Deuteronomy 5* The covenant in Horeb. (1-5) The ten commandments repeated.(6-22) The request of the people that the law might be deliveredthrough Moses. (23-33)1-5 Moses demands attention. When we hear the word of God wemust learn it; and what we have learned we must put in practice,for that is the end of hearing and learning; not to fill ourheads with notions, or our mouths with talk, but to direct ouraffections and conduct. 6-22 There is some variation here from #Ex 20| as between theLord's prayer in #Mt 6| and #Lu 11|. It is more necessary thatwe tie ourselves to the things, than to the words unalterably.The original reason for hallowing the sabbath, taken from God'sresting from the work of creation on the seventh day, is nothere mentioned. Though this ever remains in force, it is not theonly reason. Here it is taken from Israel's deliverance out ofEgypt; for that was typical of our redemption by Jesus Christ,in remembrance of which the Christian sabbath was to beobserved. In the resurrection of Christ we were brought into theglorious liberty of the children of God, with a mighty hand, andan outstretched arm. How sweet is it to a soul truly distressedunder the terrors of a broken law, to hear the mild andsoul-reviving language of the gospel! 23-33 Moses refers to the consternation caused by the terrorwith which the law was given. God's appearances have always beenterrible to man, ever since the fall; but Christ, having takenaway sin, invites us to come boldly to the throne of grace. Theywere in a good mind, under the strong convictions of the wordthey heard. Many have their consciences startled by the law whohave them not purified; fair promises are extorted from them,but no good principles are fixed and rooted in them. Godcommended what they said. He desires the welfare and salvationof poor sinners. He has given abundant proof that he does so; hegives us time and space to repent. He has sent his Son to redeemus, promised his Spirit to those who pray for him, and hasdeclared that he has no pleasure in the ruin of sinners. Itwould be well with many, if there were always such a heart inthem, as there seems to be sometimes; when they are underconviction of sin, or the rebukes of providence, or when theycome to look death in the face. The only way to be happy, is tobe holy. Say to the righteous, It shall be well with them. Letbelievers make it more and more their study and delight, to doas the Lord God hath commanded.
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