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God's Church and People Secure

God's Church and People Secure

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. xiv. 32. What shall one then answer the messengers of the
nation P That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of
his people shall trust in it.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. xiv. 32. What shall one then answer the messengers of the
nation P That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of
his people shall trust in it.

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GOD'S CHURCH AD PEOPLE SECURE.THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Isai. xiv. 32. What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation P That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it. GOD is for the most part overlooked in the go- vernment of the world : and hence arise an over- confidence among some, and a\ undue timidity amongst others. But, if we viewed God as order- ing and overruling every thing, even to the falhng of a sparrow, we should undertake nothing our- selves without a direct reference to him ; nor fear what was undertaken by others, whilst we had hini for our Protector. This is the great lesson which we are taught in the passage which we have now read. The context contains a prophecy respecting the fate of Palestine. The Philistines had been ' VOL. v. T invaded 274 ISAIAH, XIV. 32. [498. invaded and conquered by king Uzziah"; but in the days of Ahaz, Uzziah's son, they had regained their cities, and made reprisals on the provinces of the Jewish monarch ^ At the accession of Hezekiah to the throne of Judah, they hoped to make yet fur- ther inroads on the Jewish territory: and the pro- phet Isaiah was inspired to foretell, that they should not only fail in their attempts, but be utterly van- quished by him, whom they so fondly thought to subdue and subjugate. Read the passage in this view, and the whole ad- dress will appear extremely spirited and beautiful.
 
'* Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken"; (i. e. because thou hast triumphed over Uzziah's son :) ** for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, or adder; and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent." (Uzziah bit thee only as a common serpent: but his grandson Hezekiah shall inflict a wound as fatal as an adder ; and prove as irresistible as a fiery flying serpent.) ** And the first-born of the poor (Jews, whom thou hast so oppressed) shall feed, and the needy (whom thou hast so terrified) shall lie down in safety : whilst thy root shall be destroyed by famine, and thy remnant with the sword." (Instead then of rejoic- ing, " Howl, O gate ; cry, O city ; thou whole Pa- lestina art dissolved : for there shall come from the north (Judea) a smoke (and dust of an army in full march :) and none shall be alone (or decline serving in this army) at the appointed time. (In the mean time,) " what shall one then answer the messengers of the nation," (when they come, full of alarm and terrors announcing thy preparations to invade the land of Judah?) Answer, " that the Lord hath founded Zion : and the poor of his people shall trust in it;" and that no weapon ever formed against them shall prosper. The ' 2 Chron. xxvi. 6. ^ 2 Chron. xxviii. 18. " The general interpretation of their being foreign ambassadors sent to coniyratulate Hezekiah, enervates the whole force of the pas- sage, and IS in opposition to the text itself, which speaks of them as the messengers of the nation^ and not of foreign nations. 408.] GOD*S CHURCH AD PEOPLE SECURE. 275 The words thus explained we shall consider as
 
proclaiming, I. An unquestionable fact — " God has founded Zion"— [He has founded it in his eternal counsels} and he has founded it also in his covenant engagements. He determined from all eternity that he would have a Church and People from amongst the sinners of mankind ; and that he would get glory to himself from the introduction of sin into this lower world. For this end he entered into covenant with his co- equal, co-eternal Son ; and engaged, that if he would become a man, and " make his own soul an offering for sin," he should have from amongst our fallen race, a people, who should be his purchased possession, and should for ever shew forth his praise**. This covenant being made, he gave to his Son " a multitude, whom no man can number, out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues ;" and agreed to accomplish in them all his good pleasure, and to bring them in due season to the full possession of that glory, which by their transgres- sions they had lost. To this the Lord Jesus Christ repeatedly refers, declaring, that he was invested with " power to give eternal hfe to as many as the Father had given him^:" andunder this character the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for them^, and committed them into the Father's hands to be kept for him^, and declared his assured expectation of having them, in due time, as the trophies of his grace, and the partners of his glory \] " The poor of his people also shall trust in it" — [God never leaves his chosen people to trust in them- selves : he never has done it : he never will do it. From the beginning he has made them to feel their need of a Saviour; and has caused them to build on " that foundation which he has laid in Zion." The institution of sacrifices even in Para- dise (for we doubt not but that the beasts, with the skins of which our first parents were clothed by God himself, had been offered in sacrifice to God) taught them from the be- ginning to rely, not on themselves, but on a Sacrifice which should in due time be offered : and his grace has invariably

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