And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud…
I. THE STATE OF THE HEATHEN WHO KNOW NOT GOD.
1. Their present state. They know nothing of the God of love. The weary and heavy-laden among them never heard Christ's "Come unto Me. The sorrowful among them never heard His "Blessed are they that mourn." They know nothing of the Paraclete, the Comforter, the Strengthener, although their need as urgent aa ours, of comfort and of strength. They do not know what prayer is. They do but send up deprecations to demons. They, as we, are bereaved of dear ones; but the grand music of those words, "I am the Resurrection and the Life,"- never hushed the discords of their wailing, nor lifted the darkness of their silent despair.
2. Their future. All is to them wrapt in gloom impenetrable.
II. OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Imagine the plague once more devastating our cities. Suppose you knew of an infallible remedy. Then suppose utter indifference on your part in imparting it. What a monster you would be! No one really loves the Lord Jesus who is not zealous to make others love Him. If you do love Him, and are anxious to make others love Him, what are you doing for the spread of His kingdom?
III. WHAT CAN WE DO? We can pray for the full coming of Christ's kingdom, for the sending more labourers into the harvest. We can provoke others to pray. We can try to realize this truth, that our Lord makes the evangelization of the world to depend, in we know not what degree, upon faithful, earnest prayer.
(J. R. Vernon, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
WEB: "I will set a sign among them, and I will send such as escape of them to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the islands afar off, who have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations.