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The sacred Book, where it is written of Him who uttered these blessed words has, alas! become a matter of indifference to many a Jew in the present day. The reading of it has gone out of fashion ; nay, even gross infidelity in its divine Author is not very uncommon amongst them. It is alleged by the modern Jewish authors that it is Israel's destiny to spread the doctrine of Unitarianism they are so much boasting of among the nations where they are scattered, and that the nations need them for this purpose. This Unitarianism cannot, I say, save them from gross infidelity. I at least have never met with any who turned from this state of mind to Judaism. It is only by seeing Him, the divine Author of the memorable words quoted above, and only by Him, that they shall be able to see Him also who sent Him; and by believing on Him, they have the precious assurance of not abiding in darkness, the truth of which is corroborated by daily facts. Two Jews from the interior of Gallicia lately called upon me. One of them had a letter of introduction from a Christian friend of mine, warmly recommending him to my sympathy and interest in his holy desires. I found both very skilled in the rabbinical law, under which they had spent the greater part of their youth; but many days have elapsed since, during which time their relation to God and His will, as manifested in the sacred Volume, was just as I have depicted above. However, by the grace of God, their attention was drawn by some friend of theirs to the Messianic passages. Curiosity induced them to resume the reading of the Book, which for some time they had slighted; and the more they read, the more they learned to appreciate it, and became more and more persuaded of its divine authority. They began to feel that it is He whom their co-religionists blaspheme, who can reconcile them to that God whose authority they have entirely shaken off, and save them from everlasting perdition. By some letters they produced I was convinced they had left behind all that was near and dear to them. They came with the intention of abiding with me, in order to receive regular Christian instruction, and then, by God's grace, to confess Him of whom they are no longer ashamed, before all men, as their divine Master. It was very gratifying to me to hear them quoting many passages from the Jewish literature in favour of the Christian doctrine. Though neither our means nor regulations allowed me to comply with their request, which was urgent, and I believe sincere, yet I trust in the Lord my prayers and my advice will tend to stir up their consciences, to increase their efforts in order to be able to take up the cross of Christ and follow Him. Their separation from me caused me pain and grief.
On the Sabbath of Repentance,-- which falls between New Year's Day and the Atonement Day,–I had a long, interesting, and, I may hope, profitable discussion, at which nine Jews were present, three strangers—villagers—who came hither to celebrate the feasts in common with their brethren ; as, at this time, every villager must appear, with his family, in the congregation.
An ample opportunity was given me, not only cf rectifying their erroneous views, in thinking their habitual sins may be pardoned and removed in this way, but of declaring fully the only way of atonement and salvation, pointed out by the same God whom they worshipped during these days.
It is not my intention to repeat the whole conversation here; but I am thankful to be able to state that two of the strangers--who, by some of their observations, had convinced me of their complete igncrance of the theory as well as of the practice of Judaism, were deeply impressed by the awful truth brought home to their consciences, regarding the deficiency of man's self-righteousness, of whom the Scriptures tell us : “Who can bring clean things out of unclean ?" and that even the high
priest, who was consecrated and separated by God, could not venture entering the Holy of Holies without a sacrifice for himself and his house.
To my great surprise, these two honest villagers, without having asked me for my address, called upon me the following day, and spent two hours with me. They manifested the greatest regard when I spoke of our blessed Saviour as being the very Messiah whom the Jews of old were anxiously expecting. I am only sorry that their total ignorance of Scripture matters was a great obstacle in our conversation, as they could scarcely read the Hebrew Bible. Nevertheless, they requested of me some books on this subject; saying, that their children could read well. I complied with their desire, in giving them some portions of the New Testament in the Hebrew language. I hope to see them again, as they promised to call upon me when in Ibraila next.
Many a blind man has received his sight by Him who went about doing good; many an unlettered man has felt the power of the quickening Spirit operating on his heart and conscience. Why should I not humbly hope this will be the case with regard to these my poor brethren ?
On the Atonement Day one of my inquirers,-mentioned to you in my previous statement,—who is about leaving this for Bucharest, introduced to me a teacher who had also come to town with his superior for the feasts. He is a very interesting man, being well acquainted with the doctrine of the Holy Gospel. He had just left the synagogue before coming to me, and therefore said : “Sir, I am disgusted with the jargon they call prayer offered by our co-religionists ; it could never inspire me with any feeling of devotion. When I read the prophets," continued he, "I am convinced this cannot be the religion by which all the nations will be attracted one day. This cannot be called the Light of Jacob.'”
When speaking to him of Christianity, he said he did not doubt that the doctrine of the Gospel is the fittest for the human heart, and will one day be acknowledged, not by the Jews only, but by all nations. Nevertheless, he believes in the Jewish tradition that great calamities must befall them before this stiffaecked people will give up human traditions and adopt this beneficent doctrine.
During the ten days of repentance and the feast of the tabernacles I came in contact with many other villagers, as I was solicitously looking for them. They received me very kindly, and with eager attention listened to what I told them of the "Man of sorrows," of whom Moses and the prophets spoke. May the words I spoke be made a blessing by the grace of God to themselves, and to others on their return home.
Mr. B., the English Vice-Consul, requested me the other day to visit an English sailor boy of about fourteen years of age, who had been taken ill with dropsy and convered to the hospital. His state was truly a sad one amongst people whose language is unknown to him, not being able to speak to the doctor even. Yet far more melancholy was his spiritual state, coming from the Gospel land, and yet so neglected, so ignorant in spiritual things. I gave him a New Testament, which, however, he could not read, as he had never got beyond spelling. But, praised be the Lord, after a few days his conscience seemed awakened ; he began to appreciate the provision made by our heavenly Father for his immortal soul. He was anxious for me to pray with him; and on hearing the name of the Lord mentioned, he exerted himself, weak as he was, to kneel in his bed.
FRANKFORT. Mr. WILLIAM BRUNNER's communication will awaken hopeful concern on behalf of the individuals he mentions :
I have been lately on a visit to Cologne to see after the spiritual state of my Jewish brethren there, and to ascertain whether the seed I had formerly sown among them had fructified and been attended by any good results. I am thankful to be able to state that I was very much cheered in meeting again my former friends, both by the hearty and cordial reception they gave me, and by the evident proofs that have since been afforded me of the working and progress of saving convictions within their hearts. This was particularly the case with the family of Mr. -, of whom I sent you several times reports while I was residing in Cologne. Some members are deeply convinced that without the acceptance of the Gospel their state is a hopeless onel
; nothing but circumstances hinder them from embracing the Saviour, and confessing their faith in Him. The fact is, Mrs. the mother, is most obstinately and ignorantly attached to Judaism, and it is she who stands in the way of both her husband and children, preventing them from following out their convictions. I spoke to Mrs. very seriously about her religious errors, and reminded her of the delusiveness of her own hope, in opposing the proffered salvation of the Gospel ; and sometimes she appeared to be touched by the appeals I made to her. Let us trust that the Lord will soften her heart, and turn it into the right direction. I was exceedingly delighted with the state of mind of Mr. -, a very respectable Jewish merchant, and his young wife. The latter acknowledged that the Jewish nation had greatly sinned in rejecting the Messiah, and admitted that all the troubles of her people, and their peculiarly sad history, were traceable to that event. Judaism, she frankly confessed, could not satisfy her heart, but she wished that the Jews could see Christianity exemplified in the lives and conduct of Christians; and as long as that was not the case, she said Jews will believe privately, but will not be brought to join the Christian Church. On the whole I can speak in the highest terms of encouragement of both Mr. and Mrs. - who are evidently on the way of coming to the truth, and are making considerable progress towards it. They requested me to keep up a continual communication with them, which I intend to do. I have also been in intercourse with -- and his brothers, in whose state of mind some change has also taken place, not directly towards the Gospel, but towards religion in general, which must also be considered as an omen for good. The old gentleman, Mr.
-~'s father, died lately, and that circumstance made a serious impression upon the religious feelings of the whole family. I trust that that may awaken their hearts to the emptiness and comfortlessness of Judaism, and lead them to learn that truth comes by Moses, but life and immortality by our Redeemer. I must also mention the case of Mr. S—-, the son of the old gentleman I mentioned above. As that individual is already a member of the Evangelical Church, my object was to strengthen and establish him in the principles of our most holy faith. He wished me to supply him with a history of the first three centuries of the Church, which was at that period chiefly composed of Jews, and I promised to comply with his request. He related to me an interesting little anecdote, which I must here mention to you. A short time ago, he said, the rabbi of came to him, and said that he was very sorry, after all he had heard about the personal good qualities of
Mr. — that he (Mr. ---) had taken the step of deserting Judaism, and becoming a Christian, and he should like to know the reason why he (Mr. -) did it. The reply was, “From regard to the dearest interest of my soul beyond this life.” " And have you not that guarantee in Judaism ?” rejoined the rabbi. "I should like you would prove it to me at once," was the answer. Dr. - was at a loss to give satisfaction, referred confusedly to Job, and was, in one word, incapable of shaking Mr. —'s convictions. Thus a convert makes a good confession before a raler in Israel, and brings the latter to silence by a simple but firm testimony of his faith. I preached the unsearchable riches of the Gospel to Mr. old friend of mine, who received me as usual with consistency and kindness. He introduced me also this time to a brother of his from Amsterdam, a very gentle and pleasing young man, to whom I also declared the message of salvation. I felt great interest in the conversation with that young man, as he did not know at first that I was a messenger of the Gospel.
Among the different individuals to whom I preached, I came in contact with one of the most learned men in Europe, to whom I also declared the message of peace by a crucified Saviour. He opposed me as a matter of course ; but still it was evident that he was pricked in the heart when I spoke to him of Christ and His kingdom. I trust that both he and his two relatives that heard me will not forget the words I addressed to them.
CANNSTATT. Rev. P. E. GOTIHEIL:
Oct. 15.—In conformity with the suggestions conveyed in your two last notes, viz. to abstain from all travelling, and avoid all extra expense, I have remained at home, and done whatever I could in my immediate neighbourhood. Strange enough, just at this time I have received several pressing communications from Christian friends in the country, to visit Jews in their vicinity, especially naming individuals whom I have visited previously, and who, in the writer's opinion, "ought to have another visit this year.” What can I do in this case ?-I am still hesitating to answer. I still pray and hope to have more favourable tidings from you, which will enable me to comply with this and similar requests. I have ineanwhile continued my intercourse with many Jewish friends around me, among them an interesting young couple just married. The husband, an intelligent young man, whom I have known for several years, introduced me to his young bride as his “very dear friend," and asked me frequently to visit him. They have accepted from me a Hebrew German Bible, as a wedding present, with a few lines from me as to a profitable use of this treasure in the house. I was much struck with a remark made by the young man on that occasion. He said, that he liked decision in all things, especially in religion. A man must know how he stands,-he must either be a Jew or a Christian ; he must not bear on both shoulders, not pretend one thing or the other, but be what he is fully and from conviction. This state of mind is extremely valuable as an advantage ground on which to build. I have great pleasure in reckoning this worthy young couple among my friends.
I have also had continued intercourse with two brothers (merchants) whom I have visited in their villages formerly, and who have now settled in this place. The place being central greatly attracts merchants, &c., and in this way many Jewish families also come in. The Jewish population between this and Stuttgart
is now reckoned at above 1,500, and is still on the increase. Within reach there are now about 5,000 souls. I find, moreover, that I am well known among most, and that the aim of my labours is sometimes the topic of conversation amongst them; and I am sometimes astonished at the views expressed on such occasions, for now and then I hear of them through friends. As a further evidence that our work is striking root, and enjoying the respect of Jews as well as their confidence, I may mention that my Jewish friend (Mr. —) lately sent a young acquaintance of his (a Jew) to me, in order that he might have my advice. He wrote of his having advised his young friend to visit me as often as he could, and to listen well to what I told him—that he might depend on my being a true friend to him. The young man is to be employed in this neighbourhood, it appears.
The young catechumen's baptism is now fixed to take place November 2nd. He is waiting for that day with trembling anxiety, yet with delight. He says, an unspeak. able happiness is in store for him on that day. Pray for him, dear friend.
I continue my intercourse with Mr. - who comes to see me twice a week. He has introduced a friend of his, and wishes him to come likewise.
Your suggestions regarding the Jewish New Year, I have attended to within the circle of my Christian friends. I know that many joined me in prayers on that occasion ; that the year of grace might open upon Israel,-grace in Jesus, their King. I told some of my Jewish friends, that prayer had been offered for them on that day, which pleased them as much as it astonished them.
I am grieved to learn from your letter that the Society's financial prospects are not improving. Still I believe, and have so often seen it practically, man’s necessity is God's opportunity. I believe that now help is nearer than ever, for God loves to magnify Himself as a help in need. I shall, now that you give me a certain breadth of license, go on a few journeys, of course with as little expense as can possibly be.
Nov. 3. The young man I mentioned to you in my last as having been directed to visit me by a Jewish friend, has since that time been with me several times. He is a youth gifted with rare diligence and perseverance, and has worked his way, despite peculiar difficulties, up to a distinguished place in the classical school at Stuttgart. His manners are simple and pleasing, and his mind is, I believe, unbiassed and open. As during the whole week his time is fully occupied, we have arranged that he is to spend the Sunday afternoon with us, to afford me an opportunity to converse and read with him. Yesterday he spent a short time with me, when we read a portion of the Greek Testament, which he was fully able to make out. I trust that we shall be able to spend a few profitable hours together at least once a-week.
I mentioned to you, in my last, I believe, that my catechumen—was to have been baptised as yesterday (the 2nd). I have, however, much to the young man's sorrow,
been induced to delay, owing to a warnicg I received from my friend at --, to the intent that, as is under age (a minor), it would be indispensable to obtain his father's consent to the act; otherwise I would have to bear the legal consequences, which were sare not to be spared me. After reflec. tion and consultation with a friend who is well versed in law, I thought it right to attend to this suggestion, and to make seek his father's consent. He has some hope of obtaining it. At all events, we will make every possible effort to remain within the law. Should we fail, then we must obey God rather than man, and bear the consequences.
Mr. --, the young teacher, continues to visit me regularly. He now mostly talks with me over the matter of the religious instruction that he has to give to his