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JANUARY, 1854.



more to hail the first day of the New Year, and to wish one another well, in the name of the Lord. Praised be His Name who hath preserved us! Let us beg of Him that, by His grace, this may be the beginning of happier

, days to us, because we are thereby led to spend them better and more truly in His service.

Another year of the captivity of Israel has flown, never to return. Another year has been the witness of God's unchangeableness and of the truth of His Word, that Word which tells us that so long as the children of Israel abide in unbelief, so long must they remain branches broken off, withered and fruitless. The sufferings of the nation “scattered and peeled ” have, in many places, ceased; the hand of oppression 20 longer falls heavily upon them; the hatred of their fellow-citizens does not now pursue them with pitiless fury. Industry and good conduct have raised many of that people to great wealth and influence, and no tyrant can now, as in former

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days, claim them and their wealth as his. In many countries, they are still oppressed. In Africa, and in parts of Asia, the curse, in its outward and visible form, still falls upon

them, and the words of their great lawgiver are still being accomplished : “Among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest : but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and sorrow of mind : and thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: in the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” The Gospel of the grace of God is just what these children of Israel want. It offers to the rich and worldly the true and never-failing riches; it offers to the weary and heavy-laden true and abiding rest. The son of affluence is no nearer to God than the son of poverty; the man who lives at ease, under the protection of equal laws, is as much a slave by nature to sin and the devil, as the miserable subject of oppression who is the slave of his fellowmen; nay, oftentimes, the state of the former is far worse than that of the latter. The ease and wealth of that man close up the ears of his soul : the misery of this man may make him ready to listen to the ords of a friend. Whether, then, we regard the condition of the Jews in Europe, in Asia, in Africa, or in America, amongst whatsoever people they are scattered, the one thing needful for them is THE GOSPEL. There are probably not fewer than ten millions of this wonderful people abiding in the different quarters of the world. Think how many of these are dying daily in unbelief. Think of the claims they have upon you ; of the blessings which their fathers have been the means of conferring upon you; think

upon the plain words of your Lord and Saviour, who would have especial efforts made for “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Think on past neglect and prejudice, perhaps dislike towards Israel, and let pity, gratitude, obedience to your Saviour, and even justice itself, awaken you to renewed and more diligent efforts in this new year.

Another year has passed away. So much less of time remains for you to work for your

Gracious Master. Let the days which are past be instructors and warnings to you. Remember how, whilst you were purposing to do this or that at a future time, day after day fled away; opportunities were lost : coldness and carelessness followed, and the whole year has gone for ever to bear witness of your indifference to the claims of Israel, and even the commands of the Lord Jesus. Another

has flown. So much the nearer is the day of Israel's visitation! So much the shorter is his captivity! The “blindness in part,” which has happened unto him, will not rest on his eyes for ever. The Gospel is being preached to the nations, and when “ the fulness of the Gentiles is come in, all Israel shall be saved." The blindness will pass away, and a converted and restored nation—a people all righteous—will glorify a long-rejected Lord. Let the sure word of promise encourage you. The efforts which Christians make to spread the



Gospel amongst the Jews, may not accomplish the great work of the conversion of the nation ; but they will, as they have been doing, be the means of the salvation of many: they will be doing a great preparatory work: they will be

а diffusing the light of the truth in every land, and those who are engaged in them may remember with comfort the unrepealed assurance of the Most High:- Blessed is he that blesseth thee."

A few words about our little book, shall conclude our present address to you. We shall try to make it better worth your reading : but we want help from you.

In some of the questions which are sent to us, we wish to learn what you desire to be informed of. We do not want you to puzzle us, or our young friends : but we do want to give you any information you desire, and to explain any thing which we may be able, for your instruction. We have the hope of original missionary information, so selected as to be interesting to you; and of the help of one or two kind friends, who may greatly assist us in making our pages more pleasant, and more instructive. A greater variety will also, we hope, be presented to you. Let us have your good wishes and your prayers, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in Him, we may glorify God's Holy Name, and, finally, by his mercy, obtain everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Yours, dear young friends, very sincerely,

THE EDITOR. January 1st, 1854.


(With an Engraving.) We have much pleasure in being permitted to present to our readers a view of the Church and Mission premises of the Society, at Jerusalem. The view was taken by means of the photographic process, by the Rev. G. W. Bridges.

Its correctness may therefore be relied on. We subjoin a few notes descriptive of the various subjects in the view.

That is the western end of the Church which you see, with its arched windows and door. We cannot say much about the style of architecture; but this is of no consequence, as however beautiful and highly ornamented buildings may be, they are of no more value in the sight of God, than the humblest temple which the simplest skill has erected for the honor of His name. But the Church at Jerusalem was not allowed to possess outward beauty, or to make any great appearance, and could only be erected in connection with the British Consulate, whose house must adjoin the Church. The Consul has no control over the Church, in any way; but for its protection, and to overcome the difficulties thrown in the way of its erection, it could not be otherwise built than as a simple, though church-like edifice, in union with the British Consulate at Jerusalem.

The front building which you see on your left hand, i.e., on the North side of the Church, is the house of the British Consul, built by the Society, and forming a part of its property. The house behind the Consul's, is Rev. John Nicolayson’s. These are the new buildings of the Society; but the property possessed by it, on Mount Zion, is of

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