Divine Judgment and Mercy in the Second Plague by Josiah Shute (1588-1643)
I didn’t want this book to end. Eminently wise, biblically satisfying, and exceedingly helpful. Therese McMahon
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Josiah Shute (1588-1643) was known for his eloquent preaching, profound scholarship, and unswerving commitment to Christian doctrine, which is why he was chosen to sit on the Westminster Assembly.
Josiah Shute’s meticulous exploration of God’s intricate dance between divine justice and benevolence in the second plague of frogs upon the Egyptians is masterful. As a prominent Reformed theologian and preacher, Shute’s insights into Exodus 8:1-10 span nine compelling sermons, presenting a riveting examination of God’s interactions with his people, and their enemies.
In this work, Shute reaffirms God’s righteousness, emphasizing that His judgments, while sometimes perceived as severe, always have a greater purpose. Exploring the very nature of afflictions, Shute unveils them not only as divine punishments, but instruments of God’s will, designed to address inherent pride, even within the righteous.
But Shute’s discourse doesn’t end at self-reflection. He drives home the rewards of facing afflictions with a God-centered heart, echoing sentiments of biblical figures like David, emphasizing that true reconciliation and a deeper walk with God arise from rightly received trials.
Josiah Shute’s “Judgment and Mercy” on Exodus 8:1-10 invites readers to a deeper understanding of God’s sovereign intentions, challenging them to see beyond the immediate pain of afflictions and embrace the divine wisdom embedded within. A theological masterpiece that promises to enrich the soul and sharpen the believer’s perspective on God’s unerring ways.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, and has been updated in modern English for easy reading. It also has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
Table of Contents
Meet Josiah Shute by C. Matthew McMahon
Introduction by C. Matthew McMahon
To the Christian Reader
Appendix 1: Morning Prayer before the Sermon
Appendix 2: Evening Prayer before the Sermon
Appendix 3: Prayer After the Sermon