Approximately 300 years ago, on March 11, 1716, in Ettrick, Scotland, a well-known minister solemnly began his sermon. For his text he read from Zechariah 12:12 “And the land shall mourn, every family apart, the family of the house of David apart, their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart.”
Rev. Thomas Boston very earnestly and powerfully encouraged his audience to pray for the conversion of the Jews.
“It hath been for some time past a time of penal mourning through the land, families, congregations, and the nation mourning under the calamities of war; and withal the very earth mourning, and the beasts, under an extraordinary storm. And though both sword and storm are removed, so severe have they been, that the cheeks of the mourners are not yet dried. God grant it may be done before the clouds return after the rain. These things call for dutiful mourning and reformation, national, family, and personal.”
“The scope of the text is to show the universal mourning that shall be among the Jews when they shall see their sins.”
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