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Moses's Excouraging Address to Israel.

Moses's Excouraging Address to Israel.

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Deut. xxxi. 6. Be strong and of a good courage ; fear not, nor
be afraid of them : for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth
go with thee ; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deut. xxxi. 6. Be strong and of a good courage ; fear not, nor
be afraid of them : for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth
go with thee ; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

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MOSES'S EXCOURAGIG ADDRESS TO ISRAEL. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Deut. xxxi. 6. Be strong and of a good courage ; fear not, nor be afraid of them : for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee ; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. THE application of passages in the Old Testament to the Church at this time is thought by many to be an unwarrantable liberty, especially if those pas- sages referred to any particular occasion, and still more if they primarily related to any parti- cular individual. We are far from saying that great caution is liot requisite on this head ; but we feel no hesitation in affirming, that passages in the Old Testament, whether general or parti- Y 2 cular 324 DEUTEROOMY, XXXI. 6. [154. ciilar in their primary import, are applicable to the Church of God in all ages, as far as the situations and circumstances of the Church resemble that in former times : nay, we ^o further s,till, and affirm, that passages, which in their primary sense re- lated only to temporal concerns, may fitly be ap- plied at this time in a spiritual sense, as far as there exists a just analogy between the cases. We cannot have a stronger proof of this than in the words before us. They were first addressed by Moses gene- rally to all Israel, when they were about to invade the land of Canaan. They were then addressed parti- cularly to Joshua in the sight of all Israel^: and they were afterwards again addressed to Joshua by God himself''. ow it might be asked. Have we any right
to apply these words to the Church at this time ? and may any individual in the Church consider them as addressed personally and particularly to himself? We answer, Yes ; he may ; and moreover may found upon them precisely the same conclusions as Israel of old did> For this we have the authority of an inspired Apostle ; who, having quoted the words in reference to the whole Christian Church, adds, *' So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper ; and I will not fear what man shall do unto me^" Thus then are we warranted to address the words to you in relation to that warfare which you are to maintain aj^ainst all the enemies of your salvation : and this we will proceed to do. Brethren, we suppose you now in the state of Israel when addressed by Moses. And if, like Moses, we knew that the superintendence of your spiritual concerns was speedily to be devolved to another, and that this was the last time that we should ever address you, we could not do better than amplify and expand his ideas, contained in the words before us. You, Brethren, are about to engage in a most arduous warfare — [The enemies of Israel were numerous and very powerful : they were men of gigantic stature, and they '* dwelt in citiea walled .''ver. 8, 23. '' Josh. i. 5, p. « Heb. xiii. 5, 6. 154.] MOSEs' ECOURAGIG ADDRESS TO ISRAEL. 325 walled up to heaven." There were no less than " seven nations greater and mightier than Israel," and all these were confederate together for the defence of Canaan. But these were weak, in
comparison of the Christian's enemies. You, Brethren, have to conflict with the world and all its vanities, the flesh and all its corruptions, the devil and all his wiles. There is not any thing you see around you, which is not armed for your destruction : nor is there any thing within you which does not watch for an op- portunity to betray your soul, and to inflict on it the most deadly wounds. Yet these enemies, notwithstanding their number and power, are quite overlooked by St. Paul, and counted as nothing, in comparison of those mighty adversaries, the principalities and powers of hell''. Their inconceivable subtlety, their invisible combination, their pre-eminent strength, their inveterate ma- lignity, together with the easiness of their access to us at all times, render them formidable beyond measure ; insomuch that if you had not an Almighty Friend to espouse your cause, you might well sit down in despair.] In the prospect of this contest you are apt to indulge desponding thoughts — [Forty years before, the Israelites had refused to encounter their enemies, from an apprehension that they were invincible : and it is probable that they were not without their fears at this time. And what is it that at the present day deters multitudes from engaging in the spiritual warfare ? is it not a fear that they shall not succeed ? When we tell them that they must overcome the world, and mortify the flesh, and resist the devil, they reply, that these things are impossible ; and that it is in vain to make such an impracticable attempt*. Even those who have fought well on particular occasions, are apt to faint, when their trials press upon them with more than usual weight : David himself yielded to unbelieving fears ^, and exclaimed in his haste, " All men are liars ^." Perhaps there is not one amongst us whose " hands have not sometimes hanged down, and his knees been weary, and his heart faint ;" not one who has not needed, like St. Paul himself, some peculiar manifestations of God for his support ''.] But there is no real cause for discouragement to any of you —

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