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1. The children of Israel received the name of, or are called, Jews first, in 2 Kings xvi. 6. King Rezin drave “the Jews" out of Elath.
2. The children of Israel were condemned to wander so long through wilderness :
(1.) On account of unbelief. Heb. iii. 17–19. Thus they became a warning to us. Heb iv. 11.
(2.) To humble them and to prove them, and make them know what evil there was in their hearts. Deut. viii. 2.
(3.) As a punishment for believing the men who brought up a false report of the promised land. Numbers. xiv. 23.
3. Why were the Jews carried captives to Babylon
1. To punish them for the wickedness, and especially for the idolatry of both kings and people. 2 Kings xxiv; Jer. xxv. 6—8.
In proposing questions, we shall be glad of variety. Any relating to the geography of the Bible, or its natural history; any relating to Jewish manners or customs, as illustrating passages of Scripture, will be very acceptable. Only let them be proposed and answered by our young friends.
Amongst the questions sent for September are the following:
1. Why were the children of Israel slaves to the Egyptians four hundred years ?
2. Why was every shepherd an abomination to the Egyptians ?
3. Why did Ephraim, the younger son, receive the first and greater blessing?
4. Name a Jewish prophet who was sent as a missionary to the heathen, who although unwill. ing, was successful
5. Name a passage where we are told of a debt due to the Jews, which is yet undischarged?
6. What is the origin and meaning of the word “ Jew?"
7. On what prophetic grounds do the Jews still expect their Messiah?
8. How many festivals were the Israelites commanded to keep in the course of the year!
9. Who were the ancient inhabitants of Jeru. salem, and when did Judah obtain possession of that city
10. What is the earliest mention of Jerusalem in the Bible ?
The editor will be glad of replies by the 11th or 12th of the month, addressed to 16, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
MISSIONS TO THE JEWS.
Death of a Missionary. A MISSIONARY who had laboured for many years in the work of preaching the Gospel to the Jews,--Mr. Rosenfeldt-has recently been called to the rest and the reward of Christ's faithful people. He was himself a Jew, converted to the faith of the once despised Messiah. He was baptized at Warsaw, in September, 1828 ; and for a quarter of a century maintained an unspotted character, and during most of it laboured for the good of his brethren after the flesh. His end was peace. A brother missionary, who attended him in his last illness, informs us that he died conscious that he was dying; that shortly before his death he raised his ice-cold hand to heaven, and said: “No longer to this life; it is the Lord's will. Here I am.” Mr. Rosenfeldt had drawn up short memoir, stating the principal events of his life. This we hope to give in our next. The Lord removes one and another of his faithful servants to their home. Pray the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth more labourers into his harvest; for the fields are white !
There is good news from many scenes of missionary labour. This month we look at Amsterdam.
The missionary—the Rev. C. W. H. Pauli-shall pourtray the cheering picture.
Sunday, the 26th of July, was one of those solemn Sabbaths, which, to the missionary labouring in hope, is a high festival, giving him a faint, yet refreshing, foretaste of that day of rest and joy, when he, together with the souls given him for his hire, shall be ushered into the presence of his Divine Master, and will say, These are thine, O Lord! Thou hast purchased them with thine own blood, called them by thy grace, sanctified them by thy Spirit, and thine be all the honour and glory, world without end !”
Baptism of S. P. Swaab. “ Simon Philip Swaab, mentioned in the • Jewish Intelligence,' p. 147, received the Sacrament of Baptism in the midst of a crowded church, and in the presence of many Jews; and it appeared that the solemn rite made a deep, and
may God grant that it may prove a lasting and saving, impression upon all. The whole of the service was in the Dutch language. I preached from St. John, i. 12.
“ For some time I had prayed earnestly for this seal of the covenant of grace; but though he had left all that is dearest to a man in this life-wife, children, and a decent station in society-for Christ's sake, and earning his bread with his own hands, yet all this was not yet to me (hard as it may sound) a sufficient warrant, or decided proof, of his integrity: I longed to see some evidence that divine grace had penetrated his heart, and that he could not live nor die without Christ. This evidence he
Swaab caught a violent cold, which caused a dangerous inflammation on his chest, and he was laid on a bed of sickness. He felt himself sinking very fast, and he begged very hard of me not to let him die without baptizing him. Not that I build (he said) my salvation upon this, but upon Christ, his blood and righteousness, resurrection and intercession; and that baptism is an assurance and divine seal of God's grace towards me, besides being Christ's command.' He also said, "If I were to die without baptism, the Jews would think that I, in my last and decided hour, denied my blessed Redeemer.' I promised not to let him die without this sacrament, and added that I trusted the Lord would soon raise him up, and that the first day he should come into God's house, I would admi. nister unto him this holy ordinance. The Lord heard our prayers, and raised him up; and, weak as he was, he came to the house of
and received his heart's desire. After a few days he appeared again to be quite strong, and went to his work, but had a relapse, and he is again very ill. May the the Lord hear again our prayers, and suffer him to remain a little longer here!”
The Convinced Jewish Teacher.
“In my last I mentioned a young Jewish teacher, who has been educated in the Talmudical Seminary, under the auspices of some of the most celebrated rabbies, duly examined, and placed as a teacher and official in the synagogue in GHe is the same person of whose letters I gave you some extracts. My surprise was great when he, about five weeks ago, came near midnight to the mission-house, and requested admission. He left his office in his synagogue upon receiving my last letter, which, he said, made such an impression upon his mind, that he could not remain a day longer in the discharge of duties repugnant to one believing in Christ. I could fully enter into his feelings. He has been with me all this time, and if ever I had reason to thank God for his marvellous grace shewn to those who have heard his Gospel, I hope I have it in this case. I have no need to teach him; the Lord teaches him. It is a delight to instruct, when the blessed Spirit instructs first. As it regards human knowledge, he is well educated, and a superior Hebrew, Chaldee, and Talmudical scholar. His scholarship does honour to these masters in Israel ; I am sorry I cannot gain their friendship, do what I will. Their desire is, that I should not preach Christ ; but they ought to know that I can do every thing else they would wish but this. My catechumen is full of zeal for the glory of Christ, and he has a good share of judgment, though not quite twenty years of age; yet all his relatives, and numerous they are, live in this town, and we may hope that his forsaking all to gain Christ will have a beneficial effect upon them, and espe