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as their intercessor with an offended God. He feels himself called upon to maintain the interests of the divine glory with a ftiff-necked and perverse nation; and to plead the cause of that very nation with Deity, provoked to execute righteous judgment on a race of men who were continually disposed to insult his authority, and to degrade his perfections, by associating him with the infamous idols of the Pagan world.
“ Moses had sometimes the felicity of averting the divine displeasure, and of restraining the madness of the people. But more frequently he endured the mortification of feeing the inefficacy of all his wellmeant efforts. The violence of the people bore down all opposition; and offended Heaven turned a deaf ear 'to the voice of his fupplication. Divine justice vindicated its rights; Ifrael felt its severest strokes, and twenty-four thousand* fall at one stroke.
“ The most awful chastisements have proved equally ineffectual with the tenderest expostulations, to bring them back to a fense of their duty. And as if Moses had been responsible for the calamities which they had brought upon themselves, by their reiterated crimes, they talk of stoning him. They propose to appoint a commander to conduct them back to Egypt, from whence God had delivered them by a strong band and a stretched-out arm : they prefer an inglorious fervitude to the miraculous protection afforded them in the wilderness, and to all the prospects of the fair inheritance which God had promised to be tow upon them.
- In a state of such anxiety and distress Moses pasled forty complete years, and conducted, at length, the remains of this people to the borders of the promised land. Was ever life so fingularly eventful ? Was ever hero signalized by so many extraordinary exploits ?
“ If we go into a more particular detail of his great actions, we meet with a bright display of every shining virtue.
" What * Numb. xxv. 9.
À « What magnanimity! Witness the armies he so successfully commanded; witness the crown and kingdom of Egypt despised, rejected, when put in competition with the obligations and prospects of religion.
"What firmness! Witness his undaunted addresses, and his animated replies to Pharaoh. Thus faith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may ferve me.* We will go with our young and with our old, with our fons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our berds will we go ; there shall not be an hoof left behind. Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.
“What fervour! Witness there hands lifted up to heaven, while Ifrael was fighting against Amalek. Witness these ardent prayers in behalf of the rebell. ious Israelites : Lord, why doth thy wrath wax bot against thy people, which thou haft brought forth out of the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty band? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to pay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and I/rael thy fervants, to whom thou fwarest by thine own self, and faidst unto them, I will multiply your feed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of, will I give unto your feed, and they fall inherit it forever. I
“What charity! Witness these forcible expressions : Oh, this people have finned a great fin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt, forgive their fin: and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. S
“ What gentleness! Witness what is said of him, Numbers xii. 3. Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.
“What earnest desire to draw supplies of grace and truth immediately from their source! Witness these
ardent * Exod. viii. 1. Exod. x. 9. 26. 29. | Exod. xxxii. 11–13. $ Exod. xxxii. 31, 32.
ardent afpirations of soul after God: If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up bence. I beseech thee, phew me thy glory. *
“What zeal for the glory of God! Witness the ta, bles of the law broken in pieces at the sight of a peo. ple who had rendered themselves unworthy of receiv. ing marks so tender of the love of God. Witness that rigorous order issued to the fons of Levi: Thus faith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and Nay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.t Witness his answer to Joshua, when he expressed an apprehenfion left the prophetic gifts bestowed on Eldad and Medad should eclipse the glory of his master : Envi. est thou for my fake, would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put bis Spirit upon them! I
“What perseverance! Witness those exhortations ; and that sacred song, with which he concluded his ministrations and his life.
“ But where was perfect virtue ever to be found? Moses too had his infirmities. In a life so long, how. ever, and so peculiarly circumstanced, who is chargeable with faults fo slight and so few ? His very errors seem to partake of the nature of virtue. The darker shades of his character become perceptible from the contrast they form with a whole life so bright and luminous. That he should shrink back, at first, from the proposal of an embassy to the king of Egypt; that he should neglect, for a season, from certain doméstic considerations, the circumcision of a child ; that he should be flow of belief respecting the disposition of a righteous God to extract water miracu. lously from the rock, to supply the wants of a mur. muring generation ; that he should strike the rock a second time, rather from indignation against the reb.
els, * Exod. xxxiii. 15. 18. + Exod. xxxii. 27.
# Numb. xi. 29.
els, than from distrust of the God in whom compaffons flow--These undoubtedly are blemishes, nay, offences which God might punish with death, were he strict to mark iniquity; but, when human infirmity is taken into the account, they are faults that excite pity rather than indignation.
.“ Should any part of the elogium we have pronounced on Moses seem exaggerated, we shall add, to all the honourable traits under which we have represented him, one infinitely more glorious still, traced by the hand of God himself, who best knows how to appreciate merit and distribute praise, and which exalts our prophet far above all human panegyric: There arose not a prophet fince in Israel like unto Mofes, whom the Lord knew face to face : in all the signs and the wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his fervants, and to all his land, and in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Mofes dhewed in the fight of all Ifrael.”
This truly great man died in the year of the world two thousand five hundred and fifty-three; and be. fore the birth of Jesus Christ one thousand four hundred and fifty-one ; eight hundred and ninety-seven years after the flood; and before the building of Sol. omon's temple four hundred and forty; in the fortieth year from the Exodus, or departure of Israel from Egypt; and of his own age the one hundred and twentieth. Before his death, he uttered a clear and distinct prediction of the Messiah, which, in “ the fulness of time,” was exactly accomplished ; and he appeared in person on Mount Tabor to lay all his glory and honour at the feet of the Saviour of the world. We shall have finished our plan, after we have suggested a few reflections on this prediction of Moses, and on this his appearance, in company with Elias, to do homage to the Son of God," the Author and Finisher of our faith.” To Him“ be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
History of Mofes.
deut. xviii. 15–18. Acts iïi. 22. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me ; unto him ye fall hearken. According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb, in the day of the assembly, faying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me fee this great fire any more that I die not. And the Lord said unto me, They have well Spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall conrmand him. For Mofes. truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like untó me, him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
IN the frame and course of nature, who does not per: ceive evident marks of wisdom in design, order in execution, energy in operation ? All is plan, system, harmony. Every thing bespeaks a Being provident, omnipotent, unremittingly attentive : whose works, indeed, infinitely exceed our comprehension ; but which by their beauty, fimplicity and usefulness, fill the mind with wonder and delight, while their variety,