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Breslau, Berlin, Königsberg, Danzig, Gothenburg, Frankfort-on-the-Maine, Creuznach, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Strasburgh!
The Hebrew College in Palestine-place, which has been established under the superintendence of the Rev. Dr. M'Caul, for the supply of Missionaries, has already begun to yield its fruit; and indeed without it, an extension of the field of labour in the East would have been impossible, as the offers of qualified persons for that quarter, to go forth as missionaries, are of very rare occur
Nineteen students have been appointed to stations in the East, nine of whom are of the house of Israel.
The School of Industry at Jerusalem has been established for the purpose of training young converts in the carpenter's and joiner's trade, in all its branches, to enable them to earn a living as Christians, as their very enquiry into Christianity would exclude them from help from the Jews.
The Society has opened a Dispensary and a Hospital, for sick and destitute Jews at Jerusalem. The latter contains two large wards, one for men, and the other for women, with accommodation for twenty-four beds; it was opened for the reception of patients on December 12, 1844. During the year 1846, 215 patients were received into the Hospital, of whom 138 were curedand 42 relieved. 2085 patients were seen at the Dispensary. 1500 visits were made to the houses of sick Jews; and during the year just past, an equal or greater amount of good has been done.
SOCIETY has been great under the Divine blessing.
With reference to the actual results of their labours, the Society has great reason to thank God for the success by which its efforts have been attended. Many proofs are detailed in the Annual Reports and in the “ Jewish Intelligence,” from time to time. It must, however, be remembered, that there are many encouraging circumstances of too private a character to be stated on any public occasion. In the majority of instances, we have to relate only the particulars of that tedious, and often painful, course of missionary duty, by which the good seed is sown. For its fruitful increase we may wait for years, and it may be that the tidings of it may be borne by other witnesses than those whose lot it was to sow in tears. The Warsaw Mission, established by the Revds. A. M'Caul and F. W. Becker, many years ago, affords a striking illustration of this remark. They sowed the good seed, distributing the Word of God and Scriptural tracts abundantly among the crowds of Jews that flocked to hear this new thing; and many were ready to ask, What then? How many were converted to Christianity? Following years have given an encouraging answer to a question which none could answer then; and we are now frequently hearing of converts whose first impressions were received from a portion of the Scriptur tract distributed at that period.
(To be continued.)
BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM. From John Bunyan's “Jerusalem Sinner Saved.” “We are to consider Jerusalem in her decays ; for as she is so considered, she is the proper object of our text.” (Luke xxiv. 47.)
“ Jerusalem was the place and seat of God's worship; but now decayed, degenerated and apostatized. The word, the rule of worship, was rejected of them, and in its place they had put and set up their own traditions ; they had rejected also the most weighty ordinances, and had put in room thereof their own little things. Matt xv. ; Mark vii. Jerusalem was therefore now greatly backsliding, and become the place were truth and true religion were much defaced.
“It was now become the very sink of sin and seat of hypocrisy, and gulf where true religion was drowned. Here also now reigned presumption and groundless confidence in God, which is the bane of souls. Amongst its rulers, doctors and leaders, envy, malice and blasphemy vented itself against the power of godliness, in all places where it was espied; as also against the promoters of it; yea, their Lord and Maker could not
“In a word, Jerusalem had now become the
very slaughter-shop for saints. This was the place wherein the prophets, Christ, and his people were most horribly persecuted and murdered. Yea, so hardened at this time was this Jerusalem in her sins, that she feared not to commit the biggest, and to bind herself by wish under the guilt and damning evil of it ; saying, when she had murdered the Son of God, "His blood be upon us and our children.'
“And though Jesus Christ did, both by doctrine, miracles, and holiness of life, seek to put a stop to their villanies, yet they shut their eyes, stopped their ears, and rested not till, as was hinted afore, they had driven him out of the world. Yea, that they might, if possible, have extinguished his name, and exploded his doctrine out of the world, they, against all argument, and in despite of Heaven, its mighty hand, and undeniable proof of his resurrection, did hire soldiers to invent a lie, saying,-his disciples stole him away from the grave; on purpose that men might not count him the Saviour of the world, nor trust in him for the remission of their sins.
“ • They were,' saith Paul, contrary unto all men: for they did not only shut up the door of life against themselves, but forbade that it should be open to any else. Forbidding us, saith he, 'to preach to the Gentiles, that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway.' * This is the city and these are the people : this is their character and these are their sins : nor can there be produced their parallel in all this world. Nay, what world, what people, what nation, for sin and transgression, could or can be compared to Jerusalem? especially if you join to the matter-offact the light they sinned against, and the patience which they abused. Infinite was the wickedness, which upon this account they committed. ... That these Jerusalem sinners were the biggest sinners that ever were in the world, I think none will deny, that believes that Christ was the best man that ever was in the world, and also was their Lord God. And that they were to have the first offer of grace, the text is as clear as the sun; for it saith, ‘BEGIN AT JERUSALEM.' • Preach' saith he, 'repentance and remission of sins' to the Jerusalem sinners; to the Jerusalem sinners in the first place.
* Matt. xxii. 25 ; xv. 7-9; Mark, vii. 6-8; Matt. ii. 7-9; John yiii. 33, 41; Matt. xxvii. 18; Mark. iii. 30; Matt. xxiii. 37; Luke xiii. 33, 34; Matt. xxvii. 25; xx. 11--16; 1 Thess. ii, 14-16.
“ After this manner, therefore, the mind of Christ was set on the salvation of the biggest sinners, in his life-time. Join to this the clause, which he carefully put into the Apostle's commission to preach, when he departed hence to the Father, and then you shall see that his heart was vehemently set upon it; for these were part of his last words with them,-preach my Gospel to all nations, but see that you begin at Jerusalem.
“Nor did the Apostles overlook this clause when their Lord was gone into heaven: they went first to them of Jerusalem, and preached Christ's Gospel to them : they abode there, also, for a season and time, and preached it to nobody else, for they had regard to the commandment of their Lord.”
(To be continued.)
PRAY FOR THE JEWS.
Many a time has the duty of praying for the Jews been urged upon our readers ; many a time by the voice of the minister of Christ ; often, too, have they read the divine command—“ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” yet, perhaps, few of them have ever earnestly cried, “ O Lord save thy people, the remnant of Israel.”'