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On the Sin of Backsliding

On the Sin of Backsliding

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BY THE REV. T. LIEFCHILD.

" And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back : and he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying. Thus gaith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but earnest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee. Eat no bread, and drink no water ; thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers." — 1 Kings xiii. 20 — 22.
BY THE REV. T. LIEFCHILD.

" And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back : and he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying. Thus gaith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but earnest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee. Eat no bread, and drink no water ; thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers." — 1 Kings xiii. 20 — 22.

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ON THE SIN OF BACKSLIDING BY THE REV. T. LIEFCHILD. " And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back : and he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying. Thus gaith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee, but earnest  back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee. Eat no bread, and drink no water ; thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers." — 1 Kings xiii. 20 — 22. The prophecy which was denounced  by the man of God, and which the sub-sequent part of the chapter records to have been fulfilled, is interwoven with the history of Israel's defection and the craftiness of Jeroboam. It is impossible to read the account of this man's tragical death, without being led by that to the  preceding narrative respecting his con-duct, and the revolt of the ten tribes under Jeroboam ; and brief as that narra-tive is, and destitute as are the incidents, which contain no clothing or colouring whatever, it is most admonitory and in-
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structing. An aifecting truth forces itself upon us from every part of the narrative  —that human nature is prone to go back from God, and that most of our follies and miseries into which we plunge our-selves, result from following the counsels of flesh and blood, in preference to tiiose of faith and piety. Nations might be instructed from this narrative, but Chris-tians alone can derive from it its full  benefit. They learn from it how our nature in its best and renewed state is  prone to backsliding — they learn from it, " to stand in awe and sin not," and while " they think they stand, to take heed lest they fall." Go with me, for a short time, into a review of the general narrative, and favour me with a silent and prayerful attention, Vol. II — 51
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otherwise I shall not be able to convey to you those sentiments, which I deem to be of importance, from this affecting and interesting relation. It appears, then, that Jeroboam, whose name makes so conspicuous a figure in the whole of this history, and which name, occurring here, is ever afterwards stamped with reprobation in the book of God, was at first a Hebrew youth of fair  promise and military talents. He was taken notice of by Solomon, who made him captain of his army ; but Solomon declining into idolatry, this youth Jero- boam was brought forward in a way that was displeasing to him. He had heard that the prophet of God had taken a gar-ment and rent it in twelve pieces, and had given Jeroboam ten pieces as a token, that ten out of the twelve tribes would take him to be their king, and only two other tribes, Judah and Benjamin, be left
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