Deuteronomy 26

* Confession in offering the first-fruits. (1-11) The prayer

after disposal of the third year's tithe. (12-15) The covenant

between God and the people. (16-19)

1-11 When God has made good his promises to us, he expects we

should own it to the honour of his faithfulness. And our

creature comforts are doubly sweet, when we see them flowing

from the fountain of the promise. The person who offered his

first-fruits, must remember and own the mean origin of that

nation, of which he was a member. A Syrian ready to perish was

my father. Jacob is here called a Syrian. Their nation in its

infancy sojourned in Egypt as strangers, they served there as

slaves. 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 acknowledge

God's great goodness to Israel. The comfort we have in our own

enjoyments, should lead us to be thankful for our share in

public peace and plenty; and with present mercies we should

bless the Lord for the former mercies we remember, and the

further mercies we expect and hope for. He must offer his basket

of first-fruits. Whatever good thing God gives us, it is his

will that we make the most comfortable use we can of it, tracing

the 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 gives

us his blessing? All this represented the covenant relation

between a reconciled God and every true believer, and the

privileges and duties belonging to it. We must be watchful, and

show that according to the covenant of grace in Christ Jesus,

the Lord is our God, and we are his people, waiting in his

appointed 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; do

them, not carelessly and hypocritically, but with thy heart and

soul, thy whole heart and thy whole soul. We forswear ourselves,

and break the most sacred engagement, if, when we have taken the

Lord to be our God, we do not make conscience of obeying his

commands. We are elected to obedience, #1Pe 1:2|; chosen that we

should be holy, #Eph 1:4|; purified a peculiar people, that we

might not only do good works, but be zealous in them, #Tit

2:14|. Holiness is true honour, and the only way to everlasting

honour.
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