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How true then are the words of our text: “ They being ignorant of God's righteousness, go about to establish a righteousness of their own. Thus the vail is upon their heart when Moses is read; the vail is upon their heart when they offer up prayers to God, and the sad effects are seen, in the long-continued unbelief of the nation and all its fearful consequences. The remedy for this evil is faithful preaching of the Gospel, accompanied by the influence of the Almighty Spirit. A twofold duty then is ours: to send that Gospel by every means to the Jews; and to pray earnestly, perseveringly, and believingly, that God would in tender mercy, for the sake of the true Messiah, pour out His Holy Spirit upon them, and make this moral desert bloom and bring forth abundant fruit.
PELTING THE JEWS. This is still done in many places, at certain seasons, by the superstitious and ignorant Christians amongst whom they dwell. A missionary, writing from Africa, gives an example of this wicked and cruel proceedure. He says :
· During a walk in the afternoon, I was much grieved at a scene that I witnessed. Some boys were chasing some Jews, making clamorous noises, both by their shouts and with a kind of rattle. They also threw stones at them. I kept the boys off. One young Jew took refuge in a shop where I was waiting, and appeared quite alarmed. On enquiry, I found that this disgraceful practice is an annual custom, during passionweek. The scene of all this is at the Roman
Catholic Capuchin convent, where there is a church. The Jews are pelted to prevent their passing this church, which they cannot do without juvenile persecution. I am informed that the Roman Catholic clergy have, of late, striven to put a stop to the practice, and that the Bey has sent to the Consuls to use their influence to the same end."
This throwing stones at the Jews was once general, at certain seasons of the year. How they must have hated a religion, part of whose teaching seemed to them to be, that in its most sacred seasons, its professors should heap insult and inflict cruelties on the Jews. Thank God those days are, in most countries, for ever gone. But we have much to do yet, to convince the Jews of the loving character of our holy faith and of the tender interest for their nation manifested by Him who is, though despised and rejected by them, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
Answer's to Questions in the “ Jewish Advocate"
for June. 1. To the excessive heat of the sun's rays, which is so great as frequently to cause death, in hot countries; and the injurious effect of the moon's light on those who sleep in the open air. This is very great and sometimes causes blindness.
2. Gershonites, Kohathites and Merarites. The Gershonites had charge of the tabernacle, the curtains and the hangings of the court. The Kohathites had charge of the ark, the table, the candlesticks, the altars, and all the vessels of the sanctuary. The Merarites had charge of the boards of the tabernacle, the bars, pillars, sockets, and cords. Num. iii.
3. Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Obadiah, before the captivity. Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, after the captivity.
4. Rom. xii. 20—Means that we should use every means to soften the heart of our enemy; just as the founder who not only puts fire under the hard metal to melt it, but heaps coals upon it that it may yield the sooner.
5. Two hundred and fifteen.
6. Of Jesus Christ, and His intercession for His people.
7. They had the power of making war and concluding peace, of life and death. They could condemn or pardon as they pleased.
8. To the practice of sending harbingers, or messengers before Eastern Sovereigns, to prepare all things for their reception on their journey, and of sending pioneers to make the rough roads plain, and to remove all impediments. John the Baptist was the Harbinger of the Lord Jesus.
9. Attended by a numerous and splendid retinue. They, accompanied by their sons, rode on white asses, or on mules, or in chariots, preceded by their royal guards. 11. In Israel, from Saul, 1095, to Hoshea, 728
367 years. Twenty-two sovereigns. In Judah, from Saul, 1095, to Zedekiah, 588 507. Twenty-three sovereigns.
12. Ahasuerus. It led to the honour of Mordecai, and the saving of the Jews from death. Esther vi.
1. Sam. xxvi. 11, 12.
13. Gen. ii. 21, 22. Acts xii. 6, 7.
14. 2 Chron. xxxiii.
Journal of Mr. E. Schlochow.
(Continued from page 166.) Two Russian Jewish soldiers called ; they wished to buy an edition of the Hebrew Bible which we have not. During the religious conversation which arose, I shewed them our prayerbook, which is issued in Warsaw, and pointed out to them the prayer for H. M. the Emperor of Russia. One of them accepted a New Testament. The Jewish Infidel and the Infidel Crypto
Proselyte.* Met Dr. F-, and Mr. M-, a cryptoproselyte, at the house of Dr. G
Conversation turned on the present state of things ; and Dr. F. exclaimed, not without anxiety, “0! what will become of all these things?
1.-I am quiet; for I know that in the end all must needs accomplish God's purposes, and bring on the glorious kingdom of Jesus Christ. F:-On what
believe this? 1.—The Holy Scriptures tell us so. Prophe. cies were then spoken, especially through Daniel ii. 44, 45, in connexion with other passages. The Divine origin of the Bible was denied both by F
who drew a parallel between the prophecies of the Bible, and the double-meaning
oracles of Pythia, and by M— who compared
-, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity with the triple godhead of Hindoos, and the history of Noah with the corresponding narrative of Deucalion. The latter objection was cleared by stating that it is so far from overthrowing the truth of Scripture, it does but support its authority : the Gentiles had at first no doubt the truth, but erred from it, because they had not the Bible, of which the Jews were made the depositaries.
M.--I have too high an opinion of God, to believe that he should choose so small a people, who always distinguished themselves by rebelling against Him, and should say to them, “ Ye shall alone have the truth, whilst the Gentiles were deprived of it."
1.—The Gentiles at first were not deprived of the truth, for through Noah, who is called a preacher of righteousness, divine truth was delivered to all, but men defiled it. God, indeed, did not choose the Jews for their goodness, or because they were more in number than any people, but because the Lord loved them; a sign of his boundless free grace: and whilst the Jews were depositaries of the pure truth, the Gentiles, left to themselves, made experiences and trials, which all failed; for even at the time of Socrates and Plato, what was the practical influence of their wisdom upon the morals. The fulness of time was come, the whole world groaned under sin and misery, and longed for a Saviour : then he appeared in the midst of the Jews, who still are preserved for the glory of God.
M— interrupted and went away, after he had given vent to his feelings. exclaiming, “I cannot bear these continual quotations of Scripture."