Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law

The elevations in this series are as follows: The Promise of the Liberator from the day of the Loss The future deliverance was set even before the Crime, in the formation of the Church in the person of Eve. Adam and Eve, figures of Jesus Christ and Mary. The image of salvation in the fall …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 12, The Sabbath.

After sin, there should be no Sabbath, no day of rest for man: night and day, winter and summer, in sowing and harvesting, in heat and cold, he must be overwhelmed. However, God left to mankind the observance of the Sabbath established from the beginning of the world, in memory of the creation of the …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 11, The promised land.

The land of Canaan, promised to Abraham, was not a worthy object of his expectation, not a worthy reward for his faith. Also God holds him in this country as a stranger, otherwise having a true home, still in tents, and without fixed abode. Thus lived his children the other patriarchs, proclaiming themselves strangers and …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 10, The Victory of Abraham and the Sacrifice of Melchizedek.

The figure of baptism was given to Abraham, will there be one for our sacrifice? He returns victorious from a battle in which he has defeated four great kings who had taken Lot and all his property, and when he returns from battle he finds Melchizedek, of whom Scripture, contrary to its custom, does not …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 9, Circumcision.

It can not be denied that the circumcision given to Abraham is a great grace, since it is, as St. Paul says, the seal of justice in this patriarch, the pledge and the sacrament of the covenant of God with him and all of his race. But let us look at what this circumcision is. …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 8, Jesus Christ more expressly predicted to the Patriarchs

The whole human race was corrupted: God allowed all nations to go in their ways, as St. Paul says in Acts. Each wanted his God, and do his fantasy. The true God who had done everything had become the unknown God; and though he was so near us by his operation and gifts, of all …

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Elevations on the deliverance promised, from Adam to the Law: 7, The Tower of Babel – Shem and Abraham.

Here is a continuation of the divine promise. The human race was ravaged, but not humiliated by the flood. The Tower of Babel was a proud work: men in their turn seemed to want to threaten the heavens which were avenged by the flood, and prepare a refuge against flooding in the height of this …

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