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guide even unto death, and then shall there be a performance of all those things which have been told you of the Lord, whose - Word is Truth.”
THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS. Extracts from a Sermon by the Bishop of London.
“It has been too customary with Christians to look upon the Jews as a people, who, having performed the part allotted to them in God's moral government of the world, have been laid aside, as an instrument which has done its work, and will be no more required by the artificer. The story of their fortunes has been regarded as belonging altogether to the annals of the past. Their continued existence, indeed, has been pointed out as a verification of the Word of God; but their future bearing upon the Church of Christ, and upon the spiritual state of mankind, was too long overlooked. Of later years, it has been more clearly seen, that the thread of their destiny is interwoven with the history of the world, from the moment when it first fell under captivity to sin, to the time when it shall be finally delivered from its thraldom; that there are prophecies still unfulfilled, the accomplishment of which is certain, foreshowing that the Jews have still an important part to act in the development of the Christian dispensation, and that they are to be principal agents in its closing, as they were in its opening scenes. Bear this in mind, and with what interest will that ancient and long despised people be regarded ! How little shall we be inclined to “boast ourselves against the branches," which were once broken off, that we might be graffed in ; but which in their appointed time shall be graffed in again, and perhaps be more lovely and more fruitful branches than those which St. Paul describes as having been graffed, contrary to nature, into the good olive tree, not their own.
The eighth and three last chapters of Zechariah, cannot, we think, without doing violence to all the laws of interpretation, be so explained, as not to imply a future restoration of the Jews to their ancient and covenanted inheritance, and the reestablishment of their national polity. This is of necessity connected with the re-instatement of the holy city of Jerusalem in splendour and strength. Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. It shall be lifted up and inhabited in her place; and men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction.
MISSIONS TO THE JEWS.
MR. GOLDINGER writes from this station :
“ Through the grace of God, I had daily opportunities, during the past month, of speaking with Jews on the saying Gospel of Christ ; for though the cold weather prevented us from speaking with Jews in the streets, we are seeking opportunities of proclaiming the word of life in their lodgings. I can only say that Jews, both from here and other towns, call on me, though not very numerously, in order to converse with me on religion, and to be informed on the Christian truths. Some cases give me much joy, and cause to praise the Lord. Since the 10th of this month, I have met with some Jews every evening.
“ On our excursion to Kalwary, Mr. Lange took with him the book entitled “The Nestorians : or, the Ten Tribes.' I read it there, and when Jews came, we spoke to them of its contents. The report of this subject soon spread among the learned Jews, and when three of them came to Suwalki, on the 30th ult., they sent to us, asking us to lend them the said book for one night, which Mr. Lange gladly did. Whilst they were reading, a very learned Jew here, a teacher, called on them, who on hearing what they were reading, told them that he had been informed by the famous rabbi at Pressburg, Solomon Rappoport, that the ten tribes had been found by missionaries, and that they had embraced the Christian faith already several centuries ago.
“ This news spread also here, and several Jews asked me about the truth of this rumour; others also called on me, among whom was the said teacher, who asked me to read to them the above-mentioned book. I promised to do so, proposing that I should meet them every evening in a Jewish family. They chose the lodging of a relative of mine, where I have often had opportunity of proclaiming the Gospel to Jews visiting him. I now go there every evening. They have already asked me to read also the Old Paths' to them in the German language, which I gladly promised to do. The interest and delight they feel on these occasions is evident; for when on three successive evenings I was prevented by domestic circumstances from meeting them, they were anxiously waiting for
We are together every evening upwards of
three or four hours. Of what kind and purport the conversations are, for which the work of Dr. M-Caul, and the interesting work of Dr. Grant afford the subject, may easily be supposed.”
Interesting narrative. In a recent letter, the Rev. R. Bellson sends the following interesting account:
The tract distributor employed by Mr. Bellson to visit the Jews in Berlin, reports :—“On the 15th October he met two Jews in the street, respectably clad, and from all appearances, belonging to the better educated class. He accosted them, and found that he had not been mistaken in their appearance.
As it was evening and nearly dusk, they invited him to accompany them to their rooms, which were in an inn, as they were strangers on a journey. Having arrived at the inn, he found four other Jews and two Jewesses, belonging to the same party. He was then introduced to the several members of the party ; but he observed that one of them turned as pale as death, and seemed so much agitated that the reșt did not know what to make of him, and asked whether he knew the man, and whether he had been in intercourse with him. Having negatived both, he said : ‘I was born in G-, and studied some twenty years ago with another, whom I loved dearer than a brother, at the Jeshibah, in Breslau. We were both very pious and zealous Jews, and excelled many of our fellows in Talmudic learning, but we had a thirst for general knowledge, and other sciences, besides the study of the Talmud. We often visited an antiquary
and spent hours amongst his old books, and bought of him whatever seemed to come within our means and capacity. Whilst we were one day thus engaged in the shop, the antiquary showed us a bundle of books, and offered them to us for what they were worth as waste paper. Having bought them, we went home and eagerly looked over our treasures.
" • But almost the first book which unfortunately fell into my hands was the cause of great unhappiness to me, and of utter ruin to my friend. The title of the book was, Essay on the Divine Authority of the New Testament, printed in London. The book was so alluring, so deceptive, and written in such an attractive style, that I could not put it out of my hands again. It starts questions, and answers them so masterly and conclusively, that I became quite bewildered, and should certainly have been baptized, had not family considerations then prevented me. But thoughtlessly, and in my confusion, alas, I put the book into the hands of my friend, and he read it with the greatest eagerness. Not long after he informed me that he had studied it with the greatest interest, that he had critically examined every passage in it; that it had led him carefully to compare the Old with the New Testament, and that the happy result of his research was, that he had found, to his unspeakable joy, that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, the true Messiah. He was in such ecstasy, and so full of joy, that he was not like himself, and declared, to my great dismay, that nothing in the world, no power on earth should prevent him from embracing Christianity ; which resolution he firmly followed, and became a Christian,'