Ralph Brownrigg on national humiliation

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... One man’s prayer to remove a National judgment, is as if we go about to quench a raging fire by sprinkling a little water out of a casting bottle; see this practised by the Jews, 1 Sam. 7.2. all the house of Israel lamented before the Lord, and see how they expressed and testified it, verse the 6. they gathered together to Mispah, and draw water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, we have sinned against the Lord, their eyes were as buckets, their heads fountains of tears.

And is not a fire kindled amongst us, how many smoking fire-brands are scattered through the Land, we may say of our present sad condition as our Prophet Joel speaks, Joel. 1.2. Hear this you old men and give ear all the Inhabitants of the Land, hath this been in your days, or in the days of your fathers, who can remember such distractions in our kingdom, when did this kingdom shake and totter as now it doth; first troubles in the North, when that’s quenched, the flame breaks out in Ireland, sparks scattered amongst our selves, as Ezekiel prophesies, mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall come upon rumour, Ezek. 7.26. Thus out humiliation should be general, and as it must be general humiliation, so secondly it must be solemn by the help of a fast not to eat the bread of men. ...

For more, see Ralph Brownrigg on national humiliation.
 
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