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Princes and businessmen have no easy life

Deut 1 Ver. 12. Bear your cumbrance.

A prince’s temples are not so compassed with a crown, as his mind besieged with cares;

nor is he so lifted up with the splendour of his train, as cast down with the multitude of his fears. Continue reading “Princes and businessmen have no easy life”

Lots of Popcorn

Numbers 6, Ver. 3. He shall separate himself from wine.

Lest he should drink and forget the law, {#Pr 31:5} which he was to study diligently: but

loaden bellies make leaden wits:

intemperance takes away the heart, {#Ho 4:11} overchargeth it. {#Lu 21:34}

The work of the ministry

Numbers 4:3 …to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The work of the ministry is not an idle man’s occupation, but a labouring even to lassitude; compared therefore to harvest work, and to that of cleaving wood, digging in mine pits, rowing with oars, &c.

All the comfort is, that God that helped the Levites to bear the ark of the covenant, {#1Ch 15:26} will not be wanting to his weak, but willing servants, “that labour in the word and doctrine.” {#1Ti 5:17}

On Prayer

1John 5:15 We have the petitions that we desired of him.

If we can perceive and discern that God listeneth, the thing is done.

  1. Now the former we may find, first, by a cast of God’s countenance, by a smile of his face, #Ps 22:24 34:15, for a godly man is admitted to see as well as speak; like a good angel, he is ever looking on the face of God; and can gather by that how he shall speed in his suit.

Continue reading “On Prayer”

The number of the beast

Ezra 3:2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. Continue reading “The number of the beast”

God never casteth out his good tenants

Ezra 9:13 And leave it for an inheritance.

Personal goodness is profitable to posterity: the righteous shall leave inheritance to his children’s children, Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Continue reading “God never casteth out his good tenants”

Be we ready with our sacrifice

John 9, Ver. 1. He saw a man which was blind.

This was enough to move Christ to mercy, the sight of a fit object.

When God sets us up an altar be we ready with our sacrifice.

 

The painting: Christ healing the blind, by El Greco

The business of prayer

Matthew 26:44 Saying the same words.

And they were no whit the worse for being the same. Continue reading “The business of prayer”

Forgive others’ infirmities

Matthew 28, Ver. 10. Go tell my brethren.

Brethren still, though foully fallen, #Jer 3:1.

Infirmities discard us not, if bewailed, disclaimed, set against.

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