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parents' warnings, prayers and tears recur to their minds, and seem to rise up before them. This often happens after parental labors have ceased; and after the impressions they might have made, were supposed to have been effaced, they fometimes produce happy effects.

Few children who have been dedicated to God, taught to know and serve him, and the consequences which will follow their condu&t here, and witneffed their parents' deep concern, and earnest cries to God in their behalf can forget them--they must, they do, at times, affect them. While any thing of this nature remains, there is hope.

Some, who in early life, fcoff at warning and counsel, are afterwards brought to repentance : And fuch often teftify, that impressions made by parental faithfulness in their tender years, were the means of their awakening and amendment. This fhould encourage those whose children give them little hope, to persevere in the discharge of duty.

" The Lord said of Abraham-I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, , to do justice and judgment, that the Lord might bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.What? The richest and most lasting blessingsbecause he would command his children to keep the way of the Lord.

“It is not a vain thing to serve God. Then(when he maketh up his jewels) shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wickcd; between him that serveth God, and him that

serveth him not." In no other way can we serve him more acceptably than by following Abraham's example"commanding our households to serve the Lord,” and setting them the example. Whoso doth it, “ shall in no wife lose his reward."

And happy the youth who second the endeavors of their parents to render them a godly feed. Such “ will find life and obtain favor of the Lord." Here, they rejoice the hearts of those who love them, and smooth the rugged path of age. The years which to others have no pleasures in them, are not devoid of comfort to those who witness filial piety and hope to live again in a godly offspring. Such parents rejoice in death, and their godly feed, will rejoice with them forever, in heavenly manfions.

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SERMON XXIII.

The Blessing of God ón Filial Piety.

JEREMIAH XXXV. 19. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Jonadab, the son of Rechab, shall not want a man to stand

before me forever. ISRAEL were greatly depraved before the days of this prophet, who was sent to reprove and call them to repentance. The prophet faithfully discharged his trust; but labored to very little effect. The chiefs of the nation were offended at its warnings and predi&tions-rose up against him-shut him up in prison; yea in a dark dungeon, where he fank in the mire; and even fought his life! He was not, however discouraged. He continued “ to warn the wicked from his way, that he should turn from it. None of these things moved him.”

This was not the only messenger fent of God to warn that people-he sent to them all his servants, the prophets; but they would not hear. The Jews of that

age flattered themselves, that God would nev.

er enter into judgment with them.

“He might pour his fury on the heathen ; but they should escape-their place and nation would never feel the effects of his wrath, or become the theatre of his judgments—they were his people—necessary to his honor-he was their God; and would con. tinue their God, whatever their character, or conduet."

The prophets warned them of their mistake told them that the judgments of heaven hung over them that their city and sanctuary would be de. ftroyed, many of them perish in the war, and the residue be removed into strange lands, there to serve their enemies--" but they seemed to that degenerate people as those who mocked, and they believed them not."

There is a certain grade of depravity which scoffs at warnings and laughs at the shakings of God's spear! When this hath become the general sharacter of a people, defolating judgments are near. Those who conceive mercy to be the only attribute of Deity; or the only attribute which he can exercise towards them, are commonly deaf to warnings. Sure evidence that they are given up of God that his spirit hath ceased to strive with them. Rarely are those brought to repentance who entertain such views of God. Perhaps never, unless their views of him are changed. They have no fear of God before their eyes. If mercy abforbed every other attribute, there could be no place for fear. And of what enormity are those incapable who have lost the fear of God ? Such

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corruption of principle is the bane of practice, and prelude of ruin and wretchedness. The history of the Hebrews, and the history of mankind, confirm the truth of this remark.

This prophet having long warned his charge to no purpose, is here directed to apply to them in another manner-oto try to shame them into con. trition, by setting before them the part acted by a particular family which dwelt among them—the Rechabites, who had for ages religiously obeyed the injunctions of one of their ancefors, left proba ably as his dying charge.

Some of that progenitor's requirements feemed rigorous, but being the order of a respected anceftor the family considered them as obligatory ; nor could they be persuaded to violate them in any particular, though publicly invited to it by a prophet.

It may be proper here to make fome inquiries relas tive to these Rechabites--to the person whose charge they conceived so binding ; and the nature and defign of the charge.

The Rechabites are said to have been a branch of the Kenites, and to liave defcended from Hobab, the son of Jethro, Moses' father in law.*

While Ifrael were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, that Midianitish priest, or prince, visited Moses, bringing with him, Zipporah, the wife of Moses and her children, who had been sent to her father's as a place of safety, during the troubles in Egypt. Not long after, Hobab, the fon * Vide Henry and Brown's Di&ionary.

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