If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:…
The text, involving the great truth which is evidently implied therein, is the sanction with which the whole of the chapter is enforced.
I. IT IS THE BOUNDEN OBLIGATION OF ALL WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE REVEALED WILL OF GOD, WHETHER NATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS, TO ABIDE BY THAT WILL, — as well in the regulation of their faith and practice, as in the order and management of their affairs, in the formation and execution of their laws; and to admit of no other principle, nor to walk by any other rule whatsoever. Consider —
1. Whose revelation it is for a devout and universal conformity to which we plead.
2. For what purpose God has been pleased to make known His mind and will to us.
3. The wonderful adaptation of this heavenly will to all our wants and circumstances.
4. The deplorable condition of man without such a light from heaven.
5. It is by God's revealed will we shall all be judged at last.
II. THE CONSEQUENCES of adhering to, or swerving from, that Divine revelation, in either respect. We can never suppose that God will permit any nation or individual to disbelieve or disregard His Word with impunity; nor can we imagine that He will suffer any nation or individual, obeying His voice, to go without His blessing.
III. SOME OBJECTIONS WHICH MAY BE URGED.
1. All this applies to Israel of old, as a peculiar nation, raised up in a particular manner, for a special purpose. But is not He, who was their God, the God of all the families of the earth?
2. But does the Old Testament equally apply to us as the New? Undoubtedly.
3. Do we meet with any intimation of this kind in the New Testament? Certainly. (Matthew 5:17, 18; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11.)
4. How is it possible, amidst a mixed description of character, to bring about such a state of things? Try and leave the issue with God.
5. But would you have everything to be based upon the Divine Word Yes, everything. I would wish to see the whole nation living in the fear of God, and striving to promote His glory.
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