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the Lord is God in heaven above, and in earth be: neath; and that there is no other God beside Him.
To keep them from supposing that their own merits had gained the favour of God, Moses informed thent, that it was for the sake of their progenitors, they had been selected from the rest of the nations to be his
pes culiar people ; and exhorted them, by motives of worldly interest, as well as of duty, to keep the Divine Statutes and Commandments.
Though this exhortation of Moses was delivered so many ages ago, it affords much valuable instruction to Christians. Let us therefore study it with attention, and practise its precepts, that we may be a wise and understanding people ; that the LORD our God may be nigh unto us in all that we call upon him for ; that it may be well with us, and our children after us ; that our days may be prolonged upon earth, and that we may be happy for ever in heaven hereafter.
We do not indeed live among idolaters, and have few temptations to make graven images; but we have many enticements to dishonour the LORD God in the eyes of the world, by levelling Him, in idea, with the creatures that are the works of His hands; which those certainly do, who deny the divinity of our SAVIOUR. Let us, therefore, take heed to ourselves, lest we forget the conditions of the Christian Covenant: Let us keep in mind that the Lord He is God, and, as such, let us honour Him ourselves, and train up our children, and our children's children, to know, and to serve Him.
From Deut. Chap. v. And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I
speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep and do them.
The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the
for ye' were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount).
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire *, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice; and he added no more ; and he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
And it came to pass when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness (for the mountain did burn with fire) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory, and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
Now theretore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD our Gov any inore, then we shall die.
For who is there of all flesh that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire as we have, and lived ?
Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say; and speak thou unto us all that the Lord
• The Teu Commandments.
our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
And the Lord heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me : and the Lord said unto mre, I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have spoken.
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Go say unto them, Get you into your tents again.
But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.
Ye shall oberve to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
Though we cannot form an exact idea of the appeare ance of the Glory of the Lond on mount Sinai, nor of His voice speaking from the midst of the fire and thick darkness, we may easily conceive, that the scene was very awful and tremendous. Nothing less than this sensible demonstration of the presence of the Deity,would have convinced such a people as the Israelites, that the Commandments were of Divine institution; and, indeed, there would have been some ground for suspicion, that Moses was the inventor of them, had not the LORD vouchsafed to speak to the people Himself: and succeeding generations would have rejected them, if the history of their Divine origin had not been recorded. We have, therefore, great reason to be thankful to God for affording this undeniable evidence of His existence and providence, and the certainty of Divine revelation.
It was at this time that the Israelites desired to have a Mediator ; and this desire was approved of God, because He knew it was best for them that it should be 80; for we find, that the Israelites were so greatly overcome by this wonderful display of Divine Majesty, that it was their earnest request never to behold the like again. We Christians have still more need of a Mediator than the Israelites had, because the Lord is not visible amongst us, as He was with them.
It is our happiness to be assured in the New Testament, that we have a most powerful one in Christ, who, instead of appearing to us in a glory which we could not behold and live, maintains an intercourse between God and his people invisibly, by means of His Holy Spirit. Let us then transfer our desires of beholding the Glory of the Supreme Being to a future state, when those who have served Him faithfully in this world, will be able to see Hina, not only without pain and dread, but with tranquillity and joy.
It must have been a great encouragement to the obe dience of the Israelites, to know, that God desired that they might always continue objects of His favour and loving-kindness. This encouragement Christians also have from the Holy Scriptures in an abundant degree.
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MOSES' EXHORTATION CONTINUED.
From Deut. Chap. vi. Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD your God commanded to teach
you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: that thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments which I command thee; thou, thy son, and thy sou's son, all the days of thy life, and that thy days may be prolonged.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thiné heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart : and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
And it shall be when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give