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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by THOMAS II. GALLAUDET, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.
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CHAP. 32.-Encampment near Mount Sinai. The
CHAP. 34.-Communications from God to Moses.
CHAP. 36-The two tables of stone. The golden calf.
CHAP 37.-Moses and Joshua descend. Moses destroys
CHAP. 41.-Additional laws. The son of Shelomith.
CHAP. 42.-The Israelites numbered. Manner of en-
CHAP. 43.-The priests and Levites.
CHAP 46.-Hazeroth. Aaron and Miriam sin against
CHAP. 47.-The spies return. Discouragement et
CHAP. 48.-Many of the Israelites destroyed, while
LIFE OF MOSES.
Encampment near Mount Sinai. The Covenant. The people to sanctify themselves.
Having contemplated the natural scenery of Mount Sinai and the surrounding region, we are the better able to understand the wisdom of God in his providential dealings with the Israelites. He acts in accordance with the character of man. He led a people such as the Israelites were to a spot like that of Sinai, for the sake of the moral impression which would be made upon them.
It was necessary that instructions to their minds, and appeals to their consciences, should be accompanied with a powerful address to their senses. By their long bondage and degradation, they had sunk down into a state of great comparative ignorance and stupidity. Excessive and constant labor had left them little or no time for intellectual improve
ment. To escape, if possible, the lash of the oppressor by urging on their daily task, and to provide for the immediate and pressing wants of themselves and their families, filled up the round of their unceasing occupations. Toiling thus like the very animals which were associated with them in their labor, they were in danger of approaching more and more to their condition. With spirited and soul-elevating objects of thought or action they had scarcely any acquaintance; and living in the midst of an idolatrous and superstitious people, they were insensibly losing the knowledge of Divine truth which their ancestors, the patriarchs, had enjoyed
Such a people needed to be roused from their moral ignorance and lethargy. Strong impressions must be made upon them through the medium of
the senses, to prepare the way for their subsequent elevation of character. This is true, every where, of human nature. The individual, in the season of childhood and youth, must thus be addressed, and reached, and instructed. And God has made wonderful provision for this discipline, in the fascinating attractions that sensible objects possess in the early dawn of our being. Nations, in the infancy of their history, where masses of men begin to emerge from a state of ignorance and barbarism, need the same kind of discipline. And this truth was never more strikingly exemplified than in the history of the Israelites.