Editorial

Awakening Interest Among the Jews

In many places a real interest is awaken­ing on the part of our workers for our Jewish friends. We thank God for the revived interest in this people for whom the Christian mes­sage can mean so much once prejudice has been overcome.

IN MANY places a real interest is awaken­ing on the part of our workers for our Jewish friends. In the early Advent awak­ening of more than a century ago certain leaders felt a great urge to bring to the Jews a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Especially was this true in Europe. In succeeding years that urge lapsed, but we thank God for the revived interest in this people for whom the Christian mes­sage can mean so much once prejudice has been overcome.

The newly established journal The Israel­ite is making a very real appeal to the Jew­ish mind. The information this journal contains is helpful not only to Jews but also to our own ministers generally, for it puts into their hands information that is invalu­able for Christians as well. The ministers who are already receiving this magazine testify of its worth in their work generally and in their work among the Jews particu­larly.

Many years ago the messenger of the Lord said:

The slumbering faculties of the Jewish people are to be aroused. The Old Testament scriptures, blending with the New, will be to them as the dawn­ing of a new creation, or as the resurrection of the soul. Memory will be awakened as Christ is seen portrayed in the pages of the Old Testament. Souls will be saved from the Jewish nation, as the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament. Christ will be recognized as the Saviour of the world, as it is seen how clearly the New Testament explains the Old. Many of the Jew­ish people will by faith receive Christ as their Redeemer.—Evangelism, pp. 578, 579.

March 18 has been set aside as a time when we can bring this journal before our people. In spite of all the other pressing appointments, we sincerely trust that our workers will take this opportunity to im­press our members with its purpose and worth.

Doors of opportunity are opening to this message in many parts of the world, but these dear people, who for so many cen­turies have been unable to understand the place of Christ in the reading of the Old Testament, are surely deserving of our spe­cial thoughts and prayers in these closing

days of history. That there will be a great ingathering of souls from the Hebrew peo­ple has been emphasized again and again in the Spirit of Prophecy. Let us seek to bring a knowledge of Jesus Christ to them while we have the opportunity.

R. A. A.

 


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