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Lord himself, see Gen, v. 2. to shew that he hath made of one blood all men, and all nations of men. Seth, born in original sin, was regenerated and made an holy man by the eternal Spirit of God, and his name signifies, put or placed for a foundation, to point out the necessity of building on Christ for salvation.
Enos, in whose days religion was corrupted by idolatry, which, as it began at his birth, his name signifies sorrowful; to point it out as matter of sorrow to the godly in that age.
Cainan, signifies mourner; he and others mourned for the corruption of the times.
Mahalaleel, signifies a praiser of the Lord.
Jared, which signifies descending, implies that the world was descending from bad to worse,
Enoch, signifies dedicated to God. He was the seventh generation from Adam; and he prophesied, says Dr. Lightfoot, of the wickedness that Lamech, the seventh from Adam in Cain's line, bad brought in, and the judgments of God, which would be brought on the world for it and other crimes.
Methuselah, signifies, they die by a dart; or, he dieth, and then is the dart; or, he dieth, and then it is sent.
Lamech, signifies a man smitten with grief, on account of the corruption of all flesh, and the future punishment which would most certainly come upon them for it.
· Noah, signifies a comforter, or rest.
The translation of Enoch, in the year of the world from the creation, 1042, was a pledge to the faithful in that age, of their resurrection from the grave of death to life eternal; and a most confortable evidence and assurance to them of a glorious and blessed immortality. The space of time from the creation to the flood was one thousand, six hundred, and fifty-six years.
The subject which I have before me concerning the dissolution of the old world, and its reformation, which includes with, and in it, the favor shewy to Noah, and the blessing pronounced on him after he came forth out of the ark, ip which his descendants were interested, as well as himself, must, for the clear statement of it, be subdivided; and when this is properly arranged and digested into distinct particulars, a way will be opened to give an account of his sacrifice, offered at his coming out of the ark, 'and proof will be given that it was a meịnorial of the sacrifice of Jesus.
That my text may vot be forgotten, I will here recite it:
“And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagi
nation of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing as I have done; while the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.” * As an introduction to my text, I will consider, in a brief manner, the dissolution of the old world by the waters of a flood, and give some general account of the moral and physical causes thereof, and likewise of its renovation. This I will set before you in distinct sections, as the Lord shall be pleased to enable me.' . I will then proceed to set forth the distin.. guishing blessing shewn to Noah and his sons, with his grateful sense of it, and the way in which he expressed it. This will bring me to my text, in which we shall see the new world beginning with a solemn exhibition of Christ's death, as the sacrifice of atonement, and Jehovah bearing a divine testimony of its being remembered by him with unspeakable delight; “ the Lord smelled a sweet savor.” I will cast this also into sections, that it may be more clearly understood : and may the Lord shine upon and add his blessing to the whole. Even so, blessed Jesus, 'Amen.
Let me first, by way of introduction to the following sections, observe, that the fifth chapter of Genesis gives us the exact chronology from
the creation down to the flood, and that all the antediluvian patriarchs there recorded, belonged to the high and holy line of election. They were the woman's seed, from Seth down to Noah, and are mentioned in the genealogy of our Lord and Savior, given us in the third chapter of Luke's gospel. Adam and Methuselah lived about two hundred and forty years together. Enoch almost suggested the very year when the deluge would take place. He lived nearly a thousand years before it, and gave his son a name which pointed out when it would be. He also prophesied of the second coming of Christ to judge all flesh, see Jude 14, 15.
Noah seems to be called the eighth from Enos, in 2 Peter ii. 5, in whose time the world began to be corrupt.
When each of the patriarchs' ages are summed up, it is added, that he died; to shew, not only that their long lives were borne down by death, but also that they canje to their graves in peace, and were not taken away with the ungodly. Lamech, the father of Noah, gave him a name which pointed him out as a figure and type, of Christ; he was as the savior of the world, in building the ark, by which he and his family were saved from perishing by water; also as the restorer of the new world ; and in offering a sacrifice in which the Lord smelled, a sweet savor. Lamech said on naming him, “ This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.” He was born in the year of the world, 1056. He begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japhet. Shem was not his first-born, though he is placed first; because he was préferred of God before his brethren. Japhet was the eldest, and was born when his father was five hundred years old. Shem was next, and was born when Noah was five hundred and two years of age: and Ham was the youngest. The flood was in the six hundredth year of Noah's life, and in the year of the world, 1656, the tenth generation from Adam.
The last verse of the fourth chapter of this book, speaks of the profanation of Cain's seed, and how it began to be introduced very awfully in the days of Enos. The beginning of the sixth chapter speaks of this corruption as crept into the family of Seth, the very church itself; and this by their following the cursed example of Lamech, who was the first polygamist in the world. The church of God, the members of the church, the descendants of the patriarchs in the line of Seth, married carelessly and promiscuously with the daughters of men, the descendants of Cain, the first murderer. Hence they also became loose in their manners, and evil and corrupt in their lives and conversations. They became a giant-like race, and as they multiplied