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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.
Right of publishing transferred to the American Tract Society.
covenant. The people to sanctify themselves. Chap. 33.—The Israelites at the foot of Sinai. God
descends. Moses and Aaron go up the moun
tain. The ten commandmenis,
Moses descends. The covenant ratified,
seventy elders ascend Sinai. They see God. Mo-
Aaron's guilt. Moses intercedes for the idola.
trous Israelites, CHAP 37.-Moses and Joshua descend. Moses destroys
the golden calf. Three thousand of the idolaters
are slain. Moses again ascends the mountain, Chap. 38.-Moses is directed to proceed from Sinai.
He descends. The taberaacle of the congrega
tion. God's accompanying presence promised, Chap. 39.-Moses ascends Sinai. The divine glory
passes before him. He is there another forty days.
He descends. The building of the tabernacle, CHAP. 40.- The tabernacle being completed, God
descends, and fills it with his glory. Nadab and
Promises and threatenings,
camping, and marching, CHAP. 43.–The priests and
Levites. The first-born.
tures of the regions between Sinai and Canaan, Caap. 45.-Taberah. Murmurings. Seventy elders
chosen to assist Moses. Quails sent. Plague at
Moses. Kadesh-barnea. The spies sent to sur
their report. Joshua and Caleb faithful. The
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
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 them. selves 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 individuul, 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 avas never more strikingly exemplified than in the history of the Israelites.