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Abraham's Seed.

Abraham's Seed.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A.

" BY MYSELF HAVE I SWORN, SAITH THE LORD, FOR
BECAUSE THOU HAST DONE THIS THING, AND HAST
NOT WITHHELD THY SON, THINE ONLY SON; THAT
IN BLESSING I WILL BLESS THEE, AND IN MULTI-
PLYING I WILL MULTIPLY THY SEED AS THE STARS
OF THE HEAVEN, AND AS THE SAND WHICH IS UPON
THE SEA SHORE ; AND THY SEED SHALL POSSESS
THE GATE OF HIS ENEMIES; AND IN THY SEED
SHALL ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED,
BECAUSE THOU HAST OBEYED MY V01CE."-Gen. xxii.
16—18.
BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A.

" BY MYSELF HAVE I SWORN, SAITH THE LORD, FOR
BECAUSE THOU HAST DONE THIS THING, AND HAST
NOT WITHHELD THY SON, THINE ONLY SON; THAT
IN BLESSING I WILL BLESS THEE, AND IN MULTI-
PLYING I WILL MULTIPLY THY SEED AS THE STARS
OF THE HEAVEN, AND AS THE SAND WHICH IS UPON
THE SEA SHORE ; AND THY SEED SHALL POSSESS
THE GATE OF HIS ENEMIES; AND IN THY SEED
SHALL ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED,
BECAUSE THOU HAST OBEYED MY V01CE."-Gen. xxii.
16—18.

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ABRAHAM'S SEED. BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A." BY MYSELF HAVE I SWORN, SAITH THE LORD, FOR BECAUSE THOU HAST DONE THIS THING, AND HAST NOT WITHHELD THY SON, THINE ONLY SON; THAT IN BLESSING I WILL BLESS THEE, AND IN MULTI-PLYING I WILL MULTIPLY THY SEED AS THE STARS OF THE HEAVEN, AND AS THE SAND WHICH IS UPON THE SEA SHORE ; AND THY SEED SHALL POSSESS THE GATE OF HIS ENEMIES; AND IN THY SEED SHALL ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED, BECAUSE THOU HAST OBEYED MY V01CE."-Gen. xxii. 16—18. Often did Jehovah condescend to ratify the covenant He made with the illustrious '' father of the faithful " when at His su-preme command he had broken through every inferior claim upon his submission or his love; and had pitched his tent and erected his altar in that land with whose history the destinies of his posterity, and even of the human family at large, were
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' Abraham's seed. 201 to be thenceforward and for ever identi-fied. And every subsequent ratification of that first covenant — like the succes-sive touches of the pencil in the master-hand of the painter — gave a more bold and intelligible embodying to the prime-val design. The transaction with which its renewal in my text was connected, has scarcely a parallel in the annals of human actions, either in the severity of the command which enforced it, or the triumph of heaven-wrought principle which distin-guished it. Even apart from its typical import, it is instructive as a brilliant example of that obedience, which all creatures are bound to render to every requirement of the One Eternal and Supreme : — but to restrict it to so sub-ordinate an object would be as unworthy of its true dignity and magnitude, as to regard the sun which illumines a whole
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system, to be kindled for no higher a purpose than to enlighten our single and K 5 202 DISCOURSE VI. diminutive globe. It will consequently be needful to examine, as concisely as we can, the typical significancy of that mysterious transaction which gave occa-sion for this fullest and final confirmation of the Abrahamic covenant : for if we are unable to comprehend in some measure the spiritual meaning of the context, — we shall find equal difficulty in discover-ing the spiritual truths comprised in the text itself; but if, on the other hand, by the guidance of the Spirit of Truth, we are enabled to trace in the trans-action, so highly applauded in this passage, a dim foreshowing of sublime evangelical mysteries, — then may we " spiritually discern," in the covenant
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