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THE JEWISH ADVOCATE.
TO OUR READERS.
DEAR FRIENDS,-We greet you once again by God's good providence, at the beginning of the year. That which has just passed away has been an eventful one. It began in bright promises, which were partly realized ; it has ended in cloud and forebodings. The beautiful palace of peace, to which men of all nations flocked, and the produce of art and industry in all lands was sent, was to many a pledge and foretaste of a peaceful age, when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall men learn war any more." But the reader of his Bible, who looks forward to a reign of peace, which shall not be the result of mutual and interested agreement on the part of men ; but of high and holy principles implanted by the grace of God, whilst he could admire the wonderful display, and be thankful for such a proof of the world's peace and of human concord, would often sigh to think that even the most wonderful result of man's intelligence and civilization, must be like the gourd of the prophet, as
frail and brittle as the crystal walls of this Temple of Concord. It was pleasant in this weary and strife-loving world to see so grand a reality, and to be reminded of the better things laid up in store, when the whole world shall be under the dominion of the Prince of Peace, when as a proof of their conviction of its longendurance, and the calm repose of confidence,
men shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks ;" when all creation shall revive, and the desert rejoice and blossom as the rose.'' Clouds hung upon
“ the skirts of the departing year.” In a neighbouring country a sudden revolution, in violation of all law and all truth, told how little man can hope for from the promises of his fellow-man, and teaches that we should be ever turning to the faithful word of promise as the only sure foundation upon which our hopes may rest. In that word there are many promises of peace to the world, and of joy to the creation. We should observe how these are connected with the future destiny of the Jews, and then we should see, that as God in times past chose them as instruments of mercy to the world, so he will through them give light and peace again.
We should then see that the universal song of praise cannot be raised, till the Harp of Judah be re-strung, and the voice of the daughter of Zion lead the grand chorus, whose burden shall be, Glory to God. in the Highest, peace on earth, and good will to man.
This should sustain and increase our interest in the spiritual welfare of the ancient nation. This should lead us to more earnest and believing intercession for them at the throne of grace.
We hope, in our future pages, to place before you some of the plain predictions which bear upon the present and future history of the Jewish people, beginning with the earliest and going on to the latest of their prophets. In this we shall speak as plainly and simply as we can, in the hope that the
younger of our readers may take a scriptural interest in our work, and also better understand God's purposes in the whole history of his chosen people.
Further, we hope to have some engraved illustrations of objects and places of interest, in the city and land of the Jews, and thus to make our little work more interesting and instructive. Our present number necessarily follows the footsteps of its predecessors, but we hope our friends will help us, not with suggestions only, but with simple and interesting contributions relating to the state and history of the nation, or of individual Jews.
We will only add our renewed earnest wishes that you, whilst labouring or praying for the good of Israel, may realize the fulfilment of the ancient promise" I will bless them that bless thee.”' Ever, your faithful friend,
ANNUAL LETTER OF THE BISHOP AT
The Bishop of our Church, residing at Jerusalem, has sent his usual Annual Letter to the friends of both the Jews and Gentiles in the Holy City and the land of Israel. We extract some of agency in
those parts of it which relate to the mission of our Society : they are calculated to try the faith and exercise the patience of the friends of Israel, and to call for more earnest prayer that the evils of which the Bishop complains may be remedied, and God's blessing yet descend upon a holy and active
dark Jerusalem. The Bishop writes :
“Beloved Brethren,- It is with mingled feelings of sorrow and joy, of fear and hope, that, according to the practice of former years, I bring the present state of our Church and Mission in Jerusalem under
notice, with‘a view of exciting your sympathy, and thus of moving you to pray more earnestly for us, and with us, for the prosperity of the important and arduous work entrusted to our feeble hands.
“ I cannot express the feelings with which I invite you for the fifth time to unite with us in prayer and praise on that day, on which we commemorate the entrance into this city of the first Protestant Bishop in Jerusalem, ten years ago, and of the consecration of the first Protestant Church on Mount Zion, three years ago, viz., the 21st of January, 1852 ; I cannot, I say, express my feelings on this occasion better than in the words of Holy Writ:- I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain. Yet surely, my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with
God.' * Not to mention inward conflicts, more or less common to all the disciples of Christ on earth, while travelling towards their heavenly home, a dead apathy on the part of the great number of the objects of our solicitude, troubles and trials caused by persons of whom better things were ex