Deuteronomy 8* Exhortations and cautions, enforced by the Lord's formerdealings with Israel, and his promises. (1-9) Exhortations andcautions further enforced. (10-20)1-9 Obedience must be, 1. Careful, observe to do; 2. Universal,to do all the commandments; and 3. From a good principle, with aregard to God as the Lord, and their God, and with a holy fearof him. To engage them to this obedience. Moses directs them tolook back. It is good to remember all the ways, both of God'sprovidence and grace, by which he has led us through thiswilderness, that we may cheerfully serve him and trust in him.They must remember the straits they were sometimes brought into,for mortifying their pride, and manifesting their perverseness;to prove them, that they and others might know all that was intheir heart, and that all might see that God chose them, not forany thing in them which might recommend them to his favour. Theymust remember the miraculous supplies of food and raimentgranted them. Let none of God's children distrust their Father,nor take any sinful course for the supply of their necessities.Some way or other, God will provide for them in the way of dutyand honest diligence, and verily they shall be fed. It may beapplied spiritually; the word of God is the food of the soul.Christ is the word of God; by him we live. They must alsoremember the rebukes they had been under, and not without need.This use we should make of all our afflictions; by them let usbe quickened to our duty. Moses also directs them to lookforward to Canaan. Look which way we will, both to look back andto look forward, to Canaan. Look which way we will, both to lookback and to look forward will furnish us with arguments forobedience. Moses saw in that land a type of the better country.The gospel church is the New Testament Canaan, watered with theSpirit in his gifts and graces, planted with trees ofrighteousness, bearing fruits of righteousness. Heaven is thegood land, in which nothing is wanting, and where is fulness ofjoy. 10-20 Moses directs to the duty of a prosperous condition. Letthem always remember their Benefactor. In everything we mustgive thanks. Moses arms them against the temptations of aprosperous condition. When men possess large estates, or areengaged in profitable business, they find the temptation topride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness, very strong;and they are anxious and troubled about many things. In this thebelieving poor have the advantage; they more easily perceivetheir supplies coming from the Lord in answer to the prayer offaith; and, strange as it may seem, they find less difficulty insimply trusting him for daily bread. They taste a sweetnesstherein, which is generally unknown to the rich, while they arealso freed from many of their temptations. Forget not God'sformer dealings with thee. Here is the great secret of DivineProvidence. Infinite wisdom and goodness are the source of allthe changes and trials believers experience. Israel had manybitter trials, but it was "to do them good." Pride is natural tothe human heart. Would one suppose that such a people, aftertheir slavery at the brick-kilns, should need the thorns of thewilderness to humble them? But such is man! And they were provedthat they might be humbled. None of us live a single weekwithout giving proofs of our weakness, folly, and depravity. Tobroken-hearted souls alone the Saviour is precious indeed.Nothing can render the most suitable outward and inward trialseffectual, but the power of the Spirit of God. See here howGod's giving and our getting are reconciled, and apply it tospiritual wealth. All God's gifts are in pursuance of hispromises. Moses repeats the warning he had often given of thefatal consequences of forsaking God. Those who follow others insin, will follow them to destruction. If we do as sinners do, wemust expect to fare as sinners fare.
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