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THE MISSION.

immortality to light through the Gospel,” Bible all the passages I quoted in favoar and she at once sent for me to hear my of Christianity; still he believed that they views about death and eternity. I found must be capable of different constructions the room darkened, a small lamp burning and interpretations; and as he was not in a corner, for the soul of the departed; learned enough to discover their real imand Madame - sitting on the ground port, he had persuaded his companions to reading the Lamentations of Jeremiah. meet me at Mr. W's (who is a famous Having offered a few words of sympathy, I Hebrew scholar) and hear whether he complied at once with her request, and ex. could contradict my statements. It would plained the nature and cause of death, and be of no interest to record the objections spoke to her of Christ, who has deprived and answers that were put forth during the death of its sting and the grave of its two hours' conference; they were old arguvictory: She listened with great attention; ments, usually employed in Jewish controand when I had finished, she remarked versy; but I have reason to thank God for that what I had told her had every ap- that interview: they were by no means pearance of truth, but it seemed to her satisfied with Mr. W's objections, and I too good to be true, for (she continued) the hope that they all left with the conviction Jews who are God's own people, have 613 that Christianity is not a “cunningly decommandments to observe, in order to gain vised fable,” but will stand the strictest heaven, whilst the terms of pardon and investigation, even of the most learned of eternal life, offered to the world at large, its opponents. seem to be so easy as to leave them nothing I have lately lost several of my inquirers, to do but to believe and be saved; such a who, with several other Jews, bave gone doctrine would be charging God with in- to the Crimea to open little shops and consistency. I expounded to her the doc- stores; more than all, I regret and grieve trine of justification by faith, and spoke of about the mysterious disappearance of one, the peace and joy the Christian experiences the most interesting of any. One day I met in believing. Calling on her again, after a a priest in his room; the young man was few days, she confessed that she found it greatly embarrassed, and so confused that much easier to perform certain duties, how- he could hardly speak; but the priest came ever arduous, than to believe sincerely and forth very boldly, and told me that he lay hold by faith on the promises of God. hoped to succeed in preventing the young I was glad to find that my previous conver- man from renouncing one error and emsation had produced some effect; she had brace another, and that he had been endeaevidently been pondering over it, and for vouring to convince him that the Church the first time allowed me to read to her of Rome was the true one, and the only portions of the New Testament. I offered suitable one for a Jew; for there the Jew her a copy of it, that she might read it at might fancy himself worshipping in the leisure, but she refused, on the plea that, as temple of Jerusalem—there the priest was the spirit of the departed would not be vested in robes of gold like the highadmitted into Paradise till eleven months priest of old—there he would see an altar after his death, he must, during that period, with the golden candlestick before it, the be hovering between heaven and earth, incense burning; he would hear the voice and probably a frequent visitor to her room; of music, prayers read for the dead, and and as he was an enemy to the Gospel, the intercession of the saints implored-in she feared his displeasure, were he to dis- short, it would be nothing less than changcover the New Testament in her posses- ing the dull service of the synagogue for

the glorious service of the temple. Mr. A few Saturdays ago, I was agreeably M- asked me wbether I could say any. surprised to find several Jews assembled in thing in refutation. I replied that it was the house of Mr. W- , awaiting my perfectly true that the Romish Church arrival. After a hearty welcome, Mr. L- abounded in rites and ceremonies most assured me, in the name of the company, fascinating and attractive; but that God how highly they esteemed me; that whilst delighted in such outward show I posithey regretted my having become a Chris- tively denied, and quoted 1 Sam. xvi, 7, tian, they nevertheless loved me as a and John iv. 24; and I added that I had brother, and begged me not to consider the no time at present to enter into any conobjections they raised against Christianity troversy on the subject, for I had a more as a personal insult. Another told me solemn duty to perform,-to exhort him that he had been thinking a great deal faithfully to examine himself, whether his about the new doctrines I was propagating, heart was right with

God,- whether be bad and the more he reflected, the more his found peace with God through our Lord mind became bewildered, to find in his own Jesus Christ. The priest allowed me to

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speak without interruption, but he seemed no one knows his present address; I fear determined not to leave before me; and as he has taken up his abode in one of the I had another engagement, I was obliged convents, but I will do my utmost to find to leave them. I called again the follow- him, and, if possible, rescue him from his ing day, but found that he had left his perilous position. lodging for good on the preceding day, and

Perhaps few portions of the mission field are less promising than France; and yet, beneath the indifference which seems to pervade the religious atmosphere, plants of righteousness have sprung up among the seed of Abraham, and are, according to the testimony of our missionaries, bearing fruit to the glory of God.

Mr. BRUNNER relates that with eighty Jewish families, in PARIS, he has friendly and familiar intercourse. The number baptised in connexion with his mission is eighteen, all of whom, except two, are walking consistently with their Christian profession.

From MARSEILLES, Mr. COHEN writes that, since his residence there, he has, by sale or donation, distributed more than 160 copies of the Scriptures, in whole or in part; that he has preached Christ to more than 600 Jews during the past year, among whom were many soldiers, some of whom have already enlisted in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ; that he believes his mission to have been specially blessed to hundreds of travelling Jews, who have taken and carried with them leaves of the tree of life, which shall be for medicine and for food to souls far away from Christian charity, and unaware of their condition as sinners. Mr. Cohen speaks of eight persons as fruits of the Divine blessing on his labours during the past year.

Three of those baptised during the same period have fallen asleep in Jesus; namely, two Jewish soldiers and Rosina —, of whom an account has been given in the HERALD. The aged Jewish lady, whose baptism and conversion have been recited in our pages, has been permitted to celebrate the anniversary of her public confession, by a devotional service with a few Christian friends. On this occasion the following address was delivered by the Rev. J. Monod:

My dear friends, it is this day twelve had been pardoned (John viii. 11), “Go, months that our sister Miss M, who and sin no more.” When we know Jesus was then in her eighty-fourth year of age, Christ and the power of His grace in our and who belonged to the Jewish religion, hearts, we must die unto sin daily, but live was baptised in the name of the Father, a life of holiness, nothing less. Son, and Holy Spirit. On this occasion I could remind you of all the Lord's of her anniversary she had desired, and all goodness towards you, but I prefer to exhort of us with her, to offer to her God a sacri- you to-day to respond to all His favours in fice of thanksgiving, the fruit of cur lips, a manner worthy of a child of God. This confessing His name (Heb. xiii. 15). is not a new commandment; the old alliance,

My dear sister in Jesus Christ our com- under which you have lived during the mon hope, this day is as your spiritual greater part of your life, preaches holiness birthday, not that Jesus Christ revealed from the beginning to the end; the new Himself to your soul. until the 18th of gives you the means to attain it. Study January last, but because this is the day Holiness, and in order to do this you must on which you openly joined yourself to watch and pray,"-watch so as to combat the Christian Church. In reflecting on this the evil under whatever form it may present ceremony, and on the words, that I should itself; it is subtle, and is found in a humble address you on this occasion, my thoughts chamber as in the great world. To glorify take me to that exhortation, so simple and God in the different relationships of your 80 solemn, addressed by Jesus Christ to the life (1 Cor. x. 31), you must fight against impotent fnan after his cure at Bethesda the least appearance of evil (1 Thess. v. 22). (John v. 14), and to the woman after she Have Him who has done so much for you

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THE MISSION.

constantly before your eyes, and consecrate pray; with a sense of your weakness, keep
to Him every instant of your life, so that close to Him who is all strength; you have
you may be prepared to meet your Master, only that which you receive, and you re-
who will come to us all at one moment or ceive only that which God gives you.
the other, but who will, to all appearance, May we all retain this instruction. It is
not delay long for you. He has accorded

necessary to move forward, to grow in holi-
to you a pilgrimage longer than to the ma- ness; without that, what good will be our
jority of your brethren. May He find you Christian profession?
watching when He comes ! But, above all, “Ask, and it shall be given you."

Miss M- has also addressed a note to the resident secretary, expressing her firm belief in the doctrine of the Trinity-her lively faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the peace she enjoys in Him, while at eightyfour-and-a-half years, she waits the summons that will call her into the presence of Him whom she has learnt, in the close of life’s pilgrimage, to love with all her heart.

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MULHOUSE. The simple narratives given by Mr. GINSBURG fully confirm the testimony recently borne by an eminent physician on the Continent, who has liberally assisted and carefully observed the progress of his mission: “ The work of Ginsburg at Mulhouse appears gradually to be becoming consolidated. There are friends gathering round him. He grows in faith, and is filled with the Spirit of God; and his efforts have been already made a blessing to many, and will be to more."

I well remember the time (though it is other malignant motive in it except the just nine years since I spent the last Christo love of sin. And a remarkable fact it is, mas in Russia) when every pious Jew en. that no sooner had the twilight of Christdeavoured to stay at home on Christmas- mas-eve begun, than some of my Jewish eve, lest he might meet a goy and be unconverted brethren commenced to pay obliged to salute him; and when to visit a their respects Ly visiting me on this fesChristian, during that time, was tival. Among those were Mad. Wsidered more iniquitous than to enter a with her daughters. Mad. W- whose tephlah (an idolatrous house of worship) name, I think, has been mentioned to you during any other season the year. | in my first letters, sought and made This high resentment was not peculiar to my acquaintance two years ago. Since the Russian Jew alone, it was the long and that time I frequently visited, spoke to, continued spirit of the synagogue. And and read with her the Word of life before this has introduced the heinous custom, her sons and daughters, and their octoamong the Jews, of playing cards that genarian grandmother, who is still fasting night in order to avoid every sacred en- every day prescribed by the rabbonim.

This family has also been visited by Mrs. But honour be to the Lord, who has Ginsburg, and other female friends, very deigned to remove these inveterate pre- frequently. In all family concerns, Mad. judices and animosity against His Son- W- either came herself, or sent one of His people's own Goel, in awakening her children, to advise with me. Her the church to her duty, and raising visits have, however, suddenly and unacsocieties for the promulgation of the Gospel countably been interrupted for several of peace, to meet our helpless and forlorn months. When I asked her to explain her brethren in a spirit different to that of long absence, she said that : "The rabbonim hatred and persecution which has obviously and other influential Jews had called on much contributed to, if not caused, their her, and inquired whether she also intended obstinacy and long rejection of their soul's to leave the religion of her fathers, and to refuge and salvation, but one of meekness mar, thereby, the brightest prospects of and love, that every Jew may participate her youthful and well-bred children.” the blessings of its Author.

She replied that she never thought of And now, though the fatal habit of forsaking the religion which has always gaming on Christmas-eve is still persisted been her support and consolation when in, in some countries at least, there is no misfortunes befel her, and when, after

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the death of her good husband, tribulation Saviour is not cursed in that house any and affliction seemed never to end. “I have more, as it has been hitherto. I feel visited Mr. Ginsburg, I am not ashamed to now convinced that, particularly in this own; but he never spoke in such terms as to case, it would have been imprudent to rend affect the principles of religion or morality. asunder the sacred ties of parental love, I wish my children did as he advised them through baptism. You will recollect, it is to do." Upon this she thought it better to nearly a year since this youth has applied absent herself for a while. But she did not for admission into the visible Church like to wait any longer, she said. And when, of Christ ; and had it been granted, a finding me engaged, on her renewed visit, partition wall, to divide parents and son she conversed for some time with Mrs. thereby erected, every prospect of salvation Ginsburg, and came the following day with might have become beyond our horizon, her youngest daughter, and since then, whilst now, we have much reason to hope often repeating her visits during this month. and pray (and I do most earnestly entreat I have, however, not yet seen the desired your fervent prayers), that the Lord may result of our long acquaintance, though show His compassion upon these two hoary this is but a negative reason (if any) to people, and save them, as He mercifully did think that the word of God has remained their children. of none effect.

Mr. B-, whose business having been Mad. H also surprised me with a interrupted for a considerable time, on acvisit, at the commencement of this count of the war, employed much of his month. She was very

nervous and time to find out his former Jewish acquarrelsome when she entered my room; quaintances, in order to give them opporand when my wife wished to shake tunity of hearing his reasons why he had hands with her, she refused, and so she left the synagogue and joined the church did when I offered her my hand. But of Christ. This has induced some of his as she stayed entire two hours with me, friends to visit me. Mr. W-(butcher when we could largely talk over all her by profession) is one of these; who, though grievances, and of the subject of salvation, of a very ignorant and superstitious mind, she quitted the house very friendly, promi- listened to the subject of the Messiah with siug to send her husband to me. Her the greatest imaginable astonishment and visit has indeed produced a most satis- interest. His hope in the expected adfactory result. When she returned, her vent of the Son of David seemed very implacable husband seemed much dis- sanguine, whilst he had not the slightest pleased with her recital of our conversation, idea of the atoning character, or the inand, to revenge it, he thought he must dispensable necessity, of His appearance. again prohibit his son to come to me, and When I asked him if he needed no extake his Bible from him. This doubly piation, he plainly replied, “No;" for he eats harsh measure the mother considered both no terephath(unlawful meat). He added, “ I unjust and unwise; a dispute followed, drink no jaüm-nasah (wine of libation), which ended in wishing their son to spend and carry on no business on Shabbis.” the time he has been wont to be with me He has, however, changed his mind. After for the same purpose with them at I had caused him to read the thirteenth home. And since then the Old and New verse of the twenty-ninth of Jeremiah, the Testaments have been regularly read and thirteenth verse of the third of Jeremiah, not once omitted. You will be astonished to and the whole first chapter of Jeremiah, hé hear that this “ family devotion" is always repeatedly exclaimed: "It is true! What commenced with prayer, to which they book is it?" I informed this simple-hearted at first greatly objected ; but Madame and sincere inquirer after truth, that this H-, out of curiosity, at last said: "Let book has been written partly by Moshe us hear what he prays." The old mother, Rabbani, and the rest by the Neweim ; observing that her son was consuming too and proved to him from Deut. xxxii. 51, much candle in his bedroom, clandestinely Jer. vi. 5, 7, and other passages, that the went up, the other night, to the door of his very best of men needed atonement for chamber, to hear what he was about ; their sins, and that he therefore needed and, to her " disappointment," as she said it also. Seldom has any one seemed to (perhaps to her greatest delight), she heard me more thirsty and hungry after the him, after having read a psalm, wrestling one thing needful ; but never one more with his God, and most affectionately grateful than this unlettered butcher. praying for his dear mother's immortal Had not his business caused him to be consoul. May his, and other prayers offered tinually absent from town, he said he on behalf of his parents, be speedily heard should have called upon me frequently. and answered ! The blessed name of our

Mr. B- (of the same profession as the former), a very intellectual and interesting profitable business are all men needed. youth (21 years of age) is another, who He seemed very much pleased with his came to me subsequently to a visit from new acquaintance, and the Bible, which our baptised brother. The plan of salvation he never saw before, and which he prowas a thing he never heard of before; mised to purchase. indeed, he thought good education and

BRUSSELS. From Mr. KESSLER : On the 8th December, the Rev. E. as developed in the Old Testament,-the Panchaud, after the usual invitations by result of which I hope to be able to menplacards and hand-bills had been given, tion in my next report. commenced the first conference with the Since my last, I have been to Antwerp, Jews, by delivering a lecture on the “Dis. to see some of my former inquirers, whom persion of the Jews.” After some intro- I am happy to say I find progressing, though ductory remarks, he divided his subject slowly, in spiritual things, who wish me into the following heads:

to hold another public meeting. There is I. The fact of the dispersion of the a vast difference, as I have observed before, Jews,--its extension, its circumstances, its between the Jews at Antwerp and those length.

at Brussels. Whilst the latter are inII. It cannot be explained by natural or different to almost anything bearing on ordinary causes, and presents no analogy religious matters, the former are, on the in the history of the world.

contrary, desirous, not only to engage in III. It has been predicted, not only by religious controversies, but sincerely to writers of the New Testament, but also by arrive at the truth. I shall have occasion those of the Old Testament.

more fully to point out to what this may Having illustrated each division with be attributed, and go on to tell you, appropriate and edifying remarks, lie drew that, besides Antwerp, I have also visited the following consequences:

Verviers. There no Jewish families are 1. That both the Old and New Testa- resident, but a good many Jewish work. ments are divinely inspired.

men are employed in the various manufac2. That, according to the inspired writers, tories. The minister of the place told me this dispersion has no other cause than the that very often these young men come chastisement of God on account of the re- to his church, and ask whether it is the jection of the Messiah.

synagogue; and upon being answered in 3. That therefore this dispersion will the negative, nevertheless stay over the come to an end as soon as the Messiah service. I had opportunity to see several shall be acknowledged by the children of of these ourriers, and after conversing with Israel.

them on their spiritual state, promised to Our Jewish brethren were this time but come again some future day. few; yea, the whole congregation, both of In Brussels I make my usual rounds

, Jews and Christians, consisted of not more and gain day by day a firmer footing than fifty persons. The reasons for this among my brethren. My position here, as scanty attendance are obvious. A day or you will see from my annual report, is a two before Saturday, we had such a heavy very difficult one indeed, for many reasons; fall of snow that the streets were scarcely the principal one is, that I am obliged, passable, and if so, connected with danger before explaining to my brethren what and difliculty; and, also, the meeting was Christianity really is, to refute all sorts of held in a place of worship only opened a objections referring to the corruptions of fortnight ago, in a bye-street, and not known Christianity, and particularly popery. They among the public. The next meeting, are not, as in England and Germany, ac• please God, will be held in one of the two quainted with Christianity under the form churches well known, and in a good situa- of Protestantism; from the superstition tion.

around them, they consider it as something Wishing to give a full summary at the nearly related to idolatry. On the other end of this month, I shall to-day but hand, the more instructed know Chrisbriefly refer to what I have done during tianity only in the shape of Rationalism the past month. Our committee met and Socinianism. Lately, especially, a on the 24th ultimo, and, on my proposition, translation of Channing's works has been resolved that I should deliver a discourse published here, and the principles laid in German on the doctrine of the Messiah, down in his writings seem to make rapid

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