MOSES, THE DELIVERER OF ISRAEL.
BY DAVID M'CONAUGHY, D. D.
Acts. ni. 35-^Thi8 Moses wl^om they refused, saying, who made thee a ruler, and a judge 7 the same did God seud tu be a ruler, and deliverer, by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. The history to which this refers suggests the foUowiDg re-marks: r ' First. That signal dispensations of providence are often pre-ceded hy some peculiar preparatory circumstances. So it was at the birth of Jol^, the herald, and, forerunner of Christ. To Zacharias, and. his wife Elisabeth whilst childless, and " well stricken in years," the promise of a son was made. It was first announced by an angel to Zacharias, as he, in course, fulfilled the priest's office. *'And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, and when Zacharias saw him he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not Zacharias ; for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear th^Q a son» and thou shalt call his name John, and thou shalt have joy, and gladness, and many shall rejoice at hie birth." Zacharias was incredulous, and as the punishment of his unbelief, was dumb» and unable to speak, until the circumcision of the child on the eighth day after his birth, and die fulfilment of the promise. Circumstances still more extraordinary preceded the incarnation^