Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 20 (1905)


Ms 74, 1905

Talk/Our Duty Toward the Jews

Takoma Park, Maryland

May 29, 1905

This manuscript is published in entirety in 9MR 309-310.

May 29, 1905

Portion of a talk given by Mrs. E. G. White

There is a mighty work to be done in our world. The Lord has declared that the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and not the Gentiles only, but the Jews. There are among the Jews many who will be converted, and we shall see the salvation of God going forth as a lamp that burneth. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 1

There are Jews everywhere, and to them the light of present truth is to be brought, that they may have an opportunity to accept it. There are among the Jews many who will come to the light and who will proclaim the immutability of the law of God with wonderful power. The Lord God will work. He will do wonderful things in righteousness. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 2

“And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them; let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but rather through the fall salvation is come to the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, I magnify mine office; if by any means I might provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 3

“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive; boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear.” [Romans 11:9-20.] Do not despise the Jews; for among them the Lord has mighty men, who will proclaim the truth with power. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 4

“For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God; on them which fell severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness; otherwise thou also will be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in; for God is able to graff them in again. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 5

“For if thou wert cut out of the olive which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 6

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes; but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” [Verses 21-29.] 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 7

What we need is the understanding of the Word of God. We need to keep the principles of this work in mind, that we may proclaim the truth in its purity and harmony, as it is given in the Scriptures. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 8

Let not those who have not engaged in personal, evangelistic work feel that every one should look at things as they do. Let God work in His own way, and keep your hands off those whom He is using in the cities. He has men of special talents and gifts whom He will use to proclaim the truth in the cities. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 9

There ought to be thousands at work in the cities, laboring intelligently. Not all these workers should look to the conference for support. They should seek to make their work self-supporting. A great many can do self-supporting work, but some cannot. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 10

We must get away from our smallness and make larger plans. There must be a wider reaching forth. We must work for those who are near and those who are afar off. 20LtMs, Ms 74, 1905, par. 11