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NoahchICAL Dispensation of the Covenant of Grace, whereby all Men, from Noah to Abraham, were to seek Salvation, and whereby all besides the Family of Abraham were to be saved, even all the Heathen World, till they hear of Christ, 7 Q. What Promise did God make to Noah ?

A. That the World should never be drowned again, and it pleased God to appoint the Rainbow to be a Token of it, Gen. ix. 13-15.

8 Q. Was there no Rainbow before the Flood ?

1. It is probable that there was no Rain before the Flood, for the Earth was watered daily by à thick Mift, Gen. ii. 5, 6, and then there could be naturally no Rainbow, for it is made by the Sun-Beams shining upon falling Rain.

9 Q. Who were Noah's three Sons ?

A. Shem, Ham, and Japhet ; and they were the Fathers of all Mankind after the Flood, Gen. ix. 18, 19. and x. 32.

so 'Q. Who were the Offspring or Posterity of Shem?

A. The Perfians, who came from Elam their Father; the Syrians from Aram; the Hebrews from Eber, as is supposed ; and particularly the Jews, with other Inhabitants of Asia, Gen. X. 21.

u Q. Who were the Posterity of Ham?

A. The Canaanites, the Philistines, and others in Asia, and the Egyptians, with other Inhabitants of Africa, Gen. x. 6, 6C.

12 Q. Who were the Posterity of Japhet ?

A. Gomer, supposed to be the Father of the Germans, Javan of the Greeks, Mefhech of the Muscovites, and other Families that dwelt in Europe, Gen, x, 2,

13 Q. Wherein

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**** 13.Q. Wherein did Ham the Father of the Canaanite do amifs ?

A. He saw his Father Noah naked, and made, Sport with him, and he was curfed under the Name of his Son Canaan, Gen. ix. 21, 25, Note, It is probable that Canaan joined with his Fa

ther Ham in the Mockery of his Grandfather Noah, and therefore he was cursed: And besides, this gave early Notice to the Israelites, that the Canaanites, whose Land God gave them to pofless, Were a People under an ancient Curse,

14 Q. What did Shem and Japhet do on this Occafion!

A. They covered their Father with a Garment, and concealed his Shame, and were blessed, Gen. ix. 23; 26; 27:

55.Q. Did Mankind freely divide themselves after the Flood into several Nations?

A. No; but being all of one Language, they agreed rather to build a chief City with a Tower, that all Men might be joined in one Nation or Kingdom, Gen, xi. 4. fr]Q How did God fcatter them abroad into different Nations?

A. By making them speak different Languages, and then they ceased to build the Tower, which was ciled: Babelor Confusion, Gen. xi. 7-9.

17 Q. Did God preserve the true Religion in any

of their families? i S A. It is supposed to have been chiefly preserved in the Family of Shem, for God is called the Lord God of Shem, Gen. ix. 26. Note, Though the knowledge of the true God and Re. ligion were chiefly preservedintheFamily of Shem,


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it is evident that some Branches of Ham's Fami. ly, and probably of Japhet's too, preseryed it for fome hundreds of Years; for Melchifedek, a King of the Canaanites in Abraham's 'Time; was a Priet of the most High God; and Abimelech, a King of the Philistines, feared God, and had a Sense of Religion; and both these are derived from Ham.

Sect. II, Of. ABRAHẢM and Lot, ISHMAEL,

and Is A AC 18 Q: WHO was the most famous Man of

Shem's Pofterity in these early Ages? 1. Abraham, the Son of Terah, of the Posterity of Eber, Gen. xi, 27.

19 Q. What was the first remarkable Thing recorded of Abraham?

A. He left his own native Country to go wherefoever God called him, Gen. xii. 1, 4..

20 Q. Whence did Abraham come, and whither did he go?

A. He came first from Chaldea, then from Haran; and he went to dwell among Strangers in the Land of Canaan, Gen. xi. 31.and xii. 5. Heb.xi.899.

21 Q. Who came with Abraham into Canaan?

A. Lot his Brother's Son; and they brought with them all their Substance and their Housholds, Gen. xii. 5.

22 Q. Did they continue to dwell together?

A. Their Catile and Servants grew so numesous, that they parted for fear of quarrelling, and Abraham gave Lot his Choice to go to the East or the West, Gen. xiii. I- -9.

23 Q. Where did Lot kjourn?

Ā. He chose che East, and pitched his Tent toward Sodom, because it was a well-watered and fruitful Country, ver, to-12.

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24 Q. What

24 Q. What Calamity befel Lot here? A. He was carried away captive together with other Inhabitants of Sodom, when the King of Sodom was routed in Battle by his Enemies, Gen. xiv.

25 Q. What did Abraham do on this Occasion ?

A. He armed his own Servants, three hundred and eighteen Men, who pursued the Conquerors, and-routed them, and brought back Lot, and the other Captives with their Goods, Gen. xiv. 14–16.

26 Q. When Abraham returned from the Slaughter of the Kings, what Honour' was done him?

A. Melchisedek, the King of Salem, and a Priest of the most High God, met him, and pronounced a Blessing upon him, Gen. xiv. 18-20.

27 Q. What Civility did the King of Sodom thew Abraham?

A. He offered him all the Goods that Abraham had recovered from the former Conquerors, but Abraham refufed to accept them, ver. 21, &c.

28 Q. What became of Sodom afterwards ?

A. It was burnt by Fire and Brimstone from Heaven, together with Gomorrah, and other cities, because of the abominable Wickedness of their Inhabitants, Gen. xix. 24.

29 Q. Was there no body to plead with God to spare them ?

A. Yes; Abraham pleaded with God to spare Sodom, and God would have done it, had there been but ten righteous Men in all the City, Gen. xviii. 23–33.

30 Q. How did Lot escape?

A. The two Angels, which were sent to dea stroy Sodom, persuaded him to fly away with his Family firft, Gen, xix. 15.

31 Q. How

31 Q. How many of his Family escaped this Judgment ?

A. Only himself and his two Daughters, for his two Sons-in-law refused to remove, Gen. xix. 14.

32 Q. What became of Lot's Wife? A. She went with him part of the Way, but when she looked back, hankering after Sodom, The was struck dead immediately, perhaps with a Blast of that Lightning which burnt Sodom, and the stood like a Pillar of Salt, Gen. xix. 26.

33 Q. Was Lot a religious Man? 1. Yes, and his righteous Soul was daily vexed with the wicked Conversation of the Men of So. dom, 2 Peter ii. 7, 8.

34 Q. Did he maintain his righteous Character ever afterwards?

A. He once was enticed into the Sin of Drunkenness, and then he let his two Daughters lie with him, and abuse him, Gen. xix. 30, &C.

35 Q. Had Lot anyChildren by this sinfulAction?

Ä Yes, Moab was the Son of one Daughter, and Ben-ammi of the other; and they were afterwards the Fathers of the Moabites and Ammonites, who proved to be sore Enemies of God's People, Gen. xix. 37, 38.

36 Q. Thus ends the History of Lot and Sodom: Let us return now to Abraham : In what Part of the Country did he dwell?

A. When he removed from Lot he went toward the West, and travelling on toward the South West, he sojourned in the Land of Abimelech, Gen. xx. 1.

37. Q. Who was Abimelech ?

4. He was King of Gerar, in the Country of the Philistines, Gen. xx. 2. and chap. xxi. 32.

38 Q. What did Abimelech do at Abraham's coming?

A. He

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