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and comes twice a-week to me, and twice a-week to Mr. T. for instruction. I have never met anything like the rapidity of his growth in knowledge, and grasping of heavenly things. The bursting forth of a Russian summer, or the rising of an Indian sun, may give some natural illustration of the rapidity with which he has embraced the high and the deep things of God.
"But I should say, that he was led to doubt of his own religion two months before he came to the Church Missionary Church, and had procured a Bible with marginal references, and been comparing the Old and New Testaments. He was first led to doubt by that disputed passage in Josephus. Is not this remarkable?
"He is of a highly respectable family, living in Regent-square, London, quite a gentleman in his habits and feelings, well educated, and has seen a good deal of the world. He is a merchant here. He has written most interesting letters to his father, brother, and sisters, and has the strongest and simplest faith that they will be brought to confess Jesus. He rejects the idea of his having denied his own religion by this act, and declares himself a true follower of Abraham; for he says he saw the day of Christ, and was glad. It is the modern Jews he pronounces as apostates from the faith of their forefathers. In about a fortnight he is to be baptized, and I hope to be one of his sponsors. Is not this
Thus is the Gospel the power of God unto salvation-to the Jews and to the Gentiles. Oh, may its glad tidings soon be heard in every land!
MESSIAH'S GLORY IN HIS HUMILITY. A TRACT has lately been published, entitled, "The Vail of the Flesh; or, the Design and Miraculous Evidence of Messiah's First Advent." By a Friend of Israel. The contents are chiefly from a very valuable sermon on the subject. It is intended for circulation amongst the Jews. We extract the following beautiful passage, as presenting the glory of the Lord Jesus, even in his humiliation :
"His birth was mean on earth below, but it was celebrated with hallelujahs by the heavenly host in the air above. He had a poor lodging, but a star lighted visitants to it from distant countries. Never prince had such visitants so conducted. He had not the magnificent equipage that other kings have; but he was attended with multitudes of patients, seeking and obtaining healing of soul and body. That was more true greatness than if he had been attended with crowds of princes. He made the dumb that attended him sing his praises, and the lame to leap for joy; the deaf to hear his wonders, and the blind to see his glory. He had no guard of soldiers, nor magnificent retinue of servants; but, as the centurion, that had both, acknowledged, health and sickness, life and death, took orders from him. Even the winds and storms, which no earthly power can control, obeyed him; and death and the grave durst not refuse to deliver up their prey when he demanded it. He did not walk upon tapestry; but when he walked on the sea, the waters supported him. All parts of the creation, excepting sinful men, honoured him as heir Creator. He kept no treasure; but when
he had occasion for money, the sea sent it to him in the mouth of a fish. He had no barns nor cornfields; but when he inclined to make a feast, a few small loaves covered a sufficient table for many thousands. None of all the monarchs of the world ever gave such entertainment. By these, and many such things, the glory of Jesus of Nazareth shone through his meanness, in the several parts of his life. Nor was it wholly clouded at his death. He had not, indeed, that fantastic equipage of sorrow that other great persons have on such occasions: but the frame of nature solemnized the death of its author;heaven and earth were mourners. The sun was clad in black; and, if the inhabitants of the earth were unmoved, the earth itself trembled under the awful load. There were few to pay the Jewish compliment of rending their garments; but the rocks were not so insensible,-they rent their bowels. He had not a grave of his own; but other men's graves opened to him. Death and the grave might be proud of such a tenant in their territories; but he came not there as a subject, but as an invader,-a conqueror. It was then, that death, the king of terrors, lost his sting; and on the third day the Prince of Life triumphed over him, spoiling death and the grave.”
IF I FORGET THEE, O JERUSALEM ! An unknown friend has kindly sent us the following design. It is not original, but the idea of it arose "whilst he was perusing a little work, wherein the Christian Gentile is recommended to call to mind some Scripture passage, the
words of which correspond in number with the hours, as that hour is made known by the clock."
We cannot have too many remembrancers. Every moment bears testimony to the goodness and long-suffering of our God-every moment brings some fresh token of his love, and it will be profitable to our souls to make time, as he flies, in every part of his progress, remind us of the bountifulness of the Lord. Nor should we only remember his gracious dealings with ourselves. It is our privilege to plead his "precious promises," and as his " remembrancers" not to keep silence-not to give him rest, until he establish and until he make Jerusalem a praise
in the earth. With the exercise of this privilege on our part, he has joined the cheering declaration, "They shall prosper that love thee." Then let each hour remind us of his promises to Jerusalem and her captive children, and let us turn them into prayers in their behalf.
Let each hour remind us of the passage marked under it in the print which is given on the opposite page, and thus we shall have present to our minds every hour at least some portion of the sacred Scriptures, which tell of the will or the purposes of God.
This too truly tells of the present state of Judah. The glory has departed, yet not for ever; for Christ is the "
light to lighten the Gentiles, and will be the GLORY of his people Israel."
II. "Awake, awake."
III. "Consider your ways."
VIII. "I will surely gather the remnant of Israel."
IX. "I will rejoice over them to do them good."
X. "Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them."
XI. "Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation."
XII." And the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.'
Here we have a series of sentences from the Bible, setting forth the state of the people, their duty, and God's promises. Let their connexion