Else Men Would Drudge Themselves to Death

Thomas Case, Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, Vol. II:32

God saw the heart of man since the fall so fixed to the world (Eccles. 3:11), and immersed in the pleasures and profits thereof, that had he left man to himself, he would not have spared for divine worship one day in seven weeks, not, possibly, in seven months, or in the whole year; but he would have even drudged himself and the irrational creature to death in the pursuit of worldly fruitions. And therefore God hath enjoined him the severe observation of one day in seven, that he might lay upon him the necessity of minding and seeking the things of eternity, and whilst the rational creature did enjoy a spiritual rest for the soul, the irrational creature might have natural rest for self-preservation. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!


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