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A PLEA FOR THE SIX MILLION
JEWS IN RUSSIA
By REV. S. B. ROHOLD, F. R. G. S., Toronto
President, Hebrew Christian Alliance of America
I
AM not going to give an exposition, but there are two Bible verses
in my mind. The first is 2 Samuel 9:3,—"And the king said. Is
there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kind-
ness of God unto him?" The second is Lamentations 1:12,^
—"Is it
nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any
sorrow like unto my sorrow."
I have no claim to speak for Russia, as some of my brethren have, but
I am here as a representative of the Hebrew Christian Alliance of
America, and also a representative of Jewish missions. I always had
a feeling for Russia, a kindly feeling even before my conversion.
The Jews at the Forefront
If you are in earnest for the salvation of the millions of Russians,
then you must put at the forefront the six million Jews there. Russia
will not be converted, if you leave out the six million Jews. Re-
member also that it is absolutely impossible to go against the Divine
order, and the Divine order is,
—"The Jew first."* Therefore, I am
grateful to be here today to put forward—"A Plea for the Six Million
Jews in Russia." Why should we trouble about the Jews? I will divide
my answer into three sections: 1. It is a matter of duty. 2. It is a
matter of gratitude. 3. It is to redeem our character.
1. A matter of duty. If we believe what we profess,—that we possess
the Divine idea of God and worship; if we believe that we know the
Way, the Truth and the Life; if we believe that we possess the way of
salvation, the true idea of God and worship; then it is our duty to go
* It is simply an historic fact tliat "tlie Gospel was first preached to
the Jews, then to the Gentiles." Tlie oft quoted phrase of Romans 1: 16,
"to the Jew first," refers to the truth recorded in Acts 3: 26, wliere Peter
speaking- to tlie men of Israel, says: "Unto you first God having- raised
tip his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you in turning away every one of
you from his iniquity."
The phrase denotes an historic sequence or order in the offer of the
Gospel in the first century rather than a necessary or logical or Divinely
appointed order controlling the plans of evangelization in this present
century.
No plan for evangelizing Russia, however, is adequate, which does not
take into consideration the six million Jews as well as the thirty times
six million Gentiles in that great country.
The Editor.
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