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BY THOMAS WILLIAMS.
"O foolish man, to reply against Divine Sovereignty! It is cutting the cords of human
hope ; — sapping the only possible foundation of thine own salvation." - Strong.
SPALDING A N D STORRS.
esis, xvIII. 25.
THE SELF-DENIAL OF ABRAHAM. 64
“For now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not with.
held thy son, thine only son, from me.”—Genesis, xxi. 12.
H A P P Y M A R R I A G E.
“And Isaac brought her unto his mother Sarah's tent and took
Rebekah and she became his wife ; and he loved her : and Isaac was
comforted after his mother's death."--Genesis, xxiv. 67.
Χ Ι Ι.
DE A T H.
“I know not the day of my death.”—Genesis, XXVII. 2.
B E T H E L.
“And he called the name of that place Bethel."--Genesis, XXVIII. 19
" And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold let them break it
X X III.
R E MEMBRANCE OF SINFULNESS. 147
“Remember and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God
to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that thou didst depart out of
the land of Egypt, until ye came to this place, ye have been rebellious
against the Lord.”-Deuteronomy, ix. 7.
DI V I N E T RUTH.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the
dew; as the small rain upon the tender herb; and as the showers upon
the grass.”—Deuteronomy, xxxII. 2.
And God saw every thing that he had made; and, behold, it was very good.
GENESIS, I. 35.
As God proceeded, in the creation and formation of the heaven and the earth, it is said six times, in view of a distinct part of the work, that he saw “it was good.” When the whole work was done, it is said, “ God saw every thing that he had made ; and, behold, it was very good.” The subject, which is now before us, is the work of God in creation.
1. The nature of this work may engage our attention.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” He caused all things from nothing. He did not form the heaven and the earth from any substance, which had existed in some other mode. Nor did they grow into form and order, after he had created their substance. But God created the substance of all things from nothing, by the word of his power. And then he formed all things, by the acts of his will, from the substance which he had made. Uncreated and created existence are the only beings, which, in the nature of things, are possible. A third kind of existence, which should be neither uncreated, nor created, is impossible,