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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Under God, He was indebted to some of those who received Him for His daily bread.

What significance this fact attaches to that petition of the prayer He taught His disciples, saying, "Our Father, who art in heaven, give us this day our daily bread".

There were thirteen of them, Himself and the twelve, who had all to be provided for from day to day, and though He could multiply a few loaves and fishes to feed thousands, His own wants were supplied by contribution.

When Jesus was crucified, and buried, His enemies conceived that His claims to the realm and throne of David were extinct.

The common people would have taken Him and made Him King, if He would have permitted them; but the rulers, already possessed of the vineyard, hated Him; for they knew that, if He should obtain the kingdom they would be cast out.

They rejoiced, therefore, at His death.

But their joy was soon turned into dismay, for God raised Him from the dead.

And for what purpose?

In the words of the apostle, God raised up Christ to sit upon David's throne (Acts 2:30; Luke 1:31-33); for, in the words of David, "the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever;" and again, "wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land.

But, even after His resurrection, when He was made both Lord and, Christ, though "Heir of all things," yet were not all things subjected to Him.

He received neither the land nor the sceptre, but ascended to heaven, having received nothing promised in the will.

He left the land, the kingdom, Abraham, and all the prophets, behind Him.

In after years the land was reduced to a wilderness, its cities laid waste, and the Hebrew commonwealth dissolved.

It became the battle ground of crusaders, Saracens, and Turks, and, until this day, has been subjected to the worst of the heathen.

Thirty-nine centuries have passed away since God confirmed His promise of the land to Christ, who has been waiting eighteen hundred years at His right hand for its fulfilment.

Is Jesus never to possess the land from sea to sea, and from the rivers to its extremities?

Are the Turks and Arabs, and a motley crew of papists, Greeks, and Fellahs, to perpetuate its reproach for ever?

Or is a Gentile dominion to be established there to lord it over Asia?

Where is there a believer of the gospel of the kingdom to be found who will affirm it?

Millions of "professing Christians" imagine something ot the kind; but they are infidels, and insulters of God, not believers in the "covenants of promise".

To affirm any other destiny for Palestine and Syria, than that stated in the promise, is, in effect, to tell God that He has spoken falsely.

But, on the ground that "He cannot lie," what does the nature of the case necessitate in order to fulfil the promise to Abraham and Christ?

This is the answer, and let the reader mark it well: -- to meet the demands of the covenant it is indispensable that Jesus returns to Canaan, and that He raise Abraham from the dead.