"Gods Promise to His Plantations" Section on Samuel 7:10

Item

Identifier

Novicoff 3

Title

"Gods Promise to His Plantations" Section on Samuel 7:10

Description

These three pages are a section of John Cotton's sermon given to colonists settling Massachusetts. The sermon begins by quoting a bible verse where God promises to "appoint a place for [His] people Israel" where they will "move no more." The inclusion of this verse affirms that Cotton and the Puritans believed their quest to settle Massachusetts was both religiously motivated and divinely ensured. This worldview, where they are the clear protagonist, is one of the major reasons why Massachusetts Puritans saw King Philip’s War as such a terrifying moment for them. They thought, if God was on their side, and Massachusetts is Israel, why would He let them suffer?
In addition, Cotton uses the phrase “my people” to describe the Puritans, making it quite obvious that he believes the Puritans are truly God’s people, not merely all Christians, and certainly not all people.

Creator

John Cotton

Date Created

1630

Publisher

Jones for Bellamy

Bibliographic Citation

John Cotton. Gods Promise to His Plantation. London: Jones for Bellamy, 1630.
Val 824 C823 R4

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