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your children to observe to do all Vol. II. the words of this Law. Chapter 6.6, 7. And these words which I command thee this day, Mall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them, when thou fittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thon lyeft down, and when thon riseft up. Chapter 11. 19. enjoyns the same thing in almost the same words. Whence the Royal Psalmist observes, Pfal. 78. 5, 6, For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which be commanded our fathers that they should make them known to their children. That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children. And as the Commands of God do exprefly oblige us to this Duty, so do the Examples of all pious and excellent Persons too; as of Abraham, Gen. 18. 17, 18, 19. of Foflsnab in my Text, of David, Psal. 101. and Cornelius, Acts 10. What should I infilt longer on this Argument ; does not Nature it self press us to it? are we not carried on by all the tendernesses of natural Instinct,to seek the temporal Good
Vol. II. ofour Children and Families? and if so,
then much more their Eternal Good,
how to behave themselves in all the Vol. II. Circumstances of Life, and which should finally be the truest foundation and Itrongest fence even of their Temporal Prolperity. I do not doubt buc by this time I have sufficiently proved to you that are Masters, that confidered in this Capacity, 'tis your Duty to endeavour to promote Religion in your Families. But here, 'tis possible, some may object, It seems then I am accountable for the A&tions of my Family, as well as for my own; and that I am not only bound to be godly, righteous, and sober my self, but to see that my Children and Servants be lo too, and this as I tender my Salvation : If this be so, who will incumber himself ; I will not say, with the trouble and expence of a Family, but this very great and dangerous care you speak of? To this I answer ; Every Trust which God commits to any Man, does necessarily draw after it a Care and Ducy, but then 'tis our Com. fort too, that every peculiar Obligation has a peculiar Assistance, and if we acquit our selves as we ought, will procure us a peculiar Reward. Nor ought we to think the Doctrine
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words no more than this, That we are to do our Duty in the Station wherein God places us; and there is nothing happens to us in this, which does not in every station ; for every distinct and peculiar station in this Life has its distinct and peculiar hazards and difficulties. I conclude then this first Motive in the words of our Lord, which may without any force be ac commodated to this purpose, Matth. 24. 45. to theend, Who then is a faithful and wife servant, whom his Lord has made ruler over his honsbold, to give them meat in due season. Blessed, is the servant whom his Lord, when he cometh, mall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him Ruler over all bis Goods. But and if that evil servant jhall say in his heart, my Lord delayeth his coming, and shall begin to smite his fellow-Servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken , the Lord of that fervant sall.come in a day that he looks nok for, and in an hour that he is not amare of, and shall cut him afunder, and appoint him his portion with bypocrites", there shall be weeping and gnasking of teeth.
2. My second Motive to this Duty Vol. II: is taken from the second Capacity in which we may be considered, namely, as good Christians. Every good Man will do what good he can ; and the Reason of this is plain, because he is possessed with Zeal for the Honour of God, with Charity for his Neighbour, and because he finds a secret Complacency and Joy in doing good. 'Tis to these Principles the Scripture ascribes the diligence of good Men in propagating Vercue and Religion in their families. Thus says God of Abraham, Gen. 18. 19. I know him, that he will command his children, and his houshold after him, and they shall keepe the way of the Lord, &c. that is, I see the religious bent of his Soul, and therefore am well assured that he will, with the most tender and zealous Care, labour to possess his Family with the knowledge and love of God. And thus in my Text, the Resolution Jofruah takes up for himself and Family, does apparently proceed from a fincere Zeal for God, and in David and Cornelius (both which I shall have occasion to mention afterwards ) we find the same Zeal exerting it self in the same manner ; David, O 3