and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD had attended to the Israelites and had seen their affliction, they bowed down and worshiped.
I. THE WORD SPOKEN.
1. Should be the Word of God. The preacher is not set to deliver his own speculations, but to convey a message.
2. Should be exhibited with its appropriate evidence.
3. Should be declared to all.
II. THE WORD BELIEVED. The people -
1. Appreciated the value of the word.
2. Believed the word.
3. Worshipped; a token of gratitude, submission, and obedience. - J.O.
I. THE ATTITUDES PREDICATED OF THE PEOPLE.
The people believed.1. The people's faith should closely follow upon God's word ministered, and by His works confirmed. A good connection.
2. Where God promiseth success to His ministers in the faith of others, there they shall believe (Exodus 3:18).
3. All professed believers, receive not God's word with the same faith.
4. Hearing is the usual sense of bringing in faith and the fruits of it.
5. God's gracious visitation of His Church, and providential sight of its afflictions, is very good to be heard by them.
6. Such hearing of God's visiting love and redeeming providence must affect God's Israel.
7. Faith working by this sense stirs up souls to suitable returns unto God.
8. The humblest and sincerest worship in body and spirit is the most suitable return to God for His redemption.
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
1. Their belief.
2. Their reverence.
3. Their devotion.
II. THE ATTITUDES PREDICATED OF GOD.
1. He saw the affliction of Israel.
2. Visited Israel.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
(H. C. Trumbull.)
(W. Baxendale.)I. God always furnishes sufficient evidence to justify belief. Moses was a stranger to the people; Aaron doubtless well known. He had a welcome message — deliverance. Miracles in outward form: miracles typical in character: rod changed to a serpent and back, Moses changed from a shepherd to a ruler; cleansing of leprosy, the purifying of the human for Divine use.
II. HEARING PRECEDES BELIEVING. God sent Aaron to speak. Ministers sent to preach.
III. THE ISRAELITES MANIFEST THEIR FAITH PUBLICLY. We must confess Christ in token of faith.
IV. GOD PREPARES THE WAY FOR THE RECEPTION OF HIS TRUTH. Aaron called to meet Moses. God's Spirit precedes and accompanies the truth we utter.
V. FAITH SECURES DELIVERANCE. By it the Israelites secured theirs. So must we by ours. It is unto us according to our faith.
(Dr. Fowler.)1. Some heads are bowed with business cares. During the last four years many homes have been broken, and others sadly reduced, not so much through men's own folly, as from the long and serious depression in trade.
2. Some heads are bowed with sorrow over sinful children. That never-fading picture of the Prodigal Son, painted by a master hand, is often too truly representative of our own families. Young men, think of all the pain and anguish you cause for those dear parents by your lives of sin.
3. Some heads are bowed with bereavement. To many of us there have come dark days of sorrow and pain. Roses have withered in our domestic gardens; buds have been nipped before they had time to bloom; lights we loved have gone out.
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