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Moses' Dying Reflections on Mount Pisgah.

Moses' Dying Reflections on Mount Pisgah.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DR. McCOSH.

'* I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thoa shalt
not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died
there '* (Deut. xxxiv. 4, 5) as compared with, ** And the Lord
spake unto Moses and Aaron, Ye believed me not, to sanctify me
in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring
this congregation into the land which I have given them"
(Numb. xz. 12). It went ill with Moses for their sakes, because
they provoked his spirit so that he spake unadvisedly with his
lips.*'— Ps. cvi. 32, 33.
BY DR. McCOSH.

'* I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thoa shalt
not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died
there '* (Deut. xxxiv. 4, 5) as compared with, ** And the Lord
spake unto Moses and Aaron, Ye believed me not, to sanctify me
in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring
this congregation into the land which I have given them"
(Numb. xz. 12). It went ill with Moses for their sakes, because
they provoked his spirit so that he spake unadvisedly with his
lips.*'— Ps. cvi. 32, 33.

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MOSES' DYING REFLECTIONS ON MOUNT PISGAH. BY DR. McCOSH. '* I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thoa shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there '* (Deut. xxxiv. 4, 5) as compared with, ** And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them" (Numb. xz. 12). It went ill with Moses for their sakes, because they provoked his spirit so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.*'— Ps. cvi. 32, 33. MOSES was now one hundred and twenty years old; he had run his allotted course, and his sun, looking larger and brighter as it set, was about to sink below the horizon. In the chastening dispen-sations of Heaven he was not to be allowed to tread the dust of that sacred land towards which he had been travelling these forty past years. But God, who mingles mercies with his judgments, was to grant him a favorable view of it. He was instructed to ascend that mountain range which stretches through Moab, to the highest peak in it, ''unto the moun-tain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah," and there to behold the land and then die. As he stood on
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this height he had behind him the wilderness, the 298 GOSPEL SERMONS. place of his wanderings, of his joys and his sorrows for so many years of glorious privilege mingled with the sharpest trials ; and before him, across the valley of the Jordan, which lay almost at the foot of the mountain, he saw facing him the long-looked-for land of Canaan, with its romantic hills and its fertile plains and its populous cities. His reflections must have been such as are wont to pass through the mind of every Christian pilgrim as he feels his earthly career drawing to a close, and has a glimpse of the glory to be revealed. We invite you this day to ascend Mount Pisgah with the Jewish law-giver and prophet, in order to witness the instructive sight, and engage in reflec-tions suited to the place and the time. As we stand on the imposing eminence, let us always attend first to the position, and what we may suppose to be the thoughts of Moses, and then to the lessons which we may gather as pilgrims heavenwards.
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I. MOSES HAD AN OPPORTUNITY OF LOOKING BACK ON HIS WILDERNESS JOURNEY. And what a number of thoughts, some of them joy-ful, some of them sorrowful, all of them solemn, must have risen up as his mind wandered back over the scenes of the past ! I have been told by one who was all but drowned on the ocean, that in the brief space which intervened between the time in which he real-ized the full danger, and the unconciousness which MOSES' DYING REFLECTIONS ON PISGAH. 299 followed, he saw at one brief but comprehensive glance all the leading events of his past life as if the book of God's remembrance had been spread out before him, with its forgotten incidents as it were writ-ten in letters of fire. Such a canvas may have been spread out before the aged prophet as he sat with
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