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sions of the globe on which we live, they took place for great purposes at the time they occurred, and now studying them we may see the traces of an Almighty mover and worker; and if the events recorded in the Old Testament happened to the Jews as our ensamples, to study them is our duty and interest.
VI. Nor should we forget those who are still cleaving to the system the Gospel is designed to supersede.
God requires of all his creatures, in regard to the dispensations he has introduced, that their ideas of their nature and design should harmonize as nearly as can be with his own; that they should neither, on the one hand, be too meanly estimated, nor on the other, exalted above their proper place. In this last particular, the seed of Jacob have always erred, and if their conduct in this respect exposed them to the displeasure of heaven, and was a barrier to their moral and spiritual improvement before the types were all fully answered, how much more is this the case now, when the shadow is merged in the substance; but let us think of our obligations to those to whom pertained the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises : “Whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all God blessed for ever. Amen.”* And let us exert ourselves in every way in which we may be able, to put them in possession of that Gospel we have received through them. Our hope of success in seeking the conversion of
* Rom. ix. 4.
the Jews is justified by the little success with which God has been pleased to crown those that have been made the signs of the times in which we live, and especially by the declarations of Divine truth: 76 And so all Israel shall be saved : as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob."*
* Rom. xi, 26.
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