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bours of a public character consisted in preaching five times; addressing church meetings, or week-night congregations, five times; addressing six Sunday-schools; besides organising a ladies' association and committee, as well as a gentlemen's committee. Besides these public labours, I engaged in those of a more private character; having paid between fifty and sixty visits to private houses, and spending in each case from half an hour to two hours in attempting to interest in the great object of my mission all with whom I came in contact. Although the above labours have occupied a considerable portion of my time during the.past month, I am happy to say they have not occupied the whole of it. I attended synagogue service on two Saturday mornings in succession. On the former morning there were about fifteen Jews and five Jewesses present; and on the latter, about twenty Jews and eight Jewesses. Upon inquiry I found there were not more than about twenty families in the town. I commenced my visitations by calling upon the rabbi, who resides in the synagogue house, and was by him most kindly received. As soon as he heard my name, he said, “Oh! I have heard of you." I asked, "What have you heard?" The rabbi replied, “ I have heard that you' were addressing the Wesleyan schools last Sunday for the purpose of teaching Christian children to love the Jews." I answered, “It is true, and, if I am well, I shall address another large school in the town on Sunday next, and for the same purpose." He grasped my hand and warmly said, “ I pray God may bless your work." After a considerable time had been spent in conversation on some of the leading Messianic passages, we walked into the synagogue, and continued the conversation about an hour in the hearing of his children, who were peeping through the railing from the gallery.
The conversation then turned upon the Divine institution of the Mosaic economy. Here I asked the rabbi if the following were not the principles on which the sacrificial rites were explained ;- viz. that God manifested His displeasure against sin by appointing the sacrifice of life--the shedding of blood; but at the same time He manifested His love to the sinner by allowing a substitute-another than the sinner. He admitted the sacrifices could be explained on no other ground. I then stated that these are the very principles on which we Christians receive the death of Jesus as an atonement for sin; so that, in fact, true Christians are only perpetuating the essential principles of Judaism, and in that sense are strictly Jewa; while those
who are called Jews are no Jews. Although I left him apparently indifferent to the great subject which had occupied our at. tention, yet I was happy in having the opportunity of dealing with him in the most faithful manner; and on my taking leave, he shook me by the hand most warmly, requesting me to call and see him again if at any future period I should re-visit that town. When I first offered him a tract, he refused to take it, but afterwards accepted it on account of my taking so much interest in the Jews. I also called upon, and liad interesting conversations with, other Jews, principally of a very respectable class, one of whom was evidently a man of deep thought and penetration. He told me lie had frequently conversed with clergymen on the subject of Christianity. He certainly manifests in his conversation the greatest courtesy, as well as the absence of bigotry. I found him to be an advocate for reform in the synagogue service. In the course of conversation on the subject of Christianity, he observed: “Well, we must improve the gifts and advantages God has given to us, remembering that where much is given much will be required." I looked at him, when he quoted the Testament. “Oh, yes,” said he, “ I am not afraid to quote your New Testament. I believe the sentiment I have just uttered as a quotation to be perfectly true in principle. Mr. L- is looking for and expecting a Messiah, but he expects, as the immediate consequence of his appearance, the universal spread of peace. The conversation was interrupted by the call of another visitor; so Mr. L- invited me to call again on the Monday or Tuesday following. I did so, and renewed a conversation which appeared as agreable to Mr. L- as to myself. On my taking leave of him, he, pressing my hand, said, “I shall be very happy to see yon at any time when you again visit this town.
Another Jew upon whom I called is a very respectable man, and one who takes considerable interest in the general weal of the town. When I entered the shop, I saw two young men-sons of Mr L-, one about sixteen and the other about twenty years of age I asked the elder one if he had any objection to accept at the hand of a Christian a Christian tract; at the same time holding one out to him enclosed in an envelope addressed in Hebrew. The young man looked amazed and half afraid to touch it. He said, " I will go and call my father." I waited a short time, and the father came, a gentlemanly man in appearance, but especially in manners. He declined to accept my tract, stating that he was a Jew, had been born a Jew, and wished to die a
Jew: forgetting that, so far from Christian- head, answered, “It is indeed astonishing!"
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Beginning at Jerusalem.” As if our Lord had said, It is true my sufferings are an universal remedy, and I have given my life a ransom for many, that the Gentiles afar off might be brought nigh, and that all the ends of the earth might see the salvation of God. Therefore go unto all nations, and offer this salvation as you go: but, lest the poor house of Israel should think themselves abandoned to despair,—the seed of Abraham mine ancient friend, as cruel and unkind as they have been,-go make them the first offer of grace; let them have the first refusal of Gospel mercy, let them that struck the rock drink first of its refreshing streams, and they that drew my blood be welcome to its healing virtue. Tell them, that as I sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, so, if they will be gathered, I will be their Shepherd still. Though they despised my tears, which I shed over them, and imprecated my blood to be upon them, tell them it was for their sakes I shed both; that by my tears I might soften their hearts towards God, and by my blood I might reconcile God to them. Tell them I live; and because I am alive again, my death shall not be their damnation ; nor is my murder an unpardonable sin, but that the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, even the sin by which that blood was shed. Tell them you have seen the prints of the nails upon my hands and feet, and the wound of the spear in my side; and that those marks of their cruelty are so far from giving me vindictive thoughts, if they will but repent, that every wound they have given me speaks on their behalf, pleads with the Father
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for the remission of their sins, and enables me to bestow it; and by those sufferings, which they may be ready to think have exasperated me against them, by those very wounds, court and pursuade them to receive the salvation they have procured. Say, “Repent ye, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts iii. 19). Nay, if you meet that poor wretch that thrust the spear into my side, tell him there is another way, a better way, of coming at my heart. If he will repent and look
upon Him whom he has pierced, and will mourn, I will cherish him in that very bosom he has wounded; he shall find the blood he shed an ample atonement for the sin of shedding it. And tell him for me, he will put me to more pain and displeasure by refusing this offer of my blood than when he drew it forth. In short, though they have gainsayed my doctrine, blasphemed my divinity, and abused and tormented my person, taken away my life, and, what is next valuable to every honest man, endeavoured to murder my reputation too, by making me an impostor, and imputing my miracles to a combination with Beelzebub,-nevertheless, go to Jerusalem, and by beginning there, shew them such a miracle of goodness and grace that they themselves must confess, too good for the Devil to have had any hand in, too godlike for him to be assisting in, that may convince them of their sin, and, at the same time, that nothing can be greater than their sin, except this mercy and grace of mine, which where their sin has abounded does thus much more abound," beginning at Jerusalem.”
DR. B. GROSVENOR.
Our space is limited this month by the promised insertion of a Quarterly Minute of Meetings held and Remittances received. We are therefore obliged to postpone communications which we should have gladly presented, and to confine the Missionary Intelligence to that derived from the agents of this Society. We may state, however, that in glancing over the periodicals of kindred institutions for the last month, we do not perceive evidence of any very powerful impression on the minds of the Jewish community, although instances of individual inquiry and spiritual solicitude meet the eye in each of these records. We have, indeed, to mourn, with our brethren of the London Society, over the expulsion of their missionaries from the kingdom of Poland, not, so far as we are informed, for any fault of their own, but solely at the will of a despot, who having troubled the peace of the world, incurs the fearful guilt of particular enmity against the people of the God of Abraham. It is also affecting to learn how soon impressions made on the Jewish mind, during seasons of peculiar sorrow, have died beneath the frown or the smile of the world. “Now if I was asked," writes the Bishop at Jerusalem,“ what has been the moral effects of these calamities on the people at large, I should be obliged to answer, None at all, as far as I can judge.