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The Analysis of the second Thanksgiving,
5.6. a nis Thanksgiving hath three Parts.
De humbly acknowitag
At The Perfon tag before thee. D mott inet-
That all the Punith-
2. Our Be reafon gf gur ma
1. Prin- yet feeing ít hath plea2. A i. The cipally. fed thee of the tender Com moo 2 Less meter, memo tives to princi. sapon our weak ana ration it. pally.
unworthy huniliation, of our
1. Remo- to afswage the conta delive
ping the gious Sicanefs, where rance, 7. The Evil.
with the lately have been intima. effea
so faze afflited ting
2. Refto- and to rettore the voice
of joy and health into good,
We offer into the dibine
i. An A&A ajetty the Sacrifice of 3. A Thanksgi- of
pzaile and thanksgibing ving , confifting Praises lauding and magnifying of
the glozious Pame, 2. The sfoz such tbp Preserva reason tion and providence or thereof. Sber me, tosowa 16
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A Practical Discourse upon this Thanksgiving. S.IX.We bambly acknowledg before thee, D mot
mercifal Father, that all the puntements which are thzeatned in the Law, might sofie bate fallen upon us by reason of our manifold transgreâions,and hardness of heart.]
There are many dreadful things threațned in Holy Scripture against the transgreffors of God's law: and amongst the rest, there are two fad Catalogues of judg. ments in that part of Scripture properly called the Law, wherein contagious and mortal diseases are threatned to disobedience. And if ye shall defpise my Statutes - Saith God
I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, éc. Levit. xxvi. 14. 15,16. and again, The Lord shali Smite thee with a consumption, with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, Deut. xxviii.22. and ver.59. The Lord will make thy Plagues wonderful even sare Sicknesses and of long contineance, v.6o. Moreover be will bring upon thee all the Di. seases of Egypt - 0.61. also every Sickness, and every Disease, which is not written in this Book of the Law, them will the Lord bring upon thee until thou be destroy. ed. To which, with the rest of the Punishments there recited, the Church hath respect in this place, teaching us to acknowledg, that as our Sins have been many , of divers kinds,and of long continuance, so might our pu
nishments justly have been also; but (h) Fænam, fi tuszó our God hath Thewed himself a polerit , donare, fin molt meretfal Father, in that he minds temperare. hath not dealt with us according Sen.dc Clem.
to our deservings. It is the property of (b) Mercy cither wholly to pardon, or to punith
gently: and it is said of M. Autoninus, that his penal-
(i) Jul. Capitol. Cuftom of all his Succeffors (k); in vita. but we are sure, it is the manner of (1) 'Povoa's Almighty God instead of many Pu- 'EVESI kit entisevat nishments to inflict but one, and i wpaía's icopóars when the greatest are deserved to Tois Tanpapierhuse choose the least, and yet to take oi Justin.ad Hun. that off also as soon as there is any hopes of amendment : He might have scourged us with Famine and War, Plague and Epidemical Diseases all together ; but now he hath only used the last,and the leaft, which if it seem grievous in it felf, yet is vea ry moderate with respect to our evil deservings: So that we are so far from having any reason to complain, that we have all possible cause to admire our heavenly Father's mercy, who threatneth severe things to keep us from finning, hoping his words may warn us to avoid the stroke of his anger, but threatneth only to prevent our Suffering of them (1); and yet when the warning takes no ()) Tristia minaplace, but we do fin for all that, then tur, ne in nos tristiz
invchat, Theod, in he abates of the rigour of his Sentence,chastising us gently, and soon 'Aquê morrexis giving.over: So that there is mer- ivee pennéte tlecy in his threatnings, and mercy in running do's tép you his executions, and it is a proper i bevégxņ•Chrys. in Introduction to the divine praise, Gen, bom, 20. to look upon the Clemency, which he shews, even in the severest parts of his dealing with
on in our dwellings: But the outce of Zog ano Dealk 512 Chanksgiving for Deliverance Part.II. S.x. pet seeing tt bath pleased thee, of the tenter
mercy,apon our weak and anwooztby bamiItation to alwage the contagious sickness, wheteunitt we lately have been so foze afflicted, and to tefore the botce of top and bealth tato our Dwellinge.
This one Judgment of the late raging Sickness, though it were less than we deserved, yet if God had made it continue, or caused it to spread, might have almolt consumed us : So that we have Cause to reckon it as an act of his tender Mercy, that he was pleased to allwage it. 'Tis true, we did express a great Humiliation under it, and prayed earnestly for the removal thereof: But we must not be so vain as to think our te mtitation could merit our deliverance, since it is said, that when God in anger sends his Judgments upon Nation, Though Noah Daniel and Job were in it, they should only deliver their own Souls, Ezek. xiv. 14. doubtless our Piety and Devation is far short of theirs: and we here do juftly confefs, it was but weak and unwoatby; our sorrow went not so deep, nor were our Prayers so fervent,or our Repentance fo serious, as fo great an occasion did require : so that we may note, that chis Mercy of health was granted [apon our humiliation , but not for the merit thereof: The grant proceeded inerely of his tender mercp; only he was pleased with our imperfect humiliation, and took that occation to send us relief. And now how are we bound to bless his infinite pity! that beheld some of us dead, and others dying, many smitten with this Difeafe, and all of us full of grief and fear, and then remembring our Sins no longer, he commands the Angel to put up his Sword, the mournful knels are ceased, and there ne more complaining in our streets, no more lamentati
which God promiseth to send into the iwelimes 0.22 righteous, Pfal.cxvj.15. is now to be bezra ir. Delt
houses also. While Sickness was there all jy was bad: 1. hed from our houses and our hearts allo, nothing we !! but Mourning and Woe, fighs and groans, complaints
and doleful accents dwelt there: but now health and joy are returned together, now we are able and fit, as well as obliged, to sing praise to God:and I w. w may make use of this chearfulcek of our th77.CET, H45 : spriteliness of mind, which heale. Each secret is unto, to praise God more chearfully and more tesout Jy ; for doubtless Halth is the greater seiling, which God can befow upon us in this worid. Arih tle art Plato reckon it the first of ail cutward zood things and our own ezperience news is that riches, monours 3rd pleasures are norking if we want veath 100 mg
so that when God reitores his, he gives is a neurot; I enjoy all other cartily comforts: het bele hespears 6 give thanks to the name of the Lord who hago estilos
escaped skis Dileale, because they 190 their initly widtour interruption, and thole who 399 zł from is sickness, becaute ihey havezzitel shapa nilang of waring neaith, and can better inrrshamn mera CF its reilauration : Alle sondes promotion to Lwin us necesary act of Praite.