Jews Sermon Illustrations

Jews Sermon Illustrations

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Israel's "Annihilation"

I was looking at an inscription in the museum in Cairo, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. In it is a stone about ten or twelve feet high, and five to six feet wide, polished on both sides, with an inscription on one side made in the days of Rameses the Second. That carries us back about 1,400 years B.C., and on the stone in a very proud way, his victories are related. The inscription ends with these words, "Israel is annihilated: Israel will have no posterity." But that proud Pharaoh did not know Jehovah, and did not know the everlasting command of Jehovah that His people were to remain and be His witnesses throughout the ages; witnesses of His sovereignty and mercy.—Jewish Era.

A Rabbi's Opinion

Said Rabbi Gross, a Jewish teacher of Brooklyn, to his people: "I, Rabbi of Israel, think we should accept Jesus. I think we should teach Jesus to children much as we teach them about Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah and the rest of the great teachers and prophets. Jesus, as we all know, was a Jew. He preached divine love. He was a gift of love."—Selected.

An Arab Dislike

The Courier publishes an interesting comment from a Palestine missionary to the effect that the Arab dislikes to buy the Bible because it promises to give their land to the Jew, and they say the promise to Abraham still holds good. They are right concerning the promise, but their refusal to buy and read the Bible will not prevent the fulfillment of its prophecies.Prophecy.

The Repository of Faith—Israel Survives

There is a bit of the old temple wall still left to the Jews in Jerusalem. Thither the grief-worn sons of sorrow have made pilgrimage week after week, year after year, generation after generation, thankful to "the Eternal" for even the privilege of bending their weary bodies toward the wall, washing the cold gray stones with their tears and kissing them with fervent lips. Over and over, they sob the prayer that their fathers before them have prayed:

"Have pity, O Eternal! upon Thy people and do not let Thine inheritance become a reproach or the nations hold sway over them.... Do not forsake us, O Eternal our God, be not far from us, for our lives are oppressed by reason of the sword and captivity, pestilence and plague. Oh, do Thou deliver us from all kinds of sorrow and grief, for in Thee we hope!"Gospel Herald.

The Dead Sea

So fabulous as to be almost unbelievable is the value of the mineral salts in and about the Dead Sea, as that value is being estimated by chemists that are supposed to know. As soon as Jerusalem was captured in 1917 by General Allenby, a British geologist began to investigate the riches of the Dead Sea. Scientists have in hand a detailed report of the various minerals, and also the extent and the value of them. We are now informed that in that desolate spot there lies embedded from twelve hundred billions to thirteen hundred billions of dollars worth of recoverable salts. We are told that there is two hundred and sixty million dollars worth of bromine, so useful for medical purposes; of potash there is seventy billions of dollars worth; and of magnesium chloride eight hundred and twenty-five billions of dollars worth, and vast values of other minerals. We are told that the wealth that lies embossed on the earth at that point is worth more than all the known gold that has been dug from the bowels of all the earth. What these minerals may mean to the world, especially in that prophetic day when we are told that the deserts are to blossom as a rose, is indicated in the fact that they are already making the gardens in the neighborhood of the sea itself productive almost beyond the wildest dreams of men.

In a recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times we were assured that "gardens of workers on the banks (of the Dead Sea) grow beans two feet long and radishes as big as a policeman's shillalah—and oranges that weigh a pound." Little wonder that the most recent edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica assures us that "the future of this, the most in­teresting of all seas, will be watched with interest whilst modern enterprise takes a hesitating step towards the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophetic vision."—Sunday School Times.

The Heritage of the Jews—a law defied, a land defiled, a Lord denied:

The Hatred of the Jews—for his peculiarity and prosperity, and as his punishment:

The Hope of the Jews—not legislation, or segregation, or assimilation, or annihilation, but the Salvation of Jehovah (Jesus).—Hyman J. Appleman

(Esther 3. 8; John 4. 22; Rom. 9. 4, 5)

Jewish Months:

  1. Abib—April (Called Nisan in Esth. 3. 7)—Sprouting, budding, resurrection (Exod. 13. 4; Deut. 16. 1)

  2. Zif—May—Blossom, or flower month: fruit. In the 4th year of his reign Solomon began to build the house of the Lord, and the Foundations were laid in the month Zif (1 Kings 6. 1, 37)

  3. Sivan—June—Their covering (from Siv—the Moon, to which the Assyrians dedicated it). On the 23rd day of Sivan, in the 12th year of his reign, Ahasuerus the Persian king decreed war (Esther 8. 9)

  4. Tammuz—July—sacred to the idol, Tammuz (Ezek. 8. 14)

  5. Ab—August, the twelfth month of the Syrian year, from which it was doubtless borrowed

  6. Elul—September—the gleaning month. On the 25th day of Elul the wall of Jerusalem was completed (Neh. 6. 15)

  7. Ethanim—October—the perennial, never-ending. The Talmud calls this month Tisri. In this month Solomon brought up the ark (1 Kings 8. 2).

  8. Bul—November—Rain-god. In the eleventh year of his reign Solomon finished the house (1 Kings 6. 38).

  9. Chisleu—December—Hunter, from Orion, Mars. In this month Nehemiah enquired about Jerusalem (Neh. 1. 1), and God spoke to Zechariah the prophet, censuring the people (Zech. 7. 1).

  10. Tebeth—January—Winter. In the 7th year of the reign of the Persian monarch, Ahasuerus, Esther was taken to his house (Esther 2. 16).

  11. Sebat—February—Smite thou. Zechariah the prophet saw judgement impending in his first vision in this month (Zech. 1. 7).

  12. Adar—March—Fire-god. Many things happened in this month in Israel's history:

The House of God was completed (Ezra 6. 15)
The Jews cast Pur (Esther 3. 7, 13)
The Jews had to fight for their lives on the 13th day of Adar (Esther 8. 12)
The Jews observed the 14th and 15th days (Esther 9. 15, 21), in the 12th year of Ahasuerus' reign.

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