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OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY.

Chapter E.

THE CREATION.

In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth.

When God made the heavens and the earth, all was darkness. There was no light. Then God made the light. He said, "Let there be light. And there was light.”

"And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night." And God made the sun to give light in the day, and the moon to give light in the night. He made the stars also.

Then God divided the dry land from the water. "And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas."

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And God made trees, and plants, and flowers, to grow out of the earth. He made the trees that bear fruit, and great trees which give us shade, corn for man to eat, grass for the cattle, and flowers to look beautiful and give us pleasure.

Then God made beasts, four-footed creatures, which walk on the earth,-cows, horses, and sheep, and very many others. And He made the birds that fly about in the air; and fishes that live in the waters; and insects, and creeping things.

God had now made the heavens and the earth. He had made trees, and plants, and flowers, corn and grass, and all green things, to grow out of the earth, and many creatures to live upon the earth. But these creatures could not know God, and could not learn to love Him.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."

So "God made man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." "God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him."

God called the name of the man that He had made, Adam. And God said that the man should rule over all the beasts and the birds, and all things that were upon the earth.

The man whom God had made was able to love God, and to obey Him, for he had a soul.

Beasts and birds cannot learn to love and obey God, for they have no souls. Children can be taught to know, and love, and obey God, for they have souls.

Adam was made good and holy, for he was made after God's likeness, in the image of God. So Adam was able to be quite good; he loved God, and loved to obey Him.

"And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

To obey, means to do as we are told.

Chapter E.

THE DAY OF REST.

THE heavens and the earth were finished in six days. In six days God created the heavens and

the earth, the sun and the moon, and all the stars, the beasts and birds, the trees and flowers, and all the things that were upon the earth; and, last of all, He had made man to rule over all that He had created.

"And on the seventh day God rested from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy : because that in it He had rested from all His work which He had created and made."

God made the seventh day holy. He willed that men should rest one day in seven, and do no work, but keep that day holy unto the Lord.

Sunday is the day which we keep holy unto the Lord; we call it the Lord's day. Christians keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh day, because on the first day of the week our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave, and so raised us up with Him to the hope of heaven.

For six days in every seven, men may work and do their business, but on the Lord's day they should not work, but give that day to worship God.

Because Christ has risen, all men also shall rise from the grave; and those who serve Him, and are good, shall then be called to live with Him in heaven.

Therefore, on the Lord's day we ought to raise our thoughts up from earth to heaven. We ought not to do our common work on this day, but think of heaven and heavenly things: we should serve God, and think of Jesus Christ our Lord, and worship Him.

Chapter EEE.

ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

AND the Lord God planted a garden for the man whom He had made. He made to grow out of the ground every tree that was beautiful, and every tree that bore pleasant fruit for man to eat: and a river was there to water the garden.

This garden was called the garden of Eden. And God put the man into the garden of Eden to dress it, and take care of it.

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