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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

But nothing is too difficult for God.

The most wonderful part of the work had yet to be performed.

The quivering rib, with its nerves and vessels, had to be increased in magnitude, and formed into a human figure, capable of reflecting the glory of the man.

This was soon accomplished; for, on the sixth day, "male and female created he them": and "the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, he made a woman, and brought her unto the man".

And "God blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (fill again) the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creepeth upon the earth".

Believing this portion of the testimony of God, need our faith be staggered at the resurrection of the body from the little dust that remains after its entire reduction?

Surely, the Lord Jesus Christ by the same power that formed woman from a rib, and that increased a few loaves and fishes to twelve baskets of fragments after five thousand were fed and satisfied, can create multitudes of immortal men from a few proportions of the former selves: and as capable of resuming their individual identity, as was Adam's rib of reflecting his mental and physical similitude.

It is blind unbelief alone that requires the continuance of some sort of existence to preserve the identity of the resurrected man with his former self.

Faith confides in the ability of God to do what He has promised, although the believer has not the knowledge of how He is to accomplish it.

Believing the wonders of the past, "he staggers not at the promise of God through unbelief; but is strong in faith, giving glory to God".

The testimony of Moses in regard to the formation of woman brings to light a very interesting phenomenon, which has since been amply proved to be the result of a natural law.

It is, that man may be made insensible to pain by being placed in a deep sleep.

The Lord Elohim availed Himself of this law, and subjected the man He had made to its operation; and man, because he is in His likeness, is also able to influence his fellow-man in the same way.

The art of applying the law is called various names, and may be practised variously.

The name does not alter the thing.

A man's rib might be extracted now with as little inconvenience as Adam experienced, by throwing him into a deep sleep, which in numerous cases may be easily effected; but there our imitative ability ceases.

We could not build up a woman from the rib.

Greater wonders, however, than this will man do hereafter; for by "the Man Christ Jesus" will his Bride be created from the dust, in his own image after his own likeness, "to the glory of God, throughout all ages, world without end.

Amen".

When the Lord God presented the newly formed creature to her parent flesh, Adam said, "This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Ishah (or Outman), because she was taken out of Ish, or man.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh".

Thus, Adam pronounced upon himself the sentence that was to bind them together for weal or woe, until death should dissolve the union, and set them free for ever.

This was marriage.