Sermons, on the Mosaic Account of the Creation
Excerpt from Sermons, on the Mosaic Account of the Creation: The Serpent's Temptation to Our First Parents, and on Their Exclusion From the Garden of Eden It is said in our text, in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, i. e. before there was any material existence - heaven and earth comprehending the globe on which we dwell, and all the heavenly bodies which we behold, and of which we have any knowledge whatever: - For, when it is said, God made two great lights to rule the day and the night, it is added, "He made the stars also." Before this, it appears, there was no creation, excepting that of the angels, who are spirits. That these had their existence before this world, is evident from what God says to Job respecting the creation of the world, in his solemn address to him, Job. xxxviii. 6, 7. "Whereupon are the foundations there of fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" When we attend strictly to the holy scriptures, and to the manifest sense and import of them, we find there is much reason to conclude, there never was, or will be any other creation, excepting that of the angels, than what was done and completed in those six days, the work of each one of which is mentioned in the chapter before us. All the infinitely important ends of creation, and of divine providence, are to be answered in God's government over the angels, over the several objects, which were created in six days. Of creation, and of creative power, wt can have no better or more striking ideas than are conveyed by the strong and impressive terms, in which the account is given us by the sacred writer. "God spake, and it was - He said, let there be light, and there was light." From this consideration David infers the obligation there is on all to fear the Lord. Psalm xxxiii. 8, 9. "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the, inhabit- ants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." What language, beyond this, could give us an idea of almighty power - of a power, which it is impossible to resist! The work of the first of the six days, we have in the five first verses. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.