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I have gotten THE MAN from the Lord !”* And though fond expectation might have given place to despair, when the “child of their many prayers” left them childless in the world, by the murder of his brother, and the banishment of himself-yet still did Adam hope against hope, that “the seed of the woman would bruise the serpent's head.” And hence, when instead of him who had been branded with the curse of God, another child was given, on him they bestowed the name of Seth—that is,

SUBSTITUTED:” for in their hearts they believed that he was substitutedfor their firstborn; in his place to console them through their pilgrimage upon earth, and in his place to redeem them from the last penalty of sin. Thus ADAMdied in faith, not having received the promises.He “died in the faith” of a spiRITUAL REDEMPTION.

In the same faith had died ABEL; and he evinced it in that sacrifice unto which had had respect," as offered in assurance of the blood which should be shed, “ once for all,” at Calvary. In the same faith died Noah, the second

* Gen. iv. 1. See Faber, Hor. Mos. ii. 55.

father of mankind, and bequeathed it as the best blessing of a departing parent to a surviving Echild. God shall enlarge Japheth,was his inspired promise to the son whom temporal prosperity would magnify: hut “ HE SHALL DWELL IN THE TENTS OF SHEM," was the spiritual and eternal blessing. In the family of Shem was the Messiah born, and lived, and died. He dweltas in a tent among them.* For

ages after the deluge the tradition was handed down by each dying patriarch to that son who was destined to be the progenitor of “the hope of Israel ;” but the time in which this Holy One would enter into his kingdom being still uncertain, it was not until upon his death-bed that the pious patriarch perceived that salvation was still distant. Then did the

prophetic spirit, which was imparted to the dying saint, open the dim eye to pierce into futurity. As the body decayed, the soul gathered strength: as earth receded, heaven approached : an all around him grew dark, all above him was bright. And “THE SUN OY HIGHTLOCA****, arising with healing on his wings," discloud,

John i. 142" dwelt among us”-literally, " 114 nuit a tent;” or “ pitched his tent." —’esciune iv huis,

through the dark clouds of advancing ages, LIFE, and IMMORTALITY, and JESUS CHRIST.

Thus “ ABRAHAM rejoiced to see the day of Christ: he saw it, and was glad.* Thus “ ISAAC blessed Jacob concerning things to come.” | Thus Jacob declared his hope and expectation—"] have waited for thy salvation, O Lord !" } Each in his own life-time looked anxiously for the redemption, which each on his death-bed" but not nigh.” In the prophetic spirit which afterwards inspired the unworthy Balaam, they perceived that “a star would come out of Jacob, and a sceptre would arise out of Judah," but, with him, they were assured—I shall see Him ; but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh.These all died in faith, not having received the promises; but having seen them afar off, and being persuaded of them, and embracing them, and confessing that they were strangers, and pilgrims on the earth.They did all eat the same spiritual meat ; they did all drink the sume spiritual drink; for they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and THAT ROCK WA:S CHRIST."

Dwelling in tents soon pitched and soon rerancnet moved ; wandering from place to place, as men SUSH without a country, they weaned themselves

* Gen.

* John viii. 56.
Ø Numb. xxiv 17.

+ Heb. xi. 20.
|| Heb. xi, 13.

x. 18. 11 Cor. x. 3.

from the follies and fascinations of the world, "* th and fixed their hearts firmly on that place alone, to come

where true joys only are to be found.” The erpent only heritage which they possessed was THE Lord." PROMISE; the only land which they purchased EXOES was A BURIAL PLACE: the only rest for their death- bodies was THE GRAVE; the only home of their souls was HEAVEN.

" Wherefore God was not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city”—"a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”*

May all, who are partakers of the same abiding hope, partake with them in the fruition

of the same unfading glory! aring the Far of,

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