teach by words as well as by works and so does God. And words reveal heart to heart, as works never can. ?The Jews were made to know, on behalf of all mankind, the guilt and shame of sin. Yet just when the disease was at its height, the physicians were beneath contempt.? Wrightnour: ?As if to teach all subsequent ages that no outward cleansing would tarnish a remedy, the great deluge, which washed away the whole sinful antediluvian world with the exception of one comparatively pure family, had not cleansed the world from sin.?
With this gradual growth in the sense of sin there was also a widening and deepening faith. Kuyper, Work of the Holy Spirit, 67 ? ?Abel, Abraham, Moses = the individual, the family, the nation. By faith Abel obtained witness, by faith Abraham received the son of the promise and by faith Moses led Israel through the Red Sea.? Kurtz, Religionslehre, speaks of the relation between law and gospel as ?Ein fliessender Gegensatz? ? ?a flowing antithesis? ? like that between flower and fruit. A. B. Davidson, Expositor, 6:163 ? ?The course of revelation is like a river, which cannot be cut up into sections.? E. G. Robinson: ?The two fundamental ideas of Judaism were theological (the unity of God) and philosophical (the distinctness of God from the material world). Judaism went to seed. Jesus, with the sledge-hammer of truth, broke up the dead forms, and the Jews thought he was destroying the Law.? On methods pursued with humanity by God, see Simon, Reconciliation, 232-251.
B. Prophecy. There was verbal prophecy beginning with the protevangelium in the garden and extending to within four hundred years of the coming of Christ. There also was typical prophecy in persons, such as Adam, Melchizedek, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Jonah, and in acts, such as Isaac?s sacrifice and Moses? lifting up the serpent in the wilderness.
The relation of law to gospel was like that of a sketch to the finished picture, or of David?s plan for the temple to Solomon?s execution of it. When all other nations were sunk in pessimism and despair, the light of hope burned brightly among the Hebrews. The nation was forward-bound. Faith was its very life. The O. T. saints saw all the troubles of the present ?sub specie eternitatis,? and believed that ?Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart? ( <199711>Psalm 97:11). The hope of Job was the hope of the chosen people: ?I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will stand up upon the earth? ( <181925>Job 19:25). Hutton, Essays, 2:237 ? ?Hebrew supernaturalism has transmuted forever the pure naturalism of Greek poetry. And now no modern poet,
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