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thee this day: lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein ; and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast

14 Does prosperity surround me? is multiplied ; 14 then thine let me beware, lest iny heart be lifted heart be lifted up, and thou up, and I ungratefully forget the forget the LORD thy God, Giver in the gift. which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

17 Let not the foot of pride come thou say

in thine heart, My against me! Religion and piety are power and the might of mine the only safety, alike for nations and hand hath gotten me this individuals ; sin and worldliness are wealth. But thou shalt re

the sure ruin of both. member the Lord thy God : for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely

20 If the destruction which came perish. As the nations

upon the idolatrous Canaanites was which the Lord destroyeth held out as a warning to God's before your face, so shall ye people in old time, their own utter perish ; because ye would overthrow since those days stands a not be obedient unto the voice still more awful warning to ourselves!

Reader, lay this truth to heart ! of the LORD your God.

EVENING. DEUTERONOMY ix. Hear, O Israel : Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, a people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak! Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee. Speak not thou

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out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy 5 The fearful example of nations, righteousness, or for the up- churches, and individuals, whom rightness of thine heart, dost God hath destroyed in their wicked

ness, is recorded for our learning. thou go to possess their land:

Their sad overthrow may well keep but for the wickedness of us humble also, when we are warned, these nations the LORD thy that not the righteousness of Israel God doth drive them out gave to that people their victories, from before thee, and that he but the sinfulness of their enemies. . may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Every good gift is of God's free

Understand therefore, that grace. The Christian's highest exthe LORD thy God giveth cellences cannot claim aught of rethee not this good and to compense at his hand. possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people. Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness : from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD. Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you. When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: and the Lord delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God ; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence ; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them ; they have made them a molten image. Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people : " let me 14 How merciful is our God! Even alone, that I may destroy them, to the mediation of Moses, type only and blot out their name from of the great and only Mediator, he under heaven: and I will make doth deign to listen. of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. So I turned

and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.

And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them

18 Thus a greater than Moses wept before your eyes.

18 And I and fasted, and even died for us. O fell down before the LORD, may my heart be grateful ! as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you.

But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him : and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust : and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibroth-hattaavah, ye provoked the LORD to wrath. Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice. Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you. Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he

26 How encouraging the hope of would destroy you. 26 I pardon, when we reflect that Jesus prayed therefore unto the pleads for us, and that God's honour LORD, and said, O Lord God, is concerned to hear that plea. Are

we not his people—his inheritance ! destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their

38 Moses boldly appeals to the holest the land whence nour of God to save his people. thou broughtest us out say,

Thus we also plead “his name and Because the LORD was not honour's sake.” Let me obey the

God whose servant I profess to be ! able to bring them into the Let me honour the heavenly Father

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and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

Sunday after Ascension Dap.

MORNING. DEUTERONOMY xü. These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and

3 May I so utterly destroy my under every green tree: 'and pride, my self-will, my self-confiye shall overthrow their al. dence before God, and my envy, tars, and break their pillars, hitherto too often the idols of my and burn their groves with heart—that henceforth I “ shall not fire; and ye shall hew down do so unto the Lord my God.” His the graven images of their grace will aid me. gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Ye shall not do so unto the

5 May I love this house of God, LORD your God. But unto wherein I worship ! may I rejoice the place which the LORD to feel that it is his habitation, where your God shall choose out of in very deed He dwelleth! all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shail ye seek, and thither

6 As I bring here my offering and thou shalt come: and thi

sacrifice of prayer, and penitence, ther ye shall bring your burnt and praise, let me remember that offerings, and your sacrifices, “to obey is better” even and your tithes, and heave

sacrifice." offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: and there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your housholds, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee* Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every

* During their wanderings it was permitted to Israel, in choosing a place of worship, to do, in that respect, whatever“ was right in their own eyes;" for they had not yet come to the land of rest. But when that was reached, order and regularity would be indispensable in this very matter : then there would be an appointed place, chosen of God! Thither the worshippers would then flock together.

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man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety ; then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there ; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD: and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates ; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you. 13 Take heed 13 This repetition of the command to thyself that thou offer not indicates its higher importance, and thy burnt offerings in every the stronger obligation of obedience place that thou seest : but in to it. See note, verse 8. the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee : the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart. Only ye shall not eat the blood ; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water. Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offerings of thine hand: but thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates : and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto *. Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth. When the LORD thy God shall

* The reason of this admonition is plain. The office of the Levite, being appointed of God, could never lose aught of its authority, however the worth of individuals who bore it, might vary. So is it with the authorized ministers of the Church now. Thus our blessed Lord taught his countrymen to view the office and authority of the Scribes and Pharisees. “They sat in Moses' seat"—they were invested with the authority transmitted to them through their lawgiver. Matth. xxüi. 2.

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