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her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant
mock at her Sabbaths.
be a sign between me and you, that ye may know
that I am the Lord your God.
the son of man that laycth hold on it, that keep-
band from doing evil.
ting it, and taketh hold of my Covenant.
lain, and make them joyful in my house of pray.
bath was made for man, and not man for the
V.28. Therefore, the son of man is Lord also of
the Sabbath. Pfal.92. Title. A Psalm or Song for the Sabbath
day. Mat.5.17. Think not that I am come to destroy the
Law or the Prophets, I am not come to deffroy,
but to fulfill. Luke 4.16. And he came to Nazareth, where he
had been brought up, and as his custome was, he went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath day, and
stood up for toread. Aïts 20.7. And upon the first day of the week,
when the Disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the
morrow, and continued his speech untill mid1 Cor.16.1. Now concerning the Collection for
the Saints, as I hive given order to the
churches of Galatia, even fo do ye. V.2, Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay up in flore as God hath prospered him,
ibat there be no gatherings when I come. Rev. 1.100I "was in the spirit on the Lords
day. Pal.1 18.24. This is the day which the Lord hath
made , we will rejoyce and be glad in it.
2. Hearing the Word. Welive in an age wherein (chrough the rich
mercy of God)there is much good preaching; buc 'cis a general complaint there is so little profiting. We see not those gracious effects of the Word, thac were to be desired and wished. And certainly one main reason of it, is, few cake care to bear in a right manner, as they ought to do. Thac therefore chou maist so hear, as to profit I fhall shew thee,
1. What thou art to do before thou hearest, by way of preparation.
2. What thou art to do in time of Hearing. 3. What after thou haft Heard.
For the First : Thou must prepare thy heart before they comeft to hear. Rash entring on daties, is seldom succes eful: It the ground be not prepared, the feed is loft that is sowa cherein. rlow 25p the falow ground of your hearts, faies the Prophet, Fer.4.3. and some not among thorns. In a fallow piece of ground (you know), thorns and briers, weeds and thistles use to grow. And such a thing is mans heart naturally, which if let alone, and no paines taken with it, will quickly be overgrown with buttful cares, stinking lufts, and distempered affections. And therefore Sr. Fames adviseth, fam.1.21. That before we go to hear the Word, we should lay apart all filthinese, and superflulty of naughtinele, i. e. all evil frames of heart. And how hard a matter that is, I appeal to the experience of every true and sincere Chriftian. That holy man Gerson profesles he many
cimes Spent some hours before he could get his heart in tune for folemn duties. Gods children have entred comfortably on ducies, when they have been serious and careful in their preparations for them.
To help thee therefore to prepare thy heart for the Word, take these Directions.
1. Lay aside (as much as possibly thou canst) all worldly thoughts, cares and bufonesses, cha chy mind may be free for God, and the impreffoons of his Word and holy Spirit,
on Saturday night, shut up the gates of thy heart against the world, as Nehemiah, Cbap.13.V.19.20. did the gates of Ferusalem, or the evening of their Sabbath. If any Merchants come, any worldly thoughts or businesses, let them stay without till the Sabbath be over. The work of mens Callings, is not only in their hands, but in their minds and heads. A Minister may have a great Congregatiop, & yet but a few hearers, if their minds be stuft with the world before they come: if they bring their trades, their bargaines, their plow, their worldly businesse along with them. As cherefore we read of Abraham, in Gen.22.5. That when be went up to the Mount to offer Sacrifice, he left his servants and the Asse in the valley behind him; só should we our worldly cares and busineses, when we go co worship God, and to hear his Word.
2. Consider and meditate on the great concernment and importance of the Word. 'Tis the
ordinary means God hath appointed for the working that great work of conversion (without which no salvacion) and for the edifying and building up those that are already savingly wrought upon, Jam, 1.18.of his own Will begat he us by the Word of Truth, i Cor. 4.15. I have begotten you in Christ Fesus (faith Paul), through the Gospel. Rom. 10.17. Faith cometh by bearing. Indeed
for and consequently death came by hearing at the s first
, by our first Parents listening to, and believe ing a tempting Spirit. But now Faith, and consequently life comes by Hearing; through the operati. on of the blessed Spirit of God in the Word, Rom. 1.16. The Gospel'tis the power of God unto salva
tion. 3 Labour therefore to have an high value and
esteem of the preaching of the Gospel. God hath appoinced bis Ordinances, not in Soveraignty only, but in Mercy to us. As our Saviour faid of the Sabbath, Mark 2,27. The Sabbath was made for man, do not man for the Sabbath: So may I fay of all the Ordinances of God, they were ordained for man, for mans benefit, and not man made for them. And therefore the great benefit, that ( with Gods bleffing) may be expected from them (if we duly attend spon them) should make us highly value them.
Indeed it is one of the devils ftratagems in this age, to urge the efficacy of the Spirit, as a plea for the neglect of means. Whereas Gods Spirit