Anaylsis of a Sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

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Jonathan Edwards, in 1741, preaches at Enfield Connecticut, to the congregation with a desire of converting men who thought too highly of themselves to Christianity. Edwards establishes points by using different strategies of figurative language with the intention of capturing the emotional side of his audience. By using a variety of styles to scare his audience, Edwards’ sermon, with powerful diction, had a great outcome of repenters.
Obviously, men depend on God to keep them out of hell, “Your wickedness makes you, as it were, heavy as lead, and to rend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell, and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf.” Following Edwards’ sermon further, mens’ wickedness is going to weigh them down. By comparing the congregation to the heaviness of lead, they are able to imagine how hard it is to not fall into hell and how much they need God.
Generally speaking, all men do dumb things and they have to face the consequences. “Their foot shall slide in due time,” Deuteronomy 32:35. Edwards wants the congregation to realize that their immature behavior will cost them in the long run. Clearly, it is their fault that the possibility of destruction is always present. They would be terminated if it were not for God’s hand holding them back.
Unquestionably, the wrath of God is constant like an arrow always ready to kill the wicked, “The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string; and justice directs the bow to your heart: and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God… that keeps the arrow one moment from being drunk with your blood.” In the light of bows and arrows being weapons for destruction, it is easy ...

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...tion realize how small they are. After they are scared to death, Edwards offers hope for them if they are willing to have an emotional relationship with God. So, the tone goes from fear to the hope of salvation.
In final analysis, with the goal of convincing the “natural men” in the churches congregation to become a Christian or accept Jesus Christ as their Lord, Jonathan Edwards paints a disturbing picture in the minds of his audience to wake them up. Through images and many comparisons, the physical world and spiritual world are connected with a bridge. Edwards backs up his testimony with Bible verses to prove he is telling the truth. His sermon is meant to pull at their heart strings and connect with their heart in order to knock the congregation off of the pedestal they put themselves on.

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"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
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