Genesis

The Trial of Innocence

Among all creation beside, there was found no help-meet for Adam. God makes all the creatures pass before him that he may see this for himself, - a fact which we shall see has its significance for the after-history. Adam gives names to all, as their superior, and in the full intelligence of what they are; but for Adam himself there is found no help-meet. Yet that "it is not good for man to be alone" is the word of his Creator as to Him. Looking at the circumstances of the...

The Time of Innocence

A time so different from anything we ourselves have known as is the primitive time of innocence in Eden, there is necessarily difficulty in realizing or interpreting aright. Innocence we have lost, and can never regain. Nor is there anything really like it to be found in such a state as that of childhood, which, speaking comparatively only, we call the age of innocence. Much of what we deem this, is in fact but immaturity; and Adam was not immature, but a man with all the fac...

Introductory to Leaves from the Book

THE LESSONS OF THE AGES. It has become a fact more familiar to many, through certain recent discussions of momentous importance, that Scripture is full of a doctrine of the "ages." The phrase is, in our common version, more often obscured than not by being translated "world," or "worlds," or hidden under the stereotyped form, "forever," or "forever and ever." This last expression is always, in the New Testament, if literally rendered, "for the ages of ages." It never impl...

The Individual Application

There are two smaller sections of the first natural division of the book of Genesis. The first (chap. i. - ii. 3.) gives us the work of God and His rest; the second, (chap. ii. 4 - 25.) God in relationship with the creature He has made. Hence, in this latter part the covenant-name is for the first time introduced; it is not "God" merely, but " The Lord God"’ - Jehovah. We shall see more fully the force of this hereafter. In this double account there is an exquisite beauty, w...

The Dispensational Application

The ordinary dispensational application of the week of creation is one which has so many adherents, and has given rise to so much speculation otherwise, that we shall do well to look at it before proceeding further. In the words of a modern writer, "In this application, ‘one day is as a thousand years.’ Six thousand years of labour precede the world’s Sabbath. The parallel here has been often traced.” It is as old, indeed, as the so-called "Epistle of Barnabas," * and...

Chapter 1 - Adam

PART II (Chapters 1-7) DIVINE LIFE IN ITS VARIOUS ASPECTS (Genesis chap. iii.) The third chapter of Genesis is the real cornmencement of that series of lives of which as is plain, the book mainly consists. It is where the first man ceases to be "a type of Him that was to come" that he becomes for us a type in the fullest way—figure and fact in one. The page of his life (and but a page it is) that treats of innocency is not our example who were born in sin. Our histo...

Paradise

We have noted already that from the fourth verse of the second chapter is a distinct part, and gives us "God in relationship with the creature He has made." Thus He is now spoken of, not simply as God - Elohim, but as the Lord God - Jehovah- Elohini. Jehovah is the name of which the inspired translation is given in the third of Exodus -"I am:" expanded to its full significance in the book of Revelation as, "He which is, and which was, and which is to come." Thus in immuta...

Joseph

Numerical Significance: 1 Exclusion of difference, sufficiency, power, omnipotence, independence, perpetual, eternal, identity, concord, peace, congruity, harmony, sovereignty, election, promise, grace, birth 2 Difference, division, addition, growth, increase, competent testimony, seconding, salvation, relationship, service, dependence, contradiction, seed, separation, death 3 Cubic measure, solidity, fullness, trinity, actuality, manifestation, sanctification, spirit, ...

The Scriptural Statement

The questions involved in the first chapter of Genesis are those which lie at the bottom of the whole controversy with what men are pleased to call science in the present day. "Science," alas! and knowledge are getting to be widely separated, although originally the same thing. A mere hypothesis is "scientific" nowadays,and hypotheses are colouring, to a large extent, the very statement of what should be facts. "Eyes of faith" (to use the language of a well-known man of scien...

Scientific Aspect

Turning now to consider the scientific aspect of these questions, there is one thing I would say, however, by the way of preface. We must not think that Scripture is waiting upon science to get its credentials thence. Thank God, for many it has provcd itse1f so thoroughly to their souls that no scientific issue could possibly affect its authority for them. This the Men of Science themselves cannot with any justice object to. It is only saying, with an emphasis proportioned to ...
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