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wild and favage ? Shall Christians, Thoughts on the future glory of the any longer adopt the language of
Jewish Nation. the fluggard, A lion is without, we fball be sain in the streets, and fold
THE friends of Christianity up their hands, while millions are
1 who have paid the closelt perishing for the want of their af
attention to the prophecies, are fistance? Shall we not rather hear
agreed that the time is not far disthe command of our mighty Re.
tant, when the earth ball be filled deemer, Go ye into all the world,
with the knowledge of the glory of and preach the gofpel to every crea
the Lord, as the waters cover the ture ? Shall we not imitate bis ex. 1.
"I fea; and that the conversion of ample, who loved and died for
the Jews to the faith of the gospel, mankind, and love our perishing
will conftitute a very important fellow-men ! Shall we not deny
part of the approaching prosperity and exert ourfelves that they may
of the church. It is not presumed be saved ? Do we taste the sweets
by the writer of this Essay tha: he of pardoning mercy and rejoice in
can offer any thing new on this
subject. The attention of the reathe salvation of the gospel, and hall we not invite others to the
der may be excited, by a plain re.
view of truths which are generally heavenly repast ? Shall we not discern the signs of
known, lo search the scriptures the times, and deriveencouragement
with greater diligence, and to pray from the providence and promises
with more fervor for the enlarge. of God ? Has he not at this peri
ment and prosperity of tốe Reod, awakened, in many parts of
deemer's kingdom. Protestant christendom, an uncom
Whether the Jews will return to mon attention to the state of the
the land which God gave unto their
| fathers, and be co more removed heather, and to greater exertions
from it, I shall not now inquire, for the propagation of the gospel,
but shall confine myself to the subthan hath ever before been, since the age of the apostles ? Can it be
ject of their conversion to Chrisimagined that he is doing this with.
tianity. That this happy cvent out some wife and glorious end,
will take place is evident from mawhich he is about to answer ? Does
ny paffages of scripture. it not carry an intimation, that the
I shall select only a few of the time is about to commence, in Pro
principal ones. which he will give to his son, Thel :
:] The first passage I Mall introduce Heathen for his inheritance and ibe is recorded in Jeremiah xxxi. 31 uttermoll parts of the earth for his
Behold, the days come faith poleon ? Hath he spoken and will he not do it? Shall we not all
| covenant with the house of Israel, therefore arise to the help of the
and with the house of Judah : Not Lord, and be co-workers with
according to the covenant that I him ? Shall we not moft liberally
made with their fathers, in the day
that I took them by the hand, in and cheerfully give our money,'em
bring them out of the land of Eploy our time and powers for this
gypt, (which my covenant they blessed purpose ; and pray without
| brake, although I was an husband cealing, Thy kingdom come, tby
unto them faith the Lord ;) but this will be done on earth as it is in
hall be the covenant that I will beaver. AMEN.
make with the house of Israel ; of
ter those days, faith the Lord, I the Romans. It is declared thae will put my law in their inward | after these many days, the childrena parts, and write it in their hearts : 1 of Israel will return, and seek the and will be their God, and they Lord their God and David their Shall be my people. And they shall king. By David in this prophecy teach no more every man his neigh is meant the Messiah ; who did not bor, and every man his brother, come into the world until a long faying, Know the Lord: For they | time after their return from their Mall all know me, from the least of | Babylonian captivity, and but a them unto the greatest of them, saith | Thort time before their present dif. the Lord : For I will forgive their perfion. Moreover, the piety of iniquity, and I will remember their the children of Israel described by Jin no more. This prediction re Hofea, is represented as taking ceived but a small accomplishment, place in the latter days. The either on the return of the Israel phrase latter days, or last days, is ites from Babylon, or in the age most generally used in scripture eiof the apostles ; the only past pe-ther for the whole or some part of riods in which any can suppose it the period which began with the was fulfilled. The Israelites have coming of Christ in the flesh. It not, in any one generation since is manifest that the prophecy before their departure from Egypt, been us looks forward to the national so universally pious as this prophe conversion of the Jews, when they cy affirms. When have there been will acknowledge the Meffiah, of any appearances among them which whom David the king of Israel answer to the description, of all was fo illustrious a type. knowing the Lord, from the least of I will mention but one passage them even unto the greatest of them? more in the Old Testament, and The time is yet future when the that is contained in Zechariah xii. Lord will be their God, and they lo. And I will pour upon the house fhall be his people, in the extensive of David, and upon the inhabitants sense of this prediction and prom- of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace ise.
and of fupplications ; and they sball Let us next attend to Hofea iii. look upon me whom they have pier4,5. For the children of Israel shall ced, and they shall mourn for him abide many days without a king, and as one mourneth for his only fon, and without a prince, and without a fac- Mall be in bitterness for him, as one rifice, and without an image, and that is in bitterness for his firfiwithout an ephod, and without ter- born. The person in this text aphim. Afterward Jall the chil- who is pierced by the inhabitants dren of Israel return, and seek the of Jerusalem is Jesus of Nazareth. Lord their God, and David their | To him it is expressly applied in king ; and shall fear the Lord and John xix. 37. And again another his goodness in the latter days. The fcripture faith, They all look on time was short in which the chil- | him whom they have pierced. The dren of Israel abode in Chaldea, forrow which the Jews are repreand remained without the means sented as feeling when they look of religious instruction which they upon the Messiah whom they had enjoyed in Jerusalem. The peri- pierced, is godly forrow, and conod expressed by many days, applies sequently involves in its nature only to their dispersion since their evangelical repentance. It is the city and temple were destroyed by fruit of the out-pouring of the
fpirit of grace and supplications. I that the rejection of the Jews is The mourning in that day will be not total, and by declaring that it univerfal. It appears from the will not be final. In the first part context that there will be a great of his reply he mentions his own mourning in Jerusalem ; like the case as an exception from the genJamentations which were uttered | eral wretchedness of his nation in that city when king Josiah fell I also am an Ifraelite of the feed of in battle, in the valley of Megid. Abraham, of the tribe of Benjado. It is said in verse 12, that min. He goes on to mention the the land ball mourn ; and thence seven thousand men who did not to the end of the chapter, the bow the knee to Baal in the demourning is described as being car- generate age of the Prophet Elijah, ried into every family and into the and applies that fact to his present closet. Such a day of godly for- purpose in ver. 5. Even so then, at row for fin as is held up by Zech- this present time also there is a remariah, goes far beyond what took nant according to the election of grace: place among the Jews on the day It abundantly appears from the of Pentecoft, or what hath been 11th verse and onwards, that the in any other period since there was rejection of the Jews is not firial. a church on the earth. Several I say then have they fiumbled that thousand of the Jews were con- they would fall ? God forbid: but verted to the faith of the gospel in rather through their fall falvation the Apostolic age, and a few indi-is come unto the Gentiles, for to viduals have been converted since, provoke them to jealousy. Now if but the body of the nation have for the fall of them be the riches of the many hundred years been given up world, and the diminishing of them to hardness of heart and blindness of the riches of the Gentiles, how much mird. The prophecy of Zecha. more their fulness ? The fulness of riah must refer to a day yet to the Jews iš fet over against their come, when the Jews then alive fall, or their aportacy and subsewill universally, with believing, quent rejection. By their fulness contrite hearts, embrace the Mes- then must be meant their return to. fiah who was crucified without the God by faith in the Meffiah. Their gates of Jerusalem..
fall had been the occasion of enLeaving the Old Testament let riching the Gentiles with gospel us pass to the New, and attend to blessings. Their fulness, or gere. the xi. chapter of the epistle to the ral ingathering, will be infti velRomans. This chapter begins tal of procuring the sam: bl birge with an objection-Hath God caft in a much higher degree. Onsit away his people ? q. d. How is ting other quotations which migli this casting away of the Israelitish | be taken from this chapter, I pics nation consistent with the declara- on to the 25th and 26 il verses. tion and promise which God hath For. I would not, brethren, that ge made, That he hath chosen Jacob | bhould be ignorant of this myjlery, unto himfelf, and Ifrael for his pe- | (left ye should be wise in your own culiar treasure : and that he will conceits) that blindasss in part is not cast off his people, neither will happened to Israel, unil in fulness be forfake his inheritance.* He of the Gentiles be come in un jo replies to the objection by observing ull Israel ball le jouid; as it is
written, There shall come C2! O Brio * Psalm cxxxv. 4. xciv. 14. on the Deliverer, and Bali iurn apraise.
way ungodliness from Jacob. These lo entirely, with the concerns of words are too plain to need any eternity. God has taken hold of comment It is manifest from your conscience. I hope it is his them that the Jews will, as a body, design, to make you a veffel of be turned from their unbelief, and mercy.' I find you are much difwill acknowledge Jesus Christ as turbed with the sovereignty of God, their Redeemer.
l in the dispensations of his grace. The removal of the blindness This is not uncommon, with peoof the Jews and their return to the ple in your circumstances ; but it church will be a wonderful event. is an evidence of the enmity of the What ball the receiving of them becarnal heart against God. God is but life from the dead? Their re- sewing you your heart. You have covery will refemble a refurrection heretofore had little acquaintance from the grave. It will throw with yourself, in respect to your great light upon the scriptures ; relation to God. You will find, and will fill one minds of believers that your natural opposition to him of all nations with admiration and is as great, as the scriptures have
represented it. I shall conclude this Essay with I will take the liberty, to make the inscription put upon the monu- to you fome observations, on the ment of Rabbi Judah Monis, who Sovereignty of God; and on that was born in Italy, and ended his opposition to it, which so often aplife in Northborough, Maffachu. pears among men. setts.
The sovereignty of God confifts INSCRIPTION. "Jin his doing whatever he pleases. « Here lie buried the remains of | In the exercise of this sovereignty, RABBI JUDA# Monis, M. A. he has created what worlds, and
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what intelligent creatures, he faw In which office he continued 40 years. fit. He manages and disposes of He was by birth and religion a Jew, them, in all circumstances, as he But embraced the Christian faith; | thinks proper. He gives them
And was publickly baptized such abilities and accommodations,
as he chooses. In his own wil.
dom, he brings men into being, Aged eighty-one 'years, two months in this, or that age of the world.
and twenty-one days. He orders the circumstances of A rative branch of Jacob see,
their country, parentage, constituWhich once from off its olive broke, tion of body, education, profperiRegrafted in the living tree,
ty, or adversity. He gives, or Of the reviving sap partcok.
withholds the light of the gospel. From teeming Zion's fertile womb, As dewy drops in early morn,
Where the light of the gospel is OrriGag bodies from the tomb, enjoyed, he fometimes attends it At once be Israel's nation born." B. with the influerices of his fpirit, so (To be continued.) . that many are awakened, and bro't
home to Christ; and at other times, Letter on the SOVEREIGNTY of God, he withholds those influences, and
to a friend, under serious impref- the people are stupid. He awafons.
kens and renews one, and another Sir,
is left. He has mercy on whom T AM happy to find, that of he will have mercy and whom he 1 late, your attention is taken up' will he hardeneth. They are hat: dened by those very means, by | It is his fixed control and govern. which they ought to be persuaded ment of all things, to answer de. to repent, and believe the gospel. ligns the most desirable and excel. He doth all things according to lent, that can be devised, by his inthe counsel of his own will. finite wisdom.-God is the author There is none can stay his hand, of all things. He has a right to or say unto God, What doest do what he will, with his own. thou?
The cattle upon a thousand hills But the sovereignty of God is are his. His right to Angels and not the gratification of a capricious men is as well founded, as to the spirit. He does not act like an beasts of the field. Certainly he unreasonable despot. He is in has a right to use them, to accomfinitely wife and judicious, in the plish such desirable ends. management of his creatures. He'. The dominion of God is neces. manifests infinite goodness in his farily sovereign. He has no supe. dealings. Doubtless he can assign rior, or equal with whom he may a sufficient reason, for the creation take counfel. None is able to give of the world, and of all his crea- | it. He can do nothing in any othtures-why he placed them in sucher way, but a sovereign way. He circumstances, under such laws, / must do what he does, of his and disposes of them as he does. I own will, without advice or di. He has told us his object : It is rection. Who was there to tell the public good, or greatest geris him how far to extend creation, eral happines. He enriches his what government to infitute a. creatures, with the best manifesta. | mong his creatures, and how to tions of his own glorious perfec order the things of his providence? tions by his administration, and he He was obliged to adopt his own gratifies his benevolence, and makes plans. “Who hath known the mind all things work together, for the of the Lord, and who liath been good of them that love him. This his counsellor ?” is a laudable object. He has wis- The sovereignty of God is dedom to devise the means, and pow. | sirable. If God were unwilling er to accomplish it. He takes his to take the management of all measures, and without asking leave things into his hands, who would ? of creatures, who are but of yer Whom could we trust? Who has terday, pursues his object. He sufficient wisdom, or power?does whatever will in the end best Would not his creatures be ready answer his main design. All things to apply to him, and entreat, that were at first created, and are con- he would not suffer every thing to ftantly managed for this end. He go to ruin ? It is desirable that the makes as many worlds, and as ma- general interest of the universe ny creatures as are necessary to should profper. It is a blessing, it. He orders their circumstan- / that he has undertaken to bring it ces, and controls their actions, about. The benevolent rejoice in and will produce the greatest gen- | it. It demands the acknowledge eral good, in defiance of all op- ments of all. “ The Lord reigns, position. All opposition will in let the earth rejoice, let the multithe end be uverruled to subserve tude of the isles be glad thereof !” it. Nothing is in vain : All Besides : In the matter of the things answer his benevolent pur. | dispensations of saving grace, Whio poses. This is his sovereignty, I shall tell God how to bestow it?