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hend. --Consider,--these are hut part of his ways ;--how little a portion is heard of him? Canst thou, by searching, find out God?-wouldst thou know the Almighty to perfection ?—'Tis as high as heaven, What canst thou do?--'tis deeper than hell, how canst thou know it?
Could we but see the mysterious workings of Providence, and were we able to comprehend the whole plan of his infinite wisdom and goodness, which possibly may be the case in the final confummation of all things ;-those events, which we are now fo perplexed to account for, would probably exalt and magnify his wisdom, and make us cry out with the Apostle, in that rapturous exclamation,-0! the depth of the riches both of the goodness and wisdom of God !-how unsearchable are his ways, and his paths past finding out !
Now to God, &c.
The Ingratitude of Ifrael.
2 KINGS XVII. 7.
For so it was,—that the children of Israel had finned
against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt.
He words of the text account for the
cause of a fad calamity, which is related, in the foregoing verses, to have befallen a great number of Israelites, who were surprised, in the capital city of Samaria, by Hosea king of Assyria, and cruelly carried away by him out of their own country, and placed on the defolate frontiers of Halah, and in Haber, by the river Gozan, and in the city of the Medes, and there confined to end their days in sorrow and captivity. -Upon which the sacred historian, instead of accounting for so fad an event
merely from political springs and causes; such, for instance, as the superior strength and policy of the enemy, or an unseasonable provocation given,-or that proper measures of defence were neglected; -he traces it up, in one word, to its true cause :-For so it was, says he, that the children of Israel had finned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt.--It was furely a sufficient foundation to dread fome evil,--that they had sinned against that Being who had an unquestionable right to their obedience.But what an aggravation was it that they had not only sinned simply against the truth, but against the God of mercies, - who had brought them forth out of the land of Egypt;-who not only created, upheld, and favoured them with so many advantages in common with the rest of their fellow-creatures,-but who had been particularly kind to them in their misfortunes ;-who, when they were in the house of bondage, in the most hopeless condition, without a pro
spect of any natural means of redress, had compassionately heard their cry, and took pity upon the amictions of a diftressed people,-and, by a chain of miracles, delivered them from fervitude and oppression :-miracles of so stupendous a nature, that I take delight to offer them, as often as I have an opportunity, to your devoutest contemplations. -This, you would think as high and as complicated an aggravation of their fins as could be urged.-This was not all;
—for besides God's goodness in first favouring their miraculous escape, a series of succeffes, not to be accounted for from second causes, and the natural course of events, had crowned their heads in so remarkable a manner, as to afford an evident proof, not only of his general concern for their welfare, but of his particular providence and attachment to them above all people upon earth. - In the wilderness he led them like sheep, and kept them as the apple of his eye: he suffered no man to do them wrong, but reproved even kings