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Redemption of the First-born.

Redemption of the First-born.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Exod. xiii. 14 — 16. And it shall be, when thy soil asketh thee
in time to come, saying, JVhat is this P that thon shalt sai/ unto
him. By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt,
from the house of bondage. Jnd it came to pass, whraoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the first-
born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and
the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifce to the Lord
all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the first-
born of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token
upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by
stiength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Exod. xiii. 14 — 16. And it shall be, when thy soil asketh thee
in time to come, saying, JVhat is this P that thon shalt sai/ unto
him. By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt,
from the house of bondage. Jnd it came to pass, whraoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the first-
born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and
the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifce to the Lord
all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the first-
born of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token
upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by
stiength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.

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REDEMPTIO OF THE FIRST-BOR. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Exod. xiii. 14 — 16. And it shall be, when thy soil asketh thee in time to come, saying, JVhat is this P that thon shalt sai/ unto him. By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage. Jnd it came to pass, wh<-n Pha- raoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the first- born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifce to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the first- born of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by stiength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt. THE works of God deserve to be had in continual remembrance. His interpositions on behalf of our forefathers ought not to be forgotten by us ; for we ourselves 294 EXODUS, xiir. 1>4 — 16. [55 ourselves are greatly affected by them. The whole nation of the Jews at this day, and to the remotest period of time, are deeply interested in the mercy shewn to their ancestors when the Egyptian first-born were slain. If we reckon that every Israelite had two sons, as well as daughters, (which, considering the care that had been taken to destroy all the male children, may be taken as a fair average,) and one out of those sons had been slain, we may calculate, that not above one third of that nation would ever have come into exist- ence. On account of the distinguished greatness of that deliverance, God appointed that it should be kept in remembrance, by means of a variety of ordinances
 
instituted for that purpose. Some of these institutions were to be annually observed, (as the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread,) and others were designed as daily memorials of it. Such was the redemption of the first-born, mentioned in our text. In consequence of the preservation of the first-born, both of men and beasts, among the Jews, God claimed all their future first-born, both of men and beasts, as his proporty : the clean beasts were to be sacrificed to him ; the unclean were to be exchanged for a lamb, which was to be sacrificed ; and the first-born children were to be redeemed at the price of five shekels, which sum was devoted to the service of the sanctuary. This ordi- nance the Jews, to the latest generations, were bound to observe, I. As a memorial of God's mercy — In this view, the end of the appointment is repeatedly mentioned in the text. Every time that the redemp- tion price was paid for the first-born, either of man or beast, it was to be like " a token upon their hands, or a frontlet, or me7/2or/fl/, between their eyesV' to bring this deliverance to their remembrance. ow the deliverance vouchsafed to us, infinitely ex- ceeds theirs — [Theirs was great, whether we consider the state from which they were brought (a sore bondage), or the means by which (the slaughter of the Egyptian first-born), or the state to which \ See ver, 9. 65.'] REDEMPTIO OF THE FIRST-BOR. 295 which (a liberty to serve and enjoy God in the wilderness, and
 
to possess the land of Canaan as their inheritance) . But compare ours in these respects, the guilt and misery from which we are redeemed the death, not of a few enemies, but of God's only dear Son, by which that redemption is effected and the blessedness to which, both in this world and the next, we are brought forth and all comparison fails : their mercy in comparison of ours is only as the light of a glow-worm to the meridian sun.] Every thing therefore should serve to bring it to our remembrance — [God has instituted some things for this express purpose, namely, baptism and the Lord's supper. But why should not the same improvement be made of other things ? Why may not the sight of a first-born, whether of man or beast, suggest the same reflections to our minds, that the redemption of them did to the Jews ? Why should not the revolutions of days, months, and years, remind us of the darkness and misery from which we are brought through the bright shining of the Sun of Righteous- ness ? What is a recovery from sickness, but an image of the mercy vouchsafed to our souls ? As for the Scriptures, I had almost said that we should literally imitate the mistaken piety of the Jews, who wore certain portions of them as bracelets and frontlets ; but, if not, we should have them so much in our hands and before our eyes, that the blessed subject of our redemption by Christ should never be long out of our minds.] But the redemption of the first-born was to be ob- served also, II. As an acknowledgment of their duty — God, in addition to the claim which he has over all his creatures as their Maker, has a peculiar claim to

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