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not against us, but against the LORD. And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the Lord: for he hath heard your murmurings. And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the boar frost on the ground. And when
15 Our blessed Saviour declares this the children of Israel saw it, manna to have been a type of himthey said one to another, It self-the“ bread which came down is manna : for they wist not
from heaven *.” (John vi. 41.) what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 18 And when they did enough for each, who seeketh it,
18 So is it with the grace of God! mete it with an omer, he that
“My grace is sufficient for thee." gathered much had nothing (2 Cor. xii. 9.) “ As thy days, so over, and he that gathered shall thy strength be.” (Deut. Xrxii. little had no lack : they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. 21 And
21 The manna was supplied daily
, they gathered it every morn- that men might feel their daily deing, every man according to pendence upon their Creator. his eating: and when the sunwaxed hot, it melted. And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man : and all the rulers of the
This manna continued till the fifth day after their arrival in Canaan. (See Josh. v. 12.)
congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe ; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. ** And they laid it up till the
24 This was a manifold miracle. morning, as Moses bade : and The food itself was from heaven. it did not stink, neither was Its very nature was changed every there any worm therein. And seventh day. On that day only was no Moses said, Eat that to day; by Moses and Aaron to be deposited
fresh supply. The portion gathered for to day is a sabbath unto
in the sanctuary continued fresh. the LORD: to day ye shall O blessed Jesus, let me have the not find it in the field. Six grace to gather the crumbs under days ye shall gather it; but thy table, and find them life. on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws ? See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day. And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna : and it was like coriander seed, white ; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. And Moses said, This is the thing which the Lord commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations ; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations.
34 The ark of the covenant was the Lord commanded Moses, called the Testimony, because it con$0 Aaron laid it up before the tained the tables of the law, which Testimony, to be kept. And were the testimony, or the witness the children of Israel did eat of the covenant between God and his
people. manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited ; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan. Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.
EVENING. Exodus xvii. And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to
the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim : and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide
with me? wherefore do ye tempt s If in keeping “the strait and the Lord? And the people narrow path” of life, “ according to thirsted there for water; and
the commandment of the Lord," we the people murmured against comforts to refresh us ; how apt are
also find “no water”-no earthly Moses, and said, Wherefore we to cast the blame upon religion is this that thou hast brought How soon we forget past mercies,
and faith fails us. us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone
5 Was ever Father so forbearing * And the LORD said towards his children as God towards unto Moses, Go on before the his people! He prepares to relieve people, and take with thee their necessity, all-undeserving as of the elders of Israel ; and they were of his favour. thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, Behold, I will
• The Almighty could have caused stand before thee there upon water to flow from the rock without the rock in Horeb; and thou
the intervention of Moses ; but He shalt smite the rock, and chose that man should be the agent
in conveying his free gift. His mithere shall come water out
nisters now are appointed to distri
: of it, that the people may bute the waters of life, though Jesus drink. And Moses did so in
is the rock whence those waters the sight of the elders of flow—and they also are of his free git. Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD saying, Is the Lord among us or not?
8 Relief from one trial is often but lek, and fought with Israel a token that another is at hand in Rephidim. 9 And Moses
Then be not impatient. said unto Joshua, Choose us
9 Man was
to fight the battle, out men, and go out, fight though his strength and his victory with Amalek : to-morrow I
were to be of the Lord. So we must
fight the good fight of faith, though will stand on the top of the
our power and our triumph be of the hill with the rod of God in Lord. We must do our part, or mine hand. So Joshua did
faith is but presumption. as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek : and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand Amalek prevailed
. 12 But Moses' hands were 12 Blessed importunity of prayer
heavy; and they took a duly offered, according to the com
mandment ! stone, and put it under him,
Hold up unwearied
hands; and let a devout reverence and he sat thereon; and
mark even the outward act. Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side : and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua : for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it JEHOVAH-nissi: for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
Tuesday in Easter-Week.
MORNING. Exodus XX. And God spake all these words saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make
* God is a spirit ; and they who unto thee any graven image, worship Him, must worship Himor any likeness of any thing not under any form or figure ; but as that is in heaven above, or a spirit, and" in spirit and in truth:” that is in the earth beneath, the Being who is equally present at or that is in the water under
every time and in every place. the earth, thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them 6 What a touching appeal to parental that hate me ; and shewing love! The obedience of parents to mercy unto thousands of their God, brings his blessing upon them that love me, and keep
7 In oaths, for the administration my commandments. ? Thou
of justice, God's name is used, but shalt not take the name of not in vain. A vain or passionate the Lord thy God in vain ; appeal to God is sin. for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sab- 8 A well-spent Sabbath gives a forebath day, to keep it holy. taste of heaven. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy
11 If the Creator rested on the Sabgates : I for in six days bath-day, proud of heart indeed the Lord made heaven and must be those of his creatures who earth, the sea, and all that in disregard the day *. them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and 12 These words convey the first hallowed it. 12 Honour thy commandment with promise. father and thy mother : that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy 13 This is well followed by a comGod giveth thee. 13 Thou mand to restrain those evil affections, shalt not kill. Thou shalt which, by leading men to injustice not commit adultery. Thou and cruelty to their neighbour, lead
also to hatred, and revenge, and shalt not steal.
Thou shalt death. not bear false witness against
16 This prohibition extends to lying, thy neighbour. 17 Thou shalt slander, and defamation, of every not covet thy neighbour's kind. It is sin in the sight of God. house, thou shalt not covet 17 Thus the commandment strikes thy neighbour's wife, nor his at the root of evil-even the very manservant, nor his maidser
secret rish of the heart. vant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces that ye sin not.
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 24 Simple altars of earth or unhewn 24 An altar of earth thou shalt stone-altars on which no graven make unto me, and shalt image can have been sculptured. It sacrifice thereon thy burnt
is wise to remove temptation to evil. offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen:
* If God's people of old were bound thus to commemorate his power and love in the first creation ; how much stronger is that obligation upon us, who rejoice in his power and love as displayed in the second creation for, at the resurrection of Christ, an eternal world of joy was opened for us ; and a paradise prepared, into which no tempter shall find entrance.