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Moses's Message to the Israelites.

Moses's Message to the Israelites.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Exod. xix. 3 — 6. ^nd Moses icent vp wito God: and the Lord
called 2i?ilo hmi out of the mountain., saying. Thus shall thou
say to the house oj" Jacob, and tell the children of Israel ;
Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I hare
you on eagles' tvings, and brought you unto myself. Now
therefore, f ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covC'
nant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people: for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be vnto me a
kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These ore the ivords
which thou shult speak unto the children of Israel.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Exod. xix. 3 — 6. ^nd Moses icent vp wito God: and the Lord
called 2i?ilo hmi out of the mountain., saying. Thus shall thou
say to the house oj" Jacob, and tell the children of Israel ;
Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I hare
you on eagles' tvings, and brought you unto myself. Now
therefore, f ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covC'
nant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people: for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be vnto me a
kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These ore the ivords
which thou shult speak unto the children of Israel.

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MOSES'S MESSAGE TO THE ISRAELITES. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Exod. xix. 3 — 6. ^nd Moses icent vp wito God: and the Lord called 2i?ilo hmi out of the mountain., saying. Thus shall thou say to the house oj" Jacob, and tell the children of Israel ; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I hare you on eagles' tvings, and brought you unto myself. ow therefore, f ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covC' nant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be vnto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These ore the ivords which thou shult speak unto the children of Israel. WE cannot but admire God's condescension in no- ticing our fallen race. When we see him renevvii!g to them his acts of kindness after repeated instances of ingratitude, we are yet more amazed: but when we behold him entering into covenant with the most rebellious of his creatures, and binding himself by promises and oaths to load them with his richest benefits. 64.] MOSEs' MESSAGE TO THE ISRAELITES. 329 benefits, we are altogether lost in wonder. Since the time that Israel were liberated from their bondage in Egypt, about six weeks had now ela})sed ; during which time every successiv^e trial had evinced, that they were a rebellious and stitf-necked people. But, instead of casting them off, God commissioned Mo- ses to propose to them a covenant, wherein they should enoaoe to be obedient to his will, and he would engage to make them truly prosperous and happy. The same condescension does God manifest
 
to us ; as will appear if we consider, I. The mercies God has already vouchsafed us — Those enumerated in the text were distinguhking mercies — [God had inflicted the heaviest judgments on the Egyp- tians — but had brougiit nut his people safely and tiiumphautly* to the mountain, which he liad long before marked as the place where they sliould worsliip him ai;d enjoy his presence '^. This *^ they saw;" and therefore could not question the goodness of God towards them ] And have ive no distinguishing mercies to call forth our gratitude ? [What tliough we have never experienced such vvmailous interpositions ; have we not, both individually and collectively, unbounded reason for thankfulness on account of the peculiar favours conferred on us ? Think how many millions of the human race are sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, without the smalle^t knowledge of a Saviour, or even of the one true God ! But we are favoured with the light of revelation, and, we hope we may say too, a faithful mi^i^trat!on of the word of life Pvefiect further, how manv, under distress of mind or bc^ly or estate, are sinking under the insvip|)()rtal)le load of their afflictions, whilst we have experienced but little trouble, perhaps so much only as to display more clearly the goodness of God in our repeated deliverances Consider also,hovv manv have within a iftw months or years been summoned into the pre-ence of their God, whilst we have yet our lives proh nged, and further space given us for repent- ance Cou'dwebut realize these thoughts, we should see
 
that not even the Israelites themselves had more reason for gra- titude than we.] Let * The eagle to rescue her young from impending danger will bear them upon her pinions to a place of safety. Compare Deut xxxii. 11, *• Exod. ill. 12. 330 EXODUS, XIX. 3 — 6. [64. Let us from the consideration of God's past mer- cies extend our views to, ir. Those which he has yet in reserve for us — • Those which he promised to the Israehtes were exceeding great — [*' All the earth was the Lords ;" and therefore he might have taken any other people in preference to them*^ : but he had chosen them in preference to all others ''; and promised to exalt them above all others in national honouTy and individual happiness. What an unspeakable honour was it to them to be made *' an holy nation," consecrated in a peculiar manner to the ser- vice of their God ! to be " a kingdom of priests," all having access to God, to offer to him the sacrifices of prayer and praise ! and to be regarded by God as " his peculiar treasure," which he prized above all, and would secure to himself for ever ! What an happiness too to all of them, as far as worldly prosperity could make them happy ; and, to tlvose who could discern the spiritual import of these promises, what a source it was of unutterable peace and joy ! ] But the mercies promised to them were only- shadows of those which are reserved for us —

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