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1. 1 Chron. 16.
Did this general declension and religious break-up disturb the purposes of God? Not at all. As soon as David had brought the ark to Jerusalem, and had restored in measure the national worship, his prophetic song of thanksgiving (in 1 Chron. 16) returned at once to celebrate the covenant God had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, declaring it to be an everlasting covenant commanded to a thousand generations (15-17), and quoting the Divine promise as to the land of Canaan. Looking to the promise that all the families of the earth shall be blessed the singer calls upon all the peoples to worship Jehovah, and speaks of an era when Jehovah reigns and judges, the world is established immovably, and concludes with a prayer that Israel shall be gathered together and delivered from the nations (28-36). These last conditions have never yet obtained. Are they yet to do so? or is this inspired prayer and prophecy to fail of fulfilment, as some assert?
2. 1 Chron. 17. The answer of God to that prayer is given in the next chapter. David had planned to erect a grand temple, to take the place of the tabernacle. God approved the purpose but said that a son of David should carry it out. But to David He said that He would build him a house, that is, a family line, and make him great. As for David's people, this significant promise was added: "And I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the first ... " (9, 10).
These features are renewed from the Abrahamic covenant:
It is obvious that neither David, nor Solomon, nor their kingdom continued for ever. Yet God calls it "My kingdom." Is this promise to be fulfilled or not?
3. Ps. 89. The covenant was confirmed by the oath of God and its terms were public property. Ethan the Ezrahite recited them in his psalm (19-37), and emphasized (1) the supremacy promised to David over all kings; (2) the certainty and everlastingness of the covenant; (3) the chastisements for failure and disobedience; (4) but
"My covenant will I not break. Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by My holiness; I will not lie unto David; his seed shall endure for ever, And his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky" (i.e., the rainbow) (34-37).
Yet in spite of these solemn unequivocal declarations by Jehovah some ask us to believe that He has altered the thing that has gone out of His mouth, and that the notion of the throne of David being established for ever is now wholly ruled out, and that Israel never will be established for ever* in their own land.
[* That is, for as long as this earth remains, before being replaced with “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21: 1).]
4. Isaiah 19. But
this is the exact reverse of how Isaiah was enlightened by the Spirit of Christ
and inspired to describe the future of
“In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth: for that Jehovah of hosts bath blessed them, saying, Blessed be Egypt, my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
is certain that these three peoples never yet have had such a triple alliance
and been jointly a blessing at the world's centre. Never yet has
But this will involve similar mangling of the many other prophecies concerning the other lands of the Middle East, for they are all associated with these three both geographically, politically, and in the Divine forecasts of the End Days.
Those who would turn the literal
the speakers, hearers, and readers of the prophecies the names used had
definite, well-known significance.
- G. H. LANG.
Baron was a learned Hebrew Christian, born in
THE PROMISES. (Rom. 9: 4)
"Now I say that Christ hath been made a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises given unto the fathers."- Rom. 15: 8.
"And the Promises." This constitutes another of God's
great and irrevocable "gifts" to
on this point, especially professing Christendom, and many true Christians even
in Protestant countries, have through ignorance been at variance with the
Apostle and with the clearly revealed mind of God. The general belief of Christians for many
centuries has been that the promises made to
"The attitude of such Christians in relation to the Jews has been humorously illustrated by that prominent Jewish witness for Christ, the late Joseph Rabinowitch, in the following story: During the last Russo-Turkish war, after a great battle, a certain number of men in a particular regiment were returned in the list as dead, and an officer with a company of soldiers was commissioned to attend to the sad duty of seeing them decently buried.
While engaged in this task, they came across a poor man who was badly wounded, and left on the field for dead, but who had life enough in him to refuse to be buried. But the amusing part of the business was that the officer in command seemed, very much perplexed. He asked the poor man's name, looked at his list, and then said, ' Well, I do not know what to do with you; in my list you are put down as dead.' This, Mr. Rabinowitch said, is the attitude of many Christians in relation to the Jew.
In their political and religious creeds, the Jews as a nation are
put down as dead, and even many true Christians, when
reading in the Scriptures the exceeding great and precious promises which God
made to Israel, say, 'Oh yes, Israel that is a nation that
once lived, but died some nineteen centuries ago, when they rejected Christ,
and now "Israel means no longer Israel, but the Church which has entered
into their inheritance.' But
[*Quoted from my (D. Baron's) book, "The Ancient Scriptures and the Modern Jew."]
When the Apostle Paul wrote these words, Israel had already rejected Christ, and it was on that account that he pours out the great sorrow and uninterrupted pain of his heart, yet - and this is one great purpose he had in writing these three chapters (Rom. 9-11.) - he proceeds to show how that, though all men be liars, God abides faithful, and that His gifts and calling of Israel (in spite of all that has happened) are "without repentance" or a change of mind on His part.
Therefore, it is with design that he says, not that they were Israelites, and that to them belonged the adoption, and the glory and the covenants, and the service of God, and the promises: but who are Israelites, and that theirs are all these gifts which constitute their high calling, for God hath not cast off the people which He had foreknown; and though the majority of many generations of Israel may exclude themselves through unbelief from the enjoyment of these great privileges, they are reserved in the purpose of God against the time when "all Israel shall be saved," and when, through Christ, they shall experience nationally what we now experience individually, that all the promises of God, "how many soever they be," and whether relating to spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, or to national and "temporal" blessings in earthly places in Canaan - "in Him is the yea" of verification, "and through Him also is the Amen" of response and of experience "to the glory of God through us" (2 Cor. 1: 20).
Meanwhile, far from the death of our Lord Jesus being occasion for the cancelling or annulling of the promises made to Israel, the Apostle assures us that "Christ was made a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God that He might confirm the promises made unto the fathers" (Rom. 15: 8); and since they have been ratified with His own precious blood, they have been made doubly sure, and can never fail.
I am speaking to Christians, and do not want to be misunderstood. I believe that there is not a promise in reference to spiritual blessing which the least and weakest believer in Christ may not apply and enjoy as if uttered to himself, and (as I said elsewhere) remember that in all His words and acts to Israel the heart of Israel's God is opened up to you, whoever you may be, who have learned to put your trust under the shadow of His wings. For this God is your God for ever and ever - the Father of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who wants you to learn from His infinite grace and faithfulness to His unworthy Israel that His faithfulness to you, too, can never fail.
But what I want you to know is that your inclusion into promises made to Israel in no way alters the meaning and force of the words as primarily uttered to that nation, and that you can be no gainer, but rather much of a loser, by the so-called spiritualizing, or phantomizing, method of interpreting Scripture, by which "Zion," "Israel," "Jerusalem," etc., are explained to mean the "Church," or "heaven"- a method which is largely responsible for the fact that the Bible, especially the prophetic Scriptures, has become a scaled book to the majority of professing Christians, who in consequence become an easy prey to every wind of false doctrine, or to the specious rationalism in relation to God's Word which now, alas, permeates the Churches!
"Theirs are the promises," and not one thing that
God spake will ever fail - "For thus saith
Jehovah, like as I brought all this great evil upon this people [and so literally fulfilling all
the threatenings and curses which He had uttered against them], so will I bring upon them all the good that
I promised them." "He will turn
again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities, and Thou
wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth unto Jacob, and
the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of
old." And then, when Jehovah "hath
remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of
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