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table Kingdom Aourisheth in all its Glory. As God said at the first Creation, Let the Earth bring forth Grass, the · Herb yielding Seed, and the Fruit-tree yielding Fruit after bis Kind, whose Seed is in itself, upon the Earth. Gen. 1. 11. fo, by his providential Concourse, and according to his' Appointment, the Plants, the Herbs, the Trees, the Flowers in all their Tribes, and the various kinds of Grain, spring up
from their several Seeds, and gradually grow up into Maturity. The Species of thein are still continued and kept diftinct, and they uniformly preserve their several Virtues, their distinct Forms and Appearances, and bring forth their several Productions in the appointed Seasons. When we thus behold the regular Course of Things in the World about us, we should raise our Thoughts to God, to whose constant Care and Influence this is owing. If left to themselves without a presiding Mind, we could have no Security for their continuing in Being, much less for their being maintained in their regular Order. It is the Power, Wisdom, and Influence of the first Cause ever present with his own Work, and leaving nothing to Chafice ori Caprice, that is the Foundation of all our Hopes. It is this that giveth us any
Security that the Sun or Moon shall continue to shine, that the Stars shall maintain their Courses or Stations, that the Air, the Sea, the Earth, and the Things which are therein, shall preserve their Natures and proper Situations, and produce the several Effects, and answer the Uses, to which they were originally designed.
Secondly, God preserveth the Beings that have Life and Sense, with their several Powers, Capacities, and Instincts.' He upholdeth them by his providential Concourse in that kind of Life, which according to his own Appointment, and the Order settled by himself in the Beginning, belongeth to them. And this holdeth good both of the inferior Brute Animals, and the higher Order of rational and intellectual Beings. And to this probably the Words of the Text have a special Reference; for what we render, thou preferveft them all, might be rendered, thou quickeneft them all, or, maintaineth them all in Life. -- First, God preserveth and upholdeth the inferior Brute Animals in their several Species, which by a wonderful Provision are fuccessively propagated according to established Laws, and continue to be furnished in all Ages with the fame Organs, Powers, and Appetites, and the same admirable Instincts.
By these they are enabled to exercise the various Functions of the sensitive Life, and are directed to what is most proper for their Nourishment, their Defence, and their Pleasure. To his Providence it is owing, that even the several Tribes of Insects are preserved, and go through their orderly Transmutations, and come forth in their proper Seasons in numberless Swarms, and in all the Beauty of Colours. To this it is to be ascribed that the Ants continue in all Ages to be the same provident and industrious Tribe, and so dexterously manage the Affairs of their little Commonwealth; that the Bees so artfully build their waxen Cells, and make their Honey, and maintain their well-ordered Polity; that the Silk-worm undergoeth its several won, derful Changes, is provided in its Season with proper Food, and spinneth fo precious a Thread out of its Bowels; that the Waters still bring forth abundantly after their Kind, and the Rivers, Lakes, and Seas continue to be plentifully stored with innumerable Quantities of Fishes, in their various Forms, from the huge Whales to the smallest living Creatures which inhabit the watery Element: To which may be added the feveral Species of Birds, which with great Agility wing the airy
Region. The Hawk is said to fly by his Wisdom ; the Eagle mounteth up at his Command, and maketh ber Neft on bigb; from whence she seeketh ber Prey, and her Eyes bekold it afar of: Job xxxix. 26, 27, 29. The Stork in the Heaven knoweth ber appointed Times; and the Turtle, the Crane, and the Swallow, and other Birds of Passage, obferve the Time of their coming. Jer. viii. 7. And the several Sorts of singing Birds chaunt forth their melodious Notes, and fing among the Branches. To the Care of his powerful Providence it, is to be ascribed that the several Kinds of Cattle are preserved, and provided with their
Suftenance ; that the Dogs retain their Sagacity and wonderful Instincts, and the Horse his Strength and Swiftness, for the Use and Delight of Mankind. Yea, to this it is owing that the wild Beasts of the Desarts are provided for. As it manifestly tended to the Beauty and Perfection of the animal Creation, that there should be such Creatures formed, and endued with extraordinary Degrees of Fierceness, Strength, and Courage, so there is the same Reason for continuing, that there was for creating them. Thus are the feveral Species of Brute Animals maintained and kept diftinct, and are provided for suitably to their respective Natures and Circumstances, and
the Individuals of each Species preserve their several Shapes and Forms, Organs and Appetites, and when they go off leave others to succeed them, so that the admirable Scheme is still carried on.
The continuing Things in such an established Course and Order, which we behold without Astonishment, because we are accustomed to it, exhibiteth a manifest Proof of a wise and powerful Providence constantly preserving and watching over the various kinds of sensitive Beings.
may therefore on this Occasion justly apply those Words of Job: Ak now the Beasts, and they shall teach thee ; and the Fowls of the Air, and they fvall tell thee ; and the Fishes of the Sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all thefe, that the Hand of the Lord bath wrought this Job xii. 7, 8, 9.
But secondly, Let us especially consider God's Providence as exercised in the Preservation of the higher Orders of rational and intellectual Beings. It is he that preferveth the Angels in their several Degrees.
None of them have an independent Existence. Strong and mighty as they are, they cannot uphold themselves in Being, merely by the Force of their own excellent Natures, but are maintained in that noble and sublime Life which he hath given them, and in the Use and Exercise of their