| "They shall not again know the want of
the means of grace,....It is supposed that they might be brought
into straits and troubles after this deliverance was wrought for
them. It was promised that they should weep no more and that God
would be gracious to them; and yet here it is taken for
granted that God may give them the bread of adversity and the
water of affliction, prisoners' fare, coarse and sorry food,
such as the poor use. When one trouble is over we know not how soon
another may succeed; and we may have an interest in the favour of
God, and such consolations as are sufficient to prohibit weeping,
and yet may have bread of adversity given us to eat and water of
affliction to drink.|
Let us therefore not judge of love or hatred by what is before us.
It is promised that their eyes should see their teachers, that is, that they should have faithful teachers among them, and should have hearts to regard them and not slight them as they had done; and then they might the better be reconciled to the bread of adversity and the water of affliction. It was a common saying among the old Puritans,
Brown bread and the gospel are good fare.
A famine of bread is not so great a judgment as a famine of the word of God."
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