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THE JEWS HITHERTO A SEPARATE PEOPLE.
Numb, xxiii. 9. Lo! the people shall dwell alone, and shall-not he reckoned among the nations.
The object of these Lectures to examine the prophecies concerning the Jewish nation—History the best interpreter of prophecy—Mr. Davison quoted —'The first revealed characteristic of the Jewish people, is their separation from the surrounding nations of the earth—Constituted a distinct nation by the word of God to Abraham—His manner of interpreting that word—His descendants continue separate during the Egyptian bondage—In the wil
demess—In the occupation of Canaan—Predictions by Moses-Establishment of the royal government —The nation carried captive to Babylon, and there kept separate—Their return to their own land— Light thrown upon the interpretation of prophecy by so much of the history 13
THE JEWS CONTINUE A SEPARATE PEO-
Numb, xxiii. 9. Lo! the people shall dwell alone,
The separate state of the Jews proved from facts, and universally admitted up to the time of the birth of Christ. From that period of their history a difference of opinion exists in the Christian church—That difference stated—The opinion that their separation will continue till the end of the world, maintained-Distinction between Israel and Judah—As a plain matter of history—As fully recognized by the Prophets—Distinction between Judah national and the Christian remnant out of it in each age—Clearly stated by St. Paul—Continued separation of the Jews not to be accounted for by second causes—Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Gibbon quoted—Proofs that the separation must continue—1st. From the predictions that the Jews shall be a taunt, reproach, proverb, and by-word— 2nd. From the prediction of the transfer of the
cup of the Lord's anger from them to those who have afflicted them—3rd. From the argument of St. Paul, that the receiving of the Jews again to God's favour, will be as life from the dead to the Gentile world 45
THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES.
St. Luke xxi. 24. Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
The Jewish nation to continue separate till the end of the times of the Gentiles, or present dispensation-What is meant by the present dispensation —The plan of Jehovah respecting this world gradually developed, or dispensed—The end of it promised from the beginning-All former dispensations have fallen short of that end—The present dispensation examined into—The history of the progress of Christianity gives no reason to suppose the present to be a final dispensation—The design of the present dispensation—1st. To take and save a people out o/the Gentiles, Acts xv. 14.—Proofs from the experience, the number, and the character of the real disciples of Jesus Christ—2ndly. To provoke the Jews to jealousy—the termination of the present dispensation—The nature of it will be a separation—Proofs from the ancient prophecies, the parables of our Lord, and the apostolical Epistles—The date will synchronise with the restoration of the Jews, and precede the introduction of millennial blessedness 75 LECTURE IV.
THE JEWS SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A PEN-
Lev. xxvi. 40—42. If tliey shall confess their iniquity y and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass that they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; and that I also have walked contrary unto them, and ham brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity; then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Recapitulation of the former part of the subject —Entrance upon that part of which it is future— What God has revealed concerning his purposes towards the Jews, at and subsequent to the termination of the times of the Gentiles Their
penitence, previous to their restoration, argued from, 1st, the language of the predictions, in its natural and obvious meaning; 2dly, the prayer of Solomon; 3dly, the past deliverances of the Jews; 4thly, the analogy of sound doctrine—Apparently opposing passages of Scripture considered —Their conversion subsequent to their restoration —Bishop Louth quoted Ill LECTURE V.
THE JEWS SHALL BE RESTORED TO
Ezek. xxxvii. 21, 22. Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the Heathen, whither they be gone; and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to tliem all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two nations any more at all.
Various interpretations which have "been given of the text considered ; 1st. the return of the Jews from Babylon; 2dly, the conversion and sanctification of the Christian church; 3dly, the mixture of the two; 4thly, the literal re-occupation of Palestine by the twelve tribes—The last proved to be the correct one, by its being the only one which is consistent throughout 139
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Jer. xxiii. 5, 6. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch: and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.