« PreviousContinue »
hinder her salvation, if she truly believed in Jesus, and looked to him as having borne her sins, and carried her sorrows; that she might rest
upon him for pardon and peace and salvation. 'If it be God's will,' said she, . If I recover, my first business shall be to be instructed and baptized, for in heart and soul I am a Christian and belong to the Church of Christ, as my friends have told me.' Having knelt by her bed side and prayed with her, commending her to God, and to his mercy in Christ Jesus, Mr. Ludwig left her. But the Lord had decided that she should no longer walk in the land of the living. On the 13th she sweetly fell asleep, in presence of the above named friends, with the prayer on herlips, to be saved through a crucified Redeemer.
The Rev. J. C. Reichardt, the head of the Home Mission to the Jews, has a most important sphere of missionary labour in the metropolis.
We extract the following interesting details from one of Mr. Reichardt's letters :
" This day (May 18th,) has been a day of joy to me, for it was my privilege, together with Mr. Cartwright, to accompany the candidates for confirmation, who assembled in the Society's Chapel and proceeded to a neighbouring church. The number of the descendants of Abraham, who then witnessed a good confession, amounted to twentytwo. It is a cheering sight to see from year to year a number of Christian Israelites presented to the Bishop for the ordinance of Confirmation, preparatory to their receiving the Lord's supper, and it is also a clear proof that under the Lord's blessing, His work among Israel is going on.
Some of these converts have been recently baptized and are the fruits of my labours both in and out of the Institution.
“ I will now briefly state what my direct Missionary labours have been during the last six weeks. During this time I have had sixteen Jews and one Jewess under instruction as candidates for baptism, and conversed at different times with twenty-three inquiring Jews, and two Jewesses, explaining to them the nature of the Gospel.
Of those under regular instruction, three have discontinued from reasons that were not satisfactory, but six have been baptized, and eight, including two already baptized elsewhere, but imperfectly instructed, are still under instruction.
t Of the three who left, one was an English youth, who at first withstood the influence of his relatives, but afterwards yielded, and the other two were a man and his wife, respectably connected and convinced of the truth, but who were disappointed in their expectations of pecuniary help, and therefore appeared less anxious for Christian instruction. With reference to the six who were received into the Christian Church by baptism, it gives me pleasure to state, that there is every reason to believe that they have become true disciples of our Lord and Saviour, and rejoice in their Christian calling.
“ The first of these, a native of Poland, and for several years a resident in this country, was placed under my instruction by the Rev. and after having been instructed for three mouths daily, returned to and was baptized there by that clergyman, on the 7th of May. On the 10th, he sent me a letter, of which the following is an extract:
• Rev. and dear Sir,
• I beg leave to inform you that I was baptized and admitted to that Holy rite, which I have so long and so anxiously been looking for. I am once more obliged to you for the important and valuable lessons I have received from you. I expect to come up again to London shortly, if the Lord will spare me, when I shall avail myself of the opportunity to call upon you; I also beg leave to inform you that I feel very happy in my mind.'
“ This Christian brother was very much persecuted by his Jewish friends in -, but he bore it patiently, and remained firm in his faith and
purpose to become a Christian.”'
THE CRUSADERS COMING IN SIGHT OF
JERUSALEM. (From Tasso's “ Jerusalem Delivered.”) Wing'd is each heart, and winged every heel ; They fly, yet notice not how fast they fly; But by the time the dewless meads reveal The fervent sun's ascension in the sky, Lo, towered Jerusalem salutes the eye! A thousand pointing fingers tell the tale; “ Jerusalem ?” a thousand voices cry, “ All hail, Jerusalem !” hill, down, and dale, Catch the glad sound, and shout “ Jerusalem, all hail!" To the pure pleasure which that first far view, In their reviving spirits sweetly shed, Succeeds a deep contrition, feelings new, Grief touched with awe, affection mixed with Scarce dare they now upraise the abject head, Or turn towards Zion their desiring eyes,
Th' elected city! where Messias bled,
Defrauded Death of his long tyrannies, Has clothed his limbs with life, and reassumed the
skies. Low accents, plaintive whispers, groans profound, Sighs of a nation that in gladness grieves, And melancholy murmurs float around, Till the sad air a thrilling sound receives, Like that which sobs amidst the dying leaves, When with autumnal winds the forest waves; Or dash of an insurgent sea that heaves
On lonely rocks, or locked in weeping caves, Hoarse through their hollow aisles, in wild low
cadence raves. Each, at his chief's example, lays aside His scarf and feather'd casque, with every gay And glittering ornament of knightly pride, And barefoot treads the consecrated way. Their proud thoughts fashioned to their changed
array, Warm tears devout their eyes in showers diffuse,Tears, that the haughtiest temper must allay ;
And yet, as though to weep they did refuse, Thus to themselves their hearts of hardness they
“Here, Lord, where currents from thy wounded
side Dyed the besprinkled ground with sanguine red, Should not these two quick springs at least, their
tide In bitter memory of thy passion shed! And melt'st thou not, my icy heart, where bled Thy dear Redeemer ? Štill must softness sleep? My flinty bosom, why so cold and dead ?
Break, and with tears the hallow'd region steep! If that thou weep’st not now, for ever shouldst thou
LONDON : Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts' Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
BIBLE HISTORY OF THE JEWS.
CHAPTER XL. David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, “ I have sinned greatly in that I have done : and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done
very foolishly.” The prophet Gad was sent to him saying, “ Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things ; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.”
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, “ Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land ? Or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land ? Now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me." And David said unto Gad, “ I am in a great strait : let us fall now into the hand of the Lord, for his mercies are great, and let me not fall into the hand of man.
So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, from the morning even unto the time appointed ; and there died of the people, from Dan to Beersheba, seventy thousand men.
“ And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem, to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that de