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uncertainty, on which to rest the hopes of an immortal being! Who shall tell to the anxious Israelite the secrets which are known to God alone! Who shall read for him that awful record in which all his deeds are written, and say on which side, that of merits or of sïns, is the momentous preponderance ? Tradition has destroyed hope, and left but doubt and fear, and in so frail .a bark the spirit must launch forth on the ocean of eternity! O Israel, thy teachers have caused thee to err!
From these extracts from their Prayer-book we learn that they go about to establish a righteousness of their own. In the prayers in which a reference is made to the sacrifices under the law, the same error shews itself. Thus, after confessing, “ Because of our iniquities we have neither sanctuary, nor altar, nor offering to atone for us, there is nothing left us but the commemoration of them,” they add, “ O may that be our expiation, and we will render the prayers of our lips instead of offerings.” Again, referring to the daily sacrifice, they pray, “ May the recital be as acceptable unto Thee as if we had offered Thee continual burnt-offering in due season.” Something that man can do, instead of that which God has appointed, is to be the ground of a sinner's hope. The great fact, that it is the blood which maketh atonement, that without the shedding of blood there is no remission, is altogether overlooked; and thus by the principle of self-justification, the object of the law is, in fact, set aside, and that which,“ as a schoolmaster,” should bring them to the true atonement, is regarded as the means of justification either, when it could be observed, by itself, or now, when it cannot, by its substitute.
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, “O! what will become of all these things ?”
I.--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 grounds do you believe this?
1.-The Holy Scriptures tell us so. Prophecies 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