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The Second Advent in Relation to the Jew (7 of 11)
Series: The Second Advent
We have before us in these words a large and important subject, so large that volumes have been written upon it without exhausting it; so important that it forms the very fabric of this blessed Book.
It is impossible to do more than glance at its outlines in one brief address. But no consideration of the subject can be satisfactory that does not go back to the beginning and lay its foundations deep in the everlasting covenant referred to so pointedly in our text, "This is my covenant."
All God's dealings with Israel, past, present, and future, spring from this covenant. All are based upon it. Israel is beloved for the fathers' sakes, for what God has given He does not take back; "the gifts and calling of God are without repentance [rv mg Gr. not repented of]." A preordained plan lies at the foundation of the history of Israel.
Immediately before Abram received these gifts and calling of God, in Genesis 11, God had divided the nations and had given them their inheritance in the earth, with special reference to Israel. We read in Deuteronomy 32:8-9:
When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
The judgment of the Flood was unheeded by the nations, and the people soon gave themselves over to idolatry. Abram's family formed no exception as we learn from Joshua 24:2, where Joshua reminds the people of the fact, saying, "Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor: and they served other gods." Well may the Spirit lay such stress on the grace that called Abraham and the promise that was freely given to him; for surely it was all of pure and free grace when the G ...
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