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THE PASSOVER IN FRANCE.
mind the era of his national beginning with its subsequent revolutions, its hidden reality, even the true Passover Lamb, when properly laid before him, is so supported by the whole tenor of Scripture, as well as his past and present history, that the Jew must either admit it to be the grand end of God's designs, or acknowledge his religious system, with its whole institutional apparatus, of no meaning, and consequently neither divine nor obligatory.
Mr. L, a most learned Jew, with whom I conversed on this topic in the presence of his family, said to me frankly, that the more he meditates upon Jesus, and the wonderful accomplishment of Scripture in His whole character and life, the more he appreciates the mysterious language in the 29th chapter of Isaiah; and that Le could not help thinking the injunction at the ordinance of the Passover, "Neither shall ye break a law thereof," and other parts of prophecy I alluded to, of no meaning, if not applied to Jesus. He continued, that although he could not, as yet, reconcile himself to some particular points of Christian pretension, still, considering the Christian system as a whole, he finds it perfectly consistent, and supported by a proof, to his mind, as convincing as those of Scripture; which is, that it answers most effectually the moral wants of humanity in its fallen state. "I try,"
added he, in the course of this conversation, which was not the first I had with him on the subject, "to observe the religious performances for my family's sake, but I am conscious of their emptiness. Christianity is certainly a nice religion; I told you often that I admit the Messiaship of Jesus, but I cannot entirely accept the doctrine of his divinity, although I acknowledge that the proofs you adduce from Scripture are difficult to refute." Mr. L- attends occasionally the preaching of the Gospel; but though his mind seems to abide in an undecided position, it is nevertheless evident that the Gospel has gained much ground in his heart, which justifies the hope that it will ultimately, through God's blessing,
be brought into a full subjection to the law of Christ. Mr. S whom I mentioned on some former cccasions, and upon whom I look with great interest, is manifesting a most wonderful progress in Christian truth. In my interviews with him, which are very frequent, we pass hours in most interesting conversation on various scriptural topics, when his candour and earnestness afford me the greatest satisfaction. Accompanying him on the first day of the Passover from the synagogue to his lodging, where we were joined by his host and some other Jews, I entered with them all into a lengthened conversation upon the present state of Judaism compared with that of the Bible, which, I shewed repudiates their arrogant pretensions, and points out the only way of pardon and acceptance with God. The host was the only one who opposed me, but the others, who are all well acquainted with me, listened with due attention. On this occasion Mr. S said to the host, that it was of no use opposing me, that what I advanced was firmly sup ported by Scripture. He assured him that he had once been an opponent himself, but at that time he thought the mere outward observance to constitute religion, and the sight of the synagogue supplied his mind with the idea of a God-espoused people, because he looked upon religion as an abstract personification, entertaining no intimate relation with the heart; but that he had since then arrived at a different view of the subject; "and" added he, laying stress upon every word, "I wanted by this time to be preparing for the rabbinat, under the patronage of my friends who desire it, if I could submit to preach, against my own conscience, a system which, in its present state, I find utterly deficient."
Mr. S's remarks, affording a most encouraging insight into the heart, produced a favourable impression upon his host, and tell that the harvest of the Lord, notwithstanding the many difficulties and obstructions of the present day, is ripening, and that God's promises concerning Israel are hastening toward their fulfilment.
Mr. FRANKEL writes from LYONS: The feast of the Passover afforded me unusual opportunities of preaching the Gospel, to resident, as well as to travelling Jews who arrive here on that festival, and I always find it a season of
great interest for missionary labour. Whilst
and sacrifice, his mind is in some degree prepared for the introduction of Christ as the anti-type of the paschal lamb, as the Passover sacrificed for our sins. I had a very interesting meeting of a room full of Jews, in the house of Mr. C-; amongst the number were several Jewish soldiers on their way to the Crimea. After reading and explaining to the company at large the 53rd of Isaiah, addressed myself particularly to the soldiers: they seemed very much affected when I spoke to them about the uncertainty of life, the necessity of seeking peace with God whilst still in the land of the living. This was the first time that they ever heard the sound of the Gospel, and it may perhaps be the last appeal, perhaps the first and the last warning: "Pre
pare to meet thy God." May it prove a word in season to their souls! They very thankfully accepted the New Testament and other Christian books. A few weeks ago Mr. S requested me to discontinue my visits to his house for the present; he assured me that he had no unfriendly feeling towards me, nor to the doctrine I have been so often advocating in his house; but the reason for his doing so was, that his son was not only reading the New Testament (to which he had no objection whatever), but talking to every body about it, and he feared that if no steps were taken now, he would soon see in the papers the account of his son's baptism. During
four years, I am happy to say, this is only the second case of the kind.
Meetings of Associations, &c.
With the names of the Deputations and of others taking part in the proceedings.
February 18. Bethnal Green (Rev. J. Viney's).-Sermon by the Rev. A D. Salmon.
February 21. Hammersmith.-West-end Chapel. Public
Meeting: Revs. Leechman, Stokoc, Macbeth, D. A.
March 6. Abingdon-Independent Chapel. Lecture by
March. Colinmpton.-Baptist Chapel. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon.
March 9. Plymtree.-Independent Chapel.
March 11. Exeter.-Sermons by Rev. A. D. Salmon, in the morning, at Grosvenor Chapel; in the evening, at Christ Church.
March 12. Exeter.-Athenæum Rev. D. Hewitt presided. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon. Revs. McKenny and Mitchell prayed.
March 13. Topsham.-Independent Chapel. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon.
March 15. Teignmouth.-Wesleyan Chapel. Ditto ditto. Revs. Wood and Walker prayed.
March 16. Dartmouth. Independent Chapel. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon. Revs. Stenner and Brewer prayed. March 18 Tiverton.-Sermons by Rev, A. D. Salinon in the Independent Chapel.
March 27. Guildford.-Public Hall. Lecture by Rev. A.
April 11. Greenwich.-Maize Hill Chapel. Revs. Bellows,
April 19. City Road Chapel. Address by Rev. A. D. Sal. mon. The Rev. W. S. Edwards conducted the devo tional service.
April 22. Swindon.-Sermons by Rev. A. D. Salmon, in the morning, at the Wesleyan Chapel; in the evening, at the Independent Chapel; and addressed the Inde pendent Sunday School in the afternoon. April 23. Tetbury-Baptist Chapel. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon.
April 25. Devizes-Independent Chapel.
Reve. Kingsland and Stanford prayed. April 30. Westbury-Independent Chapel. J. Whitaker Esq., presided. Lecture by Rev. A. Ú. Salmon. Revs. Preece and Anderson prayed.
May 1. Frome Rook Lane Chapel. T. H. Pilditch, Esq., presided. Revs. Anthony, Edwards, Manning, and A.
May 2. Shepton Mallet.-Wesleyan Chapel. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon. Rev. Mr. Young prayed.
May 3. Wincanton-Independent Chapel. Sermon by Rev. A. D. Salmon.
May 4. Somerton-Wesleyan Chapel. Lecture by ditto.
May 9. Isle of Portland.-British School-room. Revs.
June 4. Gosport.-New Congregational Church. Lecture by Rev. A. D. Salmon. Revs. Ewing, Meadows, and Smedmore conducted devotional service.
June 5. Lymington.-Baptist Chapel. Lecture by Rev.
June 7. Christchurch.-Independent Chapel. Lecture by
June 10. Weymouth.-Sermons by Rev. A. D. Salmon, morning, at the Baptist Chapel; evening, at Wesleyan Chapel.
June 11. Weymouth.-Nicholas Street Chapel.-Anderson, Esq., presided. Revs. J. Smith, Taylor, W. Smith, and A. D. Salmon;
June 12. Wimbourne.-Independent Chapel. Sermons by Rev. A. D. Salmon. Holmes and Dawson conducted devotional service. April 17. Woolwich.-Rev. J. Carlilse, D.D. Lecture by the Rev. M. Reed.
April 23. Reigate.-Mr. Dann presided. Lecture by Rev.
Maidstone.-Rev. J. G. Waterman presided. Lecture by Rev. M. Reed.
April 30. Newbury.-Baptist Chapel. Lecture by Rev.
May 2. Godalming-Independent Chapel. Rev. Mr
June 4. Southampton-Meeting: Revs. Messrs. T. Adkin,
June 12. Devonport.-Princess Street Chapel. Revs. A. Hampson, E. H. Jones, and Mr. Yonge.
June 13. Plymouth.-Baker Street Chapel. Revs. W. R. Noble, E Jones, J. E. Traver, G. Short, R. W. Overbury, and Mr. Yonge.
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The subject referred to in the first article having necessarily occupied so much time and attention, the lists are presented in a very imperfect state. Our readers will, under the circumstances, extend to us their kind consideration.
The MONTHLY MEETING of Jewish and Gentile Christians, for Prayer and Scriptural Conference, will be held at the Office, No. 1, Crescent Place, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, on WEDNESDAY EVENING, July 18th, at Seven o'Clock.-The Meeting is open to all Friends of Israel.
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IN REPLY TO THEIR ADDRESS TO THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE SOCIETY, FROM VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS.
ONE spirit pervades these communications,-that of fraternal love and sympathy towards the Committee, and of cordial and devout interest in the cause itself. The Secretary of one of the associations writes: "It will cheer your heart to know that we had the best meeting last night we have ever known in -. -. Do not despond: the earth is the Lord's'-hearts are His, too. We just asked Him to give us His blessing and a little extra money
your object, and here it is! Instead of about £6, which we usually realise on these occasions, the proceeds of the tea alone were £5, and other departments were alike in advance. So that we are able to forward you something like £20, when the 'less expenses' are paid, and we don't mean to have many this year, but pay off as we go on. Mr. F has been a most acceptable deputation, and I trust he will prove equally so where he is going; and may God open the hearts of the liberal to devise liberal things, which may prove as ballast to your storm-tossed vessel!" And the Treasurer, in making the remittance, says: "We have had a most delightful anniversary,-the tea-meeting very harmonious, and I believe much good will result from the public meeting. The total amount is £24 6s. 4d. In your trouble and dilemma, there are hearts here that feel
VOL. X.-NEW SERIES.
one with you: your trouble is their trouble, and it would wring their hearts if the agents were withdrawn. I pray and believe that help will be given: yea, it is given even now to some extent-' all things shall work together for good.' Look at Paul's position when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared to give them a cheering aspect, yet the message of God made him cheerful, so as to live through the dark time. May the Lord strengthen your faith, and open the hearts of the churches!"
The Treasurer of another auxiliary states: "I shall be very happy to contribute what I can to help it. But this is all I can, in my present state of health, do, being forbidden by my medical adviser, for some months to come, even to teach in the Sabbath school. I think a great stir should be made to get the Society out of its present unhappy position, and I will give, at any rate, £10 towards it, and, if stock-taking prove satisfactory, perhaps more.'
A Friend to the cause accompanies a donation of £50 with expressions of lively interest; and one in humble life, who has long aided and encouraged the Society, thus expresses his feelings: "Having received my Jewish Herald' for this month (of which I take in nine this year), and reading it as usual with due attention, it appears to me that the Society is, as it were, passing under a dark cloud at present. May it soon break with blessings on its head! There are things connected with it under the eye of an all-wise Providence that I do not understand. Of one thing I am persuaded, that the work on which the Society is engaged is of God, and therefore cannot be overthrown. But why the professed friends of the Reedeemer are so reluctant to come forward to the help of the Lord, I know not. When the children of Israel went to war against their brethren the Benjamites, they asked counsel of their God, for whose honour they were purposing to go to war, which of them should go up first to the battle? and the Lord said, 'Judah.' And still we find there fell 22,000 men; and still they sought counsel of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go up again to battle?' And the Lord said, 'Go up against him;' and again were they defeated with the loss of 18,000 men. However, as they were confident that the work in which they were engaged was of God, they appeared in the house of God for further instruction, with redoubled zeal and humility, and the Lord said, 'Go up, for to-morrow I will deliver them into thine hand.' May the Lord speedily and effectually provide for the spiritual wants of the house of Israel! I am sincerely sorry for North Africa. I have always felt an interest in that mission; it brings to my mind one transaction in Jewish history. It runs as follows: O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies?' I have no doubt but the Society thought good to do so for the present; but I am sorry that it should be under the painful necessity of giving up, or nearly so, such a field of labour. I am, however, learning to sympathise with them, having of late met with some things of an unpleasant nature connected with the same cause. But I must leave this subject for the present, and turn to the money-matters; and, as far as I am concerned, it is very unfavourable at the present. I have no work, and have done very little this summer. However, I have a little, of which I purpose to send you something on behalf of I purpose to send £3, and 10s. for a few
reports and small tracts."
A minister, who has undertaken a journey in aid of the Society, mentions his regret in being informed of the crisis:-" My first