The following are hymns written by Charles Wesley and accepted for inclusion in the early hymnals They clearly show that both John and Charles Wesley prayed for the Jews, looked for them to have their land again, and longed for them to come to know their Messiah. How delighted they would be that they are once again in the land God gave them- a real answer to prayer.
ALMIGHTY God of love (Diademata)
Set up the attracting sign,
And summon whom thou dost approve
For messengers divine;
From favoured Abraham’s seed
The new apostles choose,
In isles and continents to spread
The dead-reviving news.
Them, snatched out of the flame,
Through every nation send,
The true Messiah to proclaim,
The universal friend;
That all the God unknown
May learn of Jews to adore,
And see thy glory in thy Son,
Till time shall be no more.
O that the chosen band
Might now their brethren bring,
And, gathered out of every land,
Present to Zion’s King!
Of all the ancient race
Not one be left behind,
But each, impelled by secret grace,
His way to Canaan find.
WE KNOW IT MUST BE DONE,
For God hath spoke the word:
All Israel shall the Saviour own,
To their first state restored;
Rebuilt by his command,
Jerusalem shall rise;
Her temple on Moriah stand
Again, and touch the skies.
Send then thy servants forth,
To call the Hebrews home;
From East, and West, and South, and North,
Let all the wanderers come;
Where’er in lands unknown
The fugitives remain,
Bid every creature help them on,
Thy holy mount to gain.
An offering to their God,
There let them all be seen,
Sprinkled with water and with blood,
In soul and body clean;
With Israel’s myriads sealed,
Let all the nations meet,
And show the mystery fulfilled,
Thy family complete!
MESSIAH, full of grace, (Carlisle)
Redeemed by thee, we plead
The promise made to Abraham’s race,
To souls for ages dead.
Their bones, as quite dried up,
Throughout the vale appear:
Cut off and lost their last faint hope
To see thy kingdom here.
Open their graves, and bring
The outcasts forth, to own
Thou art their Lord, their God and King,
Their true Anointed One.
To save the race forlorn,
Thy glorious arm display!
And show the world a nation born,
A nation in a day!
FATHER of faithful Abraham, hear our earnest suit for Abraham’s seed! Justly they claim the softest prayer From us, adopted in their stead, Who mercy through their fall obtain, And Christ by their rejection gain.
But hast thou finally forsook, For ever cast thy own away? Wilt thou not bid the outcasts look On him they pierced, and weep, and pray? Yes, gracious Lord, thy word is passed; All Israel shall be saved at last.
Come then, thou great Deliverer, come! The veil from Jacob’s heart remove; Receive thy ancient people home! That, quickened by thy dying love, The world may their reception find Life from the dead for all mankind.
John Wesley said that the call of the Methodist Church is to spread Scriptural holiness throughout the land. In order to fulfil that call we must faithfully believe and preach the Word which includes God’s purposes for and calling on the Jews.