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pected, open and latent opposition to the spread of the Gospel by more than one party, have been our portion during the past year, with but little to cheer and to encourage us.
“ In manifold and great trials, we have made experiences so unexpected and so painful, as to convince us that the power of darkness is displaying an activity altogether frightful, to prevent the light of the Gospel from penetrating into this dark abode of superstition and worldliness. I will not enter into the details of the evils against which we have to contend. I will only say that the sight of them, and of the almost palpable workings of that evil spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, alternately fill me with dismay and joyful hope; the first, when I compare the little
I strength we have to oppose and attack such an enemy; the second, when, relying simply on the grace of God, I am led to believe that the extraordinary exercise of Satan's rage is a sign that he sees his hold on the people of this land in danger; to believe not only that Jesus and His cause will at last triumph, but also that the victory is near.
“ But, notwithstanding all our trials, the Lord does not leave us without tokens of. His mercy and goodness to us. This mission was this
year in too weak a state, there being only one ordained, and one lay missionary. But, with thanks to God, I expect a considerable reinforcement in a few days, the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews having kindly resolved to send us one of their most experienced missionaries, with a lay missionary of good report. And there is work enough for as many as the Lord will be pleased to send; for, although the Rabbies have again on several occasions shown
their opposition, and their persecuting disposition, yet there are many Jews whose hearts and minds are more or less open to the truth of the Gospel. I have just this hour heard of a most interesting case, but this is not the place for entering into details of this kind.
During the course of this year, only one adult Jew has been baptized, a true Israelite, who having been a teacher for many years, and being well-informed, promises to become very useful to his brethren after the flesh.
“ The church services have been regular, and upon the whole, well attended; and although it is extremely difficult to minister to a congregation composed of individuals differing from one another in so many respects, and many possessing but a very imperfect knowledge of any language, yet, I trust, and know, that the Lord is with us, and blesses our services; for whilst troubled souls have occasionally found both instruction and comfort, others on hearing the description of those who are on the way to perdition, have felt so much as to suppose that they were personally aimed at.
The Jewish Hospital has continued to be a source of much temporal good to many suffering sons and daughters of Abraham. And there is no doubt, although we have not the means of ascertaining it in most cases, some spiritual good will be the effect of this exercise of Christian love towards a people still trodden down, scattered and peeled.
“ The House of Industry, which has already proved a source of blessing to several Israelites, received a severe wound a few months ago, through the most lamentable behaviour of two individuals.
I am persuaded that both individuals, being sin. eere disciples of Christ, have providentially been preserved from worse consequences; but still their conduct brought reproach on our cause.
Yet I hope that this also will be overruled for good, and that this Institution will continue to be a blessing. Last year turning was introduced into it, and now we have introduced shoemaking, in order to be less dependent on the trades-masters in the place for the in-apprenticing our proselytes. Of the three inmates that were in it last year, one has gone to Egypt, and one has been appointed to another department of the mission, whilst the third, still unbaptized, has left, with the intention of seeking for baptism elsewhere, under less stringent conditions. Now there are again three, one baptized, and two still under instruction previous to baptism. May the Lord graciously watch over this institution.
“ I have continued to employ the same number of Scripture Readers as last year; viz., one, a Jewish proselyte, chiefly amongst the Spanish Jews, amongst whom a considerable amount of Christian knowledge, I mean the knowledge of the contents of the New Testament, has thus been spread ; one, who is at the same time my Secretary, labours chiefly amongst the higher class of Christians, and in correspondence with divers persons in other places who seem to seek the truth. He is still engaged under my direction, in a very interesting correspondence with the clever Priest of the Samaritans, who reads most attentively the New Testament, and now and then proposes his objections and difficulties in a clever but apparently candid manner. He has, for example, found several statements in the speech of Stephen,
(Acts vii.) which do not agree literally with those of Moses; but he seems to be satisfied with the solution given him. He has lately applied to me for help in establishing a School for his people, (as the Moslems will not allow the Samaritans to send their children to my School,) promising that he would have the whole of the Old Testament taught in it. (It is well known that the Samaritans receive only the Pentateuch as inspired.) I have some hopes that he will agree to my conditions of having the New Testament taught also.
“ This Bible Reader has been the means of exciting a spirit of research amongst a good number of Priests; but they are so strictly watched, that it would not be prudent to enter into any details, except that latterly one, a young man, who began to show his attachment to the Gospel, has been suddenly removed to some confinement hitherto unknown to me.
“ The third Scripture Reader, Michael, has been engaged for some time in the spring in visiting the low country, Ramlah, Lidd, and Jaffa ; but there he found a strong opposition to the Gospel, people, afraid of one another and their priests, did not dare to receive him in their houses, nor to speak to him. He could, however, collect a few in some retired places, when he learned that a good number of persons are secretly reading the Word of God. He has spent soveral summer months at Nazareth. He could not visit Salt on account of the disturbances which have scattered our friends of Salt into the mountains.
“Finally, beloved brethren, I thank all those of you who have hitherto helped and supported us, by your prayers, your advice, and your money, to carry on the work intrusted to us ;
especially the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, and the Church Missionary Society. The first for their pecuniary aid in favour of the Diocesan School, and the Deaconesses, and for many refreshing tokens of Christian affection and confidence; and the last for their continued good-will towards their former missionary, and for sending labourers into this (I hope I may say) harvest.
* And commending myself and fellow-laborers, both lay and clerical, together with all the subjects mentioned above, to your intercessory prayers,—I remain, your humble servant and brother,
“S. ANGL. HIEROSOL. “ Jerusalem, October 30th, 1851.”
BIBLE HISTORY OF THE JEWS.
Asa, when he was smitten with a severe disease in his feet, applied to physicians for a cure, instead of to God, which was the more reprehen. sible in him, as it was considered that medical treatment at that time consisted chiefly in the practice of incantations and charms. His singular want of confidence in God, in the present instance, cost him his life; for the disease was permitted to continue its ravages, and he died at the end of two years, in the forty-first year of his reign.
Notwithstanding these defects in the faith and conduct of Asa, we have assured testimony that his heart was
perfect with the Lord all his