How to Write a Summary of an Article? Analysis of Jon Edwards:
After all the cultivations of Heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as shown in verses 32 and The verse that I have chosen for my text, "In due time their foot will slide," seems to imply the following things, relating to the punishment and destruction to which these wicked Israelites were exposed.
That they were always Analysis of jon edwards sinners to "ruin;" as one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to falling.
This is implied in the manner of the destruction coming upon them, being represented by their foot sliding. The same is expressed in Psalm It implies, they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is liable to fall at every moment, he cannot foresee from moment to moment whether he shall stand or fall; and when he does fall, he falls suddenly without warning: How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
Another thing that is implied is, that they are liable to fall by "themselves," without being thrown down by the hand of another; as he that stands or walks on slippery ground needs nothing but his own weight to throw him down. That the reason why they have not already fallen, and don't fall now, is only that God's appointed time has not yet come.
For it is said that when that appointed time comes, "their foot will slip. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then, at that very instant, they will fall into ruin; as he that stands in such slippery descending ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go of then he immediately falls and is lost.
The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. God's will not hindered in the least degree in respect to the preservation of wicked men. The truth of this observation may appear by the following considerations. There is no lack of "power" in God to throw wicked men into hell at any moment.
Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up: He is not only able to throw wicked men into hell, but He can do it most easily. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty trying to subdue a rebel, who has found ways to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the mere numbers of his followers.
But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defense from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken into pieces. They are like great heaps of light chaff [worthless matter;rubbish] before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry hay before devouring flames.
We find it easy to step on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; likewise it is easy for us to cut a slender thread that anything hangs by: What are we, that we should think that we can stand before Him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the mountains collapse?
They "deserve" to be thrown into hell; and divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God using His power at any moment to destroy them.
Yes, on the contrary, justice calls out loud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, "Cut it down!
Why should it use up the soil? Every moment the sword of divine justice is waved over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God's mere will, that holds it back. They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell.
They not only justly deserve to be thrown down there, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and unchangeable rule of righteousness that God has fixed between Him and mankind, is gone out against them, and stands against them; so that they are already bound over to hell.
They are now the objects of that very same "anger" and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they don't go down to hell at each moment is not because God, in whose power they are under, is not exceedingly angry with them, as He is with the many miserable human beings now tormented in hell, and who there feel and bear the fierceness of His wrath.
Yes, God is a great deal more angry with the great numbers that are now on earth; yes, doubtless with the many that are now sitting in this congregation, who feel completely at ease, than He is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell.
It is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness, and does not resent it, that He does not let loose His hand and cut them off.Preface. For more than years, Jonathan Edwards' sermons have been consistently recognized, and their usefulness and impact have continued to the present day, even in the outdated English of the author's own day.
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