The Berean Expositor
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familiar with the fauna and flora of the desert. This change of the lists of animal shows
that Moses, and not a priest a thousand years later, was the writer.
"An unbroken chain."--Malachi, the last of the prophets pre-supposes the history of
Elijah, the law of Moses and the history of Esau and Jacob. Zechariah pre-supposes the
feast of tabernacles, the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, and the Babylonian captivity.
Haggai pre-supposes Solomon's temple, the exodus from Egypt, and God's covenant
with Israel by Moses. The prophets refer to the tabernacle in Shiloh, the creation, the
flood, the destruction of Sodom, the Amorites, the Patriarchs and the deliverance from
Egypt. The subsequent reigns look back to David as the founder of the dynasty. Samuel
pre-supposes the Judges and Joshua, and Joshua pre-supposes the Pentateuch.
A golden thread runs through the many parts, uniting them into one organic whole, the
promise of the seed of the woman. This promise becomes more definite in Noah's
prophecy, for he focuses attention upon the line of Shem. At the call of Abraham, a
descendant of Shem, the range is further narrowed to Isaac, Jacob and thence to Judah,
finally fixing upon the family of David, and so to the birth of the Saviour at Bethlehem.
This article is necessarily brief, it is but to stimulate the mind, but if any reader is
thereby encouraged to search and see whether these things are so, the conviction will
grow as the evidence is accumulated that we can unreservedly confess "Thy Word is true
from the beginning".