Deuteronomy 27.). This putting of the blessing and the curse on Gerizim and Ebal had significance -
I. AS A SOLEMN TRANSFERENCE OF THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE TO THE LAND OF POSSESSION. Blessing and curse, representing the award of eternal righteousness, must follow us so long as disobedience is possible. "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die" (Romans 8:13). "That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned" (Hebrews 6:8). In heaven there is "no more curse" (Revelation 22:3), but only because, confirmed in holiness, God's servants can no more fall away.
II. AS A SOLEMN REMINDER OF TEE TENURE ON WHICH THE LAND WAS HELD. We cannot render perfect obedience, but our duty is to aim at it. The condition of inheritance is that we are doers of the Father's will (Matthew 7:21).
III. As CONNECTED WITH A SOLEMN RENEWAL OF VOWS. Fitting on such occasions that both blessing and curse should be remembered. - J.O.
Observe to do.I. It is a breach of the injunction in the text FOR ANY MAN TO SUBSTITUTE ANY CONTRIVANCE OR INVENTION OF HIS OWN, IN THE ROOM OF THAT WHICH GOD HATH PRESCRIBED IN HIS WORSHIP, when such prescription is plain and express.
II. By virtue of the injunction in the text, we are bound to take heed, THAT WE DO NOT INTERPRET ANY PORTION OF SCRIPTURE, TO SUCH A SENSE AS TO PERVERT IT FROM ITS TRUE MEANING AND INTENTION.
III. By these words WE ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM PRETENDING THAT ANYTHING IS A DIVINE COMMAND, WHICH IS REALLY NOT SO.
IV. But though we must not add anything to the Word of God, or detract anything from it, pretending that any such alteration is of Divine appointment, yet where the Lord hath not spoken, I mean in such things as may be left to human prudence and discretion, the lawful magistrates, and THE GOVERNORS OF THE CHURCH LAWFULLY APPOINTED, HAVE AN UNDOUBTED RIGHT TO ORDER AND APPOINT SUCH OBSERVANCES AS ARE NECESSARY AND CONVENIENT FOR EDIFICATION AND EXTERNAL DECORUM IN THE PUBLIC WORSHIP; and to take care that everything be done decently and in order; and so far as their commands are not in opposition or contrary to the Word of God, it becomes the duty of their people to comply with them.
(Alex. Grant, D. D.).
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