First Statement: Godís attitude towards Israel is one of changeless benevolence.


Assurance: The immobility of the mountains.


"For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord, that hath mercy upon thee." Isaiah 54: 10.


Second Statement: Godís chastisement of Israel, though prolonged and severe, is but temporary.


Assurance: The guaranteed immunity from a second flood.


"For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee." Isaiah 54: 9.


NOTE.- That this statement does not mean that God is never wroth with Israel, but that His wrath is of a temporary character is proved by the context: "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer."


Third Statement: God will never cast off the people Israel.


Assurance: The immeasurability of the heavens above and the impenetrability of the earth beneath.


"Thus saith Jehovah: If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith The Lord." Jeremiah 31: 37.


Fourth Statement: God preserves the national existence of the people of Israel.


Assurance: The regularity of planetary motion and the stilling of the sea.


"Thus saith Jehovah, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon, and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is His Name; if those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever." Jeremiah 31: 35, 36.


Fifth Statement: The promises of the future restoration and salvation of Israel will be literally fulfilled.


Assurance: The historical literality of their age-long suffering.


"And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord." - Jeremiah 31: 28.


"For thus saith the Lord, Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them." - Jeremiah 32: 42.


Sixth Statement: The covenant by which God has guaranteed the perpetual rule of Davidís seed on Davidís literal throne is irrefragable.


Assurance: The fixity of the earth's diurnal motion.


"Thus saith the Lord: if ye can break My covenant of the day and My covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne ... thus saith the Lord, if My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return and will have mercy upon them." Jeremiah 33: 20, 21, 25, 26.


Seventh Statement: God will increase and dignify the descendants of David and the tribe of Levi.


Assurance: The innumerability of the stars and sand.


NOTE. - The innumerability of the stars and sand in reference to the increase of Davidís house is not, I think, so much an illustration of degree as an assurance of certainty.


"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David My servant and the Levites that minister unto Me." - Jeremiah 33: 22.


In these seven great Divine utterances it will be noticed that God speaks in each case in the first person singular, and in direct terms, without any symbolism or obscurity; and it is passing strange that in the presence of such statements, many of Godís children still spiritualize the promises to Israel and apply them to the Christian Church; confuse the Christian Church and the coming Kingdom; and treat the whole Jewish question as if it were a fad instead of a truth of fundamental importance.