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them, in most awful contrast, the blessings which would be abundantly showered down upon them from above, on condition of their fulfilling the divine law; and, on the other hand, the dreadful curses which would desolate and destroy them, if they forsook the Lord their God, and rebelled against His holy commandments. The obedience which Jehovah enjoined upon them, (and which He requires of all His people to the end of time, was not a mere outward conformity to the ordinances of a ritual covenant, but that devotion of mind, which alone is acceptable to a God of perfect purity and love : as Moses declared, “ The Lord will rejoice over thee for good, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul: for this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it afar off .... But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayst do it.” Moses directed the attention and hopes
of the Israelites to a prophet like unto himself, who was to come ; and the Apostle Peter
e ; applies the prediction directly to our blessed Redeemer, who, as the Leader of the spiritual Israel, and the Lawgiver of the New Covenant, which is “ established upon
promises" than that of Moses, is the glorious antitype of this servant of God.
- For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you,
of your brethren, like unto me; him shall hear in all things whatsoever He shall say
and it shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." Acts iii. 22, 23. And we may understand this prophecy, as well as the typical sacrifices ordained by the law, as amongst the instructions graciously vouchsafed by Christ, when, after His resurrection, "He expounded” to the two disciples journeying to Emmaus," the things concerning Himself,” which were to be found in “ Moses and all the prophets.”
In sublimely prophetical language " Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death :"---after which he went up
from the plains of Moab unto the mountain Abarim to the top of Pisgah, (one of the heights of the mountain,) whence he was permitted to behold the promised land; after which, on Mount Nebo, another of the peaks of the same mountain, he died“ in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.” “ And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days."
CHAP. LIII.—None of the generation of the Hebrews, whom the Lord had delivered out of the hand of Pharaoh, survived Moses, save the two faithful spies who had brought up a true report of the good land; Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Hoshea, the son of Nun. The name of the latter had been changed by Moses to Joshua (or, as in after ages he was called, Jesus,) which signifies a Saviour-And Joshua full of the spirit of wisdom ; for Moses had laid his hands him, and the children of Israel hearkened unto him.”
And the Lord commanded Joshua, saying, “ Arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give
to them.” “There shall not a man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life : as I was with Moses so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee:” “ be strong, and of a good courage:" "for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
And Joshua sent “ two men to spy secretly, saying, Go, view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.* And it was told the king of Jericho,” and he "sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee." “ And the woman took the two men, and hid them.” “ And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us.”—and she added, “For the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath." And she made them swear unto her, “ It shall be,
Cruden says that "some think that Rahab was an hostess, or innkeeper, and that this is the i nification of the original word”-He adds, i been a person of improper character, could a ing to the law, have been married to Salmoi of Judah, and an ancestor of Christ ?
when the Lord hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.” And the men returned and came to Joshua, “and told him all things that befel them : and they said unto Joshua, Truly the Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land ; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us." - "And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And they came to Jordan—the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord before the people. And it came to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bare the ark, were dipped in the brim of the water, that the waters of Jordan were divided, and rose up upon an heap, and the priests and all the people passed over on dry ground.
And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the bottom of Jordan for a memorial of the miracle—and by his direction one man of each tribe brought up from Jordan a stone —and Joshua pitched these stones in Gilgal for a testimony to succeeding generations and “that all the people of the earth might