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The Death of Moses.

The Death of Moses.

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.




DEUT. zzxiv. 4, 5.

And the Lord said unto Moses, this is the
land which I sware unto Abraham, unto
IsaaCy and unto Jacohj saying, I wUl give it
unto thy seed : I have caused ihee to see it
with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over
thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord
died there in the land of Moab^ according
to the word of the Lord.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.




DEUT. zzxiv. 4, 5.

And the Lord said unto Moses, this is the
land which I sware unto Abraham, unto
IsaaCy and unto Jacohj saying, I wUl give it
unto thy seed : I have caused ihee to see it
with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over
thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord
died there in the land of Moab^ according
to the word of the Lord.

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THE DEATH OF MOSES.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.DEUT. zzxiv. 4, 5.And the Lord said unto Moses, this is theland which I sware unto Abraham, untoIsaaCy and unto Jacohj saying, I wUl give itunto thy seed : I have caused ihee to see itwith thine eyes, but thou shalt not go overthither. So Moses the servant of the Lorddied there in the land of Moab^ accordingto the word of the Lord.Dëath is an object at which we should ha-bitnally look. AU are subjected to it; andthe records of history and the observation of our own eyes present it continually beforeus. And oh ! of what importance also isdeath to us ! What a change does it makein our condition ! What events of the utmostinterest succeed it. It takes place undera thousand different circumstances. Some452 THE DEATH OF MOSËS.die suddeuly, others slowlj; some iu thebosom of their families, others far fromhome, among straugers, or eveu withont asingle person to close their eyes. Some areburied with maguificence aud pomp ; othersare couveyed to their humble graves withthe meauest aud poorest attendauce. Butuoue of these things are circumstauces of importance. Little matters it what becomesof the dead body, as soon as the animatingspirit has left it. But oh ! it is of infiniteand eterual importauce to obtaiu au entrauceiuto that future world of rest aud blessedness.And oh ! it wiU be a strengthening supportaud transporting joy to the soul, if we are
 
privileged at death to have a view hj faith of that great glorj which is possessed bj thesaints in heaven.These observations arise from the versesof the text which tell us of the death of Moses^ and of the sight which he waspermitted to enjoy of the laud promised tohis people. Many curious enquiries mightbe discussed as to how the vision of Moseswas enlarged; so as to táke iu the whole, iuTHE DEATH OF MOSES. 453what manner bis body was buríed^ and whatwas tke natore and object of the coutestbetween Satan and Michael the Archangelabout it. But as I have never entered intodisqnisitions of this nature throughout thewhole of these Expositions, so I prefer nowto take only the plain narrative of the sacredwrítings, and to consider from it, Fii'st, someof the circumstances which atteuded the deathof Moses; and Secondly, the view whichhe was permitted to take of the promisedland.I. In noticing the circumstances which at-tended the death of Moses^ I observe that hedied in the land of Moab, and was not per-mitted to enter into the land of Canaan,according to the word of the Lord. This wasa punishment to him for his fault in thatmemorable daj when the people murmuredagainst God for the want of water in the wil-demess of Zin. We have already consideredthis offence in an exposition of the twen-tieth chapter of umbers, when we saw thatMoses was so provoked by the ingratitudeand rebellion of the people, that he forgot464 THE DEATH OF MOSES.
 
liis own meeioiess of spirit, ajrog&ted toomuch to liimself and Aaion, went beyondthe siraple letter of the Lord's command, andfidled to sanctify himself in the sight of thepeople. Wethere also heard the sentencepronoonced against both the brothers, thirtthejr shonld not be permitted to enter intoCanaan. And we find, firom the dose of tiiatchqiter, that Moses and Aaron ''wentnp into mount Hor in the sight of all theoongiegation. And Moses stripped Aaronof his garments, and put them upon Eleazarhis son, and Aaron died there in the top of the mount'* I therefore need onlj adducea few additional drcnmstances connected widiIhe case of Moses. 'In the third chapter of this book we findhim eamestly desiring and ardently praj*ing that God wonld ^' let him go over, andsee the good hmd that is beyond Jordan^that goodly mountain, and Lebanon: bstthe Lord would not grant his request thatfae might enter in; yet he promised himthat he should see it wifh his eyes. In thefourth c^apter we find Moses waming theTBE DEATH OF MOS£S. 455Israelites íroin this verj circamstance, andmoQmfolly adducing his own case. ''TheLord was angry with me for your sakes,"be says, ^* and sware that I should not goover Jordan, and that I should not go inunto that good land, which the Lord thyGod giveth thee for an inherítance: but Imust die, I must not go over Jordan : butye shall go over and possess that goodland." lu consequence we find the Lordsaying unto Moses in the thirty-secondchapter of this book, '^Get thee up intothis mountain Abarim, unto mount ebo,which is in the land of Moab, that is overagsúnst Jericho : and behold the land of Cauaan, which I give unto the children of 

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