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1. Let the Jews be the subject of your prayers. We ask
you not to imitate the example of the crusaders, those deluded champions of the cross.
The battles of the Lord are not fought with these carnal weapons. But we do request your unceasing intercessions. Most earnestly do we request you to cherish the spirit of Daniel, and of Nehemiah. Who can read the
prayer of Daniel for Jerusalem, without mourning over his own unbelief. That good man prayed, because God had promised to build the walls of Zion. His faith was unshaken, although that city had been seventy years a desolation. And every good man will pray,
because God has promised to restore the lost tribes of Israel. O where is the faith of Nehemiah, and of Daniel? Where do we hear the language of St. Paul, My heart's desire, and prayer to God, for Israel is, that they may be saved. We must forever despair of the conversion of the house of Israel, unless there be a revival of the spirit of the prophets and apostles. God will be inquired of by his people, before he accomplishes his great work.
Often did the Jewish saints pray for us; for our familes, for our churches. They toiled, and suffered, and died, in defence of our holy religion. Our God was their God, our heaven is their heaven. This Holy Bible they faithfully handed down to us, secure from the assaults of infidelity. All our seasons of communion with God, all our hopes of glory, are come to us through the instrumentality of the Jewish saints. Gratitude demands a suitable return for these invaluable favors.
The duty of prayer is enjoined upon us by the great Head of the Church. Are the Jews obdurate? We will weep for them. Did they crucify our Lord? He
himself prayed, Father, forgive them. Every Chris tian will adopt the same prayer. In the sincerity of his heart, he will plead for their forgiveness, and restoration to the privileges of the Gospel.
As I may not again plead the cause of Israel, in this place, I earnestly commend them to your prayers in secret; to your prayers in your families; to your prayers in this house, consecrated to the worship of God. Do
you wish to see the dispersed Tribes gathered into the fold of Christ? Pray for them. Do you wish to hear them crying, Hosanna to the Son of David? Pray for them. And let it be the resolution of every Christian, If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning; if I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
But, brethren, this is not all we have to do. Our prayers and our alms must ascend together as a memorial before God.
2. The Jews have special claims upon our charity.
As a benevolent people, the Jews held a high and important station. Observe the conduct of the first Jewish Christians! They brought their substance, and laid it at the apostles feet. The love of Christ constrained them. Their religion was a religion of benevolence. They sought not their own, but the things which are Jesus Christ's. And, to exceed all this, behold the first Missionaries of the Cross relinquishing every earthly interest, for the salvation of the Gentiles. Even while we were pagans, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, they suffered perils by land, and by sea; if by any means they might save some of us. O when shall we, Gentiles, imitate this blessed example!
When shall we repay this unmeasured benevolence! when be as faithful to them as they were to us! They who taught us the way to salvation were Jews. And what is more, infinitely more than all this, your Lord and your Savior, as concerning the flesh, was a Jew. Yes, brethren, he who now intercedes for
before the throne of God, as concerning the flesh, is a Jew! And his last command was, Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
We do not expect the conversion of the Jews by a miracle. The means which God hath appointed must be employed. The millions of Jews must be furnished with the word of God, and with the instruction of Missionaries. But this cannot be done without charity; without the liberal, and persevering efforts of the Christian world. Say then, brethren, shall we bear a part in this work of benevolence, or must it be accomplished without us.
Our assistance is now particularly solicited. Many of the Jews are willing to receive the New Testament. Conversions to Christianity are rapidly increasing. A general movement is taking place. Every eye is fixed upon Jerusalem.
There they believe the Messiah will come, and turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And if our Savior should revive his work within those consecrated walls, the good resulting would, probably, surpass all calculation. The dispersed abroad, fixing their attention upon this event, might renounce their fatal delusion, and receive him, who was crucified on calvary, as the Lamb of God who taketh
the sins of the world.
Many of you expect soon to enter into the joy of our Lord. As you enter the gates of the New Jeru
salem, will you not be greeted by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; by Moses, and the Prophets; by Peter and Paul, and their fellow Disciples. And may you
not hear the inquiry, where are our degenerate children? We toiled, and suffered for
but our children have been left to famish for the bread of life. brethren, as you value the privileges of the Gospel, you
desire the universal diffusion of the word of life, let me entreat you to regard with compassion that people, beloved for the fathers' sake. Carry back to them the blessings which, through their hands, have been so richly conferred upon you. Take them by the hand and lead them to Mount Calvary. For Zion's sake let us not hold our peace, for Jerusalem's sake let us not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Finally, we beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with us, in your prayers to God for us, that we may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judea, and that the service which we have for Jerusalem, may be accepted of the saints. AMEN.
The Holy Land an Interesting Field of Missionary Enterprise.
PREACHED IN THE
OLD SOUTH CHURCH BOSTON, SABBATH EVENING, Oct. 31, 1819,
PALESTINE VISSION, .
BY PLINY FISK, A. M.
Missionary to Palestine,
No. 50, CORRHILL.
U. Crocker, Printer.