Matthew Mead on the purpose of national judgments

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... So that you see plainly the Rod, hath a voice, and is a kind of Sermon, but comes nearer to the sense, and will force an observance more than mere words could do. We could choose whether we would read a Bible or good Book, or regard a Minister or godly Neighbour, giving us this very Lesson as plainly, but in a more gentle manner. We could stop our ears, or turn our backs, or harden our hearts against all the most awakening, startling Truths: We could make a pish of the most dreadful threatenings in the Book of God, denounced against those very sins we committed; we could laugh at our Teachers and Reprovers, and scorn at the offers of their love for our recovery.

And when we were sunk into such a deplorable estate, wanting nothing of falling head-long into Hell, but the withdrawing of that miraculous patience which kept us out every moment, then in infinite mercy did our God, who like a wise Physician, suits his potions to the nature of the disease, and temper of his Patients, make bare his Arm, and reveal himself and his pleasure to us, in a way most likely to affect us, if we who yet survive, be not obstinately bent upon our own destruction. ...

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