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The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod

by Thomas Brooks (Author)


About the Author:

Thomas Brooks, 1608-1680, was an English Puritan and Preacher of Godís Word.


Book Description: (back cover info)

Thomas Brooks first published this work in 1659 as the expression of his own experience under trials and afflictions and as an encouragement and an admonition to others. Here afflictions, trials, temptations, and human weakness are set in the balance against Scriptural knowledge in an exhortation to faith and the humble acceptance and profiting of the children of God under the disciplining hand of a God who would be known as our Father:

"Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:9-11.

And as recorded in the Psalms,

"My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." Psalms 89:28-34.


The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod by Thomas Brooks (2011 Paperback Book Edition) Paperback Edition Details:

Originally Published:  1659

2011 Edition: From the 1866 Edition, Edited, Updated, and Corrected.

Publisher:  Hail & Fire

Page Count:  248 pages

Book Binding:  Paperback (US Trade Paperback)

Product Size:  5" x 8" x .56" inches

Interior Color:  Black and White

Language(s):  English

ISBN-10:  0982804334

ISBN-13/EAN13:  9780982804339 (978-0-9828043-3-9)

Book Category:  Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth


Table of Contents:

Introduction to the 1866 Edition - page ix.

The Epistle Dedicatory by the Author - page xi.

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod - page 1.

Introductory Preface - page 3.

The Proposition: That it is the great duty & concernment of gracious souls to be mute and silent under the greatest afflictions, the saddest providences, and sharpest trials that they meet with in this world. - page 5.

I. What is the silence here meant? - page 5.

II. What does a prudent, a gracious, & a holy silence under affliction include? - page 12.

III. What does a prudent, a gracious, & a holy silence under affliction not exclude? - page 28.

IV. Why must Christians be mute & silent under the greatest afflictions, providences, and trials? - page 41.

V. It is the greatest duty & concernment of Christians to be mute and silent under the greatest afflictions, the saddest providences, and the sharpest trials. - page 55.

The Exhortation: Considerations to engage your souls to be mute and silent under your greatest troubles and your saddest trials. - page 69.

The Objections: Answers to the objections to remove those impediments which hinder poor souls from being silent and mute under the afflicting hand of God. - page 99.

Helps & Directions to silence and still your soul under afflictions, trials, and sad providences. - page 203.


Quotations and Excerpts: (from this book)

quotation markTo move you to silence under your sorest and your sharpest trials, consider, that you have deserved greater and heavier afflictions than those you are under, Lam. 3:39 and Mic. 7:7-9.3 Has God taken away one mercy? You have deserved to be stripped of all. Has he taken away the delight of your eyes? He might have taken away the delight of your soul. Are you under outward wants? You have deserved to be under outward and inward together. Are you cast upon a sick bed? You have deserved a bed in hell. Are you under that ache and that pain? You have deserved to be under all aches and pains at once. Has God chastised you with whips? You have deserved to be chastised with scorpions. Are you fallen from the highest pinnacle of honor to be the scorn and contempt of men? You have deserved to be scorned and contemned by God and angels. Are you under a severe whipping? You have deserved an utter damning. Ah Christian, let but your eyes be fixed upon your demerits and your hands will be quickly upon your mouths; whatever is less than a final separation from God, whatever is less than hell, is mercy; and therefore you have cause to be silent under the sharpest dealings of God with you.quotation mark

~ Thomas Brooks

Quote on Afflictions not Comparable to our Sins.

 

quotation markIn the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to keep you from the evils, snares, and the temptations of this world; in the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to purge away your sins, to brighten and increase your graces, to crucify your hearts to the world, and to prepare you and preserve you to his heavenly kingdom. Consider also that by afflictions he effects all this according to his covenant: 'If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my commandments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, [Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.' Ps. 89:30-34.]quotation mark

~ Thomas Brooks

Quote on Affliction in the Covenant of Grace.

 


quotation markConsider that the trials and troubles, the calamities and miseries, the crosses and losses that you meet with in this world, are all the hell that ever you shall have.quotation mark

~ Thomas Brooks

Quote on the Temporary Nature of Affliction (Romans 8:18).

 

quotation markThe mercies of God are not styled the swift, but the sure mercies of David, and therefore a gracious soul waits patiently for them.quotation mark

~ Thomas Brooks

Quote on Patience in Affliction (James 5:7-8).

 

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