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Notice of Yooks. The Jew: a Sermon preached at Jolin Street Chapel, Bedford Row, on
behalf of the Society. By thc Rev. T. RAFFLES, D.D., LL.D. Pp. 16. London : Snow.
The Committee of the Society have done well in presenting this Sermon in a neat and cheap form to the friends of Israel. It well deserves uni. versal circulation, for it appeals with affectionate and persuasive eloquence to our common sense and our highest Christian feelings, on behalf of our brother, “the man that is a Jew." Having “illustrated and enforced the claims the Jew has upon our regard az a man-partaker of our common nature," - Dr. Raffles presents "the claims peculiar to this man as a Jew :
"I. Belonging to a race to which all that is venerable in antiquity appertains.
“II. To a race who once enjoyed the special tokens of the Divine approbation and favour.
“III. To a race to whom we are laid under the deepest obligation. "IV. And, think how long this debt has been contracting !
“V. What prodigious advantage must arise to the Christian cause, from the conversion, on anything like an extended and general scale, of the Jews to Christianity!
"VI. In the judgment of those best qualified to express an opinion on the subject, there has never been a period more favourable to these efforts for the conversion of the Jews than the present."
We have only space for a short extract, and hope our friends will secure for themselves a perusal of the whole :
And will not the Jews, in the event of trust and prosecute their labour as Mistheir true and saving conversion to God, sionaries to the heathen. How will their become the most zealous, devoted, laborious, own wondrous story confirm the testimony successful Missionaries to the heathen? I which they bear! What a demonstration cannot but entertain the assurance that will their conversion be of the ability and they will; while the Church itself, aroused willingness of Christ to save! Who can by this event to a life, and energy, and go forth and announce the faithful saying, unanimity unknown to former times, will Worthy of all acceptation, that Christ take the field against the common foe, in Jesus came into the world to save sinners," numbers compared with which all present and add, with the same emphasis as the figures will appear contemptible. And, Jew, “ of whom I am chief?” Yes, I verily methinks, the new and superior Spirit of believe that after all they will be the most those times will come upon the men of honoured people upon earth, and the world wealth and property, as in the days of old, shall a second time receive the Gospel from when no man said, or thought, that aught their hands. Other Pauls and Peters and which he possessed was his own, and large Johns will arise, and, multiplied a thousandestates will be placed at the disposal of fold, go forth into all the world and preach the Church, so that she shall not, as now, the Gospel to every creature; and, some be crippled in her efforts by the want of perhaps would add, beginning-yes, again means, but as kings and queens and princes beginning literally at Jerusalem. And be shall become her coadjutors, so the wealth it so. I shall not contest the point with of empires shall be poured into her treasury. them. And thus in the latter end, as well
Nor is it possible for us, my brethren, to as in the beginning, in the consummation, picture to ourselves the great honour with as well as in the commencement, “ Salvawhich converted Jews shall fulfil their tion shall be of the Jews."
If anything were needed to enhance the value of this Sermon, might be found in the fact that it exhibits the mature judgment of one who, in the days of his earliest ministry, fifty years ago, stood forth
to plead with the Jews, and to advocate their cause by a sermon on the claims of Jesus of Nazareth.
À Praying Church; or, The Good Old Way. By John G.ENDENNING.
Pp. 60. London : Snow. Tais little book should be in the hands of every church-member. Scriptural in sentiment-faithful and affectionate in appeal-chaste and attractive in style,-it meets us as a messenger from purer regions, to remind us of our privilege, to reprove our languor, and to suminon us to duty. We believe that it touches the great want of the day; and were its persuasives responded to, and its devout aspirations for a "praying Church fully gratified, another aspect would be given to Christian efforts for the good of souls, and the churches would tell by a living piety on an observant but hitherto unconquered world. Might not every Christian institution be summoned to bear witness to the efficacy and to the want of prayer? Why are the tares and weeds so rank, and the pure grain so thin and feeble? Oh! Christians, pray ye the Lord of the harvest, and see whether “He will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you down the early and the latter rain.” We could have wished that our dear friend, who has often proved his lively interest in the cause of Israel, had not taken for granted that the Jews are always remembered among the objects of the Church's intercessions. He will, we are sure, rejoice if his appeals
specific prayer" should very often include those for whom we are taught so specifically to plead.—(Isaiah lxii. 10.)
Again we earnestly recommend the purchase and circulation of this valuable tract, the conclusion of which may suitably close this brief notice :-"These thoughts are spread before the Lord, and offered to his Church in simplicity and godly sincerity. They claim to be pondered and prayed about. It is surely time that the power of prayer were revived in the Church-it is time that the blessedness of prayer were restored to the Church. God is willing to bless us when we are willing to be blessed. Fellow-Christians! for your own sakes, for the sake of your families and friends, for the sake of the Church which Jesus has purchased with His precious blood, and for the sake of the world which lieth in the wicked one, take this matter into immediate and most serious consideration. 'Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.'"
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Missionary Intelligence, &r.
We have great pleasure in inviting attention to the Annual Report of our MANCHESTER AND SALFORD AUXILIARY, presenting, as it always does, views and sentiments in connexion with the cause and prospects of the Society deserving circulation among all its friends. The following are extracts:
The return of another anniversary of the issue of the present war may be, to restore formation of the " Manchester and Salford the Jews to Palestine, and to restore PalesAssociation in aid of the British Society for tine to the Jews; and thus to consummate the Propagation of the Gospel among the an object which lies near the heart of the Jews," offers to the Committee the usual wandering Israelite in his remotest exile, opportunity of submitting a brief report of and which may have an important bearing their operations during the past year, and on the universal evangelisation of the Genof presenting such a view of the general tile world. prospects of the society, as may stimulate Such are the views and feelings which both themselves and their friends to re- are entensively cherished amongst the doubled exertions in their endeavours to Jews themselves in regard to these great promote the conversion of God's ancient questions. Mr. Frankel, of Lyons, says, people.
“ Passing events make a deeper and more The committee desire, in the first place, solemn impression upon the Jewish mind to record their devout thanksgiving to than on any others. The foreign Jew beAlmighty God that, while He has been lieves the decline and fall of the Russian chastising some of the oppressors of the empire to be ultimately connected with the Jews, by the scourge of war; and while restoration of Israel, and the end of the many of the habitations of the land have world. A crisis like the present has brought been filled with lamentation and weeping, many to a close study of those prophecies they have been permitted to co-operate with which relate to Messiah's advent, and to Him, who is “ Head over all things to His their own future." Church," to extend the peaceful triumphs But, leaving points which are open to of that kingdom which cannot be moved; controversy, and which may be surrounded and to hasten the dawn of that millennial with uncertainty, it is manifest that the morning, when “Out of Zion shall go forth claims of the house of Israel to the sympathe law, and the word of the Lord from thy, the prayers, the liberality, and the Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the
exertions of the Christian Church, were nations, and shall rebuke many people: and never stronger, more unequivocal, or more they shall beat their swords into plough- imperative, than at the present crisis. The shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: softening down of inveterate prejudices nation shall not lift up sword against na- against the Jews, and the growth of more tion, neither shall they learn war any generous feelings towards them, are among more." Amid all that is angry in the ele- the gratifying indications of the age. In ments and portentous in the aspects of the TURKEY, EGYPT, ARABIA, and ALGIERS, present troublous times, there is a bow of they are recognised as citizens. In GREECE, promise in the horizon, in reference to the in the INDIAN ARCHIPELAGO, in the UNITED lost sheep of the house of Israel. Whether STATES, and in South AMERICA, they have we review the facts of their history, or flourishing synagogues and schools under whether we examine the disclosures of pro- government protection. In FRANCE, PRUSphecy, respecting their future ingathering, SIA, AUSTRIA, and the GERMAN STATES, We are taught, that seasons of great political they are allowed to purchase estates, inconvulsion and vicissitude may be over- vest funds, prosecute education, and to hold ruled by God for the more rapid accom- the highest offices of citizenship. In Norplishment of His purposes, and the more WAY, DENMARK, and PIEDMONT, embarsignal manifestation of His glory. It is by rassing and intolerant restrictions have been no means an insignificant circumstance, greatly relaxed, and public sentiment is that while one-fifth of the Jewish people turning rapidly in their favour. The reare subjects of the Czar of Russia, the whole cent election of an Israelite to the civic of their beloved country is in the hands of chair of the metropolis, is an assurance the Sultan,-and who can tell but that the that in England the Jew, as such, will be
no more proscribed and oppressed; but that, so long as he proves a loyal subject and a useful citizen, he will be treated as a man and as a brother.
There are other signs of the times which are fraught with encouragement to those who seek the conversion of the house of Israel ; among the most important of these may be noted the extensive circulation of the Oracles of God; the earnestness with which they compare the prophecies of the Old Testament with the narratives of the New Testament, with regard to the character, the labours, and the sufferings of Jesus of Nazareth, and espe. cially the altered and reverent feelings which are now very generally entertained and avowed respecting the adorable Redeemer.
In adverting more particularly to the operations of the Manchester and Salford Association, a copious extract is given from the journal of our laborious and devoted Missionary, Mr. Naphtali:
“ By the good hand of the Lord another year has been granted us, both to live and labour for Him and for the salvation of souls. It has indeed been a year pregnant with the distress of nations and the havoc of war; and although the brandish. ing of the sword and the groans of the dying have been confined to remote parts, yet their sad effects have been felt nearer home, and especially by those who have been called to fill up the gap of the dead. But while other nations have fought bravely for their homes, their religion, and the hon. our of their country, many of the lost sheep of the house of Israel have been forced into the army of the alien, to promote the caprice and tyranny of a despot. Even young children from six years and upwards have been carried to the National Institution to be trained for future exigency. In order to escape from the operation of this cruel policy, many have fled from Russia, and have sought refuge in old England. This unexpected arrival of fugitives has increased the labours of your Missionary; and the sudden transition from a land of bondage to a land of liberty has predisposed them to listen to the message of the Gospel. The novel idea of salvation by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, roused them to the utmost inquisitive. ness; and but for the poverty of their circumstances, and the distraction of their minds, some happy and good results might have been realised. I gave them some temporal relief, a number of tracts, and a few Bibles, and humbly look to the Lord to give the increase. I have visited the resident poor, and although they are not actually
needy, they are obliged to struggle hard to procure their daily bread. My intercourse with them during twelve years has secured for me their confidence. They consult me on various occasions, and disclose to me their private affairs; and in return I faithfully counsel them to seek the salvation of their own souls, and also the souls of their dependent families. I have supplied them with Bibles and tracts; and the result of my experience is a deep conviction that not a few of them are believers at heart. Then, again, I have kept up constant in. tercourse with the middle class, who are more respectable and better informed, comprising shopkeepers, tutors, commissionagents, commercial travellers, and small mercbants. Their religious sentiments are rather latitudinarian. Moses and Christ, Judaism and Christianity, are of equal consideration. Hence they are unstable like water. Sometimes they gladden my heart by speaking of Christ with the highest admiration; at other times, they couple him with Moses. Nevertheless, the fact that they will compare Christ with Moses, and Christianity with Judaism, is, to my mind, an assurance that the religion of the Gospel, which is adapted to all men and for all places, will ultimately prevail. As for the wealthier class, though Jews by birth, the effect of civilisation has almost separated them from their brethren; social intercourse with their co-religionists has well nigh ceased, and with it a considerable amount of national prejudice has given way. The consequence is, they make no difficulty in attending a Christian place of worship, and even take delight in associating with Christian company. In connexion with this subject, I would humbly offer a practical suggestion. Let such gentlemen as come in contact with the wealtbier Jews put into their hands a suitable religious tract, accompanied by a request that it may be carefully read; and let a subsequent opportunity be taken to ask the question, "What think ye of Christ?" By such an agency an incalculable amount of good might be accomplished. Finally, the most important part of your Missionary's labours, in propagating the Gospel among his brethren, is during the annual holidays, especially on the two principal festivals, namely, the Feast of the Passover and that of the New Year, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles;- seasons when the itinerant masses go up to the synagogue to celebrate the solemn feast. The number of strangers averages from two to three hundred at each festival; and the dumtion of their stay, including all the festivals, is about nine weeks. At these gatherings
they go about the streets in companies, sacred enterprise; and the Committee are which affords your Missionary additional unwilling to believe that there is any abatefacilities in preaching the Gospel to them. ment of zeal. With regard to the diligence, Some listen silently, others argue warmly, the perseverance, and success with which -a considerable amount of Gospel truth the Ladies' Auxiliary has been conducted, is exhibited; and this being repeated festi- the Committee would speak in terms of the val after festival, and year after year, we most grateful and emphatic approval. Still, may hope that some lasting good is effected. extraordinary times demand extraordinary And here I must beg to observe that, with duties. Such times are the present. " Theresome exceptions, your Missionary's inquirers fore, beloved brethren, let us be stedfast, and converts have not joined the Church unmoveable, always abounding in the work of Christ in this immediate locality; but of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that have, by uncontrollable circumstances, been our labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Let transferred to the care of other Missionaries us endeavour to foster and diffuse a more and introduced into the Church in other profound and practical sympathy for the places, either at home or abroad; thus ful- house of Israel ; let us abound in more selffilling the Master's saying, “ One soweth denying and systematic liberality on their and another reapeth.” As for the resident behalf; above all, let us emulate the prayer. inquirers now under your Missionary's care, ful zeal and cherish the lofty anticipations it is worthy of consideration, that the diffi. of the patriotic prophet who exclaimed, culties which hinder them from becoming " For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, decided Christians do not arise so much and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, either from want of knowledge or convic- until the righteousness thereof go forth as tion, as from a combination of outward cir- brightness, and the salvation thereof as a cumstances; such as a painful separation lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall from the nearest and dearest earthly friends. see thy righteousness, and all kings thy There are some who have been enabled by glory: and thou shalt be called by a new God's grace to forsake father, and mother, name which the mouth of the Lord shall and wife, and sister; but there are others
Thou shalt also be a crown of who have to struggle with the world, and glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal who have to wean themselves gradually diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou from those whom they have loved since the shalt no more be termed Forsaken ; neidays of their youth." TheReport thus closes: ther shall thy land any more be termed
The Manchester and Salford Association Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hepzibah, has hitherto taken a prominent and com- and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth mendable part in the prosecution of this in thee, and thy land shall be married.”
LONDON. MR. JAFFÉ states : About three weeks ago I was accidentally find out your residence; and now that I met by an Israelite, of great respectability, have providentially niet with you, I desire whose salutation surprised me. Before I that you would again take me by the hand could speak, he began: “ Have you no and teach me those things that will make recollection of me, Mr. Jaffé, an Israelite for my peace.' I am happy to say that I who so frequently visited your house when have taken him by the hand, and find him you were at Bristol, and in whose welfare a very apt scholar in the things of the you were, at that time, so deeply con- kingdom of heaven. cerned? Well, when I left Bristol, I Another pleasing instance in which the thought nothing more of the truths you grace of God has triumphed, is that of an urged upon my consideration, and for a Israelite named G. When Mr. G. long time succeeded in even banishing the was first introduced to me, he expressed misgivings and doubts which had per- the desire of being taught to read the petually crowded into my mind, and which English language. I gladly offered him had, at times, made me very unhappy. my assistance, but with the understanding Still I could not get rid of the impressions that we should read the New Testament. which were made on my mind; I felt my To this he readily consented, and for some perilous condition, and was longing to be time he read without feeling any interest with you; and hearing that you were at whatever, and this chiefly arose from the Birmingham, I went thither in hopes to fact that his knowledge of the language meet with you, but was disappointed; I was so scanty that he was unable to underthere heard that you were in London, and stand and enter fully into the meaning of I came here, but could not for a long time the important truths read with him; but