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Heb. ii. 14, 15.
A. That Chrift should deftroy the wicked Works and Designs of the Devil, and thereby fave Mankind from the Sin and Death which were brought in among them by his Temptation, 1 John iii. 8.
19 Q. Whence came the Skins of the Beasts with which God clothed Adam and Eve?
A. It is likely God taught Adam to offer Sacrifices at this Time, and that these were the Skins of the Beasts that were offered in Sacrifice. Note, Whether Flesh was eaten by the religious Fa
nilies before the Flood, is uncertain; but it does not appear that God had given Adam express Leave to eai Flesh, Gen. i. 29. chap. ii. 26. and ix. 23. and then there could be no Skins to be had from Beasts killed for Food. But the Sin of Man deserved Death; and it was probably at this Time that Godappointed Beasts to be sacrificed or put to Death, to shew that Sin deserved Death, and to make a sort of typical Atonement, or Answer for the Sin of Man; since cutting and burning God's living Creatures, does not seem to be a Contrivance of Man himself to appease God for his own Sin. Then it is natural to suppose that God clothed Adam.
and Eve with the Skins of those Beasts which were
sacrificed; to shew them, in a typical or figurative :: Way, that as Clothes covered the naked Body from
Shame and Harm, fo Sacrifices, offered according to God's Appointment, should in some Sense protect them from the Punishment which Sin had deserved. And it is very possible God might inform Adam, that all these Appointments were only a Figure of Christ the great Sacrifice, the Seed of the Woman, who should make a real and effectual Atonement for Sin hereafter by his own Death. I confess all this does not fo evidently appear in the Writings of Moses, nor could it be expected, where the Account of
Things in these early Times is so exceeding short;
though itis very agreeable to the Discoveries made : in the following Parts of Scripture. I add yet further, that Sacrifices might be instituted
at this time with this View and Delign,even though Adam himself might not be informed of it; for the greatGod does not always immediately reveal to his Creatures the Reason and Design of all his Precepts or his Providences, Job xxxiii. 14.
30 Q. What was the Religion of Man after the Fall or Sin of Adam ?
A. All the Duties of the Light of Nature, which were required before: And beside these, he was now called to Repentance for Sin, Faith or Trust in the Mercy of God, Expectation of the promised Saviour, and Offering of Sacrifices. This is called : the ADAMICAL DISPENSATION of the Covenant of Grace, and it reached to Noah's Flood.
31 Q. Who were Adam's first Children?
A. Adam's eldest son, and he was a Tiller of the Ground, Gen. iv. 1, 2.
33 Q. But what Mischief did Cain do?
A. He killed his Brother Abel, who was a Keeper of Sheep, Gen. iv. 2, 8.
34 Q. Why did Cain kill him?
A. Because his own Works were evil, and God did not accept his Sacrifice; but his Brother's Works were righteous, and God gave some Token that he accepted him, Gen, iy. 4, 5. 1 John iii. 18.
35 Q. Whither went Cain when God reproved him for this Murder?
A. He went out, and departed from the Presence of the Lord, and from his Father's Family, where God was worshipped, Gen. iv, 16.
36 Q: What
36 Q. What were the Pofterity of Cain?
A. Some of them are famous for the Inventions of Mufic and Handicraft-Trades, but they are fupposed to have neglected Religion, Gen. iv. 20, 22..
37 Q. What other Sons had Adam ?
A. Serh, who was born foon after the Death of Abel, and several others after him, Gen. iv. 25.&c.4.
38 Q. Did the Children of Seth negle&t Religion too?
A. Religion was publickly maintained for some Generations in Seth's Family, for they distinguishe ed themselves from the wicked Sons of Men, they prayed to God, and were called the Sons of God, Gen. iv. 26. and chap. vi. 2, 4.
39 Q. Did they grow degenerate afterwards ?
A. All mankind grew so wicked, except a very few, that God saw it proper to manifest his righteous Judgment, and his Anger against Sing by destroying them, Gen. vi. 5-7.
40 Q. Who were fome of the chief Persons of Seth's-Posterity mentioned in Scripture in those early Times?
X. Enoch and Mes buselab, Lamech and Noah, were the moft remarkable.
41 Q. Who was Enoch?
A. The Man who walked with God, and pleased him in the midst of a wicked World, and foretold the Judgment of God on Sinners, Gen. v, 22. Jude 14, 15. Note, When Enoch and Noah are said to walk with God,
some learned Men have fupposed, that it does not only signify that they behaved themselves always as in the Presence of God, and conversed with Him by Meditation and Prayer, and walked in his Ways; but that God appeared of old to these pious Men,
as He did to Abraham, and walked and conversed with them in a bodily, Form; and this was the Criginal of that Phrase, walking with God, to fignify the Practice of Religion. 42 Q. What became of Enoch?
4. God took him to Heaven without dying as a peculiar Favour and Honour done to him, Gen. v. 24. Heb..xi. s. :...43 Q. Who was Methučelah?
A. The Son of Enoch, and the oldeft Man that we ever read of, Gen v. 21.
44 Q. How long did he live?
A. Noah's Father, who prophesied of the Blessing the Earth'fhould find in his Son, which had been laid under a Curfe for the Sin of Adam, Gen. V: 29.
CH A P. II.
Of Noah, ABRAHAM, and their. Families,
after the Flood.
SECT. I. Of Noah and his Sonso Q: WHO was Noah ?
A. The righteous Man, who was sayed when the World was drowned by a Flood, Gen.
How did God drown the World? A. When Mankind had provoked him by their : Sins, which were exceeding great, Gen. vi. 5, 6, 7. he broke up the Fountains of the great Deep
under Ground, and caused it to rain forty Days and forty Nights, Gen. vii. 4, 11,
3 Q. How was Noah saved ?
A. In an Ark, or great Ship or Veffel, which God taught him to build, Gen. vi. 9, 14, &c. Note, Noah had Warning of this Judgment of God ont
hundred and twenty Years before it came to pass, Gen. vi. 3. And as he was a Preacher of Righteoulness, 2 Peter
, ii. 5. fo we may juftly fuppofe he gave continual Warning to a sinful World while the Ark was building, 1 Peter iii. 19, 20. Heb. xi. 7. 4 Q. Who was saved with him?
4. All his Family, and some living Creatures of every Kind, namely, two of every unclean Beaft and Bird, which were neither fit for Food or : Sacrifice, and seven of every clean Creature which were fit for one or both Uses, Gen. viii. 2, 3, 13, 14.
5 Q. How long did Noah tarry in the Ark?
A. At nine Months end he sent forth a Dove, which brought in an Olive-branch, to thew him that the Waters were abated : And at the end of twelve Months and ten Days he came forth, and the Creatures which were with him, Gen. vii, 11. and viii. 5-13:
6 Q. What Command did God give Noah ?
A. The Offerings of Sacrifices were continueding Gen. viii. 20, 21. Flelh was given to Man for Food, as Herbs were before, Gen. ix. 2, 3. Blood was forbidden to be eaten, the Blood of Man was exprefly forbid to be fed, and Murder was to be punished with Death, Gen. ix. 4, 5, 6. Note, The Religion of Noah was the same with that of
Adam after his Fall, (See Chap. I. Q. 30) with these few Additions here mentioned. And this was the