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This is Your Life

This is Your Life

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It is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life.

It is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life.

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Published by: glennpease on Aug 25, 2013
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THIS IS YOUR LIFEBy THOMAS SCOTTDEUTEROOMY XXxii, 47.It is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life.THE honoured servant of God, whose words arehere selected, was favoured with health and theunabated force of all his faculties, at a very ad-vanced time of life : and, so far from claiming aprivilege of relaxation from labour, he seems, asdeath approached, to have redoubled his diligence,in order that the Israelites might have the thingswhich he had taught them in perpetual remem-brance. The hoary head is indeed a crown of glory, when thus found in the way of righteous-ness: and "blessed is that servant, whom his" Lord when he cometh shall find so doing."Among other methods of durably impressing theminds of the people, Moses was directed to com-pose a prophetick song ; as poems are generally2 SERMO I.learned with greater eagerness, and rememberedmore easily, than other compositions : and at theclose of this sacred song he thus addressed thepeople, " Set your hearts unto all the words, which" I testify among you this clay, which ye shall com-" mand your children to observe to do, even all" the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing" for you, because it is your life; and through" this thing ye shall prolong your days in the" land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.' 1Having given this earnest admonition, he was di-rected to ascend mount ebo, that he might die
there: a circumstance which could not fail to addpeculiar energy to his concluding exhortations.The nation of Israel had spiritual blessings pro*posed to them by types and shadows; and Canaanrepresented the everlasting felicity of heaven, theinheritance of true believers. We live under adifferent dispensation, and enjoy peculiar advan-tages. " God, who at sundry times, and in di-" vers manners, spake in time past unto the" fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days"spoken unto us by his Son."- " Therefore we" ought to give the more earnest heed to the things" which we have heard, lest at any time we should"let them slip: for how shall we escape, if we" neglect so great salvation ' ?" The words of thetext are therefore at least as applicable to us, as1 IIcb.i r 13. ii, 13.SERMO I. 3they were to Israel of old ; and we may from themtake occasionI. To consider the subject, which is de-clared to be no vain thing.II. To illustrate the import of that declar-ation.III. To conclude the whole by a practicalimprovement.I. Let us consider the subject, which is declaredto be no vain thing.Moses, no doubt, spoke this concerning reli-
gion: but numbers would agree to the sentimentas thus stated, who would object to it when moreparticularly explained. For it is evident that theprophet was not speaking of natural religion, orthat religion which man in his present conditioncan discover or attain, by the exercise of his na-tural powers without any assistance from revela-tion. Alas ! the history of the human race proves,that this is indeed a vain thing, and utterly insuf-ficient to direct us into the knowledge of God, orto make us partakers of happiness in his presenceand favour. But that religion, which Moses hadtaught Israel, was given by immediate revelationfrom God, and was exclusively intended. The4 SERMO I.same is delivered to us at present, more fully andplainly, in the sacred scriptures; and we may per-haps obtain the clearest conceptions of it, by con-sidering them as a message from God to us; sentby prophets, apostles, and evangelists, or ratherby his well-beloved Son. As far therefore as mi-nisters adhere to the oracles of God, they also de-liver the same message ; and all who disbelieve ordespise them, disbelieve and despise him that sentthem.This message from God declares to us his ownmysterious nature, by which he is distinguishedfrom all the objects of idolatrous worship; it dis-covers to us his glorious attributes; his infinitepower, knowledge, wisdom, and greatness; hiseternal, omnipresent, unchangeable, and incom-prehensible majesty; but, above all, his consummate justice, holiness, truth, goodness, and mercy, asharmoniously exercised in his dealings with hisrational creatures, and comprising the full perfec-

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