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His Notes on the New Testament are enlightening. Both the Sermons about and the Notes are doctrinal standards. Wesley was a fluent, powerful and effective preacher. He usually preached spontaneously and briefly, though occasionally at great length. Lexicon Search Greek Hebrew Aramaic. Before Christ Edersheim Flavius Josephus more.
The Quotation Archive Add a Quotation. Tozer Charles Spurgeon Voice of the Lord more. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Enter query in the box below. Now, these lights are said to rule, Genesis 1: Here the lesser light, the moon, is said to rule the night; but Psalms No more is meant, but that they give light, Jeremiah The best and most honourable way of ruling is, by giving light, and doing good. The work of creation not only proceeded gradually from one thing to another, but advanced gradually from that which was less excellent, to that which was more so.
The making of the fish and fowl at first. Notice is here taken of the various species of fish and fowl, each after their kind; and of the great numbers of both that were produced, for the waters brought forth abundantly; and in particular of great whales the largest of fishes, whose bulk and strength, are remarkable proofs of the power and greatness of the Creator. Observe, 2, The blessing of them in order to their continuance.
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Lifeis a wasting thing, its strength is not the strength of stones; therefore the wise Creator not only made the individuals, but provided for the propagating of the several species, Genesis 1: God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply - Fruitfullness is the effect of God's blessing, and must be ascribed to it; the multiplying of the fish and fowl from year to year, is still the fruit of this blessing here. The sea was the day before replenished with fish, and the air with fowl; and this day are made the beasts of the earth, cattle, and the creeping things that pertain to the earth.
Here, as before, 1. The Lord gave the word: He also did the work; he made them all after their kind - Not onlyof divers shapes, but of divers natures, manners, food, and fashions: In all which appears the manifold wisdom of the Creator.
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Observe, That man was made last of all the creatures, which was both an honourand a favour to him: Man, as soon as he was made, had the whole visible creation before him, both to contemplate, and to take the comfort of. That man's creation was a mere signal act of divine wisdom and power,than that of the other creatures.
The narrative of it is introduced with solemnity, and a manifest distinction from the rest. Hitherto it had been said, Let there be light, and Let there be a firmament: Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth must be put together in him, and he must be allied to both worlds.
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And therefore God himself not only undertakes to make, but is pleased so to express himself, as if he called a council to consider of the making of him; Let us make man - The three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, consult about it, and concur in it; because man, when he was made, was to be dedicated and devoted to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That man was made in God's image, and after his likeness; twowords to express the same thing.
God's image upon man, consists, In his nature, not that of his body, for God has not a body, but that of his soul. The soul is a spirit, an intelligent, immortal spirit, an active spirit, herein resembling God, the Father of spirits, and the soul of the world. In his place and authority. Let us make man in our image, and let him have dominion. As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is as it were God's representative on earth.
Yet his government of himself by the freedom of his will, has in it more of God's image, than his government of the creatures.
And chiefly in his purity and rectitude. God's image upon man consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, Ephesians 4: He was upright, Ecclesiastes 7: He had an habitual conformity of all his natural powers to the whole will of God. His understanding saw divine things clearly, and there were no errors in his knowledge: And all the inferior powers were subject to the dictates of the superior.
Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents, in having the image of God upon them. But how art thou fallen, O son of the morning? How is this image of God upon man defaced! How small are the remains of it, and how great the ruins of it! The Lord renew it upon our souls by his sanctifying grace! That man was made male and female, and blessed with fruitfulness.
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He created him male and female, Adam and Eve: Adam first out of earth, and Eve out of his side. God made but one male and one female, that all the nations of men might know themselves to be made of one blood, descendants, from one common stock, and might thereby be induced to love one another. God having made them capable of transmitting the nature they had received, said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth - Here he gave them, A large inheritance; replenish the earth, in which God has set man to be the servant of his providence, in the government of the inferior creatures, and as it were the intelligence of this orb; to be likewise the collector of his praises in this lower world, and lastly, to be a probationer for a better state.
A numerous lasting family to enjoy this inheritance; pronouncing a blessing upon them, in the virtue of which, their posterity should extend to the utmost corners of the earth, and continue to the utmost period of time. That God gave to man a dominion over the inferior creatures, over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air - Though man provides for neither, he has power over both, much more over every living thing that moveth upon the earth - God designed hereby to put an honour upon man, that he might find himself the more strongly obliged to bring honour to his Maker.
Food provided for man, Ge 1: And before the earth was deluged, much more before it was cursed for man's sake, its fruits no doubt, were more pleasing to the taste, and more strengthening and nourishing to the body. Food provided for the beasts, Genesis 1: Doth God take care of oxen?
Yes, certainly, he provides food convenient for them; and not for oxen only that were used in his sacrifices, and man's service, but even the young lions and the young ravens are the care of his providence, they ask and have their meat from God. Observe, The review God took of his work, he saw every thing that he hadmade - So he doth still; all the works of his hands are under his eye; he that made all sees all.
The complacency God took in his work. When we come to review ourworks we find to our shame, that much has been very bad; but when God reviewed his, all was very good. Good, for it is all agreeable to the mind of the creator. Good, for it answers the end of its creation. Good, for it is serviceable to man, whom God had appointed lord of the visible creation.
Good, for it is all for God's glory; there is that in the whole visible creation which is a demonstration of God's being and perfections, and which tends to beget in the soul of man a religious regard to him.
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It was very good - Of each day's work except the second it was said that it was good, but now it is very good. Now man was made, who was the chief of the ways of God, the visible image of the Creator's glory, 2. Now All was made, every part was good, but all together very good.
The glory and goodness, the beauty and harmony of God's works both of providence and grace, as this of creation, will best appear when they are perfected. The time when this work was concluded. The evening and the morningwere the sixth day - So that in six days God made the world. We are not to think but that God could have made the world in an instant: And now as God reviewed his work, let us review our meditations upon it; let us stir up ourselves, and all that is within us, to worship him that made the, heaven, earth, and sea, and the fountains of waters.
All his works in all places of his dominion bless him, and therefore bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Is My Thought Life a Problem? Association of Biblical Counselors. A Prayer for the Lost Debbie Przybylski.
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Where we have an account of the first matter, and the first Mover. We have here a farther account of the first day's work. We have here an account of the second day's work, the creation of the firmament. The third day's work is related in these verses; the forming the sea and the dry land, and making the earth fruitful. This is the history of the fourth day'swork, the creating the sun, moon and stars. Each day hitherto hath produced very excellent beings, but we do not read of the creation of any living creature till the fifth day. We have here the first part of the sixth day's work.
We have here the second part of the sixth day's work, the creation of man, which we are in a special manner concerned to take notice of.