Excerpt from Two Worlds Are Ours To the solid ground Of nature trusts the mind which builds for aye.
So wrote Wordsworth, and his words have their highest application in theology. While, like Jacob's ladder, its top is poised upon the throne of God, its base rests upon the familiar earth. It ascends from the earth and descends to the earth from its highest flights. The Divine revelations of the Bible were not communicated directly from heaven, but were acted out historically upon the earth. They were not painted on empty air, but were run into the mould of existing circumstances, and took their shape and colour from the things of nature and of man. The whole Bible is a Jacob's ladder, ascending by successive steps of the unfolding of the Divine scheme.
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