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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

He has anointed Jesus of Nazareth to be King of the Jews.

But they say, No good thing ever came out of Nazareth, and they will not have him for their king.

They have no other king, they say, but Csar; hence they crucified Jesus, and have served Csar ever since.

But has God surrendered His rights?

Will He allow Himself to be dethroned by rebels, and His Viceroy to be treated as a malefactor?

All who deny the restoration of Israel in effect say, "They have rebelled successfully against God and His Christ".

But this cannot be.

God will restore them "for His name's sake".

He will plant them in Canaan; settle them in the land according to their old estates; and place Jesus upon David's throne in triumph: for He has sworn that "at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father," The great rebellion will then be suppressed; God will have recovered His rights; His kingdom will be re-established; and Israel will thenceforth "obey His voice, and keep His covenant," as they originally agreed to do.

The nation being adopted as the kingdom of God, and having received its constitution three days afterwards, which was fifty days from its redemption as Jehovah's first-born of nations; and also having received its religion and civil laws, as related in Exodus and Leviticus -- all things were prepared for transferring the tribes from the wilderness to the land of Canaan.

Moses had announced this consummation to them while groaning in Egypt.

But they hearkened not for anguish of spirit.

When, however, they were "baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea," they came to believe on the Lord, and in him as His servant.

But their probation in the wilderness was too much for their faith.

They were continually turning back in their hearts to Egypt.

The time, however, had now arrived to put this fourth generation to a final test.

Twelve principal men, one for each tribe, were sent from the wilderness in Paran to view the land of Canaan, and to bring back a report to the people.

After an absence of forty days they returned.

They said the land was all that could be desired, and flowing, indeed, with milk and honey; but as to being able to take possession of the country, that was impossible; for the inhabitants were gigantic and strong, living in well-fortified cities, and could not be overcome by Israel, who were but as grasshoppers when compared to them.

But Caleb and Joshua, who believed on God, testified to the contrary; and encouraged the people to go up at once, and possess it; for they were well able to overcome it.

"The land," said they, "which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us; their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not".