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24耶稣回答:“我被差遣,只是到以色列家的迷羊那里去。”
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
24 Verse 24. I am not sent but unto the lost sheep] By the Divine

appointment, I am come to preach the Gospel to the Jews only.

There are certain preachers who should learn a lesson of important

instruction from this part of our Lord's conduct. As soon as they

hear of a lost sheep being found by other ministers, they give all

diligence to get that one into their fold: but display little

earnestness in seeking in the wilderness for those that are lost.

This conduct, perhaps, proceeds from a consciousness of their

inability to perform the work of an evangelist; and leads them to

sit down in the labours of others, rather than submit to the

reproach of presiding over empty chapels. Such persons should

either dig or beg immediately, as they are a reproach to the

pastoral office; for, not being sent of God, they cannot profit

the people.



The wilderness of this world is sufficiently wide and

uncultivated. Sinners abound every where; and there is ample room

for all truly religious people, who have zeal for God, and love

for their perishing follow creatures, to put forth all their

strength, employ all their time, and exercise all their talents,

in proclaiming the Gospel of God; not only to the lost sheep of

the house of Israel, but to a lost WORLD. Nor can such exertions

be unsuccessful. There the pure truth of God is preached, many

will be converted. Where that truth is preached, though with a

mixture of error, some will be converted, for God will bless his

own truth. But where nothing but false doctrine is preached, no

soul is converted: for God will never sanction error by a miracle

of his mercy.