Deuteronomy 18* A provision respecting Levites. (1-8) The abominations of theCanaanites to be avoided. (9-14) Christ the great Prophet.(15-22)1-8 Care is taken that the priests entangle not themselves withthe affairs of this life, nor enrich themselves with the wealthof this world; they have better things to mind. Care is likewisetaken that they want not the comforts and conveniences of thislife. The people must provide for them. He that has the benefitof solemn religious assemblies, ought to give help for thecomfortable support of those that minister in such assemblies. 9-14 Was it possible that a people so blessed with Divineinstitutions, should ever be in any danger of making those theirteachers whom God had made their captives? They were in danger;therefore, after many like cautions, they are charged not to doafter the abominations of the nations of Canaan. All reckoningof lucky or unlucky days, all charms for diseases, all amuletsor spells to prevent evil, fortune-telling, &c. are hereforbidden. These are so wicked as to be a chief cause of therooting out of the Canaanites. It is amazing to think that thereshould be any pretenders of this kind in such a land, and day oflight, as we live in. They are mere impostors who blind andcheat their followers. 15-22 It is here promised concerning Christ, that there shouldcome a Prophet, great above all the prophets; by whom God wouldmake known himself and his will to the children of men, morefully and clearly than he had ever done before. He is the Lightof the world, #Joh 8:12|. He is the World by whom God speaks tous, #Joh 1:1; Heb 1:2|. In his birth he should be one of theirnation. In his resurrection he should be raised up at Jerusalem,and from thence his doctrine should go forth to all the world.Thus God, having raised up his Son Christ Jesus, sent him tobless us. He should be like unto Moses, only above him. Thisprophet is come, even JESUS; and is "He that should come," andwe are to look for no other. The view of God which he gives,will not terrify or overwhelm, but encourages us. He speaks withfatherly affection and Divine authority united. Whoever refusesto listen to Jesus Christ, shall find it is at his peril; thesame that is the Prophet is to be his Judge, #Joh 12:48|. Woethen to those who refuse to hearken to His voice, to accept Hissalvation, or yield obedience to His sway! But happy they whotrust in Him, and obey Him. He will lead them in the paths ofsafety and peace, until He brings them to the land of perfectlight, purity, and happiness. Here is a caution against falseprophets. It highly concerns us to have a right touchstonewherewith to try the word we hear, that we may know what thatword is which the Lord has not spoken. Whatever is against theplain sense of the written word, or which gives countenance orencouragement to sin, we may be sure is not that which the Lordhas spoken.
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