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"Pharaoh and Herod"
Parallel Lives of the Old and New Testament
Part 4 of 12
Clarence E. Macartney
The history of Israel from the time that God called
Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees, to the time of
Christ, is one long chain of Providence, in which one
link of history and human action is joined to another.
When we survey the entire chain of events, we can see
how each event had its place and its meaning,
although, had we been alive, and contemporary
witnesses of those events, we might not have
understood their meaning and their purpose. Providence
is a book which, like the Hebrew Bible, must be read
backwards. The Hebrew people have not only played a
great part in the history of redemption up to our own
age, but, according to the New Testament prophecies,
are to play a great part in the future. Their falling
away, Paul tells us, was a blessing to the world
because thereby the gospel was preached to the
Gentiles. He argues that a still greater blessing will
come to the church and the world through the
restoration of the Jews. We doubt not that that great
blessing is even now being prepared by the great
Director of the events of time and the great Actor on
the stage of history. It is not possible for us to
note or describe those events; but when the great
prophecy as to the future of Israel has been
fulfilled, then it will be seen that certain events,
perhaps the events of our own day and generation,
played no little part in the divine consummation.
The name Pharaoh, made as familiar to men today as
Smith, or Jones, or Brown, because it occurs in the
Bible, opens for us a chapter in God's providential
dealing with His people Israel. His purpose for the
Jews involved the captivity of Israel in Egypt, and
their ultimate deliverance. In the captivity of Israel
a boy's dream played its part, for it was Joseph's
dream of his brothers' sheaves worshiping his sheaf
which inspired the enm ...
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