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The Present World-The Better Land

The Present World-The Better Land

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JEREMIAH DODSWORTH.

Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest." — Micah ii. 10.
BY JEREMIAH DODSWORTH.

Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest." — Micah ii. 10.

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THE PRESENT WORLD-THE BETTER LANDBY JEREMIAH DODSWORTH.Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest." — Micah ii. 10. Scripture and reason, experience and observation, unite to convince us that the present world is not our rest. And if we seriously reflect on the imperfect good and numerous evils of this sublunary state, we shall find no cause to regret, but, on the contrary, abundant rea-son to rejoice, that we have no continuing city here. Our object in writing these pages is to assure you, dear reader, that you will seek in vain for happiness on earth, unless you seek it in the way to heaven ; to show that it is not desirable you should be a permanent settler here ; and to induce you to emigrate at once from Spiritual Egypt to the Celestial Canaan. And if you have already left the present world, in your affections, and are on your journey to " The Better Land," we hope (11) 1^ T U K 11 K T T V. 11 LAND.
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to oonviiuv you tlmt IIkm-o is iiothinp^ to go back to but guilt and misery ; nothing but spiritual beggary, slavery, and everlasting destruction. You will }>erccivc tliat, for the present, we shall speak of the spiridiaJ ein}>ire of Satan, of his dominion in tlie world oi^ spiritual wickedness; and, with this under-standing, let us carefully observe, 1. T/ic (jowml/cafures of the country. " The waste howling wilderness." Dcut. xxxii. 10. Tlie country where every sinner has his spiritual resi-dence is properly designated " a waste howling wilder-ness." because of its moral sterility. Nevertheless, it is better in its origin than in its history, and is of very great anticpiity. It was a very delightsome land in the beginning : its valleys teemed with verdure, and its hills were mantled with every variety of beauty. Every tree that was pleasant to the eyes and good for food grew in its fertile soil : tlie tree of life also waved its lu\ui-iant brandies in the midst of the garden, — for then it was a garden, a blooming Paradise. And to all its delicious fruits and blooming flowers its happy pojnila-tion had free access.
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You might have sought it from Dan to Beersheba for a groan, or a ]>ain. or a tear, and found nothing but smiles, and ease, and happiness ; and from the river even to the ends of the earth, for guilt, or misery, or sin. and found nothing but peace, and innocence, and 'J' H K J'JIKSKNT WORLD. 13 heaven. Afjin was holy, and hence the worhl wan happy. 'J'lie wolf could dwell with the lamb, and the leopard lie down with the kid ; and the cow and the bear could, feed together. The lion and the ox had no antipathies, and the vulture and the dove could roost together on the same branch. If the asp dwelt in holes in those days of primeval peace, the sucking child might have pursued its infant gamljols with perfect impunity in their vicinity. And if tlie cockatrice had its den, then the Aveaued child could have placed its hand tliere in certain security. The viper's nest was harmless as that of the dove in those days of pristine innocence, and they did not hurt nor destroy in all God's holy mountain. May " earth
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