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The Patriarchal Dispensation.

The Patriarchal Dispensation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY S. P. JACOBS

This is God's family administration from Adam to
Moses. It is based on the sacredness of the family,
and on the supremacy of parental authority. Paren-
tal responsibility is imposed alike by the law of
nature and by the decree of God. It can not be
ignored ; neither can it be bartered away with im-
punity. The head of the family is at once father,
priest and prince.
BY S. P. JACOBS

This is God's family administration from Adam to
Moses. It is based on the sacredness of the family,
and on the supremacy of parental authority. Paren-
tal responsibility is imposed alike by the law of
nature and by the decree of God. It can not be
ignored ; neither can it be bartered away with im-
punity. The head of the family is at once father,
priest and prince.

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THE PATRIARCHAL DISPENSATION.
BY S. P. JACOBS
This is God's family administration from Adam to Moses. It is based on the sacredness of the family, and on the supremacy of parental authority. Paren-tal responsibility is imposed alike by the law of nature and by the decree of God. It can not be ignored ; neither can it be bartered away with im-punity. The head of the family is at once father, priest and prince. This dispensation comes first in order and in time, because the family is fundamental in society. The family begins society. As the bud unfolds into flower and fruitage, so the family advances to future church and Kingdom of God (Mark i: 15). The Patriarchal dispensation has in itself the vital germ of far future Christianity. It is the pri-mary edition of Christianity, with its alphabet and simple rudiments. It introduces God's plan for the recovery and progress of humanity: 4t Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible
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things, as silver and gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers ; but with pre-cious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and with-out spot, even the blood of Christ: who was fore-known indeed before the foundation of the world" (j Pet. 1: 18-20, R. V.). In harmony with His plan of self-revelation, God placed man on the summit of creation, that through him He might form, of things already made, spiritually significant creations higher and still higher, as man would be exalted in God higher and higher. 18 THE REAL CHRISTIAN. 1 9 The Scotch author of note, Mr. Macdonald, wisely remarks: " The whole of divine acts and ar-rangements from the beginning form parts of one system; for, as antecedent creations reached their end in man, so man himself, in his original constitu-
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tion, prefigured a new and higher relation of the race than the incipient place reached in creation " ("Introduction to the Pentateuch/' Vol. II., p. 451). In man and tlirough man God would ever con-tinue his self-revelation. And this revelation can not be frustrated even by sin. Prof. Patrick Fairbairn, D. D., rightly declares: "The fall of man is consequently to be understood, and is expressly represented, merely as a kind of in-terruption or break in the march of providence toward its aim, in nature akin to such events as the death of Abel and the flood in after times; while the Divine plan not the less proceeded on its course, only with special adaptations to the altered state of things" ("Typology of Scripture/' Vol. I., p. 93). What man at first failed to realize through the creative power of God's eternal Son, he may obtain now through His redemptive power. This wonder-ful plan of redemption the Patriarchal dispensation introduced but did not develop.
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