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the next; or probably it may have a more SERM. extensive signification, that of existence, and may mean, not only the everlasting bliss of the righteous, but the everlasting misery of the wicked: in either case our belief is supported by scripture, which assures us, in various places, that as the religious and good man shall be eternally happy in the presence of God, so the profane and immoral man shall, for the same endless time, undergo the most terrible disgrace and torment. Such are the great truths to which we are called on to give our assent; it is, however, to little purpose that we obey the call, unless we join to a sound faith, a good life and conversation: what this chiefly consists in we may learn from the commandments, to which I should now pass; but this I must defer to a future opportunity.
ON THE CATECHISM.
PROV, xxii. 6.
when he is old be will not depart from it. In the former part of the xixth chapter of SERM. Exodus, are related the orders which the vi children of Israel received to attend the Lord upon Mount Sinai, and the solemn preparations which they were directed to make for that awful meeting. After that the historian proceeds in this manner: “ And it came to pass on the third day “ (the day appointed for God's descent)
SERM. “ in the morning, that there were thunders
“ and lightnings, and thick clouds upon
ple of Israel, and undoubtedly the ten SERM.
II. commandments were chiefly intended for their use.“ I am the Lord thy God (says “ the Almighty) which have brought thee “ out of the land of Egypt, out of the “ house of slavery." This is applicable to them only, and relates to their miraculous escape from the oppression of Pharoah. But when we consider the prodigious solemnity with which these ten commandments were uttered by God's own mouth, and that they were afterwards written with his own finger; and when we reflect, besides, on their intrinsic excellency, that they contain in them the great heads of duty both towards God and man; and when we observe the veneration which Christians of all ages have paid to them, we cannot but perceive that they are deserving of all our attention, respect, and obedience.
The first commandment is directed against those numerous objects of worC3