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vation. The Lord God is my strength, ing, shall keep your hearts and minds, &c.—Hab. ii. 17-19.
&c.-Phil. iv. 4.7. Mary said, My soul doth magnify Rejoice evermore.—1 Thess. v. 16. the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced That by two immutable things, in in God my Saviour.-Luke i. 46, 47. which it was impossible for God to
Rejoice, because your names are lie, we might have a strong consolawritten in heaven. Luke x. 20. tion; who have fled for refuge, to
Zacchæus came down, and received lay hold upon the hope set before us. Christ joyfully.--Luke xix. 5, 6. -Heb. vi. 18.
Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou In whom, though now ye see him hast the words of eternal life, &c. not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy Thou art that Christ, the Son of the unspeakable, and full of glory.--1 Pet. living God.—John vi. 68, 69. i. 8. 1 John i. 4.
Philip saith unto him, Shew us the I will give unto him who is athirst, Father, and it sufficeth n8.-John of the fountain, &c.-Rev. xxi. 6. xiv. 8.
These things have I spoken unto Secondly, To obey and hearken to the you, that my joy might remain in you,
Laws and Word of God, in Christ. and that your joy might be full. THERE is one law-giver, who is John xv. ll.
able to save, and to destroy.-James Peter said, Lord, thou knowest that iv. 12. I love thee.-John xxi, 17.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, The Eunuch went on his way re- Get thee out of thy country, and from joicing -Acts viii. 38, 39.
thy kindred, and from thy father's The gaoler rejoiced, believing in house, unto a land that I will shew God.-Acts xvi. 34.
thee, &c. So Abram departed, as the By whom also we have access by Lord had spoken unto him.-Gen. xii. faith into this grace, wherein we 1. 4,5. Heb. xi. 8. stand ; and rejoice in the hope of So in putting away Ishmael and the glory of God, &c. We also joy in Hagar.-Gen. xxi. 11-14. God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. God said unto Abraham, Take now -Rom. v. 2. 11.
thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. thou lovest; and offer him there for.
Now the God of hope fill you with a burnt-offering, &c. And Abraham all joy and peace in believing.–Rom. rose up early in the morning, and xv. 13.
took Isaac, &c. He stretched forth Our consolation also aboundeth by his hand, and took the knife to slay Jesus Christ. -2 Cor. i. 5.
his son, &c. In blessing, I will bless Now thanks be unto God, which thee, &c. because thou hast obeyed always causeth us to triumph in Christ.my voice.-Gen. xxii. 1-3.10.17, 18. - 2 Cor. ü. 14.
In thy seed shall all the nations of God forbid that I should glory, save the earth be blessed : because that in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept -Gal. vi. 14.
my charge, my commandments, my My brethren, rejoice in the Lord, statutes, and my laws.-Gen. xxvi. &c. We are the circumcision, &c. 4, 5. who rejoice in Christ, &c. I count all God bid Moses go ; and said, he things but loss, for the excellency of would be with his mouth, &c. He the knowledge of Christ Jesus my refused : God was angry. Exod. iv. Lord.-Phil. iii. 1.3. 8.
13, 14. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and Thus did all the children of Israel : again I say, rejoice. And the peace as the Lord commanded Moses and of God, which passeth all understand- Aaron, so did they.--Exod. xii. 50.
If thou wilt diligently hearken to Hear therefore, O Israel, and obthe voice of the Lord thy God, and serve to do it ; that it may be well wilt.do that which is right in his sight, with thee.—Deut. vi. 3. and wilt give ear unto his command The Lord thy God, he is a faithful ments, and keep all his statutes, I God, who keepeth covenant and will put none of these diseases upon mercy with them that love and keep thee. Exod. xv. 26. Deut. xxviii, his commandments, to a thousand 1, &c.
generations.-Deut.vii.9. Levit.xx.22. I will rain bread, &c. that I may 1 Kings vi. 12. prove them, whether they will walk Therefore thou shalt love the Lord in my law, or no, &c. How long re- thy God, and keep his charge, and fuse ye to keep my commandments ? his statutes, and his judgments, and &c.-Exod. xvi. 4. 28.
his commandments alway. And it Now therefore, if ye will obey my shall come to pass, if you shall voice indeed, and keep my covenant, hearken diligently unto my commandthen ye shall be a peculiar treasure ments, &c. then will I give you, &c. unto me, above all people, &c. And –Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14. x. 12, 13. Levit. all the people answered together, and xxvi. 3, &c. said, All that the Lord hath spoken, God hath commanded thee, that we will do.—Exod. xix. 5.7,8. xxiv. thou do these statutes, &c. and that 3.7. Deut. xxvi. 16-18.
with all thy heart, and with all thy Shewing mercy unto thousands of whole soul.-Deut. xxvi, 16. them that love me, and keep my com See, I have set before thee this day mandments.—Exod. xx. 6.
life and good, and death and evil, &c. Behold, I will send an Angel be- I call heaven and earth to record this fore thee, &c. Beware of him, and day against you, that I have set beobey his voice : provoke him not, for fore you life and death, blessing and he will not pardon you, &c. But if cursing ; therefore choose life ; that thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and thou mayest love the Lord thy God, do all that I speak, then, &c.--Exod. that thou mayest obey his voice, and xxiii. 20-22.
that thou mayest cleave unto him 1; That
ye seck not after your own for he is thy life, &c.—Deut. xxx. 15, heart, &c. but do all my command- 16.19,20. xiii. 4. xxxii. 46, 47. Prov. ments, and be holy-Numb. xv.39,40. xix. 16. Isa. i. 19,20.
Many promises to obedience, and Take diligent heed to do the comthreatenings against disobedience.- mandment and law, &c. to love the Deut. iv. 26, &c. xi. 8, &c. xxviii. Lord your God, and to walk in all his Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
ways, and to keep all his commandWe will hear it, and do it. And ments, and to cleave unto him, and the Lord said, &c. They have well to serve him, with all your heart, &c. said all that they have spoken. 0 - Josh. xxii. 5. Deut. x. 12, 13. that there were such an heart in them, will fear the Lord, and serve that they would fear me, and keep all him, and obey his voice, and not rebel my commandments always, that it against the commandment of the might be well with them and with Lord; then shall both ye, and the their children for ever, &c. You shall king that reigneth over you, continue, observe to do therefore, as the Lord &c.—1 Sam. xii. 14. your God has commanded you ; you Behold, to obey is better than sacrishall not turn aside to the right hand, fice, and to hearken, than the fat of or to the left; you shall walk in all rams : for rebellion is as the sin of the ways which the Lord your God witchcraft, &c.—1 Sam. xv. 22, 23. hath commanded you.-Deut. v. 27-29. David charged Solomon to keep the 32,33. Levit. xviii. 3, 4. 26. charge of the Lord, his statutes, his
commandments, &c. as it is written hearing the law, even his prayer shall in the law of Moses.—1 Kings ii. 1-3. be abomination.—Prov. xxviii. 9. ix. 4, 5.
Thus saith the Lord, Thy ReHear, O my people; and I will deemer, &c. O that thou hadst testify unto thee, O Israel ; if thou hearkened to my commandments : wilt hearken unto me, &c. But my then had thy peace been as a river, people would not hearken unto my &c.—Isa. xlviii. 17, 18.. voice; and Israel would none of me: I have spread out my hands all the so I gave them up unto their own day unto a rebellious people, which hearts' lust, and they walked in their walketh in a way that is not good, own counsels. O that my people had after their own thoughts.- Isa. Ixv. 2. hearkened unto me, and Israel had I will bring their fears upon them, walked in my ways: I should soon because when I called, none did have subdued their enemies, &c. - answer ; when I spake, they did not Ps.Ixxxi. 8. 11-14. 16. 2 Kings xxi. hear, but they did evil, &c.--Isa.
Ixvi. 4. Jer. xxxv. 17. Because they rebelled against the Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, words of God, and contemned the lest my soul depart from thee, &c. counsel of the Most High; therefore Their ear is uncircumcised, and they he brought down their heart with cannot hearken.— Jer. vi. 8. 10. labour.-Ps. cvii. 11, 12.
I spake not unto your fathers, &c. Thou hast commanded us to keep But this thing commanded I them, thy precepts diligently, &c. Then saying, Obey my voice, and I will be shall I not be ashamed, when I have your God, and ye shall be my people: respect unto all thy commandments, and walk ye in all the ways that I &c. I will run the way of thy com- have commanded you, that it may be mandments, when thou shalt enlarge well unto you. But they hearkened my heart, &c. O how love I thy law! not, nor inclined their ear, but walked &c. I love thy testimonies, &c. It is in the counsels, and in the imaginatime for thee, O Lord, to work; for tions of their evil heart, &c.- Jer they have made void thy law. There- vii. 22—24. xi. 4.7,8. fore I love thy commandments above Cursed be the man that obeyeth gold, &c. Rivers of waters run down not the words of this covenant.-- Jer. mine eyes, because they keep not thy xi. 3,4. law, &c. My soul hath kept thy testi The Lord hath sent unto you all monies; and I love them exceedingly. his servants the prophets, rising carly
-Ps. cxix. 4.6.32. 97. 119, 120.126, and sending them, but ye have not 127. 136. 158. 167.
hearkened, nor inclined your ear, &c. Because I have called, and ye re- - Jer. xxv. 4. xliv. 4,5. fused, I have stretched out my hand, Will ye not receive instruction to and no man regarded ; but ye have hearken to my words ? saith the Lord. set at nought all my counsel, and The words of Jonadab the son of would none of my reproof: I also Rechab, that he commanded his sons, will laugh at your calamity; I will not to drink wine, are performed; mock when your fear cometh, &c.— for unto this day they drink none, but Prov. i. 24-26. 30, 31.
obey their father's commandment : My son, forget not my law; but notwithstanding I have spoken unto let thine heart keep my command- you, rising early, and speaking, but ments.-Prov. iii. 1.
ye hearkened not unto me.-Jer. Blessed is the man that heareth me, xxxv. 13-15. watching daily at my gates, waiting As for the word thou hast spoken at the posts of my doors.-Prov.viii. 34. unto us in the name of the Lord, we will
He that turneth away his ear from not hearken unto thee.--Jer. xliv. 16.
Thou shalt speak my words unto Yea, rather, blessed are they that them, whether they will hear, or whe- hear the word of God and keep it. ther they will forbear.-Ezek. ii. 7. Luke xi. 28. Rom. ii. 13. James i. 25. jii. 11. 27.
And that servant which knew his For they hear thy words, but they Lord's will, and did it not, shall be do them not.—Ezek. xxxiii. 32. beaten with many stripes.—Luke xii:
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, 47. James iv. 17. saying, Execute true judgment, &c. If any man will do his will, he But they refused to hearken, and shall know of the doctrine whether it pulled away the shoulder, and stopped be of God, &c.-- John vii. 17. their ears that they should not hear ; He that is of God, heareth God's yea, they made their hearts as an words ; but ye hear not my word, adamant stone, lest they should hear because ye are not of God, &c. Verily, the law, and the words which the verily, I say unto you, If a man keep Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit, my sayings, he shall never see death. by the former prophets, &c. There- - John viii. 47.51. fore it is come to pass, that as he If ye know these things, happy are cried, and they would not hear; so ye if ye do them. - John xii. 17 they cried, and I would not hear, &c. James i. 22, 23. 25. -żech. vii. 9-13.
If ye love me, keep my commandNot every one that saith unto me, ments, &c. He that hath my comLord, Lord, shall enter into the mandments, and keepeth them, he it kingdom of heaven ; but he who doeth is that loveth me, &c. Jesus said, the will of my Father which is in If a man love me, he will keep my heaven. Therefore whosoever heareth words, &c. He that loveth me not these sayings of mine, and doeth them, keepeth not my sayings.-- John xiv. I will liken him unto a wise man 15. 21. 23, 24. which built his house upon a rock, &c. If ye keep my commandments, ye And every one that heareth these shall abide in my love, even as I have sayings of mine, and doeth them not, kept my Father's commandments, and shall be likened unto a foolish man abide in his love, &c. which built his house upon the sand, friends, if ye do whatsoever I com&c.—Matt. vii. 21. 24–27. James i. mand you.—John xv. 10. 14. 23-25. Matt. v, 18-20. John ix. 31. Now therefore are we all here pre
Whosoever shall not receive you, sent before God, to hear all things nor hear your words ; when ye de- that are commanded thee of God. part, &c. shake off the dust of your Acts x. 33. feet. It shall be more tolerable Ye have obeyed from the heart for the land of Sodom.- Matt. X. that form of doctrine which was de14, 15.
livered unto you.—Rom. vi. 17. Whosoever shall do the will of my The law is holy, and the comFather which is in heaven, the same mandment holy, just, and good.is my brother, and sister, and mother. Rom. vii. 12. --Matt. xii. 50.
Circumcision is nothing, and unZacharias, &c. walking in all the circumcision is nothing ; but the commandments and ordinances of the keeping of the commandments of Lord blameless.-Luke i. 5, 6. God. -1 Cor. vii. 19.
Why call ye me Lord, and do not Do all things without murmurings the things which I say ?-Luke vi. and disputings.-Phil. ii. 14. 46, &c.
To-day if ye will hear his voice, But the Pharisees and lawyers re- harden not your hearts.--Heb. iv. 7. jected the counsel of God against (or Ps. xcv. 7, 8. within) themselves.-Luke vii. 30. He became the author of eternal
Ye are my
salvation unto all them that obey against, and judgments for disobedihim.—Heb. v. 9.
ence, in this Chapter. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh : for if they escaped not, Sect. iv. Worship God, and sanctify who refused him that spake on earth,
him therein. much more shall not we escape, if God had respect to Abel, and to his we turn away from him that speaketh offering : but not unto Cain's. from heaven, whose voice then shook, Gen. iv. 3. 5.7. Heb. xi. 4. &c.—Heb. xii. 25, 26.
Thou shalt have no other God beBut be doers of the word of God, fore me. Thou shalt not make unto and not hearers only, deceiving your thee any graven image, &c. thou shalt own selves.James i. 21-23. not bow down thyself to them, nor,
Therefore to him that knoweth to serve them : for I, the Lord thy God, do good, and doeth it not, to him it is am a jealous God, &c. In all places sin.-James iv. 17.
where I record my name, I will come, That righteous mandwelling among unto thee, and I will bless thee. them, in seeing, and hearing, vexed Exod. xx. 3—5, 24. his righteous soul from day to day Thou shalt not bow down to their with their unlawful deeds.-2 Pet.ii. 8. gods, nor serve them, &c. ye shall
Hereby we do know that we know serve the Lord your God, &c.him, if we keep his commandments. Exod. xxiii. 24, 25. He that saith, I know him, and There will I meet with thee, and keepeth not his commandments, is a commune with thee from above the liar, and the truth is not in him ; but mercy-seat. At the door of the tawhoso keepeth his word, in him verily bernacle of the congregation, &c. is the love of God perfected. Hereby where I will meet you, to speak there know we that we are in him, &c. He unto thee. And there I will meet that doeth the will of God abideth for with the children of Israel ; and the ever.- 1 John ii. 3-5. 17.
tabernacle (or Israel) shall be sancLove not in word, neither in tongue, tified by my glory, &c.--Exod. xxv. but in deed and in truth, &c. And 22. xxix. 42, 43. xx. 24. whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, Thou canst not see my face: for because we keep his commandments, there shall no man see me and live. &c. This is his commandment, That Exod. xxxiii. 20. we should believe on the name of his Thou shalt worship no other God : Son Jesus Christ, and love one ano- for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, ther, &c. And he that keepeth his is a jealous God.--Exod. xxxiv. 14. commandments, dwelleth in him, and Deut. vi. 15. he in him.- John jii. 18. 22–24. When the tabernacle was set up,
By this we know that we love the the glory of the Lord filled the taberchildren of God, when we love God nacle.-Exod. xl. 33–35. and keep his commandments : for this When Aaron's sons were consumed is the love of God, that we keep his for offering strange fire, Moses said commandments, and his command- unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord ments are not grievous.-1 John v. 2, 3. spake, saying, I will be sanctified in
And this is love, that we walk them that come nigh me, and before after his commandments.—2 John 6. all the people I will be glorified.
Blessed are they that do his com- Levit. x. 1-3. mandments, that they may have right Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, to the tree of life, and may enter in and serve him. Thou shalt not go through the gates into the city.- after other gods, &c. The Lord our Rev. xxii. 14.
God is one Lord, &c. - Deut. vi. See more of God's threatenings 13, 14. 4.