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so show that the Jews will be called in. I persed them all over the world, and therealling them in must imply, not only the taktion ? He has actually chosen us to the great and infinitely important privileges of both. He has brought the kingdom of heaven, as near to us, as he can bring it, and invited, and commanded us to come in, and partake of all the spiritual and eternal blessings contained in it. How criminal and inexcusable must any of us be, if we neglect so great salvation ? Must not any finally impenitent and unbelieving sinner in this land and in this place, be far more criminal and inexcusable, than any heathen in Tyre, or Sidon, or Ninevah, or Sodom, and Gomorrah, or in Asia, Europe, Af. rica, or America, and deserve a heavier doom 3
THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS.
RoMANs xi. 15—For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead 3
The rejection of the Jews for rejecting the gospel was a deplorable event. It deeply affected the heart of the apostle, who sincerely lamented their sad condition. But there were three things, which afforded him some consolation in the view of it. The first was, that they were not all cast away. The second was, that their rejection was the occasion of spreading the gospel among the gentiles. And the third was, that they should be, in some future period, called in, and made instrumental of enlarging the church of Christ. This last ground of consolation is mentioned in the text. “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead 2* This plainly intimates, That the calling in of the Jews will be productive of great and happy effects. I shall, I. Show that the Jews will be called in, and, II. Mention some of the great and happy effects, which will flow from this event. I. I am to show that the Jews will be called in. God has dispersed them all over the world, and therefore his calling them in must imply, not only the takof this event we find in the first chapter of Hosea.--“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured, nor numbered : and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head; and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel,” or seed of God. The restoration of the Jews is still more literally foretold by the prophet Amos. By him God says, “I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build waste cities, and inhabit them ; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they also shall make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land, which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” The prophet Zechariah not only predicts the return of the Jews to their own land, but also describes the purity of their worship after their return. He says, “Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited—Yea, every pot in Jerusalem shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts : and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seeth therein; and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.” These are a few of the many predictions of the prophets concerning the future conversion and restoration of the Jews. I might cite many more passages, and even chapters in favour of the Jews being called in,
but those I have read, are sufficient to establish the
point, so far as predictions unfulfilled can establish it.
2. The remarkable preservation of the Jews, in their state of dispersion, confirms the predictions which have been cited, and affords a strong presumptive evidence of their future restoration. They have been scattered among all nations for almost two thousand years, and yet remain a distinct people, totally unconnected with all others, in their modes of living and rites of worship. This cannot be accounted for, by the common principles of human nature, nor by the example of any other nation in the world. All other conquered nations have, in time, lost their laws, their customs, their manners, and their religion, and become blended with their conquerors. Hence the preservation of the Jews, for so many ages, and in so many parts of the world, as a distinct nation, must be ascribed to the peculiar care of providence. For some reason or other, God has preserved and distinguished the seed of Abraham amidst all the wars and revolutions in the world. And what other reason can be assigned for this singular interposition of providence, but the divine purpose of restoring them to their native land 2 This, indeed, is a good reason why they should be preserved, and kept from mingling with any other nation. In this view, they have been ever since their dispersion, a standing monument of the truth of God in his predictions, and of the faithfulness of God in his promise to Abraham. His extraordinary conduct towards this people for more than eighteen hundred years past, has been an occular demonstration to the world, that he intends to collect them into one body, and lead them baek to the land of their nativity. And this is further confirmed,
3. By their peculiar circumstances, as well as by their past preservation. They never have been per