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he said his brother had become a Christian, as I spoke to her about old Simeon, who was yet he, as a Jew, was convinced in his own waiting for the consolation of Israel. As mind that a Jew cannot be in the wrong, I preached to her Jesus as the true Messiah, and that it was the duty of every Jew to she made no objections, but said that she abide by the religion of his ancestors. I was an old Jewess, and was living in that showed him that Abraham did not act on way in which she had been brought up this principle, but that he exercised his from her youth. Mr. M- and myself own judgment, and obeyed the call of the remained there for an hour, testifying to Lord, notwithstanding it imposed upon this daughter of Abraham of the grace of him the duty of separating himself, in his the Gospel, and urging upon her to give religious connections, from those of his beed to these things, that she may be father. I urged upon Mr. F
divinely enlightened, and led to Him who necessity of examining the claims of the can alone give peace to her soul. Messiah dispassionately, as they were closely I visited also a certain Mr. H—, a connected with his eternal happiness and highly educated Jewish gentleman, who salvation, to which two Jewesses listened received me very politely, and was not at through the window from a neighbouring all unwilling to enter with me into a house, and when the truth sounded too religious conversation. harsh in their ears, and they could not Mr. Wm. Brunner's intercourse gainsay it, they parted from me.
with Jewish students presents a My next interesting conversation was with an elderly Jewish lady, who received me
feature of lively and hopeful invery kindly, and listened to me with great
terest. . attention. She spoke of her pilgrimage I have mentioned to you in my previous towards heaven, and I asked her whether reports my interviews with some of the she was conscious that she was proceeding students of the Jewish Seminary in this on the right road, so as to be sure to reach place, and the encouragement afforded the desired end. I preached to her the to me in my preaching of the Gospel way, the life, and the truth, and made to them. I am thankful to state that I known to her that life and immortality have been enabled to enlarge my acquainthave been brought to light by Jesus, who ance in this quarter, and to gain an access is the true Messiah, both of the Jews and to several more of this class of persons, Gentiles. This old daughter of Abraham with whom I had and still have very enlistened with absorbed attention as I ad- couraging and hopeful intercourse. Mr. vanced in preaching the Gospel to her; and F--, and Mr. O, evidently sought as she heard of the condemnation and my acquaintance first from curiosity, mincrucifixion of our Saviour, she observed gled naturally with a desire of engaging with that there were, at that time, wicked men, mo in a mere dispute about Christianity, who would not listen to the truth, and and of course to disprove its claims at once. acted perversely against their own good. Our first conversation opened with the I asked her how, with a knowledge so far prophecies of the Old Testament, when I enlightened, she could still refuse allegiance referred these two young students to Gen. to Him who is the light of the Gentiles, and xlix. 10, asking them who the Shiloh was the glory of the people of Israel. She to whom the gathering of the nations is pleaded her ignorance and limited judg- predicted. The attempt on the part of my ment on the matter, which, she said, was of opponents to explain away this difficult the highest moment; but she also pointed passage only involved them in greater diffime to the great stumbling block, namely, culty, and then I took occasion to go the idolatry of Roman Catholicism, which, through with them the principal Messianic, she said, was baffling to her mind, in recon- passages of Scripture, and to prove to them ciling such a pagan-like system with the from these in particular, as well as froin notion of its exclusive truthfulness. I told the typical character of the old dispensaher, that we must try every thing by the tion, and the Mosaic service generally, that Word of God, and that that which cannot Messiah must have come, and that Jesus of stand its test was false and must be Nazareth, whom we preach, was the very rejected. I urged upon Mrs. S- the Redeemer predicted by the prophets. Many necessity of repentance, and faith in Jesus objections were raised from history, as well as the Messiah and only Saviour of as from the Scriptures, but those objections sinners, and parted very friendly from her. only proved their ignorance and entire mis
In company with a Christian friend, I conception of the true nature and teaching visited another old Jewish lady, named of the Christian religion. As, for instance, Mrs.P—, whom I did not find at home on the Jews in general argue against the a previous visit; she gave me a kind re- claims of our Saviour that His religion has ception, and listened very attentively to me, not brought about that universal reign of
peace and unity which is so frequently and graphically depicted in the prophets (Hos. ii. 20, Isa. ii. 4) as the peculiar characteristic of the Messianic dispensation. And again, they argue from the abolition of the Mosaic economy, or the non-observance of the Old Testament by the Christians, that it cannot be that Jesus was the true Messiah. These are ordinary objections, and have also been urged by the young students, therefore I told them that the disbelieving of the Gospel on the ground of the nonaccomplishment as yet of certain Messianic predictions was owing to the wrong conception of the Jews themselves as to the functions of the Messiah, and the nature of the work to fulfil. They should remember that the time of universal pacification which is spoken of in Scripture is not to be simultaneously realised with the first ad. vent of the Messiah; for the Messianic dispensation is progressive and gradual in its character; but that reign of peace is to be the consummation and end of the evangelical dispensation when all things will be subdued and put under Him, who is the Head of the Church. And with reference to the abrogation of the law and non-observance of the Sabbath, as urged by my opponents, I applied the same remark as above, namely, that the Jews overlook the fact that the Mosaic economy was to be superseded by a new covenant to be brought in by the Messiah (Jer. xxxi. 31); and that not only did Scripture teach them this great truth, but that it had been, and was to this day evidenced to them by their living removed from the Holy Land, and their being practically unable to fulfil all the institutions and demands of the law of Moses. My two young friends have been convinced that there is something more in Christianity than they at first thought, and their consciences bore witness that their objections were futile and untenable. They then expressed a serious desire to examine and be more acquainted with the truth, that they
may be able to arrive at a proper discernment and appreciation of the things that appertain to their eternal peace. Mr. F—, especially, is a very interesting young man, as he is open, free of prejudice, and ready to admit his error when convinced. I trust that his example may tend to arouse also within the heart of his colleague a spirit of inquiry, and that by him my missionary influence may be extended even to those who are yet averse and opposed to my operations. Mr. O on the other hand, does not, humanly speaking, impart to me the same hope, as he appears rather imbued with a strong spirit of rabbinism, and less open to conviction than his friend.
The family of Mr. F— are proceeding favourably and allow me to maintain my familiar intercourse with them. Mr.Rhas requested me to supply him with a Bible, which I did, and I trust that the reading of it may, by Divine grace, tend to humble his proud heart, that he may feel what the prophet says, " that he that glorieth shall glory in the Lord.”
That there are cases in which the influence of Missionary preaching penetrates the most hidden quarters, is fully illustrated by the following instance, that occurred lately at Morden, a little place near Bre. mend, and of which event the newspapers of this place take special notice. In that same place, a respectable Jew was some time since seen to visit ouce this church, and another day another, and no one could ex. plain to himself this singular case of the regular attendance of this person at Christian places of worship, and especially the disquietude and agitation which he manifested when at service, and listening to the
It became at last evident that he was disturbed in his conscience, feeling dissatisfied in his profession of Judaism,but at last he obtained the peace of his soul by entering by publie baptism into the Church of Christ.
Baptism of Mr. Furst.
A SERVICE of unusual interest was held on this occasion in Trinity Chapel, Edgware-road, on the evening of Lord's Day, Oct. 20.
The spacious chapel was filled by an attentive audience. The Rev. D. A. Herschell commenced by reading the Scriptures and Prayer, after which the Rev. Ridley H. Herschell delivered a discourse of great power on Isa. vi. 13: “So the holy seed shall be the substance thereof." Mr. Furst, who has been for some time under the pastoral care of Mr. Herschell
, and instructed by one of this Society's missionaries, as well as by other brethren, was then called upon publicly to confess his faith, and to state the way by which the Lord has led him to the knowledge and love of the
Saviour. This he did in the subjoined brief and affecting recital. The Pastor then baptised him in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Mr. D. A. Herschell addressed the young soldier of the Cross in a manner never to be forgotten by him, closing by a very earnest and searching appeal to those who had witnessed the solemnity.
A hymn and prayer terminated the hallowed and simple proceedings of the evening.
Christian friends! This is a solemn mo- ligious instruction, which had, however, no ment, the most solemn in the history of successful result; for my convictions and my life; for I am now confessing my faith feelings did not permit me to give that rein that crucified Saviour, whom, from my ligious instruction to the children which he earliest days, I was taught to despise, and demanded from me. My mind was, thereto whom my natural inclinations had an fore, very unsettled and unhappy, and aversion. It is a marvellous providence about that time I formed the acquaintance which has led me to this decisive moment. of Mr. Chertzky, whom some of you may But what I marvel most of all at is, that remember as preaching in this place, and grace of the Holy Spirit which has drawn after an intercourse of two years with him, my heart to the bleeding Lamb of God, as I opened my mind to him, telling him of the only source of true peace and happiness; my religious doubts and scruples. The and verily, I feel the power of the apostle's Jews suspected me of being favourable to words, when he says: “ By grace are ye Christianity, and my position became a very saved through faith; and that not of your- painful one. I saw no other way than to selves-it is the gift of God!"
leave the place, as I feared the fury of But, as it may be of interest to you to the Jews. When Mr. Chertzky perceived know the leading features of God's provi- this, he advised me to come to England dence which brought me to embrace Christ and place myself under the care of our as my Saviour, I shall briefly bring them pastor, the Rev. R. H. Herschell, and
offered to make application to him for my My parents brought me up in the strict admission into the Jewish Home. The observances of Judaism, but I felt from the Rev. A. D. Herschell corresponded with earliest days the prayers and ceremonies Mr. Chertzky about this matter, and I was to be irksome; for I was not taught to love consequently admitted into the Jewish God, but to fear Him! That aversion in- Home at the beginning of December, last creased so much, that when I left my year. parents' roof I was glad to throw off all the I had thought, when I came over to this letters of religion at once, and became de- country, that I was acquainted with cidedly an infidel. There is one thing, Christianity, and that I myself was nearly however, worthy of notice; namely, that I a Christian. But I soon discovered that I was privileged, during the last two years of was far froin the kingdom of God, for I did my school-days, to have a pious Protestant not think it was essential to believe in tutor, by whose indirect influence I began Christ as God manifested in the flesh, to look upon Christians with greater re. neither did I know the necessity of an ingard, so that my early imbibed prejudices ward change of heart, and began to be against every one who bore the name of terrified when I saw the reality and earChrist were gradually removed.
nestness of the religion as manifested by Several years passed away in perfect in- those who surrounded me. For I thought difference to religion, until through circum- that I could never become a Christian after stances, not necessary to name, I was led this sort; and no wonder that I was afraid, to seek for my subsistence as a Prussian because I did not know that it was the government schoolmaster, and for that pur- work of the Holy Spirit. But after Mr. pose I was trained in a seminary. After I A. D. Herschell had been reading the Scrippassed my examination, I obtained an tures and praying with me several times, appointment as government schoolmaster and giving me light upon difficult passages, to the Jewish school at Schneidenmühl. My my mind was gradually opened to the mind was now much perplexed how to realities of Christianity, and then for the communicate religious instruction to the first time was I enabled to pray in the Jewish children, as I was living without Spirit through Christ. The simple worship religion myself. I was consequently glad, of this house of prayer, and the fervour during a period of two years, to consult with which immortal souls are addressed, with the Jewish rabbi of the place, as to made a deep impression upon my mind, as the best mode of giving the children re- to the life-giving power of the Gospel of Christ, and advanced me in knowledge and describe the change that has taken place in experience.
me, as many of you might not be able to One of our Jewish brethren in the Home enter into my experience, and the best way has also been a comfort and a help to me, in which I can bear witness of my faith in as well as one of the Missionaries of the Christ is by using the words of the apostle British Society
Paul in telling you, “ That for me to live It would be in vain for me to attempt to is Christ, and to die is gain.” A. F.
We gratefully record that nineteen of the seed of Abraham have been baptised in this house of God; and we believe that we are correct in stating that some of these are ministers of the Gospel, and others missionaries to Jews and Gentiles.
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The Jebu as the idorld has made bim
[From the " Home and Foreign Record” of the Free Church of Scotland.] In a former article (see p. 97 of this volume of the "Jewish Herald”) we spoke of the Jew as he is, or rather as a perverted education, and an infidelity descended to him through sixty generations, have made him. In this we shall briefly trace the influence of the world on the opinions and character of the Hebrew race.
In the close of the former article we briefly adverted to the antithetical qualities which are mixed in the character and condition of the Jew. He is at once above and below the rest of mankind. He is abore them as regards the grandeur of his descent, having once stood at the head of the nations, and occupied a place in the van of civilisation. He is below them as regards the degradation into which he is now fallen. The heir of a glorious land, he is yet without a footbreadth in actual possession. Carrying in his bosom the noblest aspirations, yet he passes his life amid ignoble pursuits. Scorning the world, yet continually trembling beneath its frown. Scrupulously exact as regards the letter of the law, yet habitually neglectful of its spirit. Clinging to the promises, yet refusing to accept of their accomplishment. Pliable and accommodating in every thing else, but unhappily obdurate and inflexible on one point, even the mission of Him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write. We at once pity and venerate the Jew: and even Providence seems to regard him with the same mingled feelings. To the God of bis fathers he seems to be an object at once of anger and of commiseration-of hatred and of love. It is now upwards of two thousand years since the judgments of God began