God_s_Awful_Judgment_In_The_Breaking_And_Withering

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1 God’s Awful Judgment In The Breaking And Withering Of The Strong Rods Of A Community Jonathan Edwards Preached at Northampton on the Lord’s day, June 26, 1748, on the death of the Honorable John Stoddard, Esq. often a member of his Majesty’s council, for many years chief justice of the court of Common Pleas for the county of Hampshire, judge of the probate of wills, and chief colonel of the regiment, etc. who died at Boston, June 19, 1748 in the 67th year of his age. Ezekiel 19:12 Her strong rods were broken and withered. Subject: When God by death removes from a people those in place of public authority and rule that have been as strong rods, ’tis an awful judgment of God on that people, and worthy of great lamentation. I. I would observe what qualifications of those who are in public authority and rule may properly give them the denomination of strong rods ........................................................................................................... 2 First, one qualification of rulers whence they may properly be denominated strong rods, is a great ability for the management of public affairs . ............................................................................................ 3 Second, when they have not only great understanding, but largeness of heart, and a greatness and nobleness of disposition, this is another qualification that belongs to the character of a “strong rod.” .... 3 Third, when those that are in authority are endowed with much of a spirit of government, this is another thing that entitles them to the denomination of “strong rods.” ................................................................. 4 Fourth, stability and firmness of integrity, fidelity, and piety, in the exercise of authority, is another thing that greatly contributes to, and is very essential in, the character of a “strong rod.” ....................... 4 Fifth, and lastly, it also contributes to that strength of a man in authority by which he may be denominated a “strong rod,” ...................................................................................................................... 4 II. To show that when such strong rods are broken and withered by death, it is an awful judgment of God on the people who are deprived of them, and worthy of great lamentation . ................................................. 5 First, by reason of the many positive benefits and blessings to a people that such rulers are the instrument of .............................................................................................................................................. 5 Second, on account of the great calamities such rulers are a defense from ............................................... 6 Application .................................................................................................................................................... 7 In order to a right understanding and improvement of these words, these four things must be observed concerning them. 1. Who she is that is here represented as having had strong rods, viz . the Jewish community, who here, as often elsewhere, is called the people’s mother. She is here compared to a vine planted in a very fruitful soil, verse 10. The Jewish church and state is often elsewhere compared to a vine; as in Psa. 80:8, etc.; Isa. 5:2; Jer. 2:21; Eze. 15, 17:6.
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2 2. What is meant by her strong rods, viz. her wise, able, and well qualified magistrates or rulers. That the rulers or magistrates are intended is manifest by verse 11, “And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bear rule.” And by rods that were strong, must be meant such rulers as were well qualified for magistracy, such as had great abilities and other qualifications fitting them for the business of rule. They
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