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6 dage through fear of death ;" who can think with composure of “the house appointed for all living;”. who can spend an hour among the tombs, and say, “ Well, hither I have no reluctance to come when my “ heavenly Father sends the summons. I know in « whom I have believed ; and am persuaded that He « is able to keep that which I have committed to him 66 against that day.” “ O Death! where is thy “ sting? O Grave ! where is thy victory ? The sting 66 of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law; 66 but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory " through our Lord Jesus Christ,"
S É Ř MON XXI...
SERVICE DONE FOR GOD REWARDED.
Ezek. xxix. 17-20.
And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in
the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus : every head was made bald, and every Moulder was peeled ; yet had henowages, nor his army for Tyrus, for the service that he had ferved against it : therefore thus faith the Lord God, behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon ; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey ; and it shall be the wages for his army. I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, faith the Lord God.
SURELY the Lord will do nothing, " but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the e prophets.” When he would bring in the flood upon the ungodly world, he divulged his purpose to
Noah. From Abraham he would not hide the thing he was about to do in the destruction of the cities of the plain. When by his judgments he resolved to punish the house of Eli, he lodged the heavy tidings with Samuel. To. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, he announced the revolutions and doom of the surrounde ing nations.
Now this was done, first, for the honour of these distinguished servants of God, by shewing the confidential friendship with which he favoured them; and secondly, for the conviction and confirmation of others. The truth of these predictions would increasing. ly appear in their successive accomplishments. The inference was obvious and undeniable. Who could draw back the veil which conceals futurity? Who could pierce through the obscurity of ages and generations, and foretell things to come ? He, and He alone, “ who declareth the end from the beginning, « and from ancient times the things that are not yet e done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do * all my pleasure.”
The burden of the prophecy which is to engage your present thoughts, is the donation of Egypt to the king of Babylon for his trouble in taking Tyre. ..
Tyre was a place famous for navigation, merchandise, and riches. Our prophet calls it, “ The mart of a nations,” and enumerates the various countries in whose commerce it traded. But trade is perpetually changing its residence. It passed from Tyre to Alexandria, from Alexandria to Venice, from Venice to Antwerp, from Antwerp to Amsterdam, from AmIterdam to London. And if there be any truth in
hiftory, an abundance of commerce has generally, if not universally, proved the ruin of the countries in which it has prevailed. It pours in wealth ; wealth is favourable to every species of wickedness ; and wickedness, by its natural tendency, as well as by the curse of God, brings in calamity and misery. So it was with Tyre. Luxury, pride, insolence, licentiousnefs of manners, indifference to the distresses of others, presumptuous confidence in their resources, all these abounded among them and foreboded the evil day ; « Therefore thus faith the Lord God : Behold " I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many « nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth « his waves to come up. For behold, I will bring
upon Tyrus, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a " king of kings, from the north, with horses and with s chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and “much people. He shall slay with the sword thy “ daughters in the field : and he shall make a fort s against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift k up the buckler against thee. And he shall set en“ gines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he « shall break down thy towers. And I will make & thee like the top of a rock : thou shalt be a place " to spread nets upon; I the Lord have spoken it.”
This prediction was now accomplished. Tyre had fallen, but not without immense labour and losse Thirteen years Nebuchadrezzar besieged it with a large army. Toiling for so many seasons, night and day, summer and winter, the foldiers endured increde ible hardships; 6 every head was bald ; every shoule « der was peeled.” For the walls were deemed im,
pregnable, and the place being open to the sea could easily receive fresh supplies of provision and of men froin the various colonies which they had in the Mediterranean. But its fate was determined. At length a breach was made ; and further resistance became uselefs.. But numbers of the Tyrians escaped in their vefsels, after taking their most valuable articles on board, and throwing the rest into the sea ; so that Nebuchadrezzar when he entered, instead of a rich booty to indemnify him for his loffes, found nothing but empty houses and ruins. This was no small mortification. Ezekiel is therefore commissioned to insure him the acquisition of a country, where he would find less difficulty and more recompense; a country abounding in corn, in cattle, and all kinds of riches. “ And it came to pass in the feven and twentieth 56 year, in the first month, in the first day of the “ month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, “ Şon of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon “ caused his army to serve a great service against Ty"rus : every head was made bald, and every shoul6 der was peeled ; yet had he no wages, nor his ar« my; for Tyrus, for the service that he had served “ against it : therefore thus faith the Lord God, « Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebu* chadrezzar king of Babylon ; and he shall take her « multitude, and take her fpoil, and take her prey ; “ and it shall be the wages for his army. I have giv“ en him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith “ he served against it, because they brought for me, “ faith the Lord God.”
Thefe words furnith us with three reflections.