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neither Jew nor Christian. He begged me to give him all the books I could, that might give him light on the subject, and especially the New Testament, which I did. And then he came again, and told me that he had read them and conversed about their contents. last time, he told me that now he believed that Jesus was the Son of God.
“ Another Jew said, that he was a Jew in name but not in practice; for the Jewish religion demands more than any one could observe. Nor was he a Christian, because the Christian religion demands belief in doctrines which he could not believe; and therefore he lives, said he, just as it suited his convenience and circumstances. Mr. G. told him how necessary it is for him first of all to make himself acquainted with the great fact that he is a sinner, and that he must be eternally lost, unless his sins are blotted out, that they might no more testify against him. And if once he should come to that conviction, he would then find that the demands of the Gospel are perfectly in harmony with God's nature and character, and with all that he has revealed respecting our salvation.
“One Jew whom Mr. G. visited, complained how much immorality had increased, and how little true religion is now-a-days met with, either amongst Jews or Christians. Mr. G. agreed with him, but told him that we are all personally in fault, and that it is our duty to assist in bettering the present state of things, especially by beginning at home, in our own hearts and lives. 0,' said he, “I suspect what you are going to say ; you mean to say that we Jews ought to embrace Christianity.' 'Mr. G. replied in the affir
mative, and showed that nothing but a saving faith in the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, can in any way improve the state of things. And as to the Jews, it is unalterably certain that there is no other name given under heaven amongst men whereby we must be saved, than the name of Jesus of Nazareth ; Him God has exalted a Prince and a Saviour to give repentance to Israel and remission of their sins. •It is very possible,' replied the Jew, that you are right. But I am
( a simple man, have not studied, and have only learned what I barely need to carry on my business; and therefore I pronounce no judgment whether the Jewish or the Christian religion is the true one, and for this very reason I never censure any Jew if he embraces Christianity.' Mr. G. told him how wrong it is, and what injustice he commits against himself, if he remains in this uncertainty, and does not examine and try to find out for himself by the Scriptures what really is truth; and that there could be no doubt that he would find, if he sincerely examined the Scriptures, that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. But this,' replied he, is the business of the rabbies, and yet we do not see that they arrive at this result.' Mr. G. pointed out the passage that .Seeing, they see not,' &c. The Jew finally declared that as it regarded his own person, he scarcely thought that he should ever embrace Christianity. But as to my children,' said he, • I send them to Christian schools, and they are educated like the Christian children, and if hereafter they are convinced and wish to embrace Christianity, I shall never prevent them, or put any obstacle in their
way. “ It is a remarkable feature of the present
generation of Jews, that this is the sort of reasoning we hear from the great majority, whenever the subject is broached. And there is no doubt that a large number of the rising generation will find their way into the Church of Christ. I am acquainted with very rich Jewish families in this town, the children of whom have no idea of Judaism ; they do not know that there is a difference between them and their Christian school. fellows. There are Jewish children here in a Christian boarding school, sent up from the country, who learn the Catechism and every thing else, just as their schoolfellows. There is much the same thing with many Jews, who ask for tracts or a New Testament, though they have no time, or it may be no inclination, to read them, yet they wish to have them for their children.”
NORTH AFRICA. We do not hear much of Jews in Africa now. In years that are flown away for ever, we were accustomed to be cheered by the journals of a faithful and laborious missionary at Tunis, and we may hope now again to hear of what God is doing for his ancient people, if not in Tunis, yet in other places of Northern Africa.
Mr. H. A. Markheim is stationed at Oran, as the missionary agent of the Society, in the hope that he may be the means of awakening enquiry and circulating the Scriptures there, and in the neighbouring places, amongst his Jewish brethren.
Of this station the Committee say in their last Report:-Although the Jews of this place have for the last twenty years been freed from the tyranny and oppression of the Moors, they are still attached to Pharisaic rabbinism, and as blindly devoted to all its forms and precepts as many of their neighbouring brethren. At Oran the missionary meets with very few who are careless about religion, or who are poisoned by that infidelity which forms 80 prominent a feature of the Jews both in France and Algiers.
“ What most encourages the missionary here, is the facility which he finds for circulating the Holy Scriptures amongst them. By old and young the word of God is sought after with eagerness; and we may hope that with that blessed book in their hands, and the fear of God in their hearts, many will find the Lord their Saviour."
Mr. Markheim's journal informs us of a missionary, or Scripture-distributing, tour which he made, not long since, amongst the African Jews, from which we give the following extracts:
April 16.-"Several Christian friends, together with Mr. Curie, the French Protestant pastor, met at my house, for the purpose of imploring the protection and guidance of the Lord Jesus Christ, on our approaching journey to Tlemcen. I selected the twentieth Psalm for our meditation, after which we read the sixteenth chapter of St. John's Gospel. A somewhat perilous undertaking seems to be before us. The news from the interior is very discouraging; several tribes from the boundaries of Morocco rose in arms against some of the Franco-Arab tribes. About 500 of the former fell last week in an engagement with the French troops and from their natural fanatic hatred against Europeans, increased by a thirst for revenge for their late defeat, travelling is rendered very dangerous."
Trusting in the protection of the Lord, Mr.
Markheim left Oran on April 17, and after a fatiguing journey through a mountainous region, he arrived the following day at Tlemcen. The place is thus described by him:
" It is a most interesting spot, 37 leagues distant from Oran, to the south-west. From the summit of its mountains the ocean desert of Zaara is plainly visible. Nature has abundantly blessed it with wood and water, with forests of olives and fig trees, and fertile fields. The ruined remains of Roman citadels, camps and monuments, throughout the vicinity, bespeak the bygone grandeur of Pagan Rome, and lead one to suppose
that Tlemcen must have at one time contained between four and five hundred thousand inhabitants."
(To be continued.)
THE LITTLE CLOUD.
1 Kings xviii. 44.
From Canaan's thirsty soil.
But fruitless all his toil.
Its pleasant music made :
In its deep home of shade.
O'er Israel's dwelling place :
Were seen in every face.