wliero ho acts ; and wo feci no surpriao when wo sco these accompanying one another — the sia and the punishment. But, my friends, there are many cases
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where the precise object of the divine visitation is unknown and invisible to us. In many cases the Lord holdeth back his face in his dealings with his creatures, and sprcadeth a cloud of darkness over it : men behold the effects only of his in-terposition, without perceiving the parti-cular end for which these visitations were  produced. For instance, in the material world we sometimes witness famine, and the raging tempest, consuming all and  blasting the hopes of men — and so it is to this day in our land. At other times we  behold a terrible pestilence thinning, by its ravages, the numbers of the people. And in the establishments of social life, too, do wc not often see deep distress brought on the inhabitants of whole kingdoms through political revolutions and war?  Now, we know from the Scriptures, and the suggestions of our own hearts, that these also are the scourges of nations m the hands of tlif Almighty. We are at the same time but seldom able to point
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