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from us, or any attempt of ours. It is thus a Jew, as we found it in Scripture, viz:he stands at present; and he rejoiced to One who submitted to the King of the meet, on that memorable morning, with Jews, Christ. It was then shewn that brethren who, like him, had found all in there can be no fear of God, without forvain, save Christ and Him crucified, and giveness of sins, and the means provided the righteousness through His blood, and accordingly; explained the nature of sacri. with whom he could converse on the sub- fices, from Levit. xvi. * But God said le ject freely. At the same time he is con- does not require sacrifices" (Ps. 1.), said vinced that Jesus is the Messiah, and he Mr. R--. We explained the meaning, says he frequently feels, when sitting in referring to the sacrifice to be brought on the synagogue, as if he could not resist any the day of atonement, all in reference to loager to rise up, and, like the apostle, to the One great atonement, after which all call out with a loud voice: “Ye men of the others were to cease and did cease Israel, this Jesus whom you reject is the (Ezek. xviii. 33). The conversation then Messiah promised to our fathars!" His turned to Isa. Iv. 1-7, from which the convictions are not unknown in the village, true nature of conversion was pointed out. and have made such an impression, that To resolve to sin no more, Mr. R--- said, the Jewish teacher (the above-mentioned is conversion. But this is insufficient, Mr. K--) has began a course of lectures as we want power from above, which is on those passages wlich the Christians only granted after we have forgiver.ess of consider as Messianic, in order to refute sins, (Jer. xxxi.) Good works are not even then; quite a novel feature in the syua- possible, when the soul examines itself in gogue, in which we cannot but rejoice, as the sight of the decalogue, and yet God's the attention of many is thereby led to curse is upon such a soul (Deut. xxv. 26). these passages. Of course, our brother is Reward and punishment explained,with reconvinced that they refer to Messiah Jesus, ference to Gen. xv. 1. Our best works, and hence his desire to speak out openly. moreover, are polluted and wanting in holiMay the Lord give him strength to do so! ness, and needing to be purified and washed We prayed with him, and pleaded for from sin; lience all is of grace. Objection light, and grace, aud strength. Our learts was also raised to our speaking of God as rejoiced, and were full of thanks for this a person,-("three persons in one God," &c.) dear soul. And I carnestly pray all, who We examined R.'s views with regard to know the value of the soul, to plead with God. and found them pantheistic in subthe Lord on behalf of this dear brother. stance, though lie was not aware of it. We endeavoured to visit some
The image of God in mau was then exJews, but found that the teacher had plained: God in Christ is giving Himself to warned them to have no intercourse man, to redeem him from the consequences
of the fall; to break down the partition July 23.-Went to W--. The teacher that divides the sinner from Him; to enable (Mr. R--) there is of a kind and him, as his highest reward, to walk with friendly disposition. We conversed on the God, as the patriarcha did. But only those right use of Scripture. At school, he wlio lave Christ can thus come to the teaches Pentateuch with Psalms, and only Father, according to Micalı vi. 8. Mr. portions of the Prophets. We reminded R-- denied the necessity of mediation, but him that all God's Word ought to be was shewn the contrary from the prophets. taught, as it is an organic structure, from The much-troubled question of free will which no part can be wanting without then came to be discussed and explained; disadvantage-the Gospel also, as the final after which we parted froin Mr. R--, he development of the whole structure. The giving us his best wishes. question was raised: Who is a Jew? A May the Lord, in His mercy, bless this
Jew, he replied, is one who believes in the work, - sanctify and prosper that which 1 unity of the Godhead, and who is circum- has been according to His holy will,--and
cised. But this definition, we observed, bring that to nouglit which has been of is equally applicable to the Turks-who siu and amiss; and to Him alone be all also maintain the unity of the Godhead glory, power, and dominion, now and for and circumcision ; adding our definition of
MULHOUSE. Mr. GINSBURG says: Again we are in Mulhouse, where we quisite for our health and profitable to the have been sincerely welcomed, both by million, my immediate return was indispenChristian and Jewish friends. Indeed, sable. The first few days after my arrival, I though my sojourn in Creuznach was re- have scarcely been able to take my meals regularly, on account of visitors-Jews his absence, broke open his chests, emptied and Christians.
them, and took all (" even my Bible," I think it was in the month of March writes poor B--,) with them. B that I referred to a certain Mr. B--, returning, and finding his goods taken, and whose acquaintance I had made, and who, his privato intentions known to all, but, notwithstanding his best wishes, could not above all, that his dearest sister was his visit me, on account of his wife; but the traitor, thought of no alternative but to Lord having taken her from him, he came at leave town instantly. He left for A-last and took regular instructions from me. where he still resides. I have answered This Mr. B-- had, however, a few days his kind and faithful letter, and received before I left Mulhouse, unaccountably dis- another from him, saying, he would ab. appeared ; and his absenting himself was sent himself until I return. the more painful to me, as I had expected A very interesting family is visiting me the same day, the morning of which I saw daily; but I must forbear particulars now. him for the last time, that he would in- You remember Professor K When troduce his sister to me. But B- - did
on my return, I asked him for the news in not come and did not write. All my in- the synagogue, he said: “ All the learned quiries were fruitless. At his former re- Jews with whom I have spoken of late, sidence I was told that B-- had left
agree with me that TALMUDISM IS DEMulhouse; he must have done so the very CAYING RAPIDLY, and before the end of day he visited me. Ho was much prayed for. this century, the rising generation will One afternoon, when in Creuznach, sitting have but the recollection of its historical with Mrs. G- and sister, and talking of existence." “ You missionaries," added he, the Jews with whom I have been wont to must make haste to substitute something meet, lo! a letter from B--! This, in it. better in its place, before the world and self, was a good cause for sincere gratitude; mammon tako possession of its followers." but when I perused its contents, my heart What an encouragement, and what an was overjoyed to find that B--- had re- invitation, for the missionary, the commained faithful to his God and our God. The mittee, the society, nay, the whole of Chrisreason of his sudden disappearance was as tendom, to continue, indeed to increase an follows: His sister, the only person to whom hundred-fold, the work among the Lord's he had intrusted the secret workings of his people, who assures us, now more than heart, having divulged them to his parents, ever, that "the year of my redeemed is they all went to our friend's room, and, in come” (Isaialı Ixiii. 4).
The Committee have thankfully to acknowledge encouraging indications of increased interest in the cause of Jewish evangelisation; and they believe that in answer to prayer, and in gracious approval of Christian devotedness, the promise is receiving its fulfilment in various directions, and that the way is preparing for the emancipation of Israel from mental and spiritual thraldom, and for his union with us in seeking the salvation of a lost world. We must, however, remind our friends that the balance in hand at the Annual Meeting is considerably diminished, and will be exhausted before the time for the incoming of annual subscriptions, unless strenuous effort is made to meet the current expenditure, although the greatest caution is exercised over that expenditure.
We have been much gratified by letters from William Rout, Esq., as treasurer, and the Rev. J. M. Strongman, as secretary, announcing the formation of the Hobart Town Auxiliary, and remitting £50 as a contribution to this Society.
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, Sept. 17th, at Seven o'Clock.-The Meeting is open to all friends of Israel.
ERRATUM IN ANNUAL REPORT.-The amount received from Amlwch should have been stated £1 138. 3d., instead of £4 62. 311.
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RECORD OF CHRISTIAN EFFORT FOR THE SPIRITUAL GOOD
OF GOD'S ANCIENT PEOPLE.
"PUBLISH YE, PRAISE YE, AND SAY, O LORD, SAVE THY PEOPLE, THE REMNANT
PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE
PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS.
It has been long and dreary. The day of Israel's piety and blessedness had been brilliant, though sometimes overcast and clouded. Its evening shadow closed in rapidly, and darkness overspread the land on which the shekinah once rested. And as the people went forth, no pillar of cloud or fire attended their way. No longer a nation, but a people, they wandered over the earth, and the night of spiritual destitution still followed them. They bore, indeed, the lamp of light with them, but they had been taught so to encase it in tradition, that it scarcely served to preserve them from the paths of idolatry and superstition amidst which they held their way. Now and then a gleam of light has sparkled amid the gloom, and the truth has been brought out, but again has it been enshrouded. Still they hold fast to the Word of life and light, while they live uninfluenced by its pure and simple precepts, in contempt of its way of salvation ;--and they die,—and their dearest relatives die, in all the uncertainty of unbelief, and the terror of superstition. But, watchman, what of the night? You on whom the beams of the risen sun have fallen, are there any indications that Israel's morning is at hand, and what are you doing?
Long, long might the voice be heard among the sleepers, "No man careth for our souls."
It is not so now, the Gospel has been widely diffused among them. Men of God have gone to and fro—children have been taught the saving truths of the Gospel; and God, the God of Abraham, has called out many to the faith and love of Christ, who were dark, blind, and dead in ignorance and unbelief. Many have cast away the covering of talmudism, and disclosed the word of love and prophecy written by the finger of
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God, and preserved in its purity and integrity. But, watchman, what of the night? Are its shades breaking away? Is light rising upon the people? Their own land is relieved. In almost every land they are rising to their rightful position in society—but are they welcoming the rising beam of Heaven's own light?
Have we, as Christians, realised what we expected in reference to them? Are we, as Christian watchmen, prepared to answer the inquiry, Watchman, what of the night?
We may gratefully point to indubitable instances in which the grace of God has crowned Christian effort with the richest success in the conversion, and holy lives, and peaceful deaths, of many once moving onward to eternity in deepest night. And very many of Israel's sons have gone forth to proclaim among Jews and Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. We cannot too thankfully rejoice in these intimations of Divine faithfulness and love—but the people ! Onward they pass around them gather the sorrows of life—ever and anon the tenderest ties are dissolved —they die-and it is night. Are we, as watchmen, faithful-doing all we might to prevent their “ stumbling on the dark mountains ”-alluring them to the cross-directing them to the “Light of the world ?” What is it they need? To a considerable extent they have the law-and in the ritual of Moses, and the writings of the Prophets, they have the Gospel : but they need the awakened conscience the anxious inquiry-the sense of darkness—the earnest appeal :-"Watchman, what of the night?" Let our missionaries feel this, and plead with them as dying men with dying men—as messengers from the great King, asking, "Why will ye die ” and requiring an answer to Him who sent them. Let those who direct Christian effort look more earnestly than ever to spiritual efficiency. Let all awake to the urgent claim of Abraham's seed. Oh, let us grasp the promise, and plead it as men in earnest. Human agency must be employed; let it be holy, Christ-like, and full of energy. Support must be obtained ; let it be given liberally. But oh! for the prayer that will take no denial —the prayer that will secure patience in vigorous action—the prayer that will rejoice in the certainty of an issue in everlasting praise.
To the friends of this Society are these words earnestly addressed. Last year a cordial response was given by many to an appeal for pecuniary help. And this is still needed—but most of all we plead for that which, under Divine influence, will secure spiritual character and efficiency to our undertaking. Let us awake to prayer—let us put on Christ Jesus the Lord. Let us lay it to heart to glorify God in this work. We must not suffer zeal to cool, or effort to decline into formality. Let every one stir himself to the work, and the Lord will prosper us.
Yesus and crusalem
These two words bring before us a Person and a PLACE—the most extraordinary place in the world, and the most wonderful Person in the universe. We propose to contemplate the two together; to consider the Divine Saviour in relation to “ the holy city,” dwelling on those features of the character of the Son of God and Son of man which were exhibited
in "the city of the great King." Persons add dignity and interest to places. The most beautiful prospects or the grandest buildings, without any historical associations, do not so much interest the thoughtful mind as a common-place view, or a plain-looking city, connected with which are scenes of deep historic interest.
Jerusalem has been celebrated by poets and prophets on account of its beauty and magnificence; but that which clothes it with undying interest is, the celebrated characters which have trod its surrounding hills, and dwelt beneath its shadow. A city which David conquered and adorned, and where Solomon reigned in such royal state; a city round which the terrible storms of war have so often raged—where battle exploits have been performed, and great deliverances wrought; a city where the loftiest wisdom has been uttered, the sweetest poetry and music composed, and which has been the home of so many seraphic prophets, and heavenly messengers; a city, perhaps, more than any other, distinguished by miracles and angelic visitations—must needs be full of interest.
But all these, and whatever other events can be mentioned, fade before the great and glorious fact that it was the city most loved and honoured by the Messiah ; the chosen sphere of His miracles and ministry ; the place where He died and rose, and from whose vicinity He ascended to heaven. Let us study Jesus at Jerusalem : so shall we learn more of His character, more of the love of God, more of our privileges as believers, and more of the spirit and temper we should cherish while testifying for Him with a view to save souls.
In this paper a few general remarks will be made, intended to prepare the way for the contemplation of the Saviour at Jerusalem under various aspects, from the time when He was borne in to the Temple in the arms of His mother until the period when He arose from Olivet, with Jerusalem before His eye, to that temple in heaven of which He is the alone High Priest.
The word Jerusalem signifies “vision of peace," and the name Jesus, as all know, means “Saviour.” There is an intimate connexion between what is signified by these two words. No one can enter into real peace now, or have the vision of eternal peace, but through the Saviour. The blood of the Lamb is the only way into the New Jerusalem. Yet how many of Abraham's children almost idolise the word Jerusalem, and anathematise the name of Jesus! In all their ages of sorrow they have set their face towards the one, and turned their back on the other. How many aged Israelites go to Jerusalem to die, but “they will not come to Christ that they may have life!" How sad to think of them, sitting in their place of wailing, looking with weeping eyes at a few mouldering stones, while God's sure foundation is still a rock of offence !" Poor mourners ! would that you knew the value of the name of Jesus! You will never possess your Jerusalem in peace until you have learned to say, "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Let Gentile believers mourn over them, and in tender love and Christ-like zeal make known to them the glorious, fragrant, healing, life-giving name of Jesus. This will be well pleasing to Him whose name they bear, and productive of much blessing to themselves.
The peculiar excellency of the Gospel dispensation is seen in this; that it has to do far more with persons than with places. Under former dispensations there was more importance attached to localities, and especially