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The Choice of Moses

The Choice of Moses

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REV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D.


" By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh s daughter ; choosing rather to suffer
atlliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a season." HKHRENVS xi. 24, 25.
REV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D.


" By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh s daughter ; choosing rather to suffer
atlliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a season." HKHRENVS xi. 24, 25.

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THE CHOICE OF MOSESREV. E. A. STAFFORD, D.D., LL.D." By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to becalled the son of Pharaoh s daughter ; choosing rather to sufferatlliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." HKHREVS xi. 24, 25.MUSES again ! Yes, there is so much of Mosesthat he is not easily exhausted ! Somemountains tower in majestic grandeur, not onlyabove all the plain, but above all other mountains ;so, a few men, in self-contained, God-anointed greatness and power, rise above all other leaders, rulers,and conquerors ! Moses was one of the first, as heyet remains one of the most conspicuous of theseremarkable figures.Just now you are to think of him standing highenough to be seen by all the human race. A greatbeam is balanced over his head, after the manner of a beam in a pair of scales. To one end is attachedall religion, with the very worst that any man canever experience with it ; to the other is suspendedall that in the best circumstances can be realized ina life of sin. Over the head of Moses the balanceis being adjusted between these two unfairlyTHE CHOICE OF MOSES. 177weighted scales. I say unfairly weighted it iscertainly an exceptional arrangement to weigh allthat is poorest of one thing against all that is bestin another. Generally it is the best against thebest, and the worst against the worst. It cannot bea fair test that puts the worst of one thing against
 
the best of another. Yet so balanced, over the headof Moses, influenced by his whole thought and life,the beam inclines decidedly on the side of religion.Its worst is better than the best that a life of sincan give.ow, we are indebted to Moses for this discovery.He was so situated that he might have had in perpetuity all the best side of a life of sin. He mighthave enjoyed " the pleasures of sin for a season."It was also true that as the times then were, and ashe was situated, if he chose God and His people, hecould only realize the worst that can come from areligious life. Yefc he turned his back upon these" pleasures of sin," and chose to " suffer afflictionwith the people of God." This remarkable choicehas balanced these two over against each other toso stand forever in the eye of the world in aneternal affirmation that the very best that any mancan realize from a life of sin is less to be desiredthan the very worst that can ever be experiencedfrom a life of devotion to God and fellowship withhis people.I say we are indebted to Moses for this convincingtestimony. owhere else are the strong claims of 12178 THE CHOICE OF MOSES.religion set forth so irresistibly. This act of hiswas a typical act for the benefit of all the ages. Itappeals to us here now. There is not one of uswho may not consider this matter with advantage tohimself. What multitudes think of religion, feelthat they need it, intend well, but put off anypersonal devotion to it from year to year, their lifemeanwhile speeding on ! Religious desire fades
 
away into indifference. Indifference hardens ofteninto actual opposition. The capacity to receive anyimpression from the Holy Spirit is wholly lost.Then pretty soon, in an unexpected hour, deathcomes along and knocks the man oft the pedestal onwhich he has boasted that he could stand forever, andhis soul is damned.To avert so great a calamity, let me urge you tochoose religion as the basis of your life structure.I. I will first turn your thought to the very worstaspect in which religion can be placed before youin asking your acceptance.1. The worst that can be said of it is that it maycause you to experience affliction. That includes allworldly loss and persecution, and injury to characterand person, and martyrdom.Certainly some men have found that the beginning of a religious life was to them the beginningof a life of trials. So many have suffered onaccount of their professing the Christian faith thatthe Church seems to the eye of the world as thechosen mark at which all the arrows of evil designTHE CHOICE OF MOSES. 179have been aimed in times past. It seems, in manyperiods of its history, to have drunk to the dregs abitter cup more than full. So many have sufferedthe spoiling of their goods, and the loss of their lives,on account of their profession, that the ChristianChurch seems distinguished in history by its afflictions.

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