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DOMESTIC CHAPLAIN.

BY THOMAS WILLIAMS.

"O foolish man, to reply against Divine Sovereignty! It is cutting the cords of human

hope ; — sapping the only possible foundation of thine own salvation." - Strong.

HARTFORD.

SPALDING A N D STORRS.

1839.

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XIV.

D O M E S T I C R E F O R M A TI O N. 91

"Then Jacob said unto his household and to all that were with him,

Put away the strange gods that are among you and be ye clean and

change your garments ; and let us arise and go to Bethel : and I will

make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my

distress and was with me in the way which I went.”—Genesis, xxxv. 2, 3.

XV.

DI V I N E P R O V I D E N C E. 96

" And Israel said, It is enough.”—Genesis, xlv. 28.

X V I.

DE A T H OF A G E D PERSONS. 101

“ And the time drew nigh that Israel must die.”—Genesis, xLvII. 29.

X VII.

JOS E P H.

109

“ But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto

good.”—Genesis, L. 20.

X VIII.

MOS E S.

117

"And, behold, the babe wept.”—Exodus, 11. 5.

X I X.

P H A R A OH.

122

“ And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron and said unto

them, I have sinned this time; the Lord is righteous; and I and my

people are wicked.”—Exodus, ix. 27.

X X.

T H E GO L D E N CAL F.

128

" And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold let them break it
off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire and there came out
this calf.”—Exodus, xxxII. 24.

X XI.

S A N C T I F I C A TI O N.

132

“Sanctify yourselves, therefore; and be ye holy; for I am the Lord

your God. And ye shall keep my statutes and do them: I am the

Lord who sanctify you.”—Leviticus, xx. 7, 8.

X X II.

FAITHFULNESS OF M O SES. 143

• My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house.".

Numbers, XII. 7.

X X III.

R E MEMBRANCE OF SINFULNESS. 147

“Remember and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God

to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that thou didst depart out of

the land of Egypt, until ye came to this place, ye have been rebellious

against the Lord.”-Deuteronomy, ix. 7.

X XIV.

DI V I N E T RUTH.

152

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the

dew; as the small rain upon the tender herb; and as the showers upon

the grass.”—Deuteronomy, xxxII. 2.

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And God saw every thing that he had made; and, behold, it was very good.

GENESIS, I. 35.

As God proceeded, in the creation and formation of the heaven and the earth, it is said six times, in view of a distinct part of the work, that he saw “it was good.” When the whole work was done, it is said, “ God saw every thing that he had made ; and, behold, it was very good.” The subject, which is now before us, is the work of God in creation.

1. The nature of this work may engage our attention.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” He caused all things from nothing. He did not form the heaven and the earth from any substance, which had existed in some other mode. Nor did they grow into form and order, after he had created their substance. But God created the substance of all things from nothing, by the word of his power. And then he formed all things, by the acts of his will, from the substance which he had made. Uncreated and created existence are the only beings, which, in the nature of things, are possible. A third kind of existence, which should be neither uncreated, nor created, is impossible,

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