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teachers. In half a year they have acquired an admirable knowledge of Greek. . .
Much has been done here, but I must add, much more might have been done, if the Bishop had not been, and were not, so limited in his means. Here I see clearly what a centre Jerusalem is for the spiritual life and being of the East, and how easily, from here, in all directions, towards east and west, a continual communication might be maintained with Judaism and Christianity.
The Rev. C. W. H. Pauli writes, in his letter dated August 8, 1845, to the following effect :
“ I have had, during the past month of July, more inquiring Jews visiting me than at any other time. This shows that the sleep which has rested upon
the Jews here for so many centuries, is beginning to pass away before the gracious influence of the Gospel of Christ.”
Baptism of three Israelites. Sunday, July 13, was again a day on which the Lord, in his mercy, manifested that He rules in the kingdom of grace, as he does in the kingdoms of nature and glory. There stood three of the children of Abraham, in the presence of God their Saviour, and in the midst of the great congregation, to profess their faith in the name of the adorable Jesus, as “ the only name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved." Above two thousand people witnessed this solemn scene.
The first of the three candidates was of the patriarchal age of eighty-four years. His silvery grey head, his upright form, his deep devotion, the solemn manner in which he answered the questions in the Baptismal Service, heightened in no small degree the devotions of this vast assembly, and must have been to the hundreds of Jews present a very striking sight.
The other two who were baptized are brothers, They came from Haarlem, and are the first-fruits of my labours in that place. I have every reason to believe that both are sincere believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them, since his baptism, has had to suffer many things of the Jews in that town. Whenever they meet him in the street they insult him, but he bears it with much Christian patience and forbearance, giving glory to God that he is counted worthy to suffer persecution for Christ's sake.
Several candidates for baptism still remain under instruction. Others have left, some from fear of the Jews, some from not being sincere.
Mr. Pauli in another letter dated August 9th, gives the following account of the
Baptism of a Jewess. Sunday, September 7, was a solemn day. A Jewess, a near relative of the rabbi of the Portuguese Synagogue, after having been for nearly five months under instruction, stood in the midst of the assembled congregation to receive the sign of her admission into the Church of Christ. A very large, and, I trust, devout congregation, was assembled ; and very many Jews were seen paying the strictest attention to the whole of that solemn service. When last Christmas the first baptism of a Jew took place here, there was but one Christian Jewmy clerk—present; but now the candidate was surrounded by a small congregation of believing Jews and Jewesses, all through the mercy of our God and Saviour, faithful witnesses, both in doctrine and life, to the power of the Gospel of the grace of God.”
“ The persecutions this convert has had to endure from her brothers, relatives, and the whole body of Jews, have been indeed very great; but in proportion to all her trials has been the measure of strength which she has received from the Lord. When the Portuguese rabbi perceived that all the roughness and cruelty with which he had induced her brothers to treat her, could not shake her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they tried gold; large sums of money were offered her, which she indignantly refused, preferring to work hard with her own hands, and to give glory to the Lord. The Rabbi at last began to despair, but still made another effort; he sent persons, whom he thought qualified, to enlighten, as they said, the poor benighted girl, but she refused to
Miss R. is about twenty-eight years of age, and has always been regarded as a very pious young woman.'
In a letter from Rev. R. Bellson we are informed of the baptism of some Israelites in that city during the earlier part of the present year.
The first-mentioned à Jewess, aged twenty-eight years. She had received religious instruction from the missionary for five months before her baptism, which took place on Sunday. April 20. Her attendance at the public services was regular, and she went daily to the house of the missionary for family prayer and religious instruction. Mr. Bellson says of her, “ I have every reason to hope, that at her baptism, which
she earnestly desired, she was really a penitent sinner.”
The next baptism mentioned by Mr. B. was on Whit-Sunday, May 11. The Israelite then baptized was à native of Poland, fifty-eight years of age. He came to Berlin in November, 1844; since which time he had been daily instructed in the saving truths of the Gospel. It appears that this convert had heard the truth before he came to Berlin, and that it had then, as far as man could see, produced no effect. The missionary, referring to this says, “His case is again a striking instance of the power of the Word of God, which seems often to have been spoken in vain, when no apparent impression can be traced.
... Whe have now so many instances of God's Word bearing fruit many years after it had been spoken, that it ought to encourage the brethren who travel on missionary journeys to go on, though it may seem at the time as if all labour were lost.”
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand; for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this (which is sown in the morning), or that (which is sown in the evening), or whether they both shall be alike good.*” “ As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void ; but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.t" * Eccles. xi, 6.
† Isaiah lv. 10, 11.
The sun shines fair on Judah's land,
But Judah's children are not there; No priests before the altar stand,
No house of sacrifice and prayerThe house—the cloud where glory shone, The oracles of God are gone! The breeze blows sweet from Gilead still,
And flocks repose by Carmel's side ; The dews fall soft on Zion's hill,
As in the days of Zion's pride, But David's harp lies all unstrung, And Zion's sweetest songs unsung! Mount Lebanon is bathed in light, And Jordan's lakes reflect the
ray; And when the moon leads on the night,
The night is sweeter than the dayWhere prophets met by Shilo's streams, And angels came to Jacob's dreams! Our holy land-our promised land!
Its lovely places all were ours : The sceptre's passed from Judah's hand;
And o'er our palaces and towers, And o'er our fathers' prostrate graves, The Crescent of the Moslem waves ! By Mamre's oak our fathers lie;
O, could our dust but mix with theirs ! The Gentile's scoffs we could defy
Insults and wrongs the Hebrew bears : But hopeless here we yield our breath In all the bitterness of death!
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