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n. God makes examples of the wicked.—A father
once gave his boy a tree for a pet, which grew in the
garden. The little boy thoughtlessly drove many
nails in his tree, which he found disfigured its
beauty, and his father advised him to draw out the
nails and so he did, but lingered around the tree
weeping. When asked by the father what was the
matter, he said: drawing out the nails had left his
tree full of holes.
In transgression, man is branded for eternity
His evil deeds are spread upon the pages of history,
and over against the crime stands the penalty of
God's law, which served his awful doom.
In the first book of the Bible we are taught Adam's
transgression, over against which stands his excom¬
munication from Eden, his happy abode. In the
first period of the world's history, we are taught that
the people grew very wicked, just over against which
stands the record of the flood.
In the book of Numbers, we read of Pharoah pur¬
suing the Israelites, which people God had com¬
manded him to let go; and in the same book we read
of his destruction in the Red Sea with all his hosts.
We read in the same book of Korah, Dathan, and
Abiram who rose up against Moses in disobedience
to God by dissuading many from obedience, and we
read in the same chapter of two hundred and fifty
princes sinking beneath the earth.