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of the serpent- that is, that one, born of a woman, should destroy the works of the devil. Jesus Christ was born of a woman, and will destroy all the works of the devil. He puts away sin by the sacrifice of himself. He sends his Holy Spirit to subdue those sinful lusts, which war in our members. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. And the time will come, when Jesus Christ will destroy even this also. For "the hour is coming, when all that are in the graves, shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth, they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
And now to God, &c.
GENESIS vi. 17, 18.
And God said unto Noah, Behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven: and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant.
In my last lecture I gave you an account from the Bible of the manner in which God made this world. I also gave you an account of the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and of the misery and ruin which were thus brought upon men and women in the world. God made
man good: but man, tempted by the devil, made himself bad.
I am now to tell you, this evening, of a dreadful judgment, which the sins of people brought upon the world. A great many years passed after the disobedience of Adam. He had many children; and they begat sons and daughters; and so the earth was peopled. It had a great many persons living upon it. And they were very wicked. God determined to destroy them all. There was one man, named Noah, who was a righteous, religious and good man. He served God faithfully with his family. And God was pleased to save him and his family, at the time when all other people were destroyed. The manner, in which God determined to destroy this wicked race, was by a flood of waters-by a deluge, as it is called. The manner, in which he was pleased to save Noah, was by teaching him how to build an ark, like a large, a very large
ship, in which he and his family would be preserved alive, while the rest of the people were drowned. However, God in his judgments remembers mercy. He gave this people a certain time to repent. He gave them 120 years. Finding it to be all in vain; finding that things grew worse, instead of better, and that men were determined, in spite of every thing, to go on in wickedness, God, by a voice from heaven, commands Noah to set about the building of his ark. He says to Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. He gives to Noah particular directions how the ark was to be built. It was to be in length three hundred cubits, that is, 450 feet, in breadth 90 feet, and in height 45 feet. It was to have a roof, sloping and shelving, to pass off the rain, and a window to let in light at the top. It was also to have three stories in it. In this house, built by the direction of God Almighty, and according to God Almighty's own
plan, Noah and his family were to sail safely over the vast and mighty waters. God was pleased also to remember the dumb animals, whom he had made, and to save two of every sort out of them. A male and a female of all cattle, of fowls, of every creeping thing were to be saved in this building. God also commanded Noah to store away in it food for himself, and for all the living creatures that were to be shut up with him.
Noah prepared to do as God directed him. We may suppose, that it was some time before the ark could be finished. All this while, the wicked people around him saw and knew what was to happen. And yet they repented not: perhaps laughed at the good man for the pains he was taking: turned him into ridicule; jested on him, and enjoyed themselves, thinking, perhaps, that all God's threatenings would come to nothing, and that Noah was a fool for believing them. However, the good