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properties common to the Father, and declares him to be virtually omniscient with that Father, and possessed of perfect and infinite competence for the execution of his judicial office on the quick and the dead, on the day of the general resurrection.
The next thing that is found in the progressive order of sacred narrative, is the institution of genealogies, which, in their highest signification, relate to the Christ the seed of the woman, as God manifest in the flesh. The 5th chapter of Genesis must therefore be inserted, because the omniscience of Jehovah saw fit by the institution of these genealogies to give his eternally-begotten Son, the Word made flesh, a clear and undeniably defined lineage, as God and man;
therein confirming the divine record of the Trinity of the Godhead, with which Jehovah began his revelation of the history of man, by saying, “Let us make man," when speaking of the Trinity in common. After which, having the ancestors of the Redeemer lineally before him, though then not in existence, yet visible to his prescience, the Deity subsequently connects and blends, in the genealogies of those patriarchs from Adam
unto Noah, a continuous list of the ancestors of the Redeemer, in their successive order of life, together with the death and age of each respectively; designing plainly to show us the natural order of the generations of Immanuel, as the eternally-designed propitiation and atonement for the sins of mankind, as well Jew as Gentile. Therefore the insertion of the 5th chapter of Genesis becomes a very important matter, as well to the Christian as the sceptical critic; after which the lineage of the man Christ will be shortly disposed of, and some suitable reflections attempted.
GENESIS V. “ This is the book of the generations of Adam, in the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him ;
66 Male and female created he them; and blessed them; and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
“ And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth :
" And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters :
“ And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years : and he died.
“ And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos :
“And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters : “And all the days of Seth
were nine hundred and twelve years : and he died.
"And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan :
“ And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters :
“ And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years : and he died.
“ And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel :
“ And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters :
“And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
“ And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years. and begat Jared :
“ And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared
eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters :
“ And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
“ And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
“And Jarad lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters :
“ And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years : and he died.
“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah :
“ And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
“ And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years :
“ And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
“ And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
“ And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters :
“And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years : and he died.
“ And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
“ And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.
“And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters :
“ And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years :
and he died.
“And Noah was five hundred years old : and and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”
In these genealogies from Adam unto Noah, and which nothing but the infinite wisdom of the Deity could have supplied, Christ the Creator looks through his antediluvian ancestry to that period of time when inspired Jacob declared, in the influence and omniscience of that distinct Person in the Trinity, the Holy Ghost, and agreeably to the infallibility of Jehovah's never-failing truth, that the promised seed of the woman should assuredly be found