O merciful God
This is one of our collects for Good Friday. This is from the original Book of Common Prayer @ a.d. 1562:
Prayer for the Unconverted
O Merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen
Wow interesting find! It appears more and more that that our ancestors knew our heritage as the Israelites.
I agree with Joy that it’s amazing to see how prescient our ancestors were.
But I must gently disagree with the Book of Common Prayer. The Scriptures are clear that the Jews are Edom (therefore, “Edomite Jews” is a very accurate description of this people). The Scriptures are equally clear that God has stated that He hates Edom, that He will never forgive them, and that He will utterly destroy them in time. It is proper for us to refrain from praying for their salvation (just as Christ the Lord withheld the Gospel from them), and to accept their eventual destruction as a God-glorifying event.
The Jews are not, never have been, and never will be a part of Israel. They are vessels of wrath.
Being Reformed in Theology, I understand that before God created the first speck of dirt in the universe, He chose those who would be His.
‘Choosing’ . . ‘Predestination’ . . ‘Foreordination’. . all are terms related to God’s Elect and they’re all there in the Word of God . . . and we will know them by their fruit!