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since, that he had seen the advertisement and had attended the chapel on each occasion since. He appeared very thankful, and said I had done him much good. He proinised, if the vessel, in which he was about to leave, did not sail in the morning, according to notice, that he would call again.

“I now recollected, that I said to Mr. Medland, after the first sermon, that unless I was much mistaken there was a Jew in the Church; this was the

person. “ Yesterday morning he called again, and told me many interesting particulars about himself. His friends at home are very respectable. His father died a Jew. His mother was baptized by Mr. Dale, at the age of 55. He has one sister (baptized) married to a wealthy person of the name of

-, and another married to a missionary to the Jews (now deceased). He tells me that he was baptized at about 14 years of age, from his conviction of the truth of Christianity. A few years since he left his home, and came out to New Zealand, where he has been variously engaged for more than two years. He is now on his way to Port Philip, and if he does not go to the diggings, he thinks he shall be able to obtain a good situation in that Colony for a year or two, when he purposes going home. In the course of conversation he said that he did not wonder at the feeling of the Jews, with reference to Christianity, when they see the conduct of those who profess and call themselves by that name. He appeared to think, what has occurred to my own mind, that our national Christianity is one great stumbling-block in the Jews' way. He is a young man of about 23, or a little more, and


intelligent and well-informed. He told me that he

had not spoken to any clergyman since leaving England ; and seemed very glad when I asked him to come and see me if the vessel did not sail."

Mr. Medland saw this person again before he left for Port Philip. May he be found to be of those who believe unto the saving of the soul. Think of his being brought to this extreme quarter of the world, to hear a sermon in behalf of the Jews, and to be stirred up himself to seek more earnestly for the enjoyment of Christian privileges !



The moral conflict, is thiekening around us. The mystic Babylon is marshalling her legions for a new stuggle with the witnesses of Christ. A vain philosophy, proud of a few pebbles gathered up on the shore of that mighty sea, the Divine Omniscience, would set aside the messages of His word as an unreal and airy dream, Unbelieving men would banish God from the walks of politics and the fields of science. They would coop up His supreme authority within the private conscience of a few religious zealots, whose creeds are kindly suffered to neutralize each other, and thus practically dethrone the Most High from the government of His own world. And how shall the testimony be lifted up against these conflicting, yet confederate,

Conclusion of Rev. T. R. Birk's Sermon before the Society, May 6, 1852.

forms of evil? By linking all the great spiritual truths of the Gospel with the past, the present, and the future realities, of Jewish history. So long as the Gospel is proclaimed “ to the Jew first,” not all the fraud of Satan will be able to obscure its historical and intense reality. We see before our eyes a people rejected, scattered, despised, and down-trodden for ages, because their fathers rejected and crucified the Lord of Glory. We see, present with us in every land, a race of men, “ of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.'

We see, amidst the shocks and throes of these latter times, a people long marked off to experience the severity of God, but reserved for the richest exhibition of his goodness; the visible pledges of a happier age, when strife shall cease, the curse be abolished, and the effect of triumphant righteousness shall be “quietness and assurance for ever." Amidst the variety of her labours in this busy and distracted age, let the Church keep her eye fixed on this central point in the battle-field; and, whatever clouds may seem to threaten her, her light will arise on obscurity, and her darkness be as the noon-day. The recovery of Israel is the appointed signal of her own final victory. For this our Lord is ever interceding in heaven. “For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” For this He bids her intercede

“ Ye that are the Lord's remembrancers, keep not silence, and give Him no rest till He make Jerusalem a praise on the earth." Let our labours and our offerings be joined with

upon earth.

our prayers, and the joyful triumph shall soon be given us, since it is sealed to us by a gracious promise of the God of Israel, “ Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth shall see thy glory.” May the Lord in his great mercy, remember His own covenants, and hasten the fulfilment in His own appointed time!



(Continued from page 191.) “ The number of Jews remaining in Tlemcen are now reduced to only eight thousand ; two thousand of whom are Europeans, two thousand Moors, Arabs and Turks, and four thousand Jews. From what I can gather from the last mentioned, it would appear that their brethren came here in a mass from Portugal, so early as the fifth century, and that they founded a famous Jewish College here; and most probably many Jews settled here after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. Under the domination of the Moors and Arabs the poor Jews were very much oppressed, and suffered great persecution from each party, as from time to time they gained the upper hand. They were plundered without remorse, and nowhere have I seen greater misery and poverty than among them here. They live in wretched hovels, and many of them are almost naked. Their eight synagogues are not much superior to their dwellings.

Mr. Markheim's missionary labours at this place were much facilitated by a pious Protestant resident, Mr. Paul Lichtenstein, who, it appears, is a descendant (in the sixth generation) of a converted Israelite, Aaron, son of a rabbi, who was baptized at Hamburg about two centuries ago. To his care Mr. Markheim had consigned a case of Bibles, and large numbers of Jews now accompanied the missionary to his house. In less than an hour, more than fifty volumes of the sacred Scriptures were sold, and a considerable mumber of Testaments, tracts, &c., distributed. Several Jews met Mr. M. again in the afternoon, at Mr. L.'s house, and he heard there that the chief rabbi had prohibited them from either buying or accepting any of his books. He writes :

I therefore went to see him : and to my very great astonishment he gave me a friendly reception, and on hearing that the books came from England, and that they are sent by pious English Christians to them, he at once said : “Since they come from that just land, let every son of Israel buy them;' and orientally joining his two forefingers together, he said : They and we are one; the English are the pious of the nations of the world, they love our nation, and everywhere under them Israel dwells in safety. He willingly complied with my request to give notice in the synagogue that the Jews may purchase my books ; and to convince me that he would do so, he gave me a copy of the notice, the concluding words of which are, that the blessing of God may rest on all those who read those holy books.'”

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