Gods providence, a sermon preached before the honourable House of Commons at their late solemne fast, Decemb. 28, 1642, in S. Margarets Church at Westminster by Ed. Corbett ...
Corbet, Edward, d. 1658.
2. Do not undervalue Gods Ordinances.

Divine Institution adds a price, and holy regard to every work: The time, the place, the matter, the manner, every circum∣stance receives weight from Gods command, and he who is not carefull to observe the least, doth not obey God when he per∣formes the greatest:* If Naaman wil be cleansed, he must wash seven times in the water of Jordan,* six times washing will not remove the Leprosie: whosoever will be cured must enter, First into the Poole after the Angel hath troubled the water; he that comes after shall have no benefit; Gods order must be observed, his number regard'd contempt in any circūstance ruines all the work; It is no just excuse to prefer some before others when all ought to be done, it is not the Dutie of a Servant to chuse his work, and rather to dispute his Masters will, then obey it. Let the Ordi∣nances of Heaven be never so meane, so poore in regard of their outward condition; They are worthy of pretious account, of ho∣nourable esteeme, of carefull observance, in respect of their Au∣thor, and those sacred ends for which they were injoyn'd: Com∣mon bread becomes the food of life in the Sacrament of the Lords supper,* and water, a vulgar and corruptible Element, Seales in Baptisme the remission of sinns:* The very same words of Man which passe as wind and only beate the Aire, comming with Gods Authority and blessing shall melt a heart of Flint,* shall prosper in the work for which they were sent, are sharper then any two edged sword, are lively and mightie in operation If the liquor be cordiall, what matter if the vessell be earthen? If the Page  23 Tabernacle be all gold within, what though the covering be of badgers skin? A Scholler will not judge a book by the bulke and out-side, but by the contents. A Souldier will not chuse a sword by the luster of the hilt, but by the goodnesse of the blade. The Author legitimates the work, the will and end is All in every a∣ction. Crassus whip'd his Mason,* because he sent him a fitter Mast for his service, but not the same he required: and Manlius be∣headed his sonne because contrary to command he gave battel to the enemy & obtained the victory. And will God endure disobe∣dience at the hands of sinfull Men? Is he lesse jealous of his ho∣nour then the Creature? shall he command, and threaten, and be∣seech? Shall he bring salvation to our doores, to our bosomes and shall we despise it? Take heed, curses attend contempt,* Famin fol¦lows abuse of fulnesse, and unthankfulnesse in Peace & knowledge, brings war and ignorance.* Our Saviour only called John and James, and they without tarrying left their ship and their Father, and followed him: Parents, and Fortunes, and Lives give place to Gods command, we must disprove nothing which he approves, nor like any thing which he dislikes. For we are not our own, and therefore we must not set up our own wills, nor judge by our own reason, nor work for our own ends: but we must sacrifice our selves to God, our wills to his will, our reason to his knowledge, our whole endeavours to his Glory. It is enough for us that he would have it so: His will is wisdom, and Justice, and power, and rea∣son, and all things.