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fame nation ; but not such an one as the others, “ noc according to the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt." That was upon conditions of obedience ; but this new covenant will be without any condition. “I will be their God, and they shall be my people," is the terms of it, and when this is once made with them, they will nev. er more be scattered; Chrilt being their surety will stand for them, as their only safety ; according to Daniel xii. I, “ And at that time thall Michael stand up, the great Prince which ítandeth for the children of thy people.
Many people suppose that this new covenant to be made with Judah and Israel, means one made with all believers; but where is the believer that can say God has made a covenant with him? He can say God has forgiven him, who was before a finner condemned to die; but should we say that those with whom the first cove. nant was made were our fathers and mothers, did God make a covenant with them ; did he bring them out of Egypt? these things are sufficient to prove that this covenant does not mean one made already with believers ; or one yet to be made with them; it means one which is not yet made; but will bemade hereafter with the posterity of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ; ,by which, God will be their God, Christ their king, and the land of Canaan their poffeflion and quiet dwelling place according to God's promise to Abraham.
. That this covenant has reference to the land of Cana. an and the blessings the Jews will there enjoy of a temporal and spiritual nature is plain from the prophecies of Jeremi. ah xxxii. 37, 40, 5, “ And I will bring them again into this place and I will cause them to dwell safely; and I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good : Yea, I will re. joice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly, with my whole heart, and with my whole foul.” One thing mentioned in this covenantcal
led an everlasting one is, that the Jews should be planted - in the same land they were carried from when they were
lead into Babylon by Nebuchadnezzer. It is mentioned
in verse 4, 3, that fields should be bought in the land which was then desolate without man or beast, being in the hand of the Chaldeans.
As it is plain that this new covenant refers to that which the Jews shall enjoy in the land of Canaan when they return there. I shall in the next fermon mention some of the prophecies concerning the return of the Jews to their own land, or the accomplishment of what God has promised concerning the new covenant. This idea of the new covenant, is very different from the covenants men have invented, and named the covenant of Grace,' Redemption, and Mercy ; such things have served to distract the wurld, and lead thinking men to conclude that the scriptures are a collection of nonsense,becausemen have collected a heap of confusion and named it from the fcriptures. As though a man Jaould call a heap of rubbish, ancient Rome in its glory. .
We have been told by our confused ancestors, and some of our cotemporaries, that there was a secret cove. nant made between the father and son from all eternity, concerning a very small part of the human family; and that all the reft were shut out, and tho they pretend that it is a secret, yet they tell us they know there are but few in it-though they say they do not know who are in it; yet they pretend they know themselves to be of that little secret number. Some gravely tell us the covenant was made with Adam, but the only proof of it is from the catechism, a book daily growing into difuse. Some have found a covenant of grace made with Abraham, in which they can find Abraham, Sarah,Isaac, Haggar, Ishmael, and all the mocking tribe besides. One would think to hear them read their paper covenants, sprinkle children and talk of Abraham, circumcision, children blessed with and in Abraham, that they were in posses. fion of the manuscript which Abraham had willed to all the world. Whoever reads the covenant made with A. braham will find that it had particular reference to him, his feed, the land of Canaan, and to the blefing the Gentiles should receive, when under the reign of Christ, wars
Shall cease to the ends of the earth, and all nations shall call him blefled.
When we leave the plain words of fcripture, and undertake to fpiritualize plain positive declarations, there is no telling what lengths imagination will carry us. I confess that if the scriptures do not mean as they say concerning these great and important things, the author of them meant to deceive the world ; and if the prophecies concerning the covenant with the Jews, with other things are to be understood different from what they say, we must consider the Prince of this world to be the author of them, instead of the Prince of peace; for the devil is a deceiver, and a leading trait in a deceiver is, that he says one thing and means an other. Laying aside all human covenants, let us now attend to the sure word of prophecy and see what is said concerning the new covenant, as it respects the land of Canaan, and the return of the Jews to their own land in a future day.
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IN the following discourse I mall take notice of the prophecies
which speak of the return of the Jew's to the l:an::t of Cana. an; according to the new covenant that will hereafter be made with the Jewsa
A LMOST every prophet from Isaiah to Malichi, was called to testify against the house yepns o and Israel, and to declare to them their dispersion for wickedness; yet with this they left on long record, a prophecy of their certain return to the same land, in conse. quence of the oath made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, connected with his promise of a new covenant with their feed.
As Isaiah stands first in the list of prophets, I shall be. gin with what he says upon this important and glori. ous subject.
In chap. xi. 11, 12, 13, are these words" And it fhall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall fet his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which fall be left from Affyria, and from Egypt, and from Patlıros, and from Cufi, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the Illands of the Sea. And he shall fet up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four cor ners of the earth.”
This prophecy is spoken of as something to take place, when the root of Jesse shall stand for an ensign of the people. Ver 10, It is said that the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah shall be assembled from the four corners of the earth. Has any such thing ever taken place ? No. They now remain in a scattered situation but the time will come when this prophecy will be accomplifhed.
This same subject is mentioned in chap. xlix. 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. “ Thy children shall make haste; thy de. ftroyers, and they that made thee waste, shall go forth of thee. For thy waste and thy defolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants,and they that swallowed thee up fall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, the place is too Arait for me : give place to me that I may dwell. Then shalt thou say in thine heart, who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro ? and who hath brought up these? Behold I was left alone ; these, where had they been? Thus faith the LORD God, Behold I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and fet up my standard to the people ; and they shall bring thy Sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried up. on their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fath, ers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee, with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet ; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for
This is a clear prophecy of the return of the Jews to their own land according to the new covenant. 1. It is mentioned that t:iose who destroyed the Jews and held their land, shall leave it and go forth ; resigning the land to the original owners, verse 17. 2. It is declared that the very land where they were once destroyed, shall be too narrow for the people there will be so many of them, when all those who had formerly swallowed them up shall be removed at a great diltance from them, verse 19. ma