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The Certainty of Death.

The Certainty of Death.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Job XXX. 23. / know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to
the house appointed for all living.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.



Job XXX. 23. / know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to
the house appointed for all living.

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THE CERTAITY OF DEATH. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Job XXX. 23. / know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. WE cannot certainly know the ultimate intentions of Providence from any thing we either see or feel. A man to whom God has given a robust constitution, cannot therefore be sure that he shall attain to old age : nor can a man that is bowed down with com- plicated diseases, be certain that his health shall not be restored. Presumption too often attends the for- mer state, and despair the latter ; as appears in the instance of Job. In his prosperity he said, *' I shall die ill my nest," without living to experience any material trials : and in his adversity he felt confident, that God, whom now he thought his enemy, was bringing him down to the grave ; and that his present troubles would terminate in death. In both these opinions he was mistaken : he did experience very heavy afflictions: and those were succeeded by brighter days of happiness than ever he had before known. But though he erred as to the expectations he had formed respecting the time and manner of his death, his general assertion was founded in truth, and conveys to us a most instructive lesson. Let us consider, I. The truth affirmed— othing can be more certain than that we shall all die — VOL. III. H H [The
 
466 JOB, XXX. 23. L^22. [The grave is " the house appointed for all .living." Adanj was doomed to it for his transgression* — and all his posterity have been involved in his sentence'' — It is not in the power of wisdom, or strength, or riches, to avert the stroke of death '^ — All, whatever be their rank or condition, must pay the debt of nature ''3 — whether we have lived in a palace or a cottage, the grave is the house in which we must all abide at last — The righteous are, in this respect, on a par with the wicked* — ;The moment that God says to any, " Thy soul is required of thee," ** his body must return to its native dust, and his spirit must re- turn unto Him that gave it^" — ] And this is a truth universally acknowledged — [Every one ^' knows" that he himself must die. We look back to the Ante-diluvian world ; and though we find that they lived eight or nine hundred years, they all died at last. Since that time, successive generations have come and passed away. Our own near ancestors are removed, and " their places know them no more." There are few amongst us who have not within a very few years lost some friend or relative. And we all feel, that if we have not any disorder at present, we are at least liable to tho^e diseases and decays which are daily weakening the strongest constitutions, and executing the Divine appointments in bringing us to the grave. The time of our death, as we observed before, is known to none : but its approach is not for one moment doubted by any^.] As this thing is so plain, we hasten to, II. The improvement w^e should make of it — ¦ The certainty of death should, 1. Moderate our regards to the things of this world —
 
[Were our present possessions to abide with us for ever, there were some reason for our eagerness respecting them : but, as they are so soon to be removed from us, or we from them, it is folly to let them occupy so large a portion of our affections We are not greatly elated with the comforts of an inn, where we are to stop but an hour ; nor are we greatly depressed with any want of comforts whicii we may find there : the thought of our stay there being so short, renders us comparatively indifferent to our present accommodations. Thus the thought, that *' the Lord is at hand," should cause us to make " our moderation known unto all men''" This is elsewhere enforced by the Apostle in relation to every thing, whether pleasant or painful ; all is but a pageant » Gen. ji. 1?. &: ili. I9. '' Bom. v. 12. " Ps. xlix. 7— 10. * Eccl. viii. 8. * Rom. viii. 10. Zech. i. 5. ' Eccl. xii. 7. « Eccl, ix. 5. " Plnl. iv. 5. 322.] THE CERTAITY OP DEATH. 46/ pageant passing by ; and whether the spectacle be mournful or  joyous, it is scarcely sooner arrived than it vanishes from before our eyes '. Our joys and our sorrows will both appear light and momentary, when viewed in reference to the transitoriness of what is visible, and the endless duration of the things in- visible'' ] 1. Make us diligent in preparing for a better world — [The time allotted us here, is given on purpose that we may prepare for another, and a better state. If the present hour be

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