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idolatrous nations; but, as we shall read by and by, they were soon tempted to do so, and they suffered very severely for it, at the hands of those very Canaanites whom they ought to have wholly extirpated at first.

Two great objects remained yet to be accomplished; * first, the reading of the law in Mount Ebal, and secondly, the division of the land amongst the tribes. Opposite to Mount Ebal arose another craggy height,† Gerizim; between them lay a green and fertile valley, clothed with woods, and refreshed with streams of running water. Upon these two hills all the multitudes of Israel were gathered; six tribes standing upon one mountain and six upon the other, while Joshua, with the elders of the people, and the priests, stood around the ark in the valley between. An altar was built in Mount Ebal, as Moses had commanded; and, thus surrounded by the people, Joshua read to them all the words of the law, the blessings and the curses, which were responded to by turns from the different heights. The tribes stationed upon Mount Ebal answering Amen to the curses pronounced upon the breakers of the law; and those upon Mount Gerizim answering Amen to the blessings promised to the obedient. Nothing was left undone that Moses had enjoined. This was a public acknowledgment of their allegiance to the Almighty God, who had so marvellously guided them through the Desert, and put them in possession of the land promised to their fathers.

*Townsend and Horsley place the reading of the law here, after the close of chapter the eleventh.

+ Gerizim, see " Mr. Jowett."


IN lands far distant from each other, varied in climate, in language, and many other respects, there has been of late years manifested a remarkable agreement in one thing-namely, an earnest desire for the spiritual good of the Jews. It would be easy to illustrate this, by pointing to the contributions which have been sent for this object from New Zealand, Sierra Leone, &c. At present we confine our illustration to India.

In May, 1842, the Rev. G. H. Evans, British Chaplain at Secunderabad, in the Madras Presidency, wrote thus:

"I have great pleasure in sending you a small contribution from India, in furtherance of the blessed work of the Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. I cannot deny myself mentioning the circumstance which gave rise to the collection, because I think it adds much to the interest of it, and it may stir up others 'to go and do likewise.' At the administration of the Lord's Supper at the church at this station a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find among the alms-money an offering of fifty rupees (about five pounds), with a line from the anonymous donor-For the Church of England Mission at Jerusalem;' and I was not a little gratified when I afterwards discovered that it came from a poor man, a private in the 1st Madras European Regiment, who was on the eve of retiring from the service, and returning to his native land. I never saw him since, as he left this for Madras about two days after. The rest of the money (altogether about 500 rupees) has been contributed by some Christian friends at this station, who feel a lively interest in the prosperity of

Zion, and who have been cheered with the recent tidings from England of a Christian Bishop going out from the Church of the Gentiles, to preach the pure Gospel of Christ once more in the land of Judah.


May the Great Head of the Church soon make it manifest that the time to favour Zion, yea, the set time, is come; when also Jew and Gentile shall be one in Christ, and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd!'”

In 1843 the late lamented Bishop Alexander wrote from Jerusalem that he had received letters and contributions from India, and sent copies of two letters which had been written to him by Native Christians in India. Thus they who had been in early days idolaters, were taught, by that love which pitied them, to pity others. In one letter, the Native Catechist says:

"There is an interest felt by our Native Christian community at Madras, in what relates to the Jews and Jerusalem. We had an opportunity of speaking in our chapel at Black Town, on Wednesday, the 16th November, upon the prophecies relating to the restoration of the Jews; we are happy to say that the people seemed all completely roused to a sense of duty towards Israel and Jerusalem. Our countrymen (though exceedingly poor) and children, cheerfully came forward to contribute what they could afford for the use of the spiritual wants of the children of Israel, the proceeds of which (sixty-six rupees) we have the pleasure to forward to you through the Rev. J. Tucker, by the present overland mail.

"We beg you to remember us and our native congregation in your prayers."

The same post conveyed to the good Bishop a

letter from a native Christian, which we here copy :


"To the Lord Bishop of Jerusalem, &c., &c., &c. My Lord,-It must be matter of great rejoicing to every humble believer in Christ to be permitted to hear from a distance, or privileged to witness on the spot, the ingathering, as it were, of the ancient children of promise unto one shepherd, and unto one fold, who were hitherto scattered among all nations and in every part of the world, by the just judgment of our offended, yet merciful, God. But this truth-that Word of which one jot or one tittle is not to pass without fulfilment-has been manifested in the case of the Jews, and those long deluded people may now with an unusual fervour sing :

"Not all the blood of beasts,

On Jewish altars slain,

Could give the guilty conscience peace,
Or wash away the stain.

"But Christ, the heavenly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name,
And richer blood than they.

"Under such auspicious circumstances, I have taken this liberty of very humbly addressing your Lordship, and beg leave to state, that on the 22d of May last a most eloquent and impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Tucker, B.D., the beloved pastor of the Church Missionary Chapel, Madras, for the express purpose of collecting funds to meet the temporal and spiritual wants of the saints in Jerusalem; and I am happy to say, that his undertaking was crowned with signal success by the blessing of our Heavenly Father. Under this sermon most respectable Jew was brought to the saving


knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, and subsequently baptized and numbered among the members of Christ's Church, so that in the land of Heathenism another witness has arisen. The work is of God: who can hinder?

"Many-yea, the whole of those who had the pleasure of perusing your Lordship's letterwere struck with the simple and earnest strain of devotion which it breathed. Those who contemn and reproach God's people, will have the reproach turned on themselves. God has promised to favour Israel; and that he may speedily fulfil that promise, and gather his people into their own land, is my humble but earnest prayer.

"In conclusion, my Lord, I humbly pray you to accept my best wishes for the success of the work you are engaged in, and I shall never fail sincerely to entreat, at the throne of grace, that God may spare and prosper, and finally number your Lordship among his heirs; and I beg leave to subscribe, my Lord,

"Your Lordship's most obcdient Servant, "CHRISTIAN COMOROPEN.

(Signed) "Madras, Dec. 24, 1842."

A missionary writing from India to a brother missionary in England, says :

"A most interesting case has lately occurred, of a Jew's conversion. Mr. Tucker preached a sermon on behalf of the Jews on Trinity Sunday. It being quite a new thing in Madras, attention was excited to the subject, and some one put an article in the paper, announcing when the sermon was to be preached. A Jew attended. The word reached his heart. He confessed the faith of Christ crucified, and has put himself under instruction, both public and private.

"He attends the Church Missionary Chapel,

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