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the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim : and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt * If in keeping “the strait and the Lord ? And the people narrow path” of life, according to thirsted there for water; and

the commandment of the Lord," we the people murmured against comforts to refresh us ; how apt are

also find “no water”—no earthly Moses, and said, Wherefore we to cast the blame upon religion is this that thou hast brought How soon we forget past mercies, us up out of Egypt, to kill and faith fails us. us and our children and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people! they be almost ready to stone

5 Was ever Father so forbearing And the LORD said towards his children as God towards unto Moses, Go on before the his people ! He prepares to relieve people, and take with thee their necessity, all-undeserving as of the elders of Israel; and they were of his favour. thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, • Behold, I will

• The Almighty could have caused stand before thee there upon water to flow from the rock without the rock in Horeb; and thou the intervention of Moses ; but He shalt smite the rock, and chose that man should be the agent there shall come water out nisters now are appointed to distri

in conveying his free gift. His miof it, that the people may bute the waters of life, though Jesus drink. And Moses did so in is the rock whence those waters the sight of the elders of flow—and they also are of his free gift. Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord saying, Is the LORD among us or not? Then came Ama

8 Relief from one trial is often but lek, and fought with Israel a token that another is at hand. in Rephidim. And Moses Then be not impatient. said unto Joshua, Choose us

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to fight the battle, out men, and go out, fight though his strength and his victory with Amalek : to-morrow I

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fight the good fight of faith, though will stand on the top of the

our power and our triumph be of the hill with the rod of God in Lord. We must do our part, or mine hand. So Joshua did faith is but presumption. as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek : and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand Amalek prevailed.

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heavy; and they took a duly offered, according to the comstone, and put it under him, mandment ! Hold up unwearied and he sat thereon; and mark even the outward act.

hands; and let a devout reverence Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side : and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua : for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it JEHOVAH-nissi : for he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Tuesday in Easter-week.

MORNING. EXODUS XX. And God spake all these words saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Thou shalt not make

* God is a spirit ; and they who unto thee any graven image, worship Him, must worship Himor any likeness of any thing not under any form or figure ; but as that is in heaven above, or a spirit, and " in spirit and in truth." that is in the earth beneath, the Being who is equally present at or that is in the water under every time and in every place. the earth, thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them 6 What a touching appeal to parental that hate me ; ® and shewing love! The obedience of parents to mercy unto thousands of their God, brings his blessing upon them that love me, and keep

their children.

7 In oaths, for the administration my commandments. Thou of justice, God's name is used, but shalt not take the name of not' in vain. A vain or passionate the Lord thy God in vain ; appeal to God is sin. for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 6 Remember the sab- 8 A well-spent Sabbath gives a forebath day, to keep it holy. taste of heaven. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,

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thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy 11 If the Creator rested on the Sabgates : " for in six days bath-day, proud of heart indeed the LORD made heaven and must be those of his creatures who earth, the sea, and all that in disregard the day* them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and 12 These words convey the first hallowed it. 12 Honour thy commandment with promise. father and thy mother : that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy 13 This is well followed by a comGod giveth thee. Thou mand to restrain those evil affections, shalt not kill. Thou shalt which, by leading men to injustice not commit adultery. Thou and cruelty to their neighbour, lead

also to hatred, and revenge, and shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt death. not bear false witness against

16 This prohibition extends to lying, thy neighbour. Thou shalt slander, and defamation, of every not covet thy neighbour's kind. It is sin in the sight of God. house, thou shalt not covet 17 Thus the commandment strikes thy neighbour's wife, nor his at the root of evil-even the very manservant, nor his maidser

secret wish of the heart. vant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from hearen. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 24 Simple altars of earth or unhewn 24 An altar of earth thou shalt stone-altars on which no graven make unto me, and shalt image can have been sculptured. It sacrifice thereon thy burnt

is wise to remove temptation to eril. offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen:

* If God's people of old were bound thus to commemorate his power and love in the first creation ; how much stronger is that obligation upon us, who rejoice in his power and love as displayed in the second creation for, at the resurrection of Christ, an eternal world of joy was opened for us ; and a paradise prepared, into which no tempter shall

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in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone : for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

EVENING. Exodus xxxii. And when the people saw 1 Take heed and beware, lest if your that Moses delayed to come prayers seem unanswered of God, down out of the mount, the you make to yourself an idol of the people gathered themselves world, and seek your answer there. together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us ; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he buist an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up 6 Such are the effects of image early on the morrow, and worship. It alike degrades the reaoffered burnt offerings, and

son and corrupts the affections. brought peace offerings ; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down ; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves : they have tumed aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them : they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiffnecked people : now therefore let me alone,

wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation,

And Moses besought the 11 What a glorious encouragement Lord his God, and said, to the Church of Christ, to lift up Lord, why doth thy wrath unwearied hands for her people. wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out

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of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty band ? 12 Wherefore should

12 This appeal is a beautiful and the Egyptians speak, and affecting instance of united prudence say, For mischief did he bring and courage, faith and humility. them out, to slay them in the The Church adopts the spirit of it mountains, and to consume

when she prays blessing of God " for

his name and honour's sake.” them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall

14 God changeth not. He may be inherit it for ever. 14 And said to repent when men cease to the LORD repented of the sin. Sin causes his anger. Remove

the cause ; the effect ceases. evil which he thought to do unto his people. And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand : the tables were written on both their sides : on the one side and on the other were they 16 Mark well this. The word you written. And the tables now hear is the word of the Al. were the work of God, and mighty. May it be graven on your

heart. the writing was the writing of God graven upon the tables. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that

cry for being overcome : but the noise of them that sing do I hear. 19 And it came

19 Never be surprised that the mito pass, as soon as he came nister is zealous for the honour of nigh unto the camp, that he his God—the servant for his Master. saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us : for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

24 Aaron's was a base policy. The

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