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The Ratification of the Law.

The Ratification of the Law.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Exodus xxiv. 7, 8.

And he took the book of the covenant and
read in the audience of the people : and
they saidy all that the Lord hath said nM
we doy and he obedient. And Moses took
the bloody and sprinlded it upon the peo-
ple, and said. Behold the blood of the
covenant, which the Lord hath made with
you concerning all these words.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Exodus xxiv. 7, 8.

And he took the book of the covenant and
read in the audience of the people : and
they saidy all that the Lord hath said nM
we doy and he obedient. And Moses took
the bloody and sprinlded it upon the peo-
ple, and said. Behold the blood of the
covenant, which the Lord hath made with
you concerning all these words.

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THE RATIFICATIO OF THE LAW.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Exodus xxiv. 7, 8.And he took the book of the covenant andread in the audience of the people : andthey saidy all that the Lord hath said nMwe doy and he obedient. And Moses took the bloody and sprinlded it upon the peo-ple, and said. Behold the blood of thecovenant, which the Lord hath made withyou concerning all these words.We haye already seen the law delivered,and hare heard the great principles of reli-gion and morality laid down by the just andholy God himself, in that brief bnt compre-hensive summary of all the duties of man toGrod and his neighbour. We have seen whatis thus laid down as the role of human con-duct, and what is also to be considered asTHE RATIFICATIO OF THE LAW. 355forming the substance of the covenant of works. These are the things, in which if aman be without sin, he shall be justified. ButI have further shewn you, that such is theextent and spirituality of this divine law,and such the universal depravity of our na-ture, that by the deeds of the law can noflesh be justified, and that therefore we mustneeds have recourse to that new and bettercovenant which God has been pleased tomake with sinners in the atoning sacrificeand justifying righteousness of his son JesusChrist.Omitting the ceremonial observancies pecu-Kar to the Jews' religion which are prescribedin the three intervening chapters, I proceed
 
to consider the manner in which this solemncovenant between God and the people wasratified.Moses was ordered to take Aaron and histwo eldest sons, adab and Abihu, withseventy of the elders of Israel, and to havethem in readiness to be shortly admitted intothe divine presence, though for the presentthey were only permitted to worship afar356 THE RATIFICATIO OF THE LAW.off: and tben Moses repeated to the peopleall the words of the Lord, and all the judg-ments, that is, the words of both the moraland the jndicial law, as the former was de-livered in the ten commandments and thelatter in the succeeding chapters ; and aUthe people answered with one voice and said,^^ All the words which the Lord hath saidwill we do." It was well said; and oh!that there had always been such a heart inthem, and that thej had been uniformlyfaithfiil to their promise. Is this your desireand purpose ? You also have the words of the Lord spoken to you, words spoken notonly in the law, and in the prophets, butin the gospel also. Be not like to theseIsraelites, who, notwithstanding this theirengagement, remained not stedfast to it.They were for a time struck by the wonder-ful appearances on Mount Sinai which theyhad witnessed ; they were convinced of thepresence and majesty of God ; their mindswere under great excitement; but within awhile, they forgat all that they had seen andheard, all that they had felt and promised.THE RATIFICATIO OF THE LAW. 357How common a case ! What numbers maybe found, who, affected by some awful pro-
 
-vidence, alarmed by the sudden fear of death,struck by some impressive sermon, appearimpressed and convinced at the time, makemany promises and professions, and seem tohave chosen the ways of God, yet soon forgetail their feeUngs and promises, and relapseinto their former negligence, worldliness, andsin. Oh ! that such lamentable instances of falling away might make you cleave to theLord with purpose of heart, and patientlyand faithfully endure to the end.The consent of the people being thus ex-pressed, Moses wrote all the words of theLord in a book. Two important purposeswere hereby effected; one, that the writingmight remain as a constant witness of whatthey had thus publicly assented to ; and theother, that they might ever have a true andfaithful record of the laws and judgmentswhich God had given them. Memory mightfail, tradition could not carry down thesewords of God, but the book would remain astanding memorial of God's will and of their358 THE RATIFICATIO OF THE LAW.engagements^ an authentic and accreditedstandard to which they might always refer.All churches^ which have written documentsof this nature, possess therein a great ad^an-tage. Their articles of faith, their mode of worship, and laws of discipline, thus becomedefined, and are preserved from generationto generation. Such documents have oftenbeen the means of preserving churches fromfalling into heresies and errors, and againhave often been the means of recalling them tothe good old ways of better times, when theyhave partially declined from them. Whenfounded upon the word of God, they becomestandards of Christian faith and practice, andhelp to keep alive the pure light of divinetruth.

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