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considerable extent. That long low building on the other side of the Church, i.e., on your right hand, is the boundary of the Society's property in that quarter. It has an interest attached to it beyond any other building in the picture, except (if indeed we should except even) the new Church itself. That low building was the humble temporary Church, which for several years received the congregation of Protestants on Mount Zion. In it the services of the Church were celebrated ; in it the word of God was read and preached ; in it, when disappointment and fear almost shut out the hope of a nobler structure, the praises of God were sung, and many a humbled soul drew nigh to Him.
Immediately in front of the Church some lowly domes are
seen above the wall. These cover store-houses belonging to the Society : they will be, one day, removed.
Into the history of the Church, built after so many years of anxiety and at such cost, we will not now enter. The difficulties with which the Committee had to contend, were almost incredibly great; but God, having tried the patience of the friends
of Zion, at length allowed thus far the accomplishment of their hearts' desire, and now we have an unpretending yet sufficient Church, whose roof may be seen above surrounding buildings from Mount Olivet on the East, whilst its simple front is presented to the traveller, as the first object, after he has entered the Jaffa gate of the city on the West. May it be abundantly honoured by the presence of the God of Israel : and of many a child of Abraham, whose second birth by the Spirit, is the object for which the Church was built, may it be recorded, “ This man was born there!”
The most distant view in the picture is that of the Armenian convent of St. James, the largest in the city. That great tower, a part of which you see on your right hand, is called the Castle of David; it is the citadel of Jerusalem. We shall give a description of this in our next number.
The print from which our wood-cut has been copied is a beautiful, coloured lithograph. It is we vorth the price, half-a-crown, for which it is sold. We have been permitted to copy it, by the great kindness of the proprietor; but our copy gives you only a poor idea of the original. The profits arising from the sale of the lithographic view, are to be applied for the benefit of Jerusalem.*
POOR IN THIS WORLD RICH IN FAITH.
A KIND Clerical correspondent, in one of our large manufacturing towns, has sent us the following communication.—How little is known of the deep interest which is felt in the Jewish cause, on the part of many who, though poor the things of this world, are rich in faith, and in every good gift. The liberality of the poor “ Schoolmistress,” may well call forth the sorrowful self-reproach of many to whom God has given more, but who obey not the injunction
Freely ye have received, freely give." May the Lord stir up many a heart to similar works of love and self-denial !
"An Infant-school mistress, residing in my parish, has left £5 to your Society, which legacy, to save trouble, will be paid to your Secretary here. She was a true servant of Christ, and was made a blessing to the little children entrusted to her care, whom she laboured diligently and faithfully to instruct in the truth of that Gospel, which she herself had been enabled, like Lydia, to receive into her heart by faith. We rejoice to find the servants of our Divine Master in the more humble walks of life, taking an interest in those excellent Institutions, which are indeed a blessing to our land.”
* The coloured prints are to be obtained of Mr. Bradley, 16, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
THE CHILD'S COLLECTING-BOX. In a "collecting box” for the Society, a little child had deposited his or her contributions towards the great and blessed work of promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. An evidence of thoughtfulness about God's ancient people, on the part of the young contributor, was found when the box was opened, in the form of a small scrap of paper on which was written:
BY A CHILD.
Israel turn, O turn,
To Jerusalem, Thy throne,
We do not invite the attention of our readers to the attempt of our little friend to make verses; but to the habit of giving with thought of Him for whose sake we ought to give; and of the people whose benefit we desire to promote.
“Let Jerusalem come into your mind.” “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
I. From the ANSWERS sent to the questions, proposed in our December number, we select the following :
1. We find (Deut. xxviii. 64) that if the Israelites turned aside from the commands of God, they should be scattered among all nations ; adding to this the guilt of slaying the Lord of glory, they were cast out of their land and have been wanderers among the heathen.
2. Samaria was built by Omri, king of Israel. B.C. 925, and is first mentioned in 1 Kings xvi. 24.
3. The kingdom of Israel was divided after Solomon's death on account of his idolatry; but was not divided during the life of Solomon, for David his father's sake. (See 1 Kings xi. 31– 36.) The kingdom was divided because God would leave to David's posterity Jerusalem and one tribe.
4. Jeroboam set up the golden calves, lest the Israelites, when going up to the Temple for worship, should be led to acknowledge Rehoboam for their king, instead of him. 5. The tower of Babel was not built as a place of safety from a second flood; but as a high land-mark, which could be seen from a very great distance. This, its builders imagined, would be a point at which they could all assemble, and would prevent their dispersion. (See Genesis xi. 1—9.)
6. The reason why the tribe of Levi was set apart for the priesthood, we find (Exodus xxxii. 26) was as a reward for their conduct on the occasion when the Israelites set up the golden calf.
7. The land of Canaan was divided by Joshua, among the twelve tribes, into twelve divisions. (Josh. xiii., xiv., XV., xvi., xvii.) Again, by the revolt of the ten tribes, the land was divided into two parts, viz., kingdoms of Judah and Israel; thirdly, in the time of Christ, by the Romans, into four divisions, viz., Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and Peræa ; and, lastly, by the Turks, into the three Pashalics of Saya, Tripoli, and Damascus.
8. The Dead Sea is called (Gen. xiv. 3 ; Num. xxxiv. 12) the Salt Sea, the Sea of the Plain (Deut. iv. 49), and the East Sea. (Ezek. xlvii. 18; Joel ii. 20.)
9. Mount Moriah is situated South of Acra, (from which it was originally separated by a valley, filled up by Simon Maccabæus,) and joining Mount Zion on the North-east. Celebrated for Abraham's being ordered to offer up his son on this mountain (Gen. xvii.); here Solomon built the first Temple, which was afterwards rebuilt by Zerobabel on the same spot, and again by Herod the Great. Here also stands the Mosque of Omar, the most beautiful building remaining of the Saracenic style.
10. The Mosque of Omar, devoted to Mahometan worship.