Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.—Ex. xiv. 15.
I have chosen this subject for the occasion on account
of its scope. What to the children of Abraham under
their peculiar situation, may to the people of God, in
this clay, be as important.
Go forward, as a command from the mouth of God,
is worthy of our deepest consideration, and should be
regarded as worthy of all acceptation by a nation, a
community, a sect, or a church, and should by the indi¬
vidual man, in his life, practice, example, faith, grace,
knowledge, wisdom, truth, and holiness.
What I purpose upon this occasion is—
I. To notice the circumstance that gave rise to the
II. The command as it affects the individual.
III. The command as it touches a church, and the
history of this church.
I. It is known to you all that the children of Israel
were in captivity in Egypt, and remained in that condi¬
tion upwards of 220 years. The sequel of their bondage
shows that their condition was one of affliction and dis¬
tress their repeated cries and supplications to God
make this assertion as clear as a sunbeam. To such
an extent did their oppressors torment them by exacting