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I am the Lord thy God. Exod. xx, 2.
I am the Lord. Ye shall be holy, for I am holy. Lev. xi, 44; xix, 2; xx, 7.
All the first-born are mine. I am the Lord. Numb. 3, 13.
Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, &c. And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, &c. Deut. xxvi, 17-19.
Defile not yourselves. I am the Lord your God. Ezek. xx, 7. Ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, and none else. Joel ii, 27; iii, 17.
"He brought them out of the land of Egypt."
[Pharaoh was induced by his interference to say,] Get you forth from among my people.---And they spoiled the Egyptians. Exod. xii, 31-37.
Ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you ont of the land of
which brought you out of the land of
Be not afraid--for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. Deut. xx, 1.
The Lord our God, he it is, that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt. Josh. xxiv, 17.
They forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt. Judges ii, 12.
Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt. Judges vi, 8.
It is the Lord--that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 1 Sam. xii, 6.
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt;-nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake. Ps. cvi, 7, 8.
And brought out Israel from among them. Ps. cxxxvi, 11.
I took them by the hand, to lead them out of the land of Egypt. Heb. viii, 9.
The Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt. Jude, 5. "Out of the house of bondage: " for Pharaoh had made them slaves during their residence in his dominions, and treated them with the utmost cruelty.
And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour. Exod. i, 13, 14.
And their cry came up unto God, by reason of the bondage. Exod. ii, 23.
And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry,---for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them. Exod. iii, 7.-9. And Pharaoh commanded--Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore; let them go and gather straw for
themselves. Let there be more work laid upon the men. Exod. v, 6-9.
I am the Lord,---and I will rid you out of their bondage, &c. Exod. vi, 6, 7, 9.
Remember this day, in which ye came---out of the house of bondage. Exod. xiii, 3.
I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee from the house of bondage, Deut. vi, 12; viii, 14.
How much were they bound to serve and please God, who had done such great things for them! His claims on their gratitude on this account, are frequently adverted to.
For ask now of the days that are past, &c. whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? &c. Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation, from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? &c. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee. Deut. iv, 32, 34, 39, 40.
Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? Is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? Deut. xxxii, 6.
Fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you. 1 Sam. xii, 24. They forgat God their Saviour, who had done great things in Egypt. Ps. cvi, 21.
Are these Commandments equally binding on us as Christians?
Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matt. v, 17.
We are under unspeakably greater obligations for spiritual redemption. We have been delivered from spiritual slavery, brought out of spiritual dangers and difficulties, and admitted to a participation of spiritual blessings; of which the temporal deliverances and blessings experienced by the Israelites were but types. God has brought us out of the galling bondage of sin and Satan; has promised to guide and support us by his Spirit through the wilderness of this world; and to
bring us safe at last to the heavenly Canaan, which is to be the everlasting inheritance of all his chosen people.
Christ has redeemed us from the power of Satan, by his blood.
He hath visited and redeemed his people. Luke i, 68,
Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. iii, 24.
Christ Jesus, who of God is made anto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Cor. i, 30.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Gal. iii, 13. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. Eph. i, 7; Col. i, 14.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i, 15.
Who gave himself a ransom for all. 1 Tim. ii, 6.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, &c. Titus ii, 14.
Having obtained eternal redemption for us. Heb. ix, 12.
Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things---but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Pet. i, 18, 19.
Thon hast redeemed us to God by thy blood. Rev. v, 9. We were tied and bound by the chain of our sins;" and "the pitifulness of his great mercy has loosed us," throwing open the prison doors, and giving liberty to the captives.
Thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Ps. cxvi, 16, 17.
He led captivity captive. Eph. iv, 8.
That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Tim. ii, 26.
He has not only "delivered us from evil," but put us into the possession of good unspeakable, and sent his Spirit to sanctify us, and cause us to profit by all his mercies.
Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord. Eph. v, 8.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. i, 13.
Christ Jesus hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to life through the gospel. 2 Tim. i, 10.
Who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Pet. ii, 9.
These things surely call for our highest gratitudea gratitude not only to be acknowledged with our lips, but felt deeply in our hearts, and shown forth in our
lives, by obeying him in all things, and by loving him supremely,
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John iv, 11.
May we as much exceed the Israelites of old, in love and obedience, as we do in blessings!
Go home to thy friends,
hath done for thee.
and tell them how great things the Lord Mark v, 19; Luke viii, 39.
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom, xii, 1.
Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Cor. vi, 19, 20.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace? Heb. x, 28, 29.
Under what circumstances was the Law, or the Ten Commandments, given?
The people were sanctified, bounds were set to the mount. Exod. xix, 10-13.
There were thunders and lightnings, &c. and the mount quaked greatly. Exod. xix, 16--18.
The people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, &c. Exod. xx, 18.
Ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, &c. Heb. xii, 18, 19, 21,
The Lord came down upon Mount Sinai. Exod. xix, 20. And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there; and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. Exod. xxiv, 12.
And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables, Exod. xxxii, 16. And Moses cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exod. xxxii, 19.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone, like
unto the first; and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest-And he wrote
upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. Exod. xxxiv, 1, 28.
Thus we see a solemn preparation was made for this great event, and the giving of the Law was attended with the most awful and impressive circumstances. We ought also to be seriously prepared, when we come to wait before God in his ordinances, and to receive the law from his mouth.
The same God now speaks the same words to you which he did to the children of Israel from Sinai. Hear him reverently, and obey him in all things. The Israelites had them written on tables of stone; but God has promised his people in these latter days, to write them on the fleshly tables of the heart.
I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Jer. xxxi, 33, 34; Heb. x, 16.
What is required of us in these Commandments?
Love to God and man.
And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes. Deut. x, 12, 13.
What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah vi, 3. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matt. xxii, 37, 40; Mark xii, 28, 33; Luke X, 27.
If a man love me, he will keep my words. John xiv, 23.
Love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom. xiii, 10.
The love of Christ constraineth us. 2 Cor. v, 14.
All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Gal. v, 14.
The end of the commandment is charity. 1 Tim. i, 5.
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. James ii, 3.
Our Lord said, it was his meat to do his Father's will: (John iv, 34.) and David could say, "Thy law is better to me than thousands of gold and silver." Ps. cxix, 72. When our souls are filled with love, we shall not be disposed to complain of hardships and restraints in the commandments of God, nor try how far we may venture L