Deuteronomy 10* God's mercies to Israel after their rebellion. (1-11) Anexhortation to obedience. (12-22)1-11 Moses reminded the Israelites of God's great mercy tothem, notwithstanding their provocations. There were four thingsin and by which the Lord showed himself reconciled to Israel.God gave them his law. Thus God has intrusted us with Bibles,sabbaths, and sacraments, as tokens of his presence and favour.God led them forward toward Canaan. He appointed a standingministry among them for holy things. And now, under the gospel,when the pouring forth of the Spirit is more plentiful andpowerful, the succession is kept up by the Spirit's work onmen's hearts, qualifying and making some willing for that workin every age. God accepted Moses as an advocate or intercessorfor them, and therefore appointed him to be their prince andleader. Moses was a type of Christ, who ever lives, pleading forus, and has all power in heaven and in earth. 12-22 We are here taught our duty to God in our principles andour practices. We must fear the Lord our God. We must love him,and delight in communion with him. We must walk in the ways inwhich he has appointed us to walk. We must serve him with allour heart and soul. What we do in his service we must docheerfully, and with good will. We must keep his commandments.There is true honour and pleasure in obedience. We must givehonour to God; and to him we must cleave, as one we love anddelight in, trust in, and from whom we have great expectations.We are here taught our duty to our neighbour. God's common giftsto mankind oblige us to honour all men. And those who havethemselves been in distress, and have found mercy with God,should be ready to show kindness to those who are in the likedistress. We are here taught our duty to ourselves. Circumciseyour hearts. Cast away all corrupt affections and inclinations,which hinder you from fearing and loving God. By nature we donot love God. This is original sin, the source whence ourwickedness proceeds; and the carnal mind is enmity against God,for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be;so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God, #Ro8:5-9|. Let us, without delay or reserve, come and cleave to ourreconciled God in Jesus Christ, that we may love, serve, andobey him acceptably, and be daily changed into his image, fromglory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord. Consider thegreatness and glory of God; and his goodness and grace; thesepersuade us to our duty. Blessed Spirit! Oh for thy purifying,persevering, and renewing influences, that being called out ofthe state of strangers, such as our fathers were, we may befound among the number of the children of God, and that our lotmay be among the saints.
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