The Rock of Israel and Other Sermons, by Edmund Staunton (1600-1671)
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Edmund Staunton (1600-1671), was a zealous Christian, active Reformed minister, and a constant member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, who was highly esteemed by his colleagues.
These three works contained in this volume are rare. They are all that remain of his preaching and writing.
His first sermon is on the “Rock of Israel,” taken from the text in Deuteronomy 32:31, “For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being Judges.” He shows that the nations have rocks, but they are idols. And that the God of Israel is our solid Rock upon which we are placed by God in and through the work of Jesus Christ. He alone is our salvation. Staunton uses this text also as a hearty polemic against the Church of Rome and their idolatry.
His second work is given as a funeral sermon for Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, wife of Westminster Divine, Henry Wilkinson. His subject is taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:14, “Even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him.” He exhorts and encourages believers concerning the resurrection, and what it means to sleep in the Lord. There are also seven other parts to this section covering various eulogies and a narrative of her life, which includes her own testimony to saving grace.
His third sermon is on righteous judgment. He combines Christian zeal with godly judgment taken from his text on Psalm 106:30, “Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment, and so the plague was stayed.” This is a great encouragement to believers to keep steadfast on the path of true Reformation in their life, families and places in which they live.
Included in this volume is an extended biography on the life of Staunton which is worth the reader’s time in and of itself.
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