with compassion for us, to take us in; and none but God himself to behold us, as the babe that wept. But when loathsome in our person, and cast out to perish; then our time of helpless misery was a time of love. One like to the Son of man, even the Son of God himself, came to us as the divine Samaritan, in our low estate; bound up our wounds, and poured in the oil and wine of his most precious blood; brought us to the inn of his church, and took care of us; and will bring us home, and bring us in to his everlasting kingdom. Well may we cry out with the prophet;: "Sing O ye heavens, for the Lord hath done it! Shout ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing ye mountains; O forest and every tree therein; for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel." (Isaiah xliv. 23.)

We must now make a large stride over the history of Moses, and comprise within a short compass, the first forty years of his eventful life, in only observing, that during this his residence in the court of Pharaoh, we know little more of him, than what is related by Stephen, in his address before the Jewish council, where he saith, "that Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and mighty in words and deeds." (Acts vii. 22.) Strange to our apprehensions that one whom God designed for the deliverance of his people from bondage, should have been put to school in such a place. Here however it was, that he first acquired the rudiments of that learning, which afterwards qualified him for the vast undertaking. In this university, he might be said to have taken his degrees, both of Bachelor, and Master of Arts; and however unconscious all the while of the grace of God who had destined him to be a prophet of the Lord, he was appointed to dwell in the court of an heathen, and spendthe third part of his life among the enemies of the God of Israel.

Let the reader pause over the view, for it leads to many a gracious lesson. If all the Lord's people do not live so large a portion of their unregenerate state, as Moses did, with the ungodly; yet depend upon it, in the other parts of this history, the case of Moses is not singular. Every child of God, given to Christ, before the foundation of the world, is in God's views, what he is to be to all eternity. His birth in nature, both as to time and place, and his connections, are so ordered, as shall best correspond to the original purpose of God, and become subservient to the one great end of his future and eternal state by grace. For as this time being, is not the first destination; so is it not the final. All here is but intermediate and preparatory. The church of Christ in every individual member of Christ's mystical body, is placed here with reference to God's original decree, and the condition hereafter; so that we have not a being and station given to us out of which we are chosen to salvation; but we are first chosen to salvation, and then placed here, as shall best promote the ends of that salvation. To this unerring conclusion, are these words of the Holy Ghost by Paul to the church. "We are bound (said he) to give thanks always to God, for you brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thess. ii. 13, 14.)

And I take occasion herefrom, most affectionately to beg every redeemed and regenerated child of God into whose hands these Scripture Extracts may fall, not to lose sight of this important doctrine. We see in life the Lord's people variously placed. Some and the greater part it may be in poor circumstances; others though perhaps but few, rich: we find some

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with higher intellect; others with less. But the poverty of the one, or the apparently better station of the other; the greater understanding of this man, or the weaker of that; these have no tendency to any unfavourable operation, but rather minister to the good of all. Every thing is so arranged by a wisdom that cannot err, and conducted by a power that cannot fail; that a synod of angels, if met daily to order for the Lord's whole family of anointed ones, could not add to, or take from, the present divine order, to render in a single instance any thing of profit.. "All things work together for good, to them that love. God; to them that are the called according to his purpose." (Rom. viii. 28.)

From the first forty years in Moses's life, if we prosecute his history to what followed, we must now see him in his flight from Egypt, until we find him in Midian. The holy Ghost hath related this in his own divine record. It is said, that "when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel." The question is:

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how knew he that the children of Israel were his brethren? It may be said that he knew it by the mark of circumcision in himself, that he was of the seed of Abraham. And though perhaps this might be unknown to the court of Pharaoh; yea, it is more than probable, that Moses himself, unawakened by grace, would gladly have suppressed the relationship; yet, over-ruled by sovereign power, he felt an interest in the concerns of the poor oppressed Hebrews; and could not resist the impulse in his own mind, to take part with them against their oppressors. When therefore, as his history relates, he had stood up for them, against an Egyptian; and this act laid him open to the wrath of the King of Egypt; he hastily departed from Egypt, and took a farewell of her that had adopted him, and the whole court of

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Pharaoh together. The Holy Ghost hath given the account. "By faith Moses when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of reward. By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible." (Heb. xi, 24-27.)

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Oh! what a subject is opened here, did the limits of this little work admit the prosecution of it, for the sweetest spiritual improvement! What a disposition sometimes appears in the mind of the Lord's people, to the Lord's cause, even before the persons themselves have any consciousness whose, they are, and to whom they belong!

We must now take another leap in the history of Moses, and pass over a second forty years of the life which he spent in retirement, when in a married state, with one of the daughters of the priest of Midian, he kept his father-in-law's flock, far removed from the court of Pharaoh, and equally remote from the children of Israel.

Here then we see one of the greatest of men, and concerning whom the sacred history saith: "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face;" living the "two first forty years" of his life; first in a court; and then in retirement; and now at length brought by the providence of God, to the mountain of Horeb, as the Scripture. here represents him. Here, the visions of God began. Here, Moses in his eightieth year is brought into his first acquaintance with God. Here, opens to Moses, that manifestation of Jehovah in his Trinity of persons, in the spiritual apprehension

of which all the subsequent events of his life, had their beginning.

I cannot enter upon the subject until that I have first detained the reader to remark with me, the wonderful ways and works of God! What a mysterious subject that of regeneration is! With some, how early it begins; with others, how late! The prophet Samuel was called from a child. (1 Sam. iii. 1—8.) The prophet Moses, not until he had attained his eightieth year. It is said of Timothy, that from a child he had known the Holy Scriptures. (2 Tim. iii. 15.) The dying thief on the cross had Christ revealed unto him only in the last hour. (Luke xxiii. 43.) What a striking Scripture is that in relation to the gospel church: "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days for the child shall die an hundred years old: but the sinner being an hundred years old, shall be accursed!" (Isa. lxv. 20.) Hence we find some gathered to Christ in their youth; others, in old age. Some sent into the vineyard at an early hour; others, at the eleventh hour. (Matt. xx. 1-6.) The cripple at the gate of the temple was forty years old when healed. (Acts iv. 22.) The man at the pool of Bethesda, had lain thirty and eighty years in his misery. (John v. 5.) The poor woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Jesus healed in the synagogue, Satan had bound eighteen years. (Luke xiii. 16.) And Æneas, eight years. (Acts ix. 33.) Oh! the wonders of our wonder-working God! Well may every child of God in contemplating his own spiritual awakening, and the spiritual awakening of others, exclaim in the song of Moses the servant of God, and of the Lamb, and say; "Great and marvellous are thy works Lord God Almighty! Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints." (Rev. xv. 3.)

Arrived at the eightieth year of Moses's life, we

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