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fervent zeal and ardent love did he, in brethren, the contempt of my friends, the harmony with his generous wife, provide sufferings of my relatives, and the bitter for and secure to me those comforts which
pains of my parents, caused me such perin parents, brothers, sisters, and relitives, turbation of mind, and anguish of soul, that I had lost. Daily he passed his afternoons I could, neither in prayer nor in the study with me, and laboured most earnestly and of God's word, find relief or comfort. It anxiously to lead me to the possession and was after one of these sleepless nights, when enjoyment of that pardon and peace from my mental conflict was severe and acutewhich I was yet alar off; but this was no wlien the past and present stood, as it easy task for him. With deep penitence were, in a living form before me, and and shame, I now confess it, that I have, greatly contributed to add to my misery,in too many cases, occasioned bim unne- that I rose with the break of day, and cessary pain and sorrow. But his unin- after wrestling with God in prayer for terrupted and unwearied exertions led to strength and fortitude, I opened the blessed the most glorious and gratifying results. I volume, that volume from whence so much becaine gradually convinced of the truth; light and consolation had already come my natural opposition and hostility to it to me, and my eye unconsciously fell on grew daily feebler, and at last I was, to my the 31st verse of the 22nd chapter of the inexpressiblejcy and delight, brought to see Gospel of St. Luke; I read the words, that Christianity was indeed a heaven-born “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, Satan and a heaven-appointed remedy for men's hath desired to have you, that he may deliverance and salvation! Oh! I cannot sist thee as wheat." Wonderful was the describe what I felt, when these glorious effect which the reading of these words truths were, by the Spirit's influence, dis- produced in my mind. I had read them, covered to my soul; I could scarcely believe ere this, again and again, but never befor joy, and cheerfully could I then resign fore did I perceive their full force and all for the truth.
significance till now. It was evidently Ashamed and humbled, I now looked a message from God to my soul, to warn back to a long series of years, full of error mne of my danger; it opened my eyes to see and self-deception-full of perverseness that Satan was the main cause of all my and folly--to a life spent in the service of anguish, and that he had been employing sin and Satan. But when I again behold different methods and artifices, to drive me the Saviour on the cross, that Saviour from my hope and safety in Christ. I found whom I have so often insulted and inista- great comfort in the following verse, where ken,—when I view the vastness of the com- the Saviour assures Simon that he had passion, and the boundlessness of the love, prayed for his stedfastness and constancy. as displayed upon that cross, I find in it, This promise of Jesus to Simon I felt of not only the free and full forgiveness of all equal importance and encouragement to my sins, but also the blotting out of the
I can from lienceforth trust Him, handwriting of that condemnation that since I know that He is possessed of all stood against me; and in hope and faith I power; and I can commit the keeping of can say, that Jesus has also loved and died my soul unto Him, since I kuow that He for me. But the victory was not yet gained; prays for me.
A holy calm now reigns the conflict was not yet over. Many a within my breast, no weight of guilt preslong night I spent in weariness and pain; sing upon me, no doubts and misgivings my spirit was restless, and my soultroubled; haunting me; but the sweet sense of parI was harassed with doubts and fears, with duning love and of sanctifying grace, of sore temptations, and the constant assaults heavenly peace and of eternal security, of Satan. That enemy of God and man pervade and possess my breast. perpetually whispered in my ears that In drawing this to a close, I may be perJesus was a deeeiver after all, and His mitted publicly to express my sincere religion a human device; he poured wicked thanks to the Rev. Mr. Jaffé, for the deep thoughts and evil suggestions into my mind, interest he has evinced for my welfare; as and attempted to stir me up to unbelief also to the Rev. Mr. Spong, for the great and despair! These things sorely tried benefit I have derived from his faithful me. I knew that I must believe in Jesus, ministry, during the short time it has been or else be damned; I saw no other alterna- my privilege to sit under it ; and it is not a tive before me; but though the spirit was little owing to it, that I am this evening enwilling, the flesh was weak. And then abled to confess my firm resolve to live and again the thought of the hatred of my die with Jesus.
After the administration of the sacred rite, Mr. Jaffé, solemnly and affectionately addressed the newly avowed disciple of the Lord Jesus, and the solemnities were closed by prayer.
Our Missionaries are enabled still to present a cheering testimony to the progress of the work entrusted to them. It may be that the trials through which the Society has been passing have evoked a more earnest spirit of prayer, and a deeper conviction of our entire dependence on the providence and grace of God; and if so, the value of such tokens of spiritual success is enhanced, and the glory is secured to Him who openeth the ear to discipline, and answereth the prayer of faith. We think it evident, especially from observations in connexion with the Jewish festivals, that there is a gradual wearing away of feelings which once bade the Christian stand off on those occasions—a door perhaps half opening for the entrance of the light which will point far above symbolic rites—of that influence which will teach them that “God is a Spirit, and to be worshipped in spirit and in truth.”
Mr. Jaffé writesThe solemnities which are being celebrat d amongst the Jews at the present season, bave drawn a rather unusually large number of strangers to this city; and in passing through the streets, one could not help observing the many anxious and care-worn Jewish faces, which met your gaze on every side--all absorbed in close coutemplation of the solemn ordeal through which they were about to pass, or intent in making the requirite preparations for the event, and one could not but feel deeply sad over Israel's low and hapless state, and tenderly moved for his recovery to God and the enjoyment of His favour. At such seasons as these the Missionary of the Cross has generally to experience great difficulty in gaining access to the Jew, wrapped up as he is in a spirit of apparent devotion, and of deep penitence for the sins of the past year; he will neither listen to, nor engage in anything by which his soul might becoine contaminated; yet a few there were who felt the unsatisfying and unappeasing nature of these days of solemnities, to whom the proffers of mercy, and invitations of love, could be addressed, and who listened with a painful interest to the tale of a Saviour crucitied. Many also I met who were by no means strangers to the Gospel, who, more than once, heard from my own, as well as from the lips of other servants of Jesus, the scheme of man's redemption and salvation propounded, but who, through some circunstance or other, have remained in a state of indecision.
One young man in particuiar, who for mauy a month enjoyed Christian instruction when I was labouring in Bristol, and who at the time gave, not only pleasing evidence of the work of grace having begun within him, but also cheering indications of future usefulness, has, through his
unadvisedly contracting a union with a rather bigoted English Jewess, continued for these many year3 undecided for the Lord, but also a most unhappy man. lle told me, when speaking to him of the sin of procrastination, that he has sinned against God, against bis conscience, and against reason, and that he is now justly suffering the consequences of his folly and wickedness. “I still," said he,“ believe in Jesus; but I feel uhappy and wretched, because my wife stands in the way of confessing Him, and she drags nie along with her to perdition and ruin."
Another young man, who, for a considerable time, was taught by me the way of salvation, and who afforded the most satisfactory evidence of a change having been wrouglit within his soul, lian, up to this time, put off confessing his Lord publicly, out of consideration for his parents, who are still living. And thus there are numbers who are convinced of the truth of our holy religion, but who, through various causes, bave not as yet had the moral courage openly and publicly to confess their allegiance to the Lord Jesus.
I am happy to say that Mr. S-, whose interesting and rather remarkable conversion I have already stated, is continuing most delightfully to progress in the things that make for peace. He has had to pass through bitter trials of late, and these most occasioned by his wife, who is still offering some opposition to the truth; but he is enabled to manifest in them all the mind of Jesus; by the consistency of his life and conversation he is shedding a benign influence around him, so that many who hefore doubted the genuineness of a Jew's conversion, are now forced to admit that the Gospel, after all, possesses a power and efficacy to change thc heart and influence the aflections. Mr. S-will,
I trust, ere long, feel it to be his duty and privilege to make a public confession of his love to the Saviour.
With deep gratitude to God would I now mention the baptism of Mr. J. Koppel, which interesting and affecting solemnity took place on Lord's-day evening, the 23rd September. Only those who were privi. leged to be present can form an idea of the solemnity of the service.
No less than two thousand people could
have been present on the occasion, and among these a very large sprinkling of Jews, both converted and unconverted ; and hundreds were obliged to leave for want of room. The Rev. J. Spong gave a very spirited and powerful address from Rom. xi. Ilth and 12th verses, * and then it fell to my delightful and cheering duty to address to him a few words of counsel and encouragement.
• For further particulars see pp. 161-164.
Mr. STERN (FRANKFORT) thus reviews his Missionary life : As at the beginning of the 10th year of the sincere ones are finding the way to Him my labouring in the mission field of the who said : "I am the way, the truth, and Jews, I review the time past, many an the life, no man cometh unto the Father, earnest thought and prayer for the salva- but by me." tion of my brethren according to the flesh The Lord in His grace helped me also, in is rising in my heart to the Lord, who in the last year, to preach the Gospel to many His grace translated me and my family of the scattered Jews here and in the from darkness to His light. Indeed, “all the country. May the Lord, who alone can paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, bless, put His blessing upon the words spounto such as keep His covenant and His ken in weakness to the glory of His name! testimonies." When we are weak and feeble, In my last review, 1853-54, I mentioned He in His grace shows us that He is strong 81 individuals who were baptised during and mighty, and that we shall only look the time I was working as Missionary, and to Him, because He is allwise with those who with whom I stood directly or indirectly follow Him faithfully. What shall we, then,
in relation. The following persons were say to these things? If God be for us, baptised in the course of this year, 1854-55. who can be against us ? This assurance 82d. C-, of Wurzburg. As I reported in can encourage our hearts and souls when my Journal of November, 1854, he conunbelief, the world, and Satan are raging fessed Christ in his last will, and baptised against us. Also of the generality of Israel, himself privately. 83rd. Dr. L- Jourone can say they are still a stiff-necked nal, Jan. 1853. 84th. Dr. N. F- in people, and have no desire for truth and Bavaria, Journal, Feb. 1855. 85th. Slight. Every one is “ turning to his own at Nurnburg, Journal, March, 1855. 86th. way,” and “the way of peace do they not
of Savern, Journal, Aug. 1855. know." It is a great rarity, when the May the Lord, who knows every heart, question, “What must I do to be saved ?" and who cannot be deceived, strengthen is rising in any one's repenting heart; and those above mentioned, who confessed their if such a one finds indeed salvation and faith in Christ before men that they might forgiveness of his sins by the blood of henceforth sow to the Spirit, and reap Christ Jesus, to be reviled, persecuted of of the Spirit life everlasting! May He those who have been formerly his dearest strengthen also our faith, that we be not friends, is a common thing. Notwith- weary in well doing, for in due season we standing these sorrowful circumstances, shall reap, if we faint not!
Mr. BRUNNER (Paris) states :I am thankful to state that my work is quietly progressing, and that I am cheered by the beneficial influence the Gospel of Christ is continuing to exercise upon those with whom I come in daily contact. As the day of small things is not to be de. spised, we may with justice deem the present partial achievements of our preaching, and the unbiassed disposition of the Jews in general towards Christianity, and their readiness to enter into discussion on Chris
tian topics, when they often frankly admit the claims of Christ, as important results which must not be underrated, waiting in faith for the time when the Lord will be pleased to grant the abundant harvest.
The following case is an instance of the triumph of the truth, notwithstanding opposition. I have lately made the acquaintance of an interesting young man, the son of a bigoted rabbi in Russia, who, upon finding in the possession of his son Не.
brew New Testament, was so filled with what he considered to be “a zeal of the Lord," that he went straightway to the magistrate of the place, and said that he wished to have his son incorporated in the imperial army, and arranged that some armed men should come to his house in the night, when he would deliver him up to them without noise and public scandal. By a gracious Providence, however, the poor young man, being inforined in time of this unjustifiable act, fied from his father's house. But as no friend's house seemed to him a safe asylum from his parent's blind fury, he sought refuge in the forest amidst the ravaging wolves. There, he said, he lay the whole night, thinking of the prophet Daniel, and praying to the same God who protected him from the mouths of lions. Nor had God forsaken him ; for, after some difficulties, he reached the Prus. sian frontier, which, under the same Divine protection, he passed unseen. There he was safe for the moment, but could not remain long, on account of the vigilance of the police. He came at last to this country. I met him for the first time at the house of one of my Jewish acquaintances, when it was a pleasant surprise to him to learn what I was. He has since then very often called upon me, when we have spent hours in reading and religious conversation. I believe him most savingly impressed with the truths of the Gospel. He told me that his sufferings for Christ's sake began before he could rightly appreciate His character; but now, as he had read the New Testament thoroughly, and could duly value its Divine Subject, he considered his past sufferings as nothing, being, as it were, dispelled from his mind by the glorious acquisition of light and truth. He told me further, that when reading the New Testament for the first time, the passage where Christ says, “ He who is without sin, let himn first cast a stone," which embodies the wisdorn and mercy of the Divine Being Himself, fell upon bis soul like an electric stroke, and convinced him that these could not but be the words of a merciful Saviour.
My inquirer, Mr. V., continues to mani. fest progress in Christian truth and life. He accompanies me every Sunday to a Christian place of worship. I went with birn on the first day of the Jewish New Year, which was on the 13th inst., to the Jewish temple, where he, like myself, endeavoured to prove to some Jews who grouped round me the Messiahship of Jesus. After the service I accompanied one of them, who has several Jewish lodgers, to his house, where his wife re
quested me to dine with them, which I kindly refused. We were there soon joined by the inmates and some other Jews, who addressed to each other, in Hebrew, the usual salutations, i.e., to be inscribed for a good year. They washed their hands and sat down to the table; the master of the house pronounced the blessing, broke the bread, and passed it round; after which they dipped their morsels in some honey, according to the custom, and ate them. The conversation was soon turned upon the Christian's subject, which was discussed most quietly, and I hope also with much benefit.
I have frequent interesting intercourse with Mr. B-, who writes in one of the periodicals. He is a great enemy of the Talmud, and, according to his sentiments, almost a Christian. He related to me some striking passages in the work of a certain Rabbi, Jacob Emden, who existed about one hundred years ago, and who wrote in favour of Christianity. This work was condemned, and for a time suppressed, though the author himself stood in great renown with the Jews.
The day of expiation, which was on the 22nd inst., afforded me the opportunity to preach the Gospel to numbers of Jews who were standing outside the temple.
As I anticipated in my report of the 25th ult., I am very happy to inform you now that the wife and brother of my late convert Mr. F-, who were all under my missionary care since the commencement of my mission in Paris—that is more than four years- were received into the visible Church of Christ through the ordinance of baptism. Mrs. C. Fbaptised on the 27th ult., in the Eglise de la Redemption, by pastor Meyer, and H. F--- on the 30th ult., in the Eglise Pentemant, by pastor Pomier. I hope you will rejoice with me at these new tokens of God's favour and acceptance. I must not, however, claim these new converts as exclusively my own, but I must cheerfully acknowledge that the London Society's Missionary from Strasburg has, at his occasional visits to Paris, greatly contributed to their spiritual development.
I think I have once given you all the particulars connected with the occasion of Mr. F---, senior. His wife and brother continued to be the objects of my missionary exertions, amd were also strengthened and advanced in their faith by the piety, consistency, and good example of Mr. F., senior, until they desired at last to be partakers with him of the same hope, by declaring themselves openly on the Lord's side.
Amidst the terrors of war it is delightful to catch the sound of the still, small voice of the Gospel, speaking to the heart even of the Jews. Mr. Couen thus writes from MARSEILLES :
You will remember that in a previous Three of them have died within the last communication I informed you that I visit month; two of whom, I believe, have found the military hospital, to which I have of peace in believing; both of them have told late paid more than usual attention. I me more than once that they believed and find that it presents at the present moinent loved the Saviour. a very important door of access to very I was one day by the bedside of one many of my brethren, who are from time to of them, reading to him the New Testatime brought hither from the seat of war. I ment, and telling him that “ God so loved cannot tell you with what kind feelings the world that He sent His only-begotten they receive me, how thankful they ap- Son, that whosoever believeth in Hun should pear for my visits, and how gladly they not perish, but have everlasting life;" “ Belisten to the message of the Gospel, which lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou I believe is not preached in vain to those shalt be saved;" and that “there is no conbrave, wounded and dying sons of Abrahain demnation to them who are in Christ Je. whom a kind Providence has sent hither. sus," when a priest entered the same One day, after I had preached an hour or salle, and went to the bed next to where I so to one of them, he took my hand, and was, and after a few words he put his ear with great emotion said, “ I have not any- to the dying ma!'s mouth and asked him thing to give you for your kindness in to confess, which the poor soldier did, after visiting and preaching to me Christ-all I which he read mass to him and left him have is a piece of cloth, which I tore from and went to another. Thus sends the the soldier's coat at the time when he Romish Church souls bliudfolded into bayoneted me; if you like to have it you eternity! are quite welcome to it."
I cannot describe the painful scenes The arrivals of sick and wounded are so which I am called to witness when passing numerous, that those soldiers only who can through the hospital: here are some who suffer to be removed or transferred are have had their eyes shot out, there are done so, which is not very agreeable to some who have lost their fingers, hands, missionary work; for sometimes I have just arms, legs, and many other parts, too nusucceeded in making my brother under- me rous to describe. stand the true nature of Christianity, and My heart bleeds at these scenes, whilst leave him with the hope of soon seeing him it rises in earnest supplication to the God again; but when I call I find his bed occu- of all mercy, to hasten the time when peace pied by another, and I am told that my and righteousness shall reign in the land, friend has been sent to Aix or Avignon, or and when the swords shall be beaten into to his depôt, or to some other place. Thus plouy hshares, and the spears into pruning. I have already lost sight of not a few, and hooks, when nations shall not lift up sword perhaps I may never see them again; but against nation, neither shall they learn war judging from the reception which the
any more." Gospel has met from them, the kind manner I have just returned from a visit to our in which they received me and the Word of sister in Christ R. H, who is bear. God, when I offered it to them, and the many ing a living testimony to the truth and rethanks they expressed to me for preaching ality of the religion of Jesus; but I do not to them, I have every reason to believe think that she can live much longer, and that my labours will not be in vain among she knows it herself, for she feels that her those poor Jewish soldiers, the most of time of departure is fast approaching. whom are panting for the Word of truth.
Jewish Prayer and Thanksgiving
FOR THE SUCCESSES OBTAINED BY THE TROOPS IN THE CRIMEA. THE prayer offered in the several synagogues commends itself not more by the loyalty of its spirit than by the devotion that it utters, in language reminding us of the dignified yet deeply humble strains of Israel's ancient kings and seers.
Oh, when shall the day come when they shall place such devotions in the