Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect to the recompense of the reward.
I. WHAT WAS IMPLIED IN THAT REWARD TO WHICH MOSES HAD RESPECT.
1. The glory of God was implied in it. In bringing about this event, God would necessarily display His power, His sovereignty, His justice, His mercy, and His faithfulness.
2. The good of His nation was another thing implied in the reward to which Moses had respect.
3. He had reason to expect a distinguished mansion in heaven, to which he had a proper respect. His own future and eternal happiness was a truly important and desirable object.
II. MOSES WAS TRULY DISINTERESTED IN SEEKING THE REWARD SET BEFORE HIM.
1. He does not appear to have been selfish by his conduct. This was such as plainly manifested pure, disinterested love to God and man.
2. If Moses had been selfish in having respect to the recompense of reward, his conduct would not have been virtuous and pleasing to God.
3. If Moses had not sought a recompense of reward from pure and holy motives, he would not have been admitted to heaven.
4. Holy love, or true benevolence, would naturally lead Moses to have respect to such a reward as God set before him. He must desire, in the exercise of pure, disinterested, and universal benevolence, that God should be glorified; that his nation should be happy; and that he himself should be blessed in the everlasting enjoyment of God. These were the things contained in the reward set before him; and these were the things which were set before all other sincere servants of God.Improvement:
1. If Moses was really disinterested in having respect to the recompense of reward, then real saints may be as disinterested in seeking their own good, as in seeking the good of others.
2. If Moses had respect, in the exercise of disinterested benevolence, to a future and eternal reward, then saints may and do regard their own eternal good more than sinners.
3. If those who act from disinterested benevolence deserve to be rewarded, then those who act from selfish and mercenary motives deserve to be punished.
4. If Moses acted virtuously and acceptably to God in the view of a future and eternal reward, then it is no just objection against the gospel that it proposes future rewards and punishments to men, to induce them to shun the broad road to destruction, and walk in the strait and narrow way to eternal life.
5. If Moses, in the exercise of disinterested love, obtained the recompense of reward to which he had respect, then all real saints have great encouragement to persevere in their religious course.
6. If Moses and other good men were governed by disinterested love in seeking and obtaining a future and eternal reward, then none have any reason to expect to obtain a crown of righteousness, without exercising true disinterested love.
7. This subject now asks of all, whether they are walking in the straight and narrow way to heaven. Have you that respect to recompense that Moses had? His life, his death, and his present state are recorded. He has arrived at heaven safe. Look at his character and conduct, and compare your own with his.
(N. Emmons, D. D.)
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