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him. The old believing Israelite replied, I, as a Jew, do not change my religion by believing in our Messiah, but you, professing to be his ambassador, and giving me such an answer, you change truth into a lie.' And thus he left the vestry. Upon this occurrence he became so disgusted with Amsterdam, that he shortly afterwards returned to his brethren in Germany. After remaining with them about two years (although now eighty-four years of age, but still as active as a man of forty or fifty), he directed his way again to Holland, where he arrived a few months ago. He this time abode in the very midst of the Jewish quarter, which he had not done in former years. His object was to find opportunity for instructing the young in the principles of Christianity. One Saturday, whilst in the court of the great German synagogue, in the midst of many Jews, the conversation was about a family which had lately been baptized. They spoke about the Missionary, one blessing and another cursing him. He was afraid to ask the Jews where the Missionary lived; but he asked after the dwelling of the newly-baptized family, and lost no time in visiting them. He told them, that he also was a believing disciple of Jesus, and they brought him to their instructor. Tears trickled down the furrowed cheeks of that old man, as he read and had expounded to him the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah ; and he exclaimed, “ How the Lord Jesus Christ has loved me! Now is the time come that I should wish to depart in peace, for I verily believe in the Lord Jesus Christ."
After several weeks' further instruction, this aged Israelite was baptized.
There is one remarkable circumstance connected with this history, which we cannot help noticing. Mr. G. was staying with his relatives, in the year 1818, in the little town of H- in Germany, when the Missionary, who subsequently baptized him, preached as a Jew, his first sermon in the synagogue.
This was on the Sabbath next to the great day of atonement. His text was Hosea xiv. 1. In the house of the brother of the convert, whose history we have now been sketching, he received much kindness. Many a good deed is recompensed already in this world.
In conclusion we will mention the baptism of another Jew. It shows the power of the word of God, where the labour of preparing the stony ground, which had fallen to the lot of one of our agents, had apparently been in vain.
Fourteen years ago this Society had a Missionary stationed at Amsterdam. Two Jews came to him, among many others, for regular Christian instruction, preparatory to baptism. They seemed to be respectable honest men, whose grand care was the salvation of their souls. One of them belonged to the Portuguese synagogue, and was well versed in God's word, and seemed to be in great earnest to work out his salvation with fear and trembling. account of their intercourse with him, they were soon persecuted by the Jews. It became necessary to assist them, for both were married and had families. Christian friends in Amsterdam liberally subscribed for their several necessities. This had no sooner been done, than one day,
On year, without
instead of their coming for instruction, the missionary received a letter, in which they thanked him for what he had done for them, and informed him that they could come no more. And though he lived three years after that at Amsterdam, and made anxious inquiries, the Missionary never could find them out, nor did he ever hear of them again till about three months ago, when informed by a Missionary of the Berlin Society that he was preparing a Jew from Amsterdam for baptism, who proved to be one of those two referred to. The other Jew was his brother-inlaw; he was not upright with God, and had kept him back at that time, so that through the Jews and family connexions, he got into his old Jewish habits again, and has thus been going on from
and without comfort in his mind. The truths which he had learned were not forgotten; on the contrary, they were treasured up in his mind. He thought it was impossible to be baptized at Amsterdam, and therefore kept aloof from all Christians. But he had no rest until he had made up his mind to come to Berlin, where he had heard he might be baptized without any difficulty. He left Amsterdam for Berlin, via Hamburgh; there he was ill for two months, after which he made his way to Berlin. Having arrived, his first business was to find a Christian minister who would baptize him. He looked into the " Directory," and found the name
Bishop Ross,” and went to him ; he sent him to the President of the Jews' Society at Berlin, and he again to Mr. Teichler, their Missionary, who regularly instructed and baptized him. All his sponsors were Israelites. Mr. Teichler, in his address, referred to the circumstance, that our Missionary bad laid the foundation, and that he had only built upon
it. He seems now quite a changed character, and we cannot but hope that the grace of God has taken a deep hold
upon his mind.
This is a most important station, as the Missionary here, more than anywhere else, finds opportunities for intercourse with Jews of education and learning, as many come here to pursue their studies at the university, or at other public seminaries and institutions, There are above 1,000 converts resident in Berlin. Much interest is also taken by Christians here in the Jewish Mission. The public services of our Missionaries have been attended by great numbers of Jews, and they have constantly inquirers to instruct and prepare for baptism. The Rev. R. Bellson, himself an Israelite, is stationed there; he has lately been joined by the Rev. B. W. Wright. The great number of converts in Berlin, and the influence which it has on all the provinces, make it the great centre of missionary exertion in Germany. The number of baptisms in this one city, during the last few years, considerably exceeds 1,000.
Mr. Bellson has a full English service every Sunday morning at eleven o'clock, a full afternoon service, with sermon from the Old Testament in German, at half-past two o'clock, and a lecture on the New Testament every Sunday evening at half-past six o'clock: every Tuesday evening a meeting for prayer and exposition of the Scriptures, and every Friday evening a lecture on one of the Gospels. To these are to be added the monthly and fortnightly missionary meetings.
Mr. Bellson's last communication contains an account of four individuals of the house of Israel received into the Church of Christ by baptism. Among these there is one case of a peculiarly interesting character, that of a married Jewess, twenty-six years of age, whose husband, though by no means a pious Jew, was violently opposed to her embracing Christianity. When the persecutions to which she would expose herself were pointed out to her, she said, “ And though my husband should ill-treat and even divorce me, yet I am determined, by the help of God, to suffer anything rather than not embrace the Gospel.” From all the trouble and persecution her health suffered very much, so that at last she was unable to come to the missionary for instruction. Her husband succeeded in finding out where she would be baptized, and threatened more than once that he would, with others, create such a disturbance at the time, that it should long be remembered. He did attend; but, marvellous to say, instead of carrying his threat into effect, he was as still as everybody else; and when the baptism actually took place, he drew quite near the font and said not a word, and when the whole was over quietly walked off. The trials which this believing Jewess had gone through, had, however, so reduced her strength, that immediately after her baptism she was laid on a bed of sickness. As her husband had stripped her of all means,