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Canaan. See Deut. iii. 25, 27. Moses was permitted to see the efficacy of the Gospel, believed and was saved ; but having failed to sanctify the LORD, before the chil. dren of Israel, by speaking (David tells us) “unadvisedly with his lips,” he broke the law. Deu. xxxiv. 4. At first thought it is rather extraordinary that such a Prophet as Moses, should be refused going into Canaan; the cause is manifest_Canaan being a type of gospel blessings, the Law could not be united with the Gospel for Salvation.
Sixth verse. “ The law yet liveth,” “no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.” “ The law is spi. ritual” – '-so pure, so spiritual,“ holy, and just, and good” is the law, that it required the Lord to fulfil it ; which He, and He only, and alone, did, when “God manifest in the flesh.”
Seventh verse. The eye of the Law is not dim, or its power and force abated. Can it be possible that this Law will disappear, or be lost, when “ what God doeth he doeth for ever ?” “ Nothing can be put to it, or anything taken from it.”—No, “The Song of Moses the servant of God, and the Song of the Lamb,” is The Song of the redeemed in heaven; to the praise of the Great Author of all!!!
It is of the utmost importance to keep the Law distinct from justification, for “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified.” Union with Christ, and this alone, saves from condemnation! Being born
again of the Spirit, teaches us, among other things, the spirituality of the Law. Moses calls the law of God a Song.-See Deut. xxxii. 44, &c. Law, statutes, commandments, precepts, testimonies, judgments, word, doctrine, voice, and song, with even covenant and oath, occasionally have all one meaning. Deut. xxix. 14, 15 ; 1 Chro. xvi. 15. The ten commandments are the least part of God's law, because he requires the whole heart, even the thoughts and intents of the heart! Abraham was blessed for obeying the voice, commandments, statutes, and laws of God, when the ten commandments were not given. David, to celebrate the Law, has composed a psalm, of one hundred and seventy-six verses, (two excepted) of the most beautifully varied repetitions that can well be imagined, even under the influence of the Spirit: speaking of it in boly delight, that it is to endure for ever. Paul was convinced of the abiding of the law, that after clearly distinguishing between law and gospel, says, “do we make void the law ? yea, we establish the law.” And our Lord says, “ If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though One rose from the dead.”
And yet when we receive “THE LORD OUR Rich. TEOUSNESS," the law is dead; “the days of weeping and mourning for Moses are ended.” “For Christ is the end of the law for Righteousness to every one that believeth.” Being under grace, the law has lost its condemnatory power, and then becomes light. The change is passed over us, or as we may say, “ It is the Lord's Passover!” Exo. xii. 11; Rom. vii. 6; viii. 2; and x. 4.
Tenth verse. “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, (or the Law) . . 12 ver. in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel!!!”
Such is the body of Moses; and that we fail not of Eternal Life, Lord, grant that we may be of the body of Christ!
THE MEASURING REED.
Rev. xxi. 15, 16; Ezekiel, xlii. 15—20. Paul says, “ The Law was our Schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” The metaphor is clear.
When education is complete, and a child returns to its parents, does the child desire to destroy its instructor ? No, often increased love subsists between them. The believer brought by his Schoolmaster the Law, to come under grace, so receives Christ by faith, should he then despise the law ? No, he should love, honor, and obey it, more closely than before.
The Lord that made the world is our Lawgiver, our King, and our Judge, penned the law with gospel finger, binding man to man by love. Jehovah has put eternal honour upon the law from Genesis to Revelation; not permitting, in the least degree, either addition or diminution. See Deut. iv. 2; Rev. xxii. 18, 19.
_“One Law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.” The continual reference of Jesus to Moses, (or the law,) is its confirmation. There is strong scriptural evidence that The law, or Moses, will be at the last day “the measuring reed" of man. How can man love his Lord, and obey him not, “For out of Zion shall go forth the law:” and “love is the fulfilling of the law.” Salvation is an eternal decree wholly distinct from our works. See: 2 Tim. i. 9; and Gal. iii. 11, 17, 22, 24. But “ if ye love me keep my commandments." that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me.” John xiv. 21.
The following are a few extracts out of some hundreds regarding the law.
“How long refused ye to keep my commandments and my laws ?” Exo. xvi. 28.
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Josh. i. 7, 8.
“ Be ye mindful always of his covenant: the word
which he commanded to a thousand generations; even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; and hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.” i Chro. xvi. 15–17.
“ Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with, concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage, dread not, nor be dismayed.” 1 Chron. xxii. 12, 13.
“They that forsake the law, praise the wicked ; and such as keep the law, contend with them.
“ He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.” Pro. xxviii. 4-9. “ He that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Pro. xxix. 18.
6. Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, despised the word of the holy One of Israel.” Isa. v. 24.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying chil. dren, children that will not hear the law of the LORD,” &c. Isa. xxx. 8, 9.