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Moses's Invitation to Hobab.

Moses's Invitation to Hobab.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,


NUMBEBS X. 29.

We arejoumeying unto theplace ofwhich ihe
Lord said^ I wïll give it you : come with
uSy and we wiU do thee good : for the Lord
hath spoken good conceming Israel.

BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,


NUMBEBS X. 29.

We arejoumeying unto theplace ofwhich ihe
Lord said^ I wïll give it you : come with
uSy and we wiU do thee good : for the Lord
hath spoken good conceming Israel.

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MOSES'S IVITATIO TO HOBAB.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,UMBEBS X. 29.We arejoumeying unto theplace ofwhich iheLord said^ I wïll give it you : come withuSy and we wiU do thee good : for the Lordhath spoken good conceming Israel.WoDERFUL is the choDge which the souleKperíences when it has tumed unto theLord. It feels that it has chosen the goodpart, and enjoys the utmost satisfaction andcomfort in reflecting upon the state into whichGod bj his grace has brought it, and theprospects which are opened to its view. I donot mean to say that this is its experienceimmediately upon its tuming to the Lord ;for some time most probably it will be in astate of suspense and uncertainty ; it wiUfear to rank itself among those who areMOSES'S IVITATIO, &C. 329trulj converted, and to take to itself the pri-vileges of the people of Christ. Yet thoughthe operatioDs of the Spirit are very various,and great difference wiU be found in theparticiilar experience of different saints, yetgenerally, sooner orlater^ they are broughtto take the greatest pleasure iu their lot, asthey ever approve most cordially of the wayin which they are walking.This being the case, they desire that othersshonld have the same blessings as themselves.Seeing the necessity, the usefuluess, thehappiness, the good, of living unto God, theywill ardently long to bring all they can iutothe same blessedness. Especially they wiUbe anxious for their relations and friends, andmany wiU be. their desires, many their
 
prayers, and many their persuasions, to in-duce those to go with them in their journeytowards heaven. As they can do it withprospect of success, they wiU wam them of the danger and misery of worldly courses ;they will endeavour to prevail on them bystating the blessedness of religion ; theirhearts wiU grieve, but not despair, if they330 MOSES'S IVITATIOfail for a length of time^ and when at lastthey succeedy as very oft they do, then theirsouls rejoice more than those who divide thespoil.Moses was on his waj with the children of Israel to the land of Canaan» the fertile landwhich Qod had promised them, when he metin the wildemess with Hobab, his wife'sbrother. He wished to take him álong withhim. He knew that Hobab could be of someuse to him in their jouniej through the wil-demess from his acquaintance with it^ andhe desired that this his relation might have aportion also in their promised blessings." We are joumeying," he tells him, " tothe place of which the Lord said, I willgive it you : come with us and we will dothee good ; for the Lord hath spoken goodconceming IsraeL"I do not now think it necessary to quotethose scriptures to you in which God hadmade over the grant of this land to Abrahamand to his seed after him ; nor yet thosepromises in which the Lord had spoken good,or those instcmces in which he had dane goodTO HOBAB. 331to Israel bs a mMm; but taking the jouniey of that people through the wilderness to Canaan»
 
as a representation of tlie belieyer's spíritualpilgrímage towards hea^en, his promisedland of rest and enjoyment, I shall make itmy business, as my duty is, to endeavour topersuade you all to set out in eamest as pil-grims towards Zion ; and oh ! that the goodLord the Spirit may render the persuasionefiectual.The life of truly religious people is often,as you know, my brethren, compared to a joumey ; and the comparison indeed is aveiy fit one. They are joumeying towardsheaven, and passing through this presentwildemess world in their way to it. Theydo not eonsider themselves as having takenup a permanent residence here; they arestiangers and sojouraers only. The beau-tiful and scriptural AUegory of the Pilgrím'sProgress represents them as on their wayirom the City of Destraction to the CelestialCity ; and the Epistle to the Hebrews informsus that the patríarchs and saints of old tímeall confessed that they were strangers and332 MOSES'S IVITATIOpilgríms on the earth^ decloring plainly thatthey sought a country^ not mindful of thatfrom which they came out^ otherwise theymight have had opportunity to have returned,but desiring a better country, that is, a hea-venly one. Such is the view which Christianshave of their situation here. They desirenot to be taken up with the pursuits of thispresent world, but to be making all the waythey can to another and a better. They wishto turn their backs on the trifles^ follies, andsins^ of a world which is appointed to be con-sumed by fire, to set their faces Zionwards,and to press forward towards that kingdomwhich can never be moved. They have not setout upon a hazard to seek a setúement theyknow not where, or uncertain whether theyshall find it ; but they are joumeying unto

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