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Moses, The Deliverer of Israel.

Moses, The Deliverer of Israel.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
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.
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.

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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^
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and birth of the Son of God. Not to mention the first promise, and long subsequent preparation by types, and promises, and predictions^— >when the time drew near, his miraculous coocep-* tion was announced by an angel-^is nativity was signalized by an extraordinary star which induced ^wise men of the East to visit him, and render their worship, and their gifts, whilst a mul-titttde of the heavenly host proclaimed it as a matter 6f "joy to Digitized by VjOOQ iC 276 M08E8, THE DBLIVEEBR OF ISRAEL. all nations** — a remarkable, and peculiar providence marked the infancy, and early life of Mouses. His concealment, for a time, by his parents : the manner in which he was exposed to the wa* ters, and monsters of the Nile : the circumstances of hh preser-vation, and his subsequent adoption and education by Pharaoh*s daughter, are all remarkable, and indicated bis destination to fulfil some high purpose of heaven. This history leads me to remark also— That men are generally slow to undei-stand the intimations of heaven, even in respect to
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the good which it designs for them. The reception with which the Saviour met is a prominent example. His nativity, and his actual ministry were distinguished by signal indications of his extraordinary character, and of the immensely important work which he had come to accomplish ; yet " he was despised and rejected of men ;** " He came to his own, aiyi his own received him not.'' They resisted his claims, and ** would not come to him that they might have life." And how slow of heart to believe, was oppres<*ed Israeli The interposition df Moses in their behalf was rejected with dis-dain, and unbelief, when he avenged an oppressed brother, and smote the Egyptian. Moses' ''supposed that his brethren would have understood how that Qod, by his hand, would deliver them ; but they understood not*' And when he returned from the .land of Midian with testimonials of his being commissioned of heaven to effect their deliverance, how did they hesitate to acknowledge him i Depressed by their heavy bondage, they seem to have abandoned in despondency both the hopes, and desires of eman-cipation, " They hearkened not to Moses for anguish of spirit, and cruel bondage, but refused-him, saying, The Lord hath not sent thee." I add another remark — That God effects his pur-poses by appropiiate, and qualified instrumentalities. The man Ohrist Jesus ''was anointed with the Holy Ghost above mea-sure." In all his accomplishments, as in the peculiarity of his work, he had no equal among the sons of men. Paul, a chosen,
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