10 The Quadrennial Sermon.
the ark, the visible head of which was Noah.
When they came out of the ark the persons
representing the Church were eight—Noah,
his three sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth),
and their families. Each of these three sons
was at the head of a family, and from them
came the patriarchs and priests of God.
God seemed to have chosen Shem for the
purpose of revealing to him his will con¬
cerning all the families of the earth, to make
known to the Shemitic branch of the sons
of Noah what he intended to do. This dis¬
tinction came to Shem, the patriarch, and. it
descended from patriarch to patriarch until
we come to Abraham, who was found at the
head of the visible Church of the living God.
The patriarch Abraham transmitted it to his
son Isaac, and Isaac to Jacob, and he to his
twelve sons. The third son of Jacob was
Levi, who seemed to have been remarkable
for his zeal and for his love of Korah; and
so great was his burning zeal for that which
was pure that it caused him to draw the
sword and slay the seducer of his sister Di-