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146 A Plea for tlie Six Million Jews in Russia
All this we owe to Israel. What would the church do without its
converted Jews? Without dwelling any further on this, we can rightly
say that we must go to Israel with the Gospel. As a matter of grati-
3. Redeeming our character. This point is perhaps the most vital
and important. When I deal with it, I deal with it in love and truth.
Beloved, you must remember there has been a great misunderstand-
ing, not only between the Jew and his Saviour, but also between the
church and the Jew.
The Messiah Misunderstood
One is amazed at Israel’s attitude. The people of Israel, at the
time when our blessed Lord appeared, were miserably divided. There
were the Pharisees, with their eleven different sects. There were the
Sadducees, the Ebionites, the Zealots, the Essenes, and all the other
religious functionaries dividing the people. But while they were
divided, they were united in one great idea, viz., that of waiting for
the Deliverer to come. While they were so unitedly waiting for the
Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth appeared, but He did not measure up to
their preconceived idea. They misunderstood their high calling. They
forgot the purpose for which God has chosen them to be His people.
He set them upon the seven hills, in the city of Jerusalem in order
that they should make known His name among the nations of the
earth, but they did not realize this. They thought God had chosen
them for themselves, and so they expected a Messiah of their own
making. They expect a Messiah that would come riding on a great
horse, one carrying a sword to subdue the nations of the earth and
make them the inheritors of the whole earth. But here instead ap-
peared, the lowly Man of Galilee, a poor rabbi. He brought a most
extraordinary message. His message was absolutely new and unknown
to the world. Even Jewish scholars of repute have to acknowledge
that Jesus’ authentic message was most original. What was His
message? "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest." That was new. He calls not only to all Israel,
but to all kinds and conditions of men. That was a new thing at that
time. They could not understand it. More than this, they could not
understand His apparent contradictions. He said, "The birds of the
air have their nests and the foxes have their caves, but the Son of
man has no where to lay His head." Then He tells them that He is
the meek and lowly Jesus. He goes into the temple and turns over
the tables of the money changers and drives them out with an author-
ity unknown to them. They could not understand His whole procedure,

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