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Greek fellow passengers.
The question was started, whether we were Jews ? For they could not comprehend why the Hebrew Bible, and more especially the Hebrew New Testament, was sold at such low prices. I told them, “the great object we have in view, is the promoting of Christianity amongst the Jews, to show them that Messiah is already come, and that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Christ himself said, search the Scriptures, they are which testify of me;' we circulate, therefore, the Bible as widely as possible, that by the reading of it people may come to the knowledge of Christ.' Many, Í added, were brought to believe in the Redeemer, merely by the study of the word of God. This explanation pleased them greatly, and extorted from them the confession, that the Americans--a name by which Protestants in this part of the world are designated-are brethren, for whosoever believes in Christ is a brother. I told them we believe that the time is at hand when all Israel will be saved, and when the whole world will be one fold under one shepherd.”
At one place the visit of the missionaries, and their circulation of the pure word of God, caused such a stir, that at the instigation of the Greek Bishop and the rabbies, the missionaries were summoned before the Governor, and their stock of books seized. After two or three days, however, they were again set free.
We add the following report of one day's labour. It occurred at Janina, the capital of Albania. “ Nov. 18, (Jewish Sabbath,)- was
one of those blessed days, when God permits his servants
to proclaim the truth to numbers of perishing sin
In the morning, we visited the Polish Jew we saw at Castorea, who had arrived with his family. There we could speak but little, for the people came in rapid succession to visit him. But one of the visitors begged us to accompany him to his house, which we gladly did, and had an excellent opportunity of delivering the message of salvation unto him, in the presence of his wife and children. Everything we said, we accompanied by the passage or passages of the Bible that proved it, so that the adversary should have
little to say.
“ He went with us to the chief rabbi, where we found several other Jews. We soon entered into a lively discussion, during which we proved to him the reason of the hope that is in us; that the long-promised Messiah did come in the fulness of time, did bear our sins on the Cross, and rose for our justification; and being justified, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The rabbi indeed opposed us, but not with acrimony. His chief argument against our biblical quotations, consisted in asserting that the law of God has something mystical about it, besides the plain and literal meaning, which David bad in view when he prayed, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” and which no Gentile can comprehend.
• We hastened home, for we expected Jews would come to us. We were not disappointed. Two Jews called, to whom we spoke about the coming of Christ; soon others came, and many more followed, and our room becoming quite full
, we had to take them into the next room.
Το make as many as possible hear the Gospel of
peace, we divided our labours; Mr. Lord spoke in one room, and I in the other. From the hour we came home (about ten o'clock), till after sunset, we neither ate nor drank, but either spoke, or listened to what they had to say.
“ It will be easily conceived that it is next to an impossibility to detail the various questions they brought against our holy faith, and the replies we gave. I can only say that above 100 of our Jewish brethren had the Gospel preached unto them. During the whole of the conversation, I was repeatedly reminded of the great Apostle's declaration : "I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.' Being Saturday, their first attack was, why we did not keep the day of rest; and then, why we did not observe rites and ceremonies. They could hardly comprehend how one could believe Moses and the prophets, and yet be freed from the ceremonial law.
“ We had also to contend against the false imputation Christianity labours under in these countries. Their coming in contact with the native C'hristians, has made them, alas! not without reason, decry Christianity, as a system full of idolatry and superstition. More than once, we had to teach them to distinguish between the religion of Christ, and that which they saw practised. Holding up a Hebrew New Testament to them, we told them : this contains the commands and precepts of Jesus ; against those, if you object,we will, by the help of God, defend them, but not the foolish inventions of human imagination.”
LINES ON HEARING THE HEBREW
I've listened, spell-bound, to earth's sweetest music;
Its melody has held my heart in thrall.
Their simple hymns, was sweeter far than all.
Oh, Christian people ! ye who love the Saviour !
Ye for whom that Saviour lived and died,
His praises whom their forefathers denied:
Hark to their infant voices! Mark the strain divine!
What gratitude, what hope those songs inspire ! Oh! listen to the little school children singing,
“ All hail, Lord Jesus! Hail to the Messiah !" So angels sing in heaven, and never tire.
A heavenly voice above that childish chorus,
Perchance may whisper, “Sinner, lov’st thou me? “ Art thou glad to hear the little children singing? “ Then feed these lambs for my sake, willingly." Lord,” we reply, “thou know'st that we love thee."
* In the Society's Schools, Palestine Place, Bethnal Green, London.
London: Printed at the Operative Jewish Converts’ Institution,
Palestine Place, Bethnal Green.
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
CONSECRATION OF CHRIST CHURCH,
Our readers will be glad and thankful to learn that the new Church on Mount Zion, has at length been consecrated. This long-hoped for event took place on Sunday, 21st January, the seventh anniversary of the arrival of the first Protestant bishop of Jerusalem.
James Finn, Esq., British Consul for Jerusalem and Palestine, Assaad Kayat, British Consul at Jaffa, and the Prussian Consul at Jerusalem, together with the principal lay members of the congregation, met the bishop and his two chaplains—the Rev. John Nicolayson and the Rev. F. C. Ewald-at the entrance of the church ; where they formed a procession, and then went before his lordship to the vestry. After robing, the bishop and his chaplains re-entered the church, and the service proceeded. The bishop preached on the words, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”
The following prayer, composed for this interesting solemnity, was offered up by the bishop, instead of the last prayer in the consecration service:
“ Blessed be Thy name, O Lord, God of Israel,