But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said…
I. HOW THE OBSTRUCTIONS TO THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS SHALL BE SURMOUNTED.
1. God Himself presents to them the formidable difficulty. Jews always obdurate. How restored to favour of God?
(1) Extent of their wickedness forbids it.
(2) Honour of God forbids it. To admit rebels to privileges encourages rebellion.
2. These obstacles, though formidable, shall be surmounted. As God spake the universe into existence, so will He form the "new creation."
II. HOW ALONE THE DIFFICULTIES IN THE WAY OF OUR SALVATION CAN EVER BE OVERCOME.
1. There are immense difficulties. Our wickedness equals or exceeds that of the Jews.
2. But these shall be overcome. God will interfere for us in way of sovereign grace and by the exercise of His almighty power.Conclusion —
1. To those who question the possibility of their own salvation. God is able.
2. To those who have entertained no such fears. You think salvation easy; but only Christ's blood could atone for such sin as yours; only the Divine Spirit could renew your depraved heart.
3. To those who profess to have been brought into the family of God. Obey and trust Him, as your "Father"; let nothing lead you to "turn away from Him."
(C. Simeon, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
WEB: "But I said, 'How I would put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the armies of the nations!' and I said, 'You shall call me "My Father," and shall not turn away from following me.'