Deuteronomy 27* The law to be written on stones in the promised land. (1-10)The curses to be pronounced on mount Ebal. (11-26)1-10 As soon as they were come into Canaan, they must set up amonument, on which they must write the words of this law. Theymust set up an altar. The word and prayer must go together.Though they might not, of their own heads, set up any altarbesides that at the tabernacle; yet, by the appointment of God,they might, upon special occasion. This altar must be made ofunhewn stones, such as they found upon the field. Christ, ourAltar, is a stone cut out of the mountain without hands, refusedby the builders, as having no form or comeliness, but acceptedof God the Father, and made the Head of the corner. In the OldTestament the words of the law are written, with the curseannexed; which would overcome us with horror, if we had not, inthe New Testament, an altar erected close by, which givesconsolation. Blessed be God, the printed copies of theScriptures among us, do away the necessity of such methods aswere presented to Israel. The end of the gospel ministry is, andthe end of preachers ought to be, to make the word of God asplain as possible. Yet, unless the Spirit of God prosper suchlabours with Divine power, we shall not, even by these means, bemade wise unto salvation: for this blessing we should thereforedaily and earnestly pray. 11-26 The six tribes appointed for blessing, were all childrenof the free women, for to such the promise belongs, #Ga 4:31|.Levi is here among the rest. Ministers should apply tothemselves the blessing and curse they preach to others, and byfaith set their own Amen to it. And they must not only allurepeople to their duty with the promises of a blessing, but awethem with the threatenings of a curse, by declaring that a cursewould be upon those who do such things. To each of the cursesthe people were to say, Amen. It professed their faith, thatthese, and the like curses, were real declarations of the wrathof God against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, notone jot of which shall fall to the ground. It was acknowledgingthe equity of these curses. Those who do such things deserve tofall, and lie under the curse. Lest those who were guilty ofother sins, not here mentioned, should think themselves safefrom the curse, the last reaches all. Not only those who do theevil which the law forbids, but those also who omit the goodwhich the law requires. Without the atoning blood of Christ,sinners can neither have communion with a holy God, nor do anything acceptable to him; his righteous law condemns every onewho, at any time, or in any thing, transgresses it. Under itsawful curse we remain as transgressors, until the redemption ofChrist is applied to our hearts. Wherever the grace of Godbrings salvation, it teaches the believer to deny ungodlinessand wordly lusts, to live soberly, righteously, and godly inthis present world, consenting to, and delighting in the wordsof God's law, after the inward man. In this holy walk, truepeace and solid joy are to be found.
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