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the Hiviles, and the Jebusites, anto a land filowing 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, pot by a mighty hand.
And 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 let you go.
And I will give this people favour in the 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.
And Moses answered and said, But behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice : for they will say, the Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thinc hand ? and he said, A rod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground : and he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses Aed from before it.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail : and he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.
That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom; and he put his hand into his bosom ; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous 'as snow.
And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again ; and he put his hand into his bosom again, and plucked it out of his bosom; and behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land : and the water which thou takest out of the river, shall become blood upon the dry land.
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speec h, and of a slow tongue.
And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind: have not I the LORD ?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
And the anger of the Lori was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also behold, he cometh forth to meet thee ; and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his
mouth : and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach
shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people : and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shall be to him instead of God.
And thou shalt take this rod in tlujce hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs..
And Moses went and returned to Jethro his fatherin-law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in E, ypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
Though the king who had so crueily reduced the Israelites to a state of bondage, died, we find they met with no redress ; no alleviation of their misery : They had now suffered affliction for a great number of years, and were on the brink of despair. We are not told for what cause God permitted them to be so oppressed, but from the usual course of the Divine dispensations we may judge that as a people they had fallen off from their duty, so as not to consider the LORD as their only God, or worship him agreeably to his Divine appointment : It appears, however, that in their distress they cried unto the God of their fathers, who, of his grace and favour, resolved to pardon their offences, and efm fect their deliverance, remembrance of his promise to his faithful servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Moses continued forty years in Midian, with. Reuel, or Jethro, his father-in-law, and seems to have laid aside all thoughts of returning into Egypt. Mount Horeb was so near to Mount Sinai,, that they
appeared to be different tops of the same mountain. ft was usual for shepherds to travel from place to place, with their focks and herds, as the want of pasture directed. Horeb is called by Moses, the mount of God, and, in all probability, in his time, it was known by that name, on account of the LORD's having sanctified it on this occasion ; but there is no passage of Scripture that indicates its having been so distinguished in former times.
There had not for many years been an open vision of the Deity ; but as the LORD was about to call his people to Himself, and to deliver them out of Egypt, by the hand of Moses, He vouchsafed to appear, in order to appoint him His minister. No wonder that so
a sight as burning with fire, without consuming, should strike Moses with astonishment. He was skilled in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. Yet could he not, from any principles of nature with which he was acquainted, account for so extra
traordinary a circumstance. This among the things which Divine Revelation only could explain, for it was above the reach of human reason, and Moses might have spent his whole life in fruitless efforts, to explore the cause of this wonderful phenomenon; but no sooner did he discover a desire to know the meaning of it, than the 'LORD satisfied his wishes by assuring him that it was a token of his immediate presence.
We are told that the Angel of the LORD appeared, &c. I have before observed, that this expression is but another title of the Deity, synonymous to that of the Image of God. Had the glorious." Being, who addressed Moses, been a created angel, he would not have said I am the God, &c. nor would he in his own game have pro
mised to deliver Israel, or threatened to bring destruction on Egypt.
Strictly speaking, none but the SUPREME Being Himself is holy ; therefore, what are in Scripture called holy things, are only so, as being sanctified by, or dedicated to Him. In this sense the ground whereon Mo. ses stood was holy; and it is supposed, that putting off the shoes was a mark of reverence that had been prace tised by the patriarchs when they were made sensible of the presence of the LORD.
Moses, finding himself in the immediate presence of God, was struck with the profoundest awe. Humbled by a sense of his own imperfections, which this wonderful vision was calculated to inspire, he wanted courage to undertake what the Lord required of him ; on which God promised to give him supernatural assistance. This certainly should have satisfied Moses, but his faith, on this importoht occasion, wanted the strongest support. He foresaw all the obstacles that were in the way of his mission. He knew that ido. Jatry prevailed in Egypt, and that he should appear as a stranger to the Israelites after so long an absence ; he therefore entreated to know by what name he should call the LORD, to distinguish him from heathen gods.
The title, which the Divine Being appropriated, could belong to none but the one SUPREME GOD*, “ the Being OP Beings, who giveth being to, and exerciseth authority over all things in the universe. This title properly considered suggests the following ideas of God: viz. that He is one Being, existing in and of Himself ; not receiving any thing from, nor depending upon, any other. That He is a pure and simple Being,
* Bishop Beveridge's Sermons,