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revived : and Israel said,

28 No sweeter joy to a parent's It is enough ; Joseph my son heart, than to be the guest of dutiful is yet alive: I will go and children. see him before I die.

The fifth Sunday in Lent.

MORNING. Exod. üi. Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian : and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. ? And the angel of the LORD 2 God continually displays himself appeared unto him in a flame to his servants by the light of his of fire out of the midst of a Spirit in the heart. May he vouchbush : and he looked, and,

safe that light to thee now ! behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, 5 When we draw nigh in worship, Draw not nigh hither : put let us put off every worldly affection off thy shoes from off thy - fear of the world, and love of the

world, and whatever would lead us feet, for the place whereon

from heartfelt devotion; rememberthou standest is holy ground. ing that we are in the more immeMoreover he said, I am the diate presence of the Holy One .. God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face ; for he was afraid to look upon God.

70 what a consolatory thought ! ? And the LORD said, I have the God of the Patriarchs is our surely seen the affliction of God! He who knew their sorrows,

and came down to deliver then, my people which are in

knoweth our sorrows, and came down Egypt, and have heard their

from heaven to deliver us. cry by reason of their task

8 Blessed be the prospect of our masters; for I know their heavenly Canaan! It is the land of sorrows;

angels and the spirits of the just down to deliver them out of made perfect : no sin, no sorrow, the hand of the Egyptians, but peace and rest await us there ! and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey ; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the 9 His ear is ever open to our cry Hivites, and the Jebusites. also. None ever pray in vain who • Now therefore, behold, the pray in spirit and in truth. cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Ioses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of

8 and I am

come

* Our affections are to the soul what our feet are to the body,

12 So with us ! no duty so hard, but Egypt? "? And he said, Cer- it is easy in his service ! no danger tainly I will be with thee ; so appalling, but that it is welcome and this shall be a token unto

in doing the will of Him we love. thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what

14 Wondrous name ! unchangeable shall I say unto them ? " And in Being and in attributes the same, God said unto Moses, I AM yesterday, to-day, and for ever ; our THAT I AM: and he said,

Redeemer and our God. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: and I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us : and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. Ånd I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst

thereof: and after that he will

21 Thus, to the end-the Lord can let you go.

21 And I will make even thine enemies to be at give this people favour in the peace with thee. Make God thy

friend--so shalt thou dwell in peace. sight of the Egyptians : and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty : but every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

EVENING. Exodus v. And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto

2 If men will not know the Lord, me in the wilderness. ?And how shall they obey his voice ? yet Pharaoh said, Who is the

without obedience there is no bless. Lord, that I should obey hising. Acquaint then thyself with God. voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us : let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God ; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many,

and
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make them rest from their burdens. And Pha. raoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them ; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacri

If you yield willingly to one sinfice to our God. 9 Let there or burden-your spiritual foe will more work be laid upon the soon lay more work upon you. You

will

labour men, that they may

from sin to sin.

go therein ; and let them not regard vain words. And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw. Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it : yet not ought of your work shall be diminished. 12 So

12 Thus sin, a harder taskmaster the people were scattered deluding its slaves, causing them

even than Pharaoh, is continually abroad throughout all the to“ take stubble instead of straw”

land of Egypt to gather stub- —the semblance of enjoyment for its ble instead of straw. And reality. Is it not so ? the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw. And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore? Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people. But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. Go therefore now, and work ; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks. And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task. And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pha

21 When the ministers of God's raoh : " and they said unto word are urging upon the people to them, The LORD look upon do his will, and obey his word, and

trust in the divine promises, even you, and judge ; because ye

under affliction and distress, how have made our savour to be often are they met by reproof and abhorred in the eyes of Pha- taunts, as if they caused delay in raoh, and in the eyes of his God's answer to prayer, or held out servants, to put a sword in

delusive hopes to faith and patience! their hand to slay us. And Moses returned unto the LOR and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me ? for since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people ; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

As often as ministers, thus tried, feel their souls sink within them, and are tempted to think their Heavenly Lord forsakes them in their work, let them rally their fainting courage, by remembering the sure nerties of the Almighty. If he hide himself, it is but for a season. Surely the people were delivered in his good time : they “ triumphed glorinesly.” Let us tarry the Lord's leisure : then all will at last be well.

The sirth Sunday in Le

MORNING. Exodus ix. Taks the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let

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them go, and wilt hold them

3 How little do we consider, when still, behold, the hand of our cattle in the field thrive, that it the Lord is upon thy cattle is because the hand of the Lord is which is in the field, upon

upon them for good ! the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep : there shall be a very grievous murrain. * And the LORD shall sever

+ So, at his own set time, shall God between the cattle of Israel separate the evil from the goodand the cattle of Egypt : and the people who served him, and the there shall nothing die of all people who served him not. that is the children's of Israel. And the Lord appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land. 6 And the LORD 6 Murrains destroyed bulls, rams, did that thing on the mor- he-goats. This was a marked and row, and all the cattle of appropriate judgment : these were

the objects of their worship. Egypt died : but of the cattle

7 Wickedness engenders pride, and of the children of Israel died pride, so gendered, at once blinds not one. ?And Pharaoh sent, the understanding and hardens the and, behold, there was not

heart towards both God and man. one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go. And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. 10 We have here an awful proof of 1° And they took ashes of the the power of his wrath : let us ever furnace, and stood before be grateful for the daily proofs we Pharaoh ; and Moses sprin

have of the power of his mercy. kled it up toward heaven ; and it became

boil breaking forth with blains upon man,

11 Boils caused by the ashes of the and upon beast.

11 And the

furnace in which human sacrifices magicians could not stand had been offered. The Egyptians before Moses because of the used to scatter the ashes to obtain a boils ; for the boil was upon

blessing. They now bring a curse. the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them ; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses. And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest

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