Deuteronomy 29* Moses calls Israel's mercies to remembrance. (1-9) The Divinewrath on those who flatter themselves in their wickedness.(10-21) The ruin of the Jewish nation. (22-28) Secret thingsbelong unto God. (29)1-9 Both former mercies, and fresh mercies, should be thoughton by us as motives to obedience. The hearing ear, and seeingeye, and the understanding heart, are the gift of God. All thathave them, have them from him. God gives not only food andraiment, but wealth and large possessions, to many to whom hedoes not give grace. Many enjoy the gifts, who have not heartsto perceive the Giver, nor the true design and use of the gifts.We are bound, in gratitude and interest, as well as in duty andfaithfulness, to keep the words of the covenant. 10-21 The national covenant made with Israel, not only typifiedthe covenant of grace made with true believers, but alsorepresented the outward dispensation of the gospel. Those whohave been enabled to consent to the Lord's new covenant of mercyand grace in Jesus Christ, and to give up themselves to be hispeople, should embrace every opportunity of renewing their openprofession of relation to him, and their obligation to him, asthe God of salvation, walking according thereto. The sinner isdescribed as one whose heart turns away from his God; there themischief begins, in the evil heart of unbelief, which inclinesmen to depart from the living God to dead idols. Even to thissin men are now tempted, when drawn aside by their own lusts andfancies. Such men are roots that bear gall and wormwood. Theyare weeds which, if let alone, overspread the whole field. Satanmay for a time disguise this bitter morsel, so that thou shaltnot have the natural taste of it, but at the last day, if notbefore, the true taste shall be discerned. Notice the sinner'ssecurity in sin. Though he hears the words of the curse, yeteven then he thinks himself safe from the wrath of God. There isscarcely a threatening in all the book of God more dreadful thanthis. Oh that presumptuous sinners would read it, and tremble!for it is a real declaration of the wrath of God, againstungodliness and unrighteousness of man. 22-28 Idolatry would be the ruin of their nation. It is no newthing for God to bring desolating judgments on a people near tohim in profession. He never does this without good reason. Itconcerns us to seek for the reason, that we may give glory toGod, and take warning to ourselves. Thus the law of Moses leavessinners under the curse, and rooted out of the Lord's land; butthe grace of Christ toward penitent, believing sinners, plantsthem again in their land; and they shall no more be pulled up,being kept by the power of God. 29 Moses ends his prophecy of the Jews' rejection, just as St.Paul ends his discourse on the same subject, when it began to befulfilled, #Ro 11:33|. We are forbidden curiously to inquireinto the secret counsels of God, and to determine concerningthem. But we are directed and encouraged, diligently to seekinto that which God has made known. He has kept back nothingthat is profitable for us, but only that of which it is good forus to be ignorant. The end of all Divine revelation is, not tofurnish curious subjects of speculation and discourse, but thatwe may do all the words of this law, and be blessed in our deed.This, the Bible plainly reveals; further than this, man cannotprofitably go. By this light he may live and die comfortably,and be happy for ever.
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