So one of my best friends, Nathan Eshelman, puts up helpful meditations from Brakel on the Lord’s Day, to help us in our duties to “keep holy the Sabbath day”. So I thought I would take up his commendation and seek to post for the Sabbath as well. I have been reading through James Durham‘s commentary on Revelation, and have found some great thoughts that I would like to further meditate upon. My pagination will be from the Old Paths Pub. version.
Rev 2:2-3 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Patience in suffering and impatience against corruption and corrupt men, can well stand together. This people is said to bear and suffer; and yet it’s said, they could not bear: the reason is, because their patient suffering, or bearing, in the one word relates to their enduring of crosses; and their not bearing or suffering, in the other word, relates to the corrupt men, and their zeal against them. It were a good thing to knit these two together, not to let our zeal wear away our patience, nor our patience prejudge our zeal. There is a kind of zeal that puts folks always to do, to the end they may shun suffering, that is not good; and there is a sort of patience and meekness that wants zeal and sharpness in reference to the purging of Christ’s House; a patience that can bear with ill men: and this is no more to be commended than the former. This Angel is commended that he eschewed both and had both patience and zeal in exercise, running in their right channel, and put forth toward the right objects: and would God these were more seen and discernable in our practice; the one would make our zeal to shine, and the other would make our patience and humility praise-worthy: and if they be not joined, our zeal shall be carnal, and our patience, lukewarm; and neither of these will be commended of Christ. [p.89]