Deuteronomy 26* Confession in offering the first-fruits. (1-11) The prayerafter disposal of the third year's tithe. (12-15) The covenantbetween God and the people. (16-19)1-11 When God has made good his promises to us, he expects weshould own it to the honour of his faithfulness. And ourcreature comforts are doubly sweet, when we see them flowingfrom the fountain of the promise. The person who offered hisfirst-fruits, must remember and own the mean origin of thatnation, of which he was a member. A Syrian ready to perish wasmy father. Jacob is here called a Syrian. Their nation in itsinfancy sojourned in Egypt as strangers, they served there asslaves. They were a poor, despised, oppressed people in Egypt;and though become rich and great, had no reason to be proud,secure, or forgetful of God. He must thankfully acknowledgeGod's great goodness to Israel. The comfort we have in our ownenjoyments, should lead us to be thankful for our share inpublic peace and plenty; and with present mercies we shouldbless the Lord for the former mercies we remember, and thefurther mercies we expect and hope for. He must offer his basketof first-fruits. Whatever good thing God gives us, it is hiswill that we make the most comfortable use we can of it, tracingthe streams to the Fountain of all consolation. 12-15 How should the earth yield its increase, or, if it does,what comfort can we take in it, unless therewith our God givesus his blessing? All this represented the covenant relationbetween a reconciled God and every true believer, and theprivileges and duties belonging to it. We must be watchful, andshow that according to the covenant of grace in Christ Jesus,the Lord is our God, and we are his people, waiting in hisappointed way for the performance of his gracious promises. 16-19 Moses here enforces the precepts. They are God's laws,therefore thou shalt do them, to that end were they given thee;do them, and dispute them not; do them, and draw not back; dothem, not carelessly and hypocritically, but with thy heart andsoul, thy whole heart and thy whole soul. We forswear ourselves,and break the most sacred engagement, if, when we have taken theLord to be our God, we do not make conscience of obeying hiscommands. We are elected to obedience, #1Pe 1:2|; chosen that weshould be holy, #Eph 1:4|; purified a peculiar people, that wemight not only do good works, but be zealous in them, #Tit2:14|. Holiness is true honour, and the only way to everlastinghonour.
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