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and from childhood to man.
Soon as the stupendous wonders permitted his mental powers to act in regularity, would not such, or similar, be the reflections of his then perfectly pure and rational soul? What
Where am I! Of what am I, and all around me, made ! Who made us ! and for what end was I, and all creation, formed! A divine ray shining through his soul, doubtless, resolved the all-important questions, making known the Creator and the end of creation.
Struck with amazement at the infinite greatness, glory, and transcendent goodness, of the Lord God his Maker, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the bounties of creation, would not he, for some confiderable time, alternatively wonder and praise ; especially at the infinite kindness of the Lord God, in condescending so low, as graciously to enter into covenant with him, his creature, and that in name of all his posterity! Those who are of opinion that man did not stand more than one day, allow him but little time indeed, either for admiring the works of creation, or celebrating the praises of the Creator.
Although, in consummate wisdom, for the wiseft of reasons, the Most High God hath seen it best to conceal from us how long, or how short, man continued in a state of innocence ; yet it is probable, both from scripture and reason, that he stood for a good space of time. First, when we reflect, if it were poflible for any, in a moment of time, to be removed into the midst of fome great country or city, without his knowledge; upon looking up, what would his aftonishment be? All wonder-all admiration! How would he stand amazed ! loft in reflection, --confounded every power of his mind! Whether in a dream, in a vision, or awake, he beholds all, he is equally uncertain Not knowing what to think, would not he stand in contemplation, not for a short space, but for a long time? And can we suppose that Adam, as has been already observed, would be less astonished at finding himself, and beholding creation around ? nay, certainly unspeakably more so would he be. In the other case, the powers of the mind and body were not new, but in that of Adam perfectly fo: till that time unfelt and unknown
At once, pero feet as he was, how inconceivably great
would his astonishment at himself, be to himself.
Is it not then reasonable to suppose, that, for a considerable time, he could be employed in nothing else, but in alternately wondering and praising? especially if we consider that he was created after the Divine Image, and consequently, nothing was so natural or delightful to him, as the beauty of holiness, in adoring his God, and admiring the works of his hands. And upon the almighty Author of his being, graciously vouchsafing to enter into covenant with him, would he not be excited to pour out, his soul in ftill more lively anthems of praise, if livelier were possible, and higher strains of gratitude, while all the man was one continued flame of love to God? Can we then think, in these blest moments, when all his soul was transported with wondei, love, and joy ; or, for a considerable time afterwards, he would feel even the smallest want of an help meet for him? Next, man being created an active, intelligent being, was not to let those powers with which he was endued, lye dormant, but cxercise these talents for the glory of his Creator, and the
good of creation; consequently, we find, from the sacred page, the Lord God filling his hands with suitable employment, by placing him in the garden of Eden, for the purpose of dressing and keeping it; and, in the mean time, bringing to him all the beasts of the earth, and fowls of the air, in orderto receive their names.
Now, any who considers what vast numbers of different species there are, and the still greater varieties of each species, must reasonably suppose it would take a pretty long space of time for Adam to give them their names ; for, though he was perfect, yet he was not an infinite, but a finite creature; and fo could not do things at once, but must take time for his work, and employ his wisdom in consulting the natures of the different species of those creatures, and give them their designations accordingly, which doubtless he did.
After this, we find the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him; and he slept, which no doubt took up some portion of time. Upon his awakening, how would le be surprized, at beholding a creature fo like
himself, the comeliest of all creation around ? and still more so, when by revelation he knew she was made of a rib from his side? Bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, he confessed she was, and called her Woman. Thus finding an help meet for him, uniting in affection, they became one, and proved that sacred bond which is so indispensably necessary for the upholding of the human kind. Can we then suppose that Eve, immediately upon her arising from the side of her husband, would run gadding abroad among the trees of the garden ? Surely no, but, surprised at each other, wondering at themselves and all around ; and she most, if more could be, being last brought into existence, joining in sweet conversation, admiring creation, and praising their Creator; the man having taught her him, and declared the covenant, they doubtless spent their first conjugal hours in that very place, or arbour, where Adam first received the hand of his innocent bride from indulgent heaven. Now, if it was the duty, as well as a great part of the employment of inan, in a state of innocence, to contemplate the works of God; it certainly is and ought to Le ours, their fallen race.