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the true seed enter into their inheritance, even as at the filling up of the iniquity of the
Amorite, Israel entered into theirs, and in the seven last plagues is "filled up the wrath
of God" (Rev. 15: 1).
Here in these twenty items we have given little more than a catalogue; if each passage
cited is considered in the light of the context, it seems impossible to avoid the doctrine of
the two seeds, a doctrine which not only illuminates the purpose of the ages, but is the
theme of that most ancient book, the book of Job, which sheds light on Gen. 3:, 6:,
the extermination of the Canaanites, and a many doctrinal and dispensational subject.
It is this that makes the passages in Gen. 15: of such importance, and which by
application illuminates the conflict that the Church of the One Body must expect while
"principalities and powers" are "the rulers of the darkness of this world".
"Ye have compassed this mountain long enough."
pp. 178 - 180
It is a fact that should be reiterated until its significance is realized, that the FIRST
BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT were the epistles of Paul. The Church has
elected to travel by way of the Gospels and the Acts, even as Israel wandered their
forty years, but that fact remains that the initial revelation of Divine grace was not
accepted except by the minority.
The story of Israel's failure under Moses and eventual triumph under Joshua is
recorded in the books of Deuteronomy and Joshua. Deuteronomy is so called because the
law was given a second time, and is taken from Deut. 17: 18, where "copy of the law"
is spoken in Rabbinic writings as the Mishneh or "doubling" and which the LXX
translates deuteronomion "repetition of the law". It is the time of restatement, after the
period of wandering is over. The first four chapters of Deuteronomy were spoken by
Moses "on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red Sea". The
"plain" is the Arabah, the name of the valley that extends southward from the Jordan.
There is a world of feeling in the retrospect which is spoken in parenthesis:
"(There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir unto
even as the poet has expressed it:
"The saddest words of tongue or pen
It might have been . . . . ."
Moses, however, apart from the expression of regret, passes to the immediate present:
"And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the