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The Reasons Why the Hebrews Remain a Distinct People.

The Reasons Why the Hebrews Remain a Distinct People.

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BY REV. M. E. SUARES

I shall, attempt in this lecture to show some of the
reasons why the Hebrews do not accept the Messiah,
although the prophecies are out of date. The subject
is one that has long engaged my attention, and I hope
the expression of my views may not be uninteresting
to you, even though you may not be disposed to en-
dorse all I say upon tbe subject.
BY REV. M. E. SUARES

I shall, attempt in this lecture to show some of the
reasons why the Hebrews do not accept the Messiah,
although the prophecies are out of date. The subject
is one that has long engaged my attention, and I hope
the expression of my views may not be uninteresting
to you, even though you may not be disposed to en-
dorse all I say upon tbe subject.

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THE REASONS WHY THE HEBREWS REMAIN A DISTINCT PEOPLE. BY REV. M. E. SUARESI shall, attempt in this lecture to show some of the reasons why the Hebrews do not accept the Messiah, although the prophecies are out of date. The subject is one that has long engaged my attention, and I hope the expression of my views may not be uninteresting to you, even though you may not be disposed to en-dorse all I say upon tbe subject. The present condition of the Hebrews is a fulfil-ment of prophecy : u They shall be scattered among all nations, and their homes shall be desolate." This was necessary as a part of the divine plan to keep alive the interest of Christianity, and to prove the Messiahship of Christ. There are very few of us, who accurately know anything of the present history of the Hebrews ; and 'indeed, they know very little of their own history ; for there was an interval of a thousand years after their dispersion, before any one of their own countrymen undertook to furnish such a history; and even then, this history was but sparingly circulated, owing to the unsettled state of their condition. As an evidence of the ignorance of their hi-tory, Floras, the polytheistic 12 133
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134 THE REASON WHY THE HEBREWS writer, says : " They are an impious people ; " yet we know to the contrary. They are, generally, a re-ligious and conscientious people ; whose morality everywhere has given prominence to their nationality. Justin, Strabo, and Appian make use of similar expres-sions; and the eloquent Roman historian, Tactitus, thought they worshiped Bacchus. In the time of Demetrian, they were blended with the Christians as one with them, and suffered in common with them, during the terrors of his persecution. And the Em-peror, Numa, thought the religion of the Hebrews an impious thing; but allowed them free toleration. These facts show how supremely ignorant the most gifted writers of former times were of the character of a people, who could trace their religion back for ages to a Supreme God — a religion, which was given amid the thunders and lightnings of Sinai, and sus-tained by the most splendid miracles. That which strikes us as the most remarkable thing in their history is their singular preservation and dis-
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tinction. We trace their history, and we see them per-secuted, driven from place to place ; their property confiscated; their social and civil condition degraded by special laws. Like Noah's dove, they seem to have no soil on which to rest their weary feet ; to be, as it were, exiles in their own country, cast down, but not forsaken, persecuted, and still the chosen of God. Other nations, when subdued, generally, embrace the religion of their conquerors ; not so, however, with the Hebrews. They are repellent, like two electric clouds. They are like quicksilver, that will not amalgamate REMAIN A DISTINCT PEOPLE. 135 with foreign substances. And the Hebrews of to-day are the same as in the days of Moses and Elijah, David and Solomon. The love of their religion is as intense now as formerly ; their zeal has not abated ; nor do they feel any lassitude in their religious devo-tion. Nothing with them is obsolete in their religion, no matter how ancient. And this is the point we are to consider as underly-ing the whole of their religious structure, as an expla-
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