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God's Favour to His People.

God's Favour to His People.

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Dbut. XXXII. 9.

The Lord*s portion is his people, Jacoh is
the lot of his inheritance.

Dbut. XXXII. 9.

The Lord*s portion is his people, Jacoh is
the lot of his inheritance.

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GOD'S FAVOUR TO HIS PEOPLE.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Dbut. XXXII. 9.The Lord*s portion is his people, Jacoh isthe lot of his inheritance.«We are fast approacfaing to tfae close of thelife and writings of Moses* The sun of tbiseminent leader of tfae Israelites is now des-cending to the horizon^ and it sets in asplendid scene of beauty and glorj. oportion of all the word whicfa fae deHvered tohis people is gilded with a brighter hue thanthis song whicfa we are now about to consider.In tfae sttblimitj of its conceptions, tfae beautyof its imagery, the sweetness of its numbers,and above all, in tfae fervour of its pietj, itis as distinguisfaed -among all otfaer aucientpoetry, as tfae Israelites were among theBations of tfae eartfa. It breatfaes a portiouof tfae divinity wfaicfa inspired it, and verygod's favour to his people. 415cold mast that heart be, whicb eveii at thifldistance of time does uot feel itself warmedby it, and lifted up towards heaven, as on thewings of that noble bird, the sovereign of the tenants of the air, who in an early partof it^ is made so beautifully emblematical of the lare> care^ and protection of God for hispeople.There is one leading point in the song; thatis^ the Lord's favour to his people. Yet thisis set before us in a rich varíety of thestrongest and most interesling lights. otthat every part of it can be made minutelyand directly applicable to tbe case of the
general church of God, for some things arenecessarily confíned to the peculiar circum-stances of Israel; but the Lord God herespeaking as a man, and representing hea-*venly things by earthly, thus impresses uponour minds the vast extent and minute obser-vation of his love and care, and demeanshimself, if I may so speak, by the use of earthly images, to impress us with a deepersense of them. I do not intend to expoundto you all the particular parts of this song.416 god's favour toAnd at present I take only the verse which Ihave read to jou as a text, with a few thatfoUow it j for I think that in opening out theexposition of this part I shall be able to giveyou such a kej to the whole as will enableyou to unlock for yourselres erery otherdrawer of this precious casket, and enableyou to contemplate at yoiu* leisure the varioustreasures^ beauties, and wouders whách itcontains. Moses enters on it by this beau-tiful introduction^ " Give eár, O ye heavens,and I wiU speak; and hear, O earth, thewords of my mouth. My doctrine shall dropas the rain, and my speech distil as the dew,as the small rain upon the tender herb, andas the showers upon the grass : because Iwill publish the name of the Lord : ascribeye greatness unto our God." He then pro-ceeds to celebrate some of the greatestattributes of God, reproves the people fortheir ingratitude and the manner in whichthey had corrupted themselves, and remindsthem of the grace which God had shown tothem in the days of old, and through a longsuccession of their fathers. And thus heHIS PEOPLE, 417I
comes to the part which I now propose morefully to expound to you.I. In the text we have a most ímpressivesimile of the regard aud affection which Godhas for his people. o part of property isever looked upon with more favour than thatwhich has been inherited, and come down tous from father to son, through many genera-tions : none is preserved with more care, orparted with more painfuUy. This is a feelíngwhich seems natural to man. Families andindividuals still, in all civilized countries,cherish their patrimonial inheritances wíththe same affection. ow this is the similewhich the Lord uses in the text, to expressthe regard which he had for the children of Israel. *' The Lord's portion is his people ;Jacob is the lot of his inheritance." Itspeaks of them as his possessiou. It markshis long-seated love to them, his auxiety tokeep them as his own, his unwillingness thatthey should by any means be alienated fromhim : nay it denotes the almost impossibilityof such a circumstance. As each of thetribes had its own particular lot, portionedT 6418 god's favour tqmt íbr ity in which it sfaauld perpetaallyreside» and as each individual of that tríbehad also his fixed inheritance which he mightnot dispose of to another, except at least fora short season^ so the Lord himself also hadthem as his portion, his lot, and his inhai-tance. Consequently he would not knowIiow to ,part with them. He could not findiu hia heart — ^we speak aíter the manner of men, — ^to sell or give them up to another.

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