O THAT THIS MAY BE THE ENDEAVOUR OF EACH OF OUR
A Sermon Delivered by GEORGE JONES, at Devonshire-Street Meetinghouse, Friday,
December 14th, 1832.
Addresses Delivered by Messrs. Allen, Bates, Gurney, Tuke, Wheeler; Mrs. Braithwaite,
Grubb, Jones, and Other Ministers, of the Society of Friends. London: Hamilton Adams, &
Co.; E. Fry; Bristol: J. Wright, 1834, pages 35-36.
This is The Quaker Homiletics Online Anthology, Part Three: The 19th Century.
"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." This we may remember was a prophecy of the
former dispensation respecting our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, unto whom in this
glorious gospel day the gathering of the people is to be, and correspondent with this declaration is
that of the Apostle, where he says "May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into
the patient waiting for Christ," for him who in this gospel day is come by his inward and spiritual
appearance in our hearts the second time without sin unto salvation, to us as we wait for his
inward appearance in our hearts, and submit to his government there, it is by this means that we
may experience salvation, may be enabled to become in deed and in truth his disciples; his
followers in taking up our daily cross and following him: O that this may be the endeavour of each
of our minds, thus to wait for his inward and spiritual appearance in our hearts; then may we
receive instruction, we may experience being rightly directed, strengthened and enabled to walk in
that way which brings true peace into our minds, and leads unto everlasting happiness, for he
teaches as never man taught, and we may in these our silent meetings together, each be thus
instructed by him, and receive benefit and instruction also by instrumental labours, if he who gave
gifts unto men, should be pleased to call for his dependant children to exercise their gifts which he
hath in his goodness and mercy bestowed upon them. O then let us reverently and thankfully bear
in mind that the sceptre was not to depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until
Shiloh comes, and unto him shall tile gathering of the people be.