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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

After what has been advanced, no more, I think, need be said upon the importance of the subject before us.

I shall, therefore, proceed now to a more particular illustration of the glad tidings of the kingdom by an exposition of THE PROMISE MADE TO ABRAHAM The descendants of Noah were beginning to tread in the foot steps of the antediluvians.

They became ambitious of making "a name" for thernselves, irrespective of the name of the Lord.

This, their way, was their folly, yet their posterity approved their endeavour.

Idolatry was beginning to prevail, and they proceeded to build a city and a tower whose top should reach to heaven, in honor of their god.

But the Lord came down and put a stop to their enterprize by confounding their language and scattering them abroad over the earth (Gen.

9:9).

Noah had lived 292 years after the flood, when three sons were born to Terah, a descendant of Shem, Terah being 70 years old.

Shem was a worshipper of the true God, whom Noah styled, "the Lord God of Shem" (Gen.

9:26).

Terah, however, seems to have departed from the simplicity of the truth, and was, probably, engaged in the mad scheme of making "a name" for the sons of men in the land of Shinar.

But that undertaking being interrupted, it is probable he migrated from Babel, the name of the city they were building, in a northerly direction.

Be this as it may, we find him in Chaldea at a place called Ur (Josh.

24:2,14,15,24).

At this place, eastward of "the great river Euphrates," Abram, Nahor and Haran were born to Terah.

They lived there many years, serving the gods of Shinar.

The idolatry of Terah's family appears from the testimony of God Himself who said to Israel, "Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood (the Euphrates) in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and 1hey served other gods".

When Joshua reported this to the people, he admonished them, saying, "put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt, and serve ye the Lord.

And if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey" While Terah's family dwelt in Ur of the Chaldees, the Lord appeared to them, and said to Abram, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee".

This command caused them to, remove from Ur, and to journey towards the land of Canaan; on their way to which, they arrived at Haran and dwelt there (Gen.

12:4, 5).

Thus, Terah, Abram, Sarai, and Lot, obeyed the voice of the Lord, and separated themselves from the idolators of the Chaldean district of Mesopotamia.