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aggravate national calamities, and embarrass the efforts of those whose duty it is to take measures for removing or alleviating them.
A much better remedy is suggested in Scripture, namely, regular obedience to the laws, and due respect to those who are entrusted with the execution of them ; in short,
The general cultivation of religion and virtue, will afford the most reasonable prospect of national prosperity. The more we can extend the influence of the peaceable and humble graces of the Gospel, the more, in
proporportion, will the causes of misery be diminished. Mutual good will and mutual good offices, will alleviate the sorrows, and add to the comforts of life; and what is of still greater importance, will tend to secure the blessing of God : for it is “ righteousness that exalteth a nation'.'
Instead, then, of being prone and hasty to murmur against those set in authority over
offered are not levelled against them. Let temperate and constitutional measures be taken to remedy defects and prevent abuses, and to render the government as perfect as possible. But let not occasional and partial imperfections or crimes, be made the foundation for indiscriminate invectives against the whole constitution, and all its functionaries, which invectives naturally tend to excite discontent and insubordination. Bp. Horne.
1 Prov. xiv. 34.
us, and exciting dissatisfaction and sedition through the country, let us each attend assiduously to the duties of our respective stations. Let us labour diligently to cherish in our own breasts and in our families, the pure flame of virtue and piety, and to shed around us the light of a good example. Let our first object be to reform ourselves and our household, leaving the state to those to whom it has been lawfully committed. Let us “ fear the Lord and the king, and meddle not with them that are given to change". And, contemplating the arduous situation in which a king is placed ; considering by what temptations he is encompassed; how liable he is to be deceived, and how much depends upon
his dence and integrity ; let us not neglect the following excellent injunction of St. Paul. “I exhort that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men ; for kings, and for all that are put in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty."
Should we be at a loss how to frame our petitions, or to express our thanks, our need cannot better be supplied than in the words of the first collect of the accession service.
* Prov. xxiv. 21,
1 Tim. ii. 1.
This will form an appropriate conclusion to our present discourse. Let us offer it to the King of kings, as a tribute of homage and acknowledgment to him, and as a token of sincere allegiance to our earthly sovereign.
Almighty God, who rulest over all the kingdoms of the world, and disposest of them according to thy good pleasure; we yield thee unfeigned thanks, for that thou wast pleased, as on this day, to place thy servant our Sovereign Lord, King George, upon the throne of this realm. Let thy wisdom be his guide, and let thine arm strengthen him ; let justice, truth, and holiness, let peace and love, and all those virtues that adorn the Christian
profession, flourish in his days; direct all his counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of his people; and give us grace to obey him cheerfully and willingly, for conscience sake; that neither our sinful passions, nor our private interests, may disappoint his cares for the public good ; let him always possess the hearts of his people, that they may never be wanting in honour to his
and dutiful submission to his authority: let his reign be long and prosperous, and crown him
, with immortality in the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord: Amen."
ON THE CONDUCT OF THE FIRST AND OF THE
LAST ADAM UNDER TEMPTATION.
ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.
MATT. IV. 1.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to
be tempted of the Devil.
The first Adam exhibited an awful and fatal example of the power of our spiritual foe. The last Adam displayed the far greater power of our heavenly defender. The one shewed the consequences of yielding to temptation; the other the means by which it was to be resisted.
As all Scripture was written for our learning, we can scarcely contemplate without interest the account of these two remarkable occasions, in which Satan employed his subtle and treacherous devices, with such different results. Subjects of investigation, at once obvious and important, present themselves to our minds. We enquire, on the one hand, into the means, which were employed to baffle the artifices of the tempter; on the other, into the errors, or the neglect, which opened to him an easy and an awful triumph. These are considerations of no small moment.
Let us attentively contemplate the different conduct of each of these two antagonists, with whom Satan entered into a similar conflict, but with a success entirely opposite. The comparison of the methods by which these opposite results were respectively effected cannot fail to suggest some useful lessons and cautions to those who are themselves liable to temptation, that is, to every individual descendant of Adam. : How Satan could have presumed, with any hope of success, to tempt our Saviour; how it was possible that his human nature, united as it was with the Divinity, should be capable of suffering temptation; what were the means, by the instrumentality of which some part of the temptation was effected; some of the purposes, for which this temptation was ordained; these are points, which upon looking into Scripture, we find not revealed. These points, therefore, we may consider as not necessary, not good for us to know at present; as among those hidden and mysterious workings and counsels of the All-wise, which no finite mind