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Jehovah's Proclamation.

Jehovah's Proclamation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THOMAS BRADBURY



" And the LORD pasaed by before him, and pToclaimed, The LORD, the LORD
Ood, merciful and graciooB, long-snfferin^, and abundant in goodness and tmth,

'* Keeping mercy for thousands, forgivifig iniquity and transgression and sin,
and that will by no means clear the guiltv ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth
generation.*' — Exodus xzxiy. 6, 7.
BY THOMAS BRADBURY



" And the LORD pasaed by before him, and pToclaimed, The LORD, the LORD
Ood, merciful and graciooB, long-snfferin^, and abundant in goodness and tmth,

'* Keeping mercy for thousands, forgivifig iniquity and transgression and sin,
and that will by no means clear the guiltv ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth
generation.*' — Exodus xzxiy. 6, 7.

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JEHOVAH'S PROCLAMATIO.BY THOMAS BRADBURY
" And the LORD pasaed by before him, and pToclaimed, The LORD, the LORDOod, merciful and graciooB, long-snfferin^, and abundant in goodness and tmth,'* Keeping mercy for thousands, forgivifig iniquity and transgression and sin,and that will by no means clear the guiltv ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers uponthe children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourthgeneration.*' — Exodus xzxiy. 6, 7.
I the chapter preceding this from which I have taken mytext, and which I read for our instruction this morning, wehave an experimental and practical exposition of onr last Sundaymorning's text — " And grace for grace." I say practical andexperimental because the exposition nows forth from the exercisedheart and favoured spirit of Moses, the man of God. He wasthe meekest of all men upon the face of the earth, and yet hewas taught in the school of painful experience, that leffc to him-self without the presence and power of his God, he was thevery opposite to meekness. In the face of such an experiencethis hignly-favoured saint was brought to that high state of privilege described in the llth verse: "And the LORD spakeunto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.**Jacob, after the covenant Angel's wrestling, said, " 1 have seenGod face to fpice, and my life is preserved " (Gen. xxxii. 30).And poor faint-hearted " Manoah said unto his wife, We shallsurely die, because we have seen God." But here Moses looksGod in the face with blessed familiarity and in heartfelt com-mum'on. He " said unto the LORD, See, Thou sayest unto me,Bring up this people, and Thou hast not let nie know whomThou wilt send with me. Yet Thou hast said, I know thee byname, and thou hast also found grace in My sight. ow, there-fore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show mea 105.-Paroa Om Pnmr. -^ - - -^ )Ogle
 
2 GROVS O^APEU FUXiPIT.now Thy way, that 1 may know Thee, that I may find ^ace inThy sight, and consider that this nation is Thy peop^." Inthese words we see the infirmity, forgetfulness, and faithlessnessof Moses. He said to God, " Thou hast not let me know whomThou wilt send with me." Turn to chapter iii. 12. God gavecommandment to Moses to bring forth Israel out of Egypt, andadded His promise, " Certainly I will be with thee. * I, thegreat and glorious JEHOVAH. The I AM. Thy All in alLAll thy salvation from sin. All thy wisdom in thy ignorance.All thy strength in weakness. Moses continued, "Yet Thouhast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found ^acein My sight." My dear friends, if the Lord were to speak m anaudible voice to any of us this morning, saying, Thomas^William, John, or Ann, " I know thee by name, and thou hastfound grace in My sight," we might come to the conclusion thatwe should retire from this place the happiest creatures increation. But that does not always follow. The Lord mayspeak peace one moment and something else the next. If Hegives us to experience His grace, He is sure to send somethingto test and prove the reality of the grace He has given. It wasso with Moses, for he answers God thus : ** ow therefore, I*pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight." Why that"i/?" It is recorded to teach some of us that, with all thegrace God bestows upon us, we shall have our doubts and fearsproducing many an if in our communications with Him. But4oes it not seem strange that an if should appear heretMoses was at that very moment a recipient and possessor of grace bestowed, evidenced in the very fact that JEHOVAHwas then speaking with him as a man speaketh unto his friend.Yet in the face of such magnanimous grace the entreaty of therecipient is heard — " If I have found grace in Thy sight, showme now Thy wayJ* I like that. It is not, " Show me now myway," but " Show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee J* Isthere anything to find fault with there ? ot at all. It is onlyia keeping with the experience of the apostle Paul, and, to mymind, is a silencer to high-flying professors who talk much abouta, stock of ffrace in hand. Such persons might say Moses Uved
 
amid the darkness of the old covenant dispensation, and Tisesold covenant tenns. Well, if so, we shall find old covenantterms in Phil. iii. 10 : " That I may know Him, and the power of Qis resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, beingmade conformable unto His death." Did not Paul know flim iJudging according to our weak apprehension, we should saythat no man, since the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Chri^from the deadv knew Him better than Paul. Yet, with all hisk^owledge^ he felt as though he knew but little, and thirstedfor more. " That I may know Thee, that I may fljid grace inThj si^tt." He did not boast in the possession of a stock of grace, Ditt took the grace received as a plea (of still mor#JEHOVAH*S PROCSiAMATIO. 3grmdoiis sapplies. ''And oonsider that this nation is Thypeqple. Ana He said. My presence shall go with thee, and Iwill give thee rest. And he said unto Him, If Thjr presencego not with me carry us not up hence." Moses beheved in acarnrinfi; God, and so do ^ thoroughly. You may depend uponit, if I Old not believe in a carrying God, you would not see mein the spot 1 now occupy. 0, what a mercy to experience afiracions lift, a covenant uphol(Mng in the arms of JEHOVAH-JESUS 1 This is to enjoy the embracings of everlasting love,and to repose in the sweetness of these precious words — " The object of that love I am,And carried like a child."Ofttimee we are carried when we are not conscious of the fact.What does a child know of the love of the parent's heart whencarried to rest at night ? But we must go on. Moses says :" For wherein shall it be known here that I and Thy peoplehave found grace in Thy sight! " ow, do you know, that isa question frequently arising in my mind before my God, inreterence to Grove cnapel and its people. " Wherein shall it beknown here that land Thy people have found grace in Tku sight I "Some have prayed that the chapel might be crowded, but such

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