Deuteronomy 2* The Edomites to be spared. (1-7) The Moabites and Ammonites tobe spared. (8-23) The Amorites to be destroyed. (24-37)1-7 Only a short account of the long stay of Israel in thewilderness is given. God not only chastised them for theirmurmuring and unbelief, but prepared them for Canaan; byhumbling them for sin, teaching them to mortify their lusts, tofollow God, and to comfort themselves in him. Though Israel maybe long kept waiting for deliverance and enlargement, it willcome at last. Before God brought Israel to destroy their enemiesin Canaan, he taught them to forgive their enemies in Edom. Theymust not, under pretence of God's covenant and conduct, think toseize all they could lay hands on. Dominion is not founded ingrace. God's Israel shall be well placed, but must not expect tobe placed alone in the midst of the earth. Religion must neverbe made a cloak for injustice. Scorn to be beholden to Edomites,when thou hast an all-sufficient God to depend upon. Use whatthou hast, use it cheerfully. Thou hast experienced the care ofthe Divine providence, never use any crooked methods for thysupply. All this is equally to be applied to the experience ofthe believer. 8-23 We have the origin of the Moabites, Edomites, andAmmonites. Moses also gives an instance older than any of these;the Caphtorims drove the Avims out of their country. Theserevolutions show what uncertain things wordly possessions are.It was so of old, and ever will be so. Families decline, andfrom them estates are transferred to families that increase; solittle continuance is there in these things. This is recorded toencourage the children of Israel. If the providence of God hasdone this for Moabites and Ammonites, much more would hispromise do it for Israel, his peculiar people. Cautions aregiven not to meddle with Moabites and Ammonites. Even wicked menmust not be wronged. God gives and preserves outward blessingsto wicked men; these are not the best things, he has better instore for his own children. 24-37 God tried his people, by forbidding them to meddle withthe rich countries of Moab and Ammon. He gives them possessionof the country of the Amorites. If we keep from what Godforbids, we shall not lose by our obedience. The earth is theLord's and the fulness thereof; and he gives it to whom hepleases; but when there is no express direction, none can pleadhis grant for such proceedings. Though God assured theIsraelites that the land should be their own, yet they mustcontend with the enemy. What God gives we must endeavour to get.What a new world did Israel now come into! Much more joyful willthe change be, which holy souls will experience, when theyremove out of the wilderness of this world to the bettercountry, that is, the heavenly, to the city that hasfoundations. Let us, by reflecting upon God's dealings with hispeople Israel, be led to meditate upon our years spent invanity, through our transgressions. But happy are those whomJesus has delivered from the wrath to come. To whom he hathgiven the earnest of his Spirit in their hearts. Theirinheritance cannot be affected by revolutions of kingdoms, orchanges in earthly possessions.
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