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The Birth of Moses.

The Birth of Moses.

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Exodus i. 8.

Now there arose up a new king over Egypty
which knew not Joseph.

Exodus i. 8.

Now there arose up a new king over Egypty
which knew not Joseph.

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THE BIRTH OF MOSES.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Exodus i. 8.ow there arose up a new king over Egyptywhich knew not Joseph.The name of this second book of Moses, onwhich we now enter, is Exodus, that is de-parture or going out. It takes its name fromthe going out of the Israelites from the landof Egypt, because that event is the principalsubject of which it treats. Under the admi-nistration of Joseph, and bj the favour of the sovereign, the descendants of Jacob in-creased much in numbers and wealth, andcontinued to multiply rapidly after Joseph'sdeath. Although God had not yet giventhem the land which he had promised, yethe looked graciously upon them, and gavethem great ])rosperity in the strange land.THE BIRTH OF MOSES. 56where they were dwelling as the subjects of the king of another nation. Whether athome or abroad, in our native land or ia fardistant climes, if we have the favour of Godwith us, and himself for our portion, we may joyfully say, " The lines are fallen to us ina pleasant place ; yea, we have a goodlyheritage."But the favour of the princes of Egyptchanged into fear and hatred; and aboutsixty years after the death of Joseph, therebegan a series of oppressions and perse-cutions, for the purpose of diminishing theirnumbers and strength, which emphaticallygave to their residence there the title of thehouse of bondage. What is this but aninstance of those vicissitudes which are con-
tinually happening in earthly affairs both toindividuals and nations ? What an illustra-tion is this of the Psalmist's admonition inthe hundred and forty-third psalm, " Put notyour trust in princes, nor in the son of man,in whom there is no help. His breath goethforth, he retumeth to his earth ; in thatvery day his thoughts perish." But he adds,56 THE BIRTH OF MOSES.'^ Happy is he, that hath the God of Jacobfor his help, whose hope is in the Lord hisGod*" Yes, brethren, the favour of thegreat ones of the earth is deceitful, andliable to change, and if they continue intheir wish to protect and patronize, deathoften puts an end to all further expectationsfrom them. But how safe and how happyis it to serve the king of heaven, the mightyand eternal God, who never resigns hissceptre to another, with whom is no vari-ableness neither shadow of turning, a God of perfect wisdom and justice, of unspeakablekindness and grace, of infinite compassionand mercy! Yes, brethren, God has evenall things to give which men of the worldseek after, and if we ^^ seek first the king-dom of God and his righteousness, all thesethings shall be added to us," in such measureand time as are for our good. But he hasfar better gifts than these to bestow, gifts of pardon and peace, of grace and holiness, of spiritual strength and heavenly consolation,and joy unspeakable and full of glory. Andhe has a heaven wherewith to crown theTHE BIRTH OF MOSES. 67whole, an eternal home, a mansion of glory,a land which abounds with every joy, andinto which no sorrow enters. Oh ! how greatwill be the honour and dignity into which
all the true servants of God will then beadmitted, infinitely ^ beyond the honours of even Joseph himself in Egypt, for through'* him that loved them and washed them fromtheir sins in his own blood, they shall bemade kings and priests unto God and hisFather." " They shall shine as the bright-ness of the firmament and as the stars forever and ever." Oh ! what faithfiil and obe-dient servants should we be of the King of Heaven, and how earnestly should we desirea part of his kingdom !Let us now return to the history. Theapprehension of the new ruler of Egypt wasthis, that if the Israelites should continue tomultiply, and any war should fall out, theywould join the enemies of the Egyptians,and get them up out of the land. He there-fore began to place them under the mostsevere oppression, that he might break theirspirit and diminish their numbers, and thusD 558 THE BIRTH OF MOSES.render them incapable of hurting or of leav-ing the country. Foolish and fatal policy!How much wiser and better had it been toendeavour to attach them to himself and hiskingdom by protection and kindness! Hecompelled them to execute great works inbuilding him cities, and treated them withgreat rigour, and ^' made their lives bitterwith hard bondage, in morter, and in brick,and in all manner of service in the field."But he fought in vedn against the Lord ; forthe more they were afflicted, the more theymultiplied and grew. Under the very cir-cumstances by which the monarch of Egyptsought to depress them, did the God of heaven please to make them great; and inproportion as the former aimed to pull themdown, the latter chose to build them up.

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