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The Blessing and the Curse.

The Blessing and the Curse.

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



Deut. XI. 26 — 29.

Beholdy I set hefore you this day a blessing
and a curse j a hlessingy if ye ohey the
commandments of the Lord your God,
which I command you this day, and a
curse, if ye will not obey the command^
menis of the Lord your God, but tum
aside out of the way which I command you
this day^ to go after other godsy which ye
have not known. And it shall come to pasSy
when the Lord thy God has brought thee
in unto the land whiiher ihougoest topossess
ity that thou shalí put the blessing upon
Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount
Ebal.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Deut. XI. 26 — 29.

Beholdy I set hefore you this day a blessing
and a curse j a hlessingy if ye ohey the
commandments of the Lord your God,
which I command you this day, and a
curse, if ye will not obey the command^
menis of the Lord your God, but tum
aside out of the way which I command you
this day^ to go after other godsy which ye
have not known. And it shall come to pasSy
when the Lord thy God has brought thee
in unto the land whiiher ihougoest topossess
ity that thou shalí put the blessing upon
Mount Gerizim, and the curse upon Mount
Ebal.

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THE BLESSIG AD THE CURSE.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Deut. XI. 26 — 29.Beholdy I set hefore you this day a blessingand a curse j a hlessingy if ye ohey thecommandments of the Lord your God,which I command you this day, and acurse, if ye will not obey the command^menis of the Lord your God, but tumaside out of the way which I command youthis day^ to go after other godsy which yehave not known. And it shall come to pasSywhen the Lord thy God has brought theein unto the land whiiher ihougoest topossessity that thou shalí put the blessing uponMount Gerizim, and the curse upon MountEbal.The faithful adherence of Israel to the ser-vice of that God who had cliosen them out306 THE BLESSIG ADof all other nadons to be a peculiax peopleto bimself, was required of tbem by mostpowerful consideratious, and tbe observ-ance of tbe law wbicb be bad giveu tfaemwas secured by extraordinary promises andblessings. Various institutions were alsoappointed for tbe same purpose ; 'and that of wbicb tbe text speaks is a very remarkableone. Tbere is a fuUer account of it in llietwenty«seventh cbapter^ wbere we find tbatsix of tbe tribés were to stand upon MountGerizim to bless tbe people, and the othersix upon Mount Ebal to curse, and that theLevites were to pronouuce the curses with aloud voice iu the bearíng of all the people,and to each separate curse as soon as it wasthus pronounced, all the people were to an-
 
swer, Ameu ; tlms giving their full assent totbe justice aud excelleuce of eveiy precept,commandment, and statute^ acknowledgingtbat the curse would be justly deserved byany aud every transgression, aud confirmingthat position respectiug the law wbich St«Paul afterwards laid down so autborítativelyand cleai'ly, " Cm*sed is he that contiuuethTHE cursë. 307not in all tbings which are written in the lawto do them." Further on in the historj of this people we find, that oue of the first actsof Joshua^ aíter he had successfuUy broughtthem into the possession of the land whichbad been promised them, was the observauceof this ceremony. In the eighth chapter of the book which bears his name, and thethirtieth verse, we read, that Joshua builtan altar unto the Lord in Mount Ebal, analtar of whole stones, and ^vrote there uponthe stones a copy of the law of Moses inthe presénce of the children of Israel, andthat half the people stood over againstMount Gerizim, and half of them overagaiust Mount Ebal, as Moses thcservantof the Lord had commanded before^ thatthej should bless the people of IsraeLAnd aíterwards he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings accord-ing to all that is written in the book of the law. And uo doubt the people at thesame time confírmed all these words of thelaw, and signified their assent^ and their ap«probation of them, by solemnly pronouncing308 THE BLESSIO ADtfae word Anien, as Moses had also com-manded.ow this was the dispensation under whidi
 
the Israelites were placed as a nation. Theyhad promises of great temporal blessings solong as thej continued firm in the worshipand service of Jehovah, and threatenings of tremendous temporal calamities^ if thej for-sook him. And these blessings for obedienceand cnrses for disobedience you will findstated with great minuteness in the twentj-^ghth chapter of this book of Deuteronomj.The whole historj of the Jewish nation isbnt the history of the fulfilment of theseblessings and curses. Prosperity beyond ex-ample, and ahnost beyond credibility, foUowedthem whenever thev faithfully worshipped theLord, and kept his law. In war they wereever tríumphant. o enemies, howevernumerous, or brave, could stand before them.It seemed indeed as if one could chase athousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.The increase of their population was as-tonishingly rapid, and the fertility of theirsmall and mountainous couutry was almostTHE CURSE. 309incredible. And when from time to timetfaings were reversed on account of their fre-quent departures from God, yet ever on theirreturn to him with penitence and prayer,the whole of their prosperity was speedilyreuewed.On the other hand the threatened judg-ments fell upon them whenever they cast oíFthe service of the Lord. Then came hiscurses, as the mouth of the Lord had spoken.This is observable in all periods of theirhistory. It is very manifest in the reigns of Manasseh, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah, whentheir defection had become greater and moregeneral. Then indeed they were terriblyafflicted and brought low, pillaged, and car-ried away captíve. And when in after-agesthe measure of their iniquity was fuU, and

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