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The Delivery and Authority of the Law.

The Delivery and Authority of the Law.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY WM. PARKINSON, A. M.



DEUT. xxxni. 2. And he said. The Lord came from Sinai,
and rose up from Seir unto them ; he shined forth from mount
Paran y and he came with ten thousands of saints : from his rig Jit
hand went a fiery law for them.
BY WM. PARKINSON, A. M.



DEUT. xxxni. 2. And he said. The Lord came from Sinai,
and rose up from Seir unto them ; he shined forth from mount
Paran y and he came with ten thousands of saints : from his rig Jit
hand went a fiery law for them.

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THE DELIVERY AD AUTHORITY OF THE LAW.BY WM. PARKISO, A. M.DEUT. xxxni. 2. And he said. The Lord came from Sinai,and rose up from Seir unto them ; he shined forth from mountParan y and he came with ten thousands of saints : from his rig Jithand went a fiery law for them.HERE begins the subject of the chapter, the titleof which we had in the preceding verse. The sub- ject consists of two parts : a solemn recognition of what the Lord had done for Israel, and a propheticenunciation of blessings, special and general, whichhe designed thereafter to confer upon them ; the for-mer extending to the end of the fifth verse, and thelatter from thence to the end of the chapter.In the text, Moses recognizes the Majesty of theLawgiver, and asserts three things concerning thelaw.I. He recognizes the Majesty of the Lawgiver.I say he recognizes it, because in this place he mere-ly acknowledges or declares what he had seen andheard of that Majesty on Sinai's awful summit, nearforty years before. It was the Majesty of JEHOVAHhimself: The LORD came from Sinai ; not by loco-motion, or change of place, for he is omnipresent ;but by a visible manifestation of his presence. Thiswas,15
 
98 THE DELIVERY AD [SER. III.1. Very dreadful. "It came to pass on the thirdday in the morning," (as the Lord had said to Mo-ses,) "that there were thunders and lightnings, anda thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of thetrumpet exceding loud ; so that all the people thatwas in the camp trembled. And mount Sinai wasaltogether on a smoke, because the LORD descend-ed upon it in fire ; and the smoke thereof ascend-ed as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount> quaked greatly." aBy allusion to this, the psalmist in celebrating theMajesty of God, says "He looketh on the earthand it trembleth ; he toucheth the hills and theysmoke." b Then it was, that, as related in thetext, The Lord came from Sinai, that is, manifest-ed himself from thence to Israel : for " Moses broughtforth the people out of the camp to meet with God,and they stood at the nether part of the mount. Andthe LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the topof the mount," and that " in the sight of all the peo-ple." How awful the sight ! One should think theIsraelites could never have lost the impression whichit must have made upon them ; and that it wouldfor ever have blasted their unbelief suppressed theirmurmurings and eradicated every vestage of theirinclination after other gods. ay if, for a moment,we could forget the deep depravity of human nature,and the strength of Satan's instigations, we shouldsuppose that even the inspired record of that tre-mendous scene, wherever granted, would have con-founded arid silenced atheists and deists, and " gain-sayers" of every description, to the end of time.a Exo. xix. 9, 16, 18. b Psal. civ. 32. c xix. 17, 20. comp.v. 11.
 
SER. III.] AUTHORITY OF THE LAW. 99And this, indeed, is the very reason which Godhimself assigned for thus manifesting his Majesty toIsrael : " The LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I comeunto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hearwhen I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. dThis thick cloud might be designed as an emblemboth of the legal dispensation, which is dark andthreatening, and of that awful obscurity which con-ceals the divine essence from human ken, and for-bids our curious pryings into what, of himself orhis decrees, God has not seen fit to reveal. " oman hath seen God at any time." " Secret thingsbelong unto the LORD our God ; but those thingswhich are revealed belong unto us and to our chil-dren &c." e In himself, God is light ; f yet, with refer-ence to men, "he holdeth back the face of histhrone, and spreadeth his cloud upon it ;" and " giv-eth not account of any of his matters."* He camedown in the sight of all the people of Israel ; hecaused them to see and hear what convinced them,that of a truth his dread Majesty was there : " TheLORD spake" to them " out of the midst of the fire ; 1)they " heard the voice of the words, but saw no si-militude." 11 " He made darkness his secret place ;his pavilion round about him was dark waters, aadthick clouds." 'Chiefly, however, this vision was designed to estab-lish the oracular authority of Moses ; which, thoughabundantly evinced in Egypt and at the Red sea,might need this farther confirmation to repress thatunbelief which was the besetting sin of Israel. Ind Ibid. Ver. 9. e John i. 18 and Deut. xxix. 29. 1 John i. o.* Job. xxvi. 9. and xxxiii. 13. h Deut. iv. 12. 'Psal. xviii. 11.

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