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“ them: and the anger of JEHOVAH was kindled 6 against this land, to bring upon it all the curses 66 that are written in THIS BOOK : and JEHOVAH “ rooted them out of their land in anger, and in 6 wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them
into another land, as it is this day.” Deut. xxix. 24-28.
This is a prophecy of Moses, the servant of God, and it is a prophecy of great consolation to US of the Gentile nations, who believe in the divine legation of Mofes, as well as a prophecy of
great confolation to Israel also; and it is peculiarly incumbent on the directors and members of the Missionary Society, and all who concern themselves as to the communication of the glad-tidings of the gospel to Heathen nations, to meditate upon this prophecy. There is much information to be gathered from it, and I hope that in particular the directors of the Missionary Society will not be offended at my submitting the following questions for their consideration concerning it.
I conceive that it is clearly established in these words of Moses the servant of God, that ALL NATIONS will be converted to the knowledge of the one true God, the Great Creator of heaven and earth, JEHOVAH OF HOSTS, the God of Israel, by means of Israel his people.
How ? Are the Jews to become preachers unto all nations? It doth not seem from the words of Scripture that they are to become preachers to the nations, but they are to be as it were the TEXT from which it will please God to raise up others, to preach unto
all nations; and I think this is clearly inferred, nay more than inferred, EXPRESSED in the words of Moses, the servant of God, which we have quoted. It is a matter peculiarly INTERESTING to the directors of the Missionary Society, and to all who interest themselves in these things, for it seems in a peculiar manner to be PROPHETIC of the fruit, the result of that success which has in a measure attended the pious exertions of Missionaries; and especially it seems to be PROPHETIC of that success which by God's blessing we hope and firmly believe has in a most remarkable manner attended, and will we hope more amply yet attend, the exertions of the British and Foreign Bible Society, who avail themselves of the great art of printing, an art which it hath pleased God to give unto us in these latter ages, as one of the MEANS whereby ALL NATIONS will be enabled to refer to the Books of Moses, which they are described as doing in the 27th verse.
The Heathen nations, when they come into pofsession of these sacred books and meditate upon them, will draw their own inferences from them, and the inferences they will draw are just inferences; the very words they will use are prophetically recorded by Moses, the servant of God, and we may rest assured that if the words so recorded do not contain our fentiments, that we shall in some way or other be convinced of our error. In what manner are these things at present represented by Christians in general, as well as by the Missionary Society in particular?
They They admit that the desolate state of the holy land is evidence of the truth of God's most holy word. They admit that it is JEHOVAH, God of Israel, who hath scattered Israel into all nations; that it is he who hath 6 rooted them out of their land in anger, and 6 in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them 66 into another land, as it is this day, Deut. xxix. 28. But when the question naturally arises from this, their admission, “ WHEREFORE hath JEHOVAH 66 done thus unto this land ? what meaneth the heat “ of this great anger ?” They will not AS YET reply to the question in the words that are recorded by Moses, the servant of God, but, on the contrary, they ascribe the desolate state of the holy land, and the heat of this great anger, to another cause. They acknowledge Mofes, the servant of God, as a true prophet, but are not as yet disposed to answer this question in the words recorded by him : “ Because 66. they have forsaken the COVENANT of Jeho
VAH, the God of their fathers, which he made 6 with them when he brought them forth out of the 66 land of Egypt,” ver. 25. But although they are not YET disposed to reply to this question in the words recorded, the time WILL COME in which ALL NATIONS will reply to this question in the very words recorded by Moses, the servant of God, There is no resisting the decree of JEHOVAH OR Hosts, the God of Israel; he has ordained, he has decreed that ALL NATIONS shall make this confession concerning Israel, and concerning the land which he promised and gave unto their fathers. . It is
his will, and he has predestinated (Rom. viii. 29.) ALL NATIONS to give glory unto him, by confesfing that it is because Israel his people have 6 for55 faken the COVENANT of Jehovah, the God 56 of their fathers, which he made with them when 66 he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.”— And because “ they went and served other gods, 5 and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, $6 and whom he had not given unto them.” It was because of these things that “ the anger of JEHOVAH
was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all 46 the curses that are written in THIS BOOK" of Moses, the servant of God, from which these words are extracted; it was because of these things that 66 JEHOVAH rooted them out of their land in anger, 55 and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast 66 them into another land, as it is this day,” Deut. xxix. 25-28. When it shall please God in his sovereign grace to prepare the nations to make this confession, in the words that he hath ordained them to use, what will be their conduct towards Israel ? They would as soon think of thrusting their hands into the fire, as to endeavour to weaken the attachment of the Jewish nation to the COVENANT which God made with their fathers, when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt; and whenever they pray for Ifrael, it will be that they may be enabled by his grace “ to return unto Jehovah their God, 66 and obey his voice according to all that Moses his fo6 fervant COMMANDED them, with ALL their for heart and with ALL their soul," Deut. xxx. 2.
How very different are the present sentiments of man. : kind? It would be the height of injustice in any one to represent the Missionary Society as having adopted NEW IDEAs upon this subject, they have not adopted new ideas ; their error hath been, that they have not examined the opinions of those Christians who have preceded them. A great degree of love to the Jewish nation has arisen among them, and I firmly believe that this love towards the Jewish nation, which hath arisen among them, is of God, and that he will bless them in consequence of this love, which he has given them to feel for Israel his people. As yet this love has not been directed to its proper object, they have acted under a mistake ; but it hath not been an error of their own coining, they have walked in the path traced out by Christians who have preceded them. A path may be traced out in a map, and copies of this map may be multiplied, but as long as the path continues merely upon the map, and no one attempts to walk in this path, the truth of the lines of the map may be admitted, but cannot be PROVĘD; they should not have paid attention to this mạp, either to the copies of it which are in our libraries, or to the copies of it which are in the German libraries, but should have consulted the more ancient and only correct map of God's most holy word. They would not have from thence adopted the idea that it could tend to the benefit of the Jewish nation, if they could persuade them to FORSAKE the covenant which it pleased the Almighty to make with their fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt;