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Following the Lord Fully.

Following the Lord Fully.

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BY GEORGE BURDER

'Numbers xiv. 24. But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him wiil I bring into the land whereinto he went, and his seed shall possess it.
BY GEORGE BURDER

'Numbers xiv. 24. But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him wiil I bring into the land whereinto he went, and his seed shall possess it.

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FOLLOWING THE LORD FULLY. BY GEORGE BURDER 'Numbers xiv. 24. But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him wiil I bring into the land whereinto he went, and his seed shall possess it. IT was well said by the prophet Elijah, to the people of Israel, when they " halted between two opinions,'* " If the Lord be God, follow him ; but, if Baal, then follow him ;'* and thus may we say to persons who are lukewarm and irresolute in matters of religion, If the religion of the gospel be true and divine, then profess and practise it with all your hearts ; but, if you can prove it to be false, then abandon it altogether. We meet with many people, who are so far convinced of the necessity of being religious, that they pay some little, cold, occasional, external regard to it, while their hearts are evidently attached to sin and to the world ; but there are few, we fear, comparatively very few in-deed, who arc like Caleb, one of the princes of Israel, whose high comniendation we have in the text, that he followed the Lord fully ; and great
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was the honour that God put upon him for so doing* When the children of Israel had left Egypt a few months, and had advanced towards the borders of the promised land, they desired Moses to send spies into it, to enquire whether its inhabitants were few or many, strong or weak ; whether they VOL. ill. R 182 SERMON LXXXI* dwelt in tents or in fortified cities, and whether the land was fertile or barren. — This motion arose entirely from their unbelief. God, who had brought them out of Egypt by a series of miracles, had re-peatedly declared that the land flowed with milk and honey ; and he had assured them, by solemn pro-mises, that he would put them into possession of it : what need then was there for these enquiries ? But God, to punish them for their unbelief, permitted the experiment to be made ; and what was the re-sult ? Ten out of the twelve deputed surveyors,
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returned and reported that the land was indeed admirably good, and they produced fine specimens of its excellent fruits; but, &aid they, the people are very numerous, strong, and warlike ; they dwell in highly walled and well fortified cities ; and many of the soldiers are so gigantic in stature, that we seem-ed in their sight but mere grasshoppers. This evil report augmented their previous fears ; and, forget-ting the power and the promise of God, they mutinied, and determined to appoint a captain, in opposition to Moses, and go back again to Egypt and to slavery. Caleb and Joshua, who were faithful to God, in vain attempted to appease the people, by assuring them that warlike as the nations were, God, the only de-fence of nations, had forsaken them, — that Jehovah was with Israel, and that they should assuredly pre-vail. God, who is more displeased with unbelief than with any other crime, then declared in his wrath, that these rebels should never behold the country they had despised — that their carcases should perish in the wilderness — but, that their chil-dren, headed by Joshua and his faithful friend, should joyfully possess the promised land. " My servant Caleb," says the text, " because he had an-
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