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“Now, I ask, let the Jews be ever so insignificant, that we do nothing for their sakes, ought not the glory of God's holy name to be as dear to us as it is to him? Are there no obligations lying upon us on this ground ? Have we no cause for shame and sorrow and contrition, that these considerations have weighed so little in our minds ? Surely, if we felt as we ought, the glory of God, as connected with this subject, should be dear to us, dearer than life itself. But who, in this view, does not stand self-condemned before God?
“ But let us come upon another part of the subject-God's design and purpose towards them (Jer. xxxii. 41), · Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart, and with my whole soul.'
“ Now, I ask, is this God's state of mind towards them? What, then, should have been ours ? But, alas ! what are our own ? What have they been in times past? What are they at the present moment? Tell me are they not sadly unlike to God? And should it not be matter of daily humiliation that we are so ? Yea, should we not all rise this moment, as one man, with self-indignation against ourselves that we are so utterly unlike to God, and so little ardent to resemble him and to accomplish his will ?
“ Read what is said at Zeph. iii. 17–20:• The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty: he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love ; he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee; and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time I will bring you again; even in the time that I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.' And having read it, ask whether we should not rise to this mind ? Can we hope for God's blessing on our own souls when we have so little regard for the souls of his most dear people, and so little resemblance in ourselves to him respecting them?
* I say no more! May God speak to all of you with thunder, and with love: and may my dying hour be a source of life to God's interest among you all, both in this place and throughout the world !”
THE SERVICES OF THE JEWS. It is not our intention to go regularly through the services of the Jews ; but only to give extracts from them illustrative of their beauty and their defects. The one grand want in all is the name, the only name given under heaven among men, whereby we must be saved. There are also inconsistencies and errors of various kinds, as must indeed be expected when the Word of God is set aside by the traditions, and conjectures, and assertions of erring men.
In the morning service,* we have the following beautiful prayer. The Christian will
* Daily Prayers, page 6.
find in it two petitions like two of those in the Lord's Prayer.
“ And may it be acceptable in thy presence, O Lord ! our God, and the God of our fathers, to accustom us in thy law, and cause us to cleave to thy precepts; and lead us not into the power of sin, transgression, iniquity, temptation, or contempt. Suffer not the evil imagination to have dominion over us; and remove far from us evil men and wicked associates and works ; humbling our imagination that it may be subservient unto thee. O grant us this, and every day, grace, favour, and mercy in thy sight, and all that behold us; and grant us mercy for our good. Give us an inclination to good and good works. Blessed art thou, O Lord! who bestoweth gracious favours on his people Israel.”
• Creator of all worlds! we presume not to present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thine abundant mercies. What are we? What is our life? What is our help? What is our righteousness? What is our goodness ? What is our power? What is our might? What, then, shall we say in thy presence, O Lord ! our God, and the God of our fathers ? Are not the mightiest heroes as nought before thee? and men of renown as though they had not existed ? wise men as if they were without knowledge? and the intelligent as if void of understanding ? for the majority of their actions is emptiness; the days of their life but vanity in thy presence: even the pre-eminence of man over the beast is nought; for all is vanity."
" But we are thy people, the children of thy covenant; the children of Abraham, thy beloved,
unto whom thou didst swear on Mount Moriah :
scorn, especially when he declares, that the great truths which he is commissioned to teach, rise far above man's comprehension, lay the pride of reason low, and demand, as the mystery of godliness, simple unwavering faith. But there are great numbers of the Jews who are earnest-minded about religion—who desire to know the truth, and acknowledge the Divine authority of the Old Testament, whilst they are no longer willing to be led by the traditions of their Rabbies. With these the missionary may, as did St. Paul of old with their forefathers, prove out of the law and the Prophets and the Psalms, that the Messiah must have come, and suffered, and rose again, and that that Jesus whom he preaches is he-the Christ.
The brief notices which follow illustrate some of these remarks:
Baptisms of Jews. In the “ Jewish Intelligence" for 1836, as many as ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-THREE baptisms are recorded. The Rev. Moses Margoliouth,* after referring to this number, to which one was added, which took place at Chester, says, “ Well may every member of that noble Society lift up his heart in gratitude to Almighty God, for the great blessings with which he has crowned and is crowning their labours of love amongst his ancient people of Israel; and well may we join in our brother Saul's question, · Hath God cast away his people ?' and then reply, · God forbid. For we are also Israelites.' •I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right, is the conclusion of the text we quoted
* In the “ Star of Jacob.”.