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December 2016

The ancient form of taking and imposing an oath

And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. (Jer. 4:2)

The ancient form of taking and imposing an oath was, Give glory to God. {1, 2}

Scriptures:

  1. And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. Joshua 7:19
  2. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. John 9:24

 

The drawing: God kills Leviathan, by Gustave Dore

We dare not but be innocent

Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 2:19

Judas’s thirty pieces, whereof he would fain have been rid, but could not; they burned like a spark of hell fire in his hand, but especially in his conscience. The devil, with the panther, hideth his deformed head till the sweet scent have drawn other beasts into his danger, and then he devoureth them.

Did we but consider what sin will cost us at last, we dare not but be innocent.

 

Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi – Web Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15394034

An empty title yieldeth but an empty comfort at last

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. (Jeremiah 7:4)

Many also among ourselves cry, “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord,” who do yet nothing care for the Lord of the temple.

Esse Christianum grande est, non videri, saith Jerome. It is a great privilege to be a Christian, but not to seem only to be so; an empty title yieldeth but an empty comfort at last.

 

The image: Raphael, The Betrothal of the Virgin

Sow not among thorns, because they harbour the old serpent

For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. (Jeremiah 4:3)

Sow not among thorns,  i.e., Cares and lusts of life, fitly called thorns, because they

  1. Prick and gore the soul;
  2. Harbour the old serpent;
  3. Choke the word.

There is no looking for a harvest in a hedge: stock them, and stub them up therefore; {#1Pe 2:1 Jas 1:21} do not plough here, and make a trench there, &c.

Continue reading “Sow not among thorns, because they harbour the old serpent”

Into such a dead lethargy hath sin cast most people

 

Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.(Jer. 2:32)

From him we have ζωην και πνοην, “life and breath“, as the apostle saith elegantly. {1}

But into such a dead lethargy hath sin cast most people, that God is forgotten by them, and his service neglected.

 

Scriptures:

  1. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Ac 17:25

 

Drawing: Job, by Gustave Dore

I called for men, and not for varlets

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5:1

If you can find a man… i.e., A godly, a zealous man.

For homines permulti, viri perpauci, saith Herodotus: there is a great paucity of good people.

Diogenes is said to have sought for a good man in Athens with a lantern and candle at noonday. And once, when he had made an O yes in the market place, crying out, ‘Ακουσατε ανδρες, Hear, O ye men; and thereupon company came about him to hear what the matter was, he rated them away again with this speech, Ανδρας εκαλεσα, ου καθαρματα, I called for men, and not for varlets. Continue reading “I called for men, and not for varlets”

No surer sign of a carnal Israelite, of a profligate professor, than to be senseless or incorrigible under public judgments

O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth?

thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved;

thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction:

they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

Jeremiah 5:3

Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved. As being “past feeling,” of a dead and dedolent disposition; like naughty boys, which are the worse for a whipping; or Solomon’s drunkard, who is beaten, but never the better. {1} There is no surer sign of a carnal Israelite, of a profligate professor, than to be senseless or incorrigible under public judgments. Continue reading “No surer sign of a carnal Israelite, of a profligate professor, than to be senseless or incorrigible under public judgments”

The voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau

Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. (Isaiah 48:1)

Which are called by the name of Israel.

Sed nomen inane crimen immane.

Ye are “called Jews, and make your boast of God,” {#Ro 2:17, see footnote 1}

having a form of knowledge, {#Ro 2:20, see footnote 2} and

of godliness, {#2Ti 3:5, see footnote 3} and that is all; the voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau. Continue reading “The voice of Jacob, but the hands of Esau”

About Aleppo in the year 1648

That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord. (Jeremiah 11:5).

A land flowing with milk and honey. With plenty of dainties. The city of Aleppo is so called by the Turks, of alep, milk; for if the via lactea milky way, it would be found there, saith one.

 

The painting: The Second of May 1808: The Charge of the Mamluks by Francisco de Goya (1814)

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