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Abram's Vocation.

Abram's Vocation.

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BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A.

' NOW THE LORD HAD SAID UNTO ABRAM, GET THEE OUT
OF THY COUNTRY, AND FROM THY KINDRED, AND
FROM THY FATHER'S HOUSE, UNTO A LAND THAT I
WILL SHEW THEE."-Gen. xii. 1.
BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A.

' NOW THE LORD HAD SAID UNTO ABRAM, GET THEE OUT
OF THY COUNTRY, AND FROM THY KINDRED, AND
FROM THY FATHER'S HOUSE, UNTO A LAND THAT I
WILL SHEW THEE."-Gen. xii. 1.

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ABRAM'S VOCATION. BY REV. THOMAS PAGE, M. A.' NOW THE LORD HAD SAID UNTO ABRAM, GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY, AND FROM THY KINDRED, AND FROM THY FATHER'S HOUSE, UNTO A LAND THAT I WILL SHEW THEE."-Gen. xii. 1. How touching and how true is the saying of St. Paul, '' Here we have no continu-ing city ; " our whole existence upon earth is but a constant succession of changes ; and these changes form an essential part of that system of moral probation and discipline, by which the present state of being becomes to the people of God the vestibule of heaven; without them, the objects of earthly en-dearment would entwine themselves so ABRAM's VOCATION. 117 closely around our hearts as to become prejudicial to iheir highest interests, like
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the clasping ivy when it mantles the trunk and insinuates itself among the branches of a forest tree, so as not only thereby to check its fertility and growth, but to endanger its very existence. Such vicissitudes, therefore, in our relative po-sitions in the present life, effect a similar benefit to our mind, if we are really trees of the Lord's own planting, which the tearing away, root and tendril, of the exuberant ivy would to the sturdy oak, or the graceful elm around which it has en-wreathed itself — they loosen the bonds of undue earthly attachments — they cause the sap, b}^ which the life of God in the soul is sustained, to extend itself more freely to every part of the inner and the outer man ; and while they bring most affectingly to remembrance the precept of the Divine Word, they also show most convincingly the wisdom of obeying it, '^ Set your affection — your mind — 118 DlSCOUltSE IV.
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on things above, and not on things of the earth." The remark is suggested by my text, which brings before us a notable circum-stance in the Patriarch Abram's eventful history, and which, invoking the aid of the Spirit of all truth, I propose to con-sider as a typical illustration of the Christian's high and holy vocation to be separate in spirit and affection from the present sinful world, and to seek a better country, that is, a heavenly. The history of this illustrious friend of God commences towards the close of the preceding chapter, from the 27th verse of which we learn that his father's name was Terah, and that the place of his birth was Ur of the Chaldees. Awful evidence was given by those who re-peopled the world after the universal deluge, that though judgments without may paralyze for a season the wickedness of the wicked, only the influence of Di-
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