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February 19

Exodus 30:22-38, Mark 1:21-45

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? Let him come unto me." Ex. xxxii.26

Before I enlarge upon this exceedingly personal and practical question, I must ask you to remember the man who asked it. It was Moses who put this question, "Who is on the Lord's side?" and he put it to Israel when sin was rampant in the camp. It is well to remember that he stood there as a lone man, the solitary champion of Jehovah, and challenged the whole nation to decide for God. His own brother had practically deserted him, and become the means of making the golden calf; the seventy elders who ought to have been by his side were none of them present with him; except his lieutenant Joshua, he stood alone in the midst of the multitude just when they were intoxicated with their lustful pleasures and their fanatical worship. He was equal to the emergency. Thoughtless altogether of his own safety, dauntless, brave and bold, he dashed down their idol, and commands it to be ground small and cast into the water of which the nation would drink…. You admire his courage, you wonder at this supreme power, and you enquire for the secret of such sovereign strength. Moses must have worn about him a dignity most commanding, a royalty far superior to that which comes of birth or office. Know you not whence he derived that majesty? He had been for forty days alone with God. Heavenly communion makes a man strong.

C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), pp. 272-273

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