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The works of God are a great book, consisting of three incomprehensible volumes, namely, Nature, Providence, and Grace; which continually lię open for the perusal of all in heaven and all on earth. . on the former of these man first opened his eyes in paradise.
Beholding the magnificence of the ample page, how astonished would he be at finding himself, and observing creation around ! Incomparably more so than man now, who is born of a woman, and gradually comes from an unthinking to a thinking state; from infancy to childhood, and from child
hood to man. Soon as the stupendous wonders permitted his mental powers to act in regularity, would not such, or similar, be the reflections of his then perfectly pure and rational soul ? What am I! Where am I! Of what am I, and all around me, made ! Who made us ! and for what end was I, and all creation, formed! A divine ray shining through his soul, doubtless, resolved the all-important questions, making known the Creator and the end of creation.
Struck, with amazement at the infinite greatness, glory, and transcendent goodness, of the Lord God his Maker, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the bounties of creation, would not he, for some considerable time, be lost in gratefully wondering, especially at the infinite kindness of the Lord God, in condescending so low, as graciously to enter into covenant with him, his creature, and that in name of all his posterity! Those who are of opinion that man did not stand more than one day, allow him but little time indeed, either for admiring the works of creation, or celebrating the praises of the Creator.
Although, in consummate wisdom, for the wisest of reasons, the Most High God hath seen it best to conceal from us how long, or how short, man continued in a state of innocence; yet it is probable, both from scripture and reason, that he stood for a good space of time. First, when we reflect, if it were possible for any, in a moment, to be removed into the midst of some great country or city, without his knowledge ; upon looking up, what would his astonishment be ? All wonder---all admiration ! How would he stand amazed ! lost in reflection, ---confounded every power of his mind! Whether in a dream, in a vision, or awake, he beholds all, he is equally uncertain. Not knowing what to think, would not he stand in contemplation, not for a short space, but for a long time? And can we suppose that Adam, as has been already observed, would be less astonished at finding hįmself, and beholding creation around ? nay, certainly unspeakably more so would he be. In the other case, the powers of the mind and body were not new, but in that of Adam perfectly so : till that time unfelt and unknown. At once, perfect as he was, how inconceivably great would his astonishment at himself be to himself.
Is it not then reasonable to suppose, that, for a considerable time, he could be employed in nothing else, but in alternately wondering and praising ? especially if we consider that he was created after the Divine Image, and consequently, nothing was so natural or delightful to him, as the beauty of holiness, in adoring his God, and admiring the works of his hands. And upon the almighty Author of his being graciously vouchsafing to enter into covenant with him, would he not be excited to pour out his soul in still more lively anthems of praise, if livelier were possible, and higher strains of gratitude, while all the man was one continued flame of love to God? Can we then think, in these blest moments, when all his soul was transported with wonder, love, and joy, or, for a considerable time afterwards, he would feel even the smallest want' of an help meet for him ?. Next, man being created an active, intelligent being, was not to let those powers with which he was endued, lie dormant, but exercise these talents for the glory of his Creator, and the good of creation; consequently, we find, from the sacred page, the Lord God filling his hands with suitable employment, by placing him in the garden of Eden, for the purpose of dressing and keeping it; and, in the mean time, bringing to him all the beasts of the earth, and fowls of the air, in order to receive their names.
Now, any who considers what vast numbers of different species, there are, and the still greater varieties of each species, must reasonably. suppose it would take a pretty long space of time for Adam to give them their names; for, though he was perfect, yet he was not an infinite, but a finite creature; and so could not do things at once, but must take time for his work, and employ his wisdom in consulting the natures of the different species of those creatures, and give them their designations accordingly, which doubtless he did.
After this, we find the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him ; and he slept, which no doubt took up some portion of time. Upon his awakening, how would he be surprised, at beholding a creature so likę