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THE JEWISI HERALD.
and there the matter rested. About six weeks ago, however, I was suddenly surprised by a visit from him, and I must confess that I did not recognise him at first. Formerly a blooming and healthy-looking man, he now presented a sad picture of broken health and emaciation, and he then related to me the following history. He went from here to Mayence, and instead of having any regret for his behaviour, and and for his backslidings, he plunged only more into the vortex of iniquity and folly, and exhausted his strength to such a degree, that his health became undermined, and he was stretched on a bed of sickness, where his conscience at last woke up. In his misery and despair the New Testament was his only consolation, and then, also, his lips learnt to pray to Jesus, and to cry to Him for forgiveness and help. Eight weeks he lay between hope and despair, till at last the Lord raised him up again, and the first thing he did after his recovery was, to carry out a resolution which had ripened in his mind during his illness. He went back to his native town, and after having received an additional course of instruction, he was admitted into the Church of Christ by baptism, and I can truly bear testimony that he is indeed a converted soul. Such are the outlines of this truly remarkable case, and I praise the Lord for His mercy, for having made me an humble instrument of again bringing one of the house of Israel Jesus of Nazareth, whom to know is life eternal.
Mr. -, the student of whom I wrote to you the last time, is also, I am glad to tell you, making rapid progress in the knowledge of the truth, and continues to attend Christian instraction, though I could wish it were more frequently. But histime is very much occupied, and I am obliged to suit myself to his particular circumstances. My acquaintance among the wealthy and educated Jews in this town and province is, I am glad to tell you, continually increasing. They receive me and my message with great respect and esteem, and the instances are not rare when the whole family sit down to listen and discuss the truth for hours together, and till late at night. The blessing from above will surely not long be withheld, and then our humb efforts will be crowned with complete success.,
TULTSCHA. From Mr. NEUMANN :Fitly I may head this monthly report with the words of Israel's inspired roya! singer : “Pe of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." Ps. xxxi. 24.
The school.—This second semi-annual term I reopened the 23rd April, the day after the Jewish Passover. For the first sixteen days I had not that increase which I could justly expect, yet within the last three weeks I had the pleasure and satisfaction to see the numbers on the roll swelling to thirty-six pupils. The Bible-class finished in the Old Testament (Genesis), twice, and Numbers; we read now Exodus and Deuteronomy every morning alternately. In the New Testament, we finished the Gospel according to St. Luke twice; they are now reading the Gospel according to St. Matthew and the Acts of the Apostles alternately in the afternoon. In Geography we look through the map of Africa, and shall begin America. The reading-class learned by heart, in the course of this month, two very nice moral poems out of their reading-book, having also every day a drawing-lesson; the grammar-class has likewise ended the etymology, making now practical exercises of it. The whole school is taking part in natural history,
The 27th inst. we had also our usual monthly Missionary concert, the topic being New Zealand. They contributed again their mites. Next month (D.V.) we shall have our first anniversary. At the daily prayers most of the children are earnest and composed, yet I long to see more earnestness of mind.
The Saturday meeting.-My old inquirer, the very poor shoemaker, introduced to me, the first day of the last Jewish Passover, a Jew from a near village, who came into town in order to celebrate here the feast, being the only Jew in the village. He is a native of Lithuania, in Russia, still the seat of Talmudical learning, and comparatively unspotted orthodoxy. My visitor being a perfect Hebrew scholar in the prophets and in Talmud, a very clever, honest man, never saw other Christianity than the corrupt churches of Russia and Poland; he is intensely prejudiced against it; it was the first time for him to come in contact with a missionary. The first three visits he brought forth all the usual objections, questions, and cavillings, strongly asserting like all of his stamp, that the Bible can only be understood and explained by the Talmud. Calmly and patiently I refuted all his objections and questions ; showing him, by numerous instances, that the Word of God is a self-interpreting book. It was hard work with him, but gradually I had the pleasure to observe his giving way of serious objections. To show you, my dear sir, the cleverness of the man, I will -only select one of his questions to the effect,—What was the real meaning of the sacrifices ? ” You may easily conceive with what an eager joy I took hold of this most important question, in unfolding and explaining “ the breadth and the depth " of this ins' itution, from the first transgression of Adam, embracing afterwards the central point of the Jewish economy and temple services, finding their typical clearest fulfilment in God's promised Messiah, as foretold in the 53rd chapter of Isaiah; Daniel ix., 26; Ps. xxii. Then we looked through most of the Messianic prophecies. So we were busily and pleasantly, “ Searching the Scriptures, concerning whom Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms did prophesy.” In the evenings after the feast he came also regularly after the school time for two hours. I read with him the most important chapters in the Gospel according to St. John; especially I dwelt long on the third chapter, and on the Epistle to the Hebrews, which he termed "a masterpiece," as also the Epistle to the Romans. He expressed several times his jog that he has been now undeceived in his erroneous notions concerning Christianity, but, he asked very naively, “Where are the Christians of the Gospel ; I have crossed all Russia and Poland, and have seen nothing but superstition and idolatry." I answered him, blessed be God, that, as at the time of the Prophet Elias, there are in other lands many countless numbers of Bible Christians; I spread before him the Mission map, showing him the blessed effects and results of those Bible Christians in their efforts in the conversion of the Heathen world. He was all wonder and astonishment, never dreamed before of such things in this world. Being unable to read German, I read to him the conversions of the late Bishop Alexander, Capadose, Da Costa, l'r. Fränkel ; he admitted they must have gielded on conviction, and not from worldly motives. The Gospel according to St. Luke in the Hebrew, with the excellent comment, he read by himself. For a full month he had been my daily visitor. I spared 110 labour and time in order to unfold the Divinity of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. He was very attached to me all the time. A fortnight ago he left for his village; he asked for books; I gave him a Bible, a Hebrew New Testament, and Dr. M.Caul's tracts, in Hebrew, advising him to pray before reading, with David, “ Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondr vus things out of thy law.” He invited me to come out to his village, w hich certainly I will do. He promised to be in town again the next Pentecost feast. Since my residence here, I have not had the pleasure to deal with such
a man of character as he is. May the Spirit of the Lord Jehovah bless the Gospel truth he heard here to his immortal soul, to his eternal bliss and salvation.
From the young man in Constantinople, whom I several ti'nes mentioned in my report, I had again the great pleasure to receive a very cheering letter ; allow me, dear sir, to render you again a few sentences. “I live at Mr. Kænig's (the Missionary); he reads twice a week the Bible with me. Blessed be the Lord, who sends His Holy Spirit to those who call upon Him in truth and sincerity. By prayer and supplication He had opened mine eyes, and showed me the way to the true and holy faith. I rejoice now in the blessing of the Lord, and hope to ask soon to be admitted by baptism to the Church of the Lord : just now, at Easter time, I recollect with thankfulness the explanation you gave me, last year, of the Paschal Lamb. I feel myself also indebted for the exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews." The Rev. Mr. Kønig wrote me to the same effect of the young man's good progress in the knowledge of the Gospel. I pray the Lord may soon add this once lost sheep to His fold. Oh! how precious, refreshing, and encouraging, it is to the Missionary, among his toils and labour, to see seed, sown in great weakness and tears blessed by the Lord of all grace : praise and glory be unto His thrice holy name! Amen.
I beg, my dear sir, to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter, dated May 8th; but my heart felt great sorrow and sadness, that, by even sacrificing my family's. comfort, I cannot realise the proposed object. The poor shoemaker and dear Nissan are cast down very much ; yet, I hope, our respected Committee wiil deal kindly with this exceptional case.
BERLIN. ANOTHER Missionary wrote: It is now, nearly two years past when, being out on a Missionary tour, I happened to notice, looking out of the railway carriage, as the train by which I was travelling stopped for a few minutes at -- that a young man of about thirty years of age, very much reduced in bodily strength, hardly able to keep himself upright, was being assisted by two soldiers in getting out of a carriage from the train which had arrived from Berlin, and that, as he was proceeding towards the waiting-rooms of that station, a letter slipped out from between the newspapers which he held onder one of his arms.
The train had been already moving off, and I had just enough time to call his attention to his letter ; he turned, taking it up, and nodding to me his thanks.
At that instant, the expression of his look touched me in a manner which seemed to signify, that he was not a stranger to me, but soine unhappy kinsman. It was evident, that the two soldiers who accompanied him were his guards, and himself some sort of a prisoner. This sad fact made my sympathy the more alive for him, and the satisfaction which I felt from the probability of still having a chance in prospect to learn more about him, at the station where I left him, prompted me to determine upon an inquiry when I returned that way.
A fortnight after that had happened, I was again at -, and I learned soon that he was an inmate of the military hospital, where again, an officer was kind enough to favoar me with details respecting him, to the following effect. Mr. D--, as his name indicates, is, probably, of French parents, who, according to his account, brought him over to Berlin in the year 1832, when he was an infant not quite twelve
months old. There he was brought up, and studied jurisprudence at the University. Disappointed in his expectation of obtaining an appointment in the law-department,
- because he is of Jewish persuasion—he turned jonrnalist, and became the Editor of a newspaper, by which tendencies he drew the attentions of Government upon him. This circumstance led to the detection of his having contrived to escape enlistment into the army at the proper age, on the ground of exemption that he was a native of France; which, however, he could not sufficiently prove. As a punishment for his, unfaithfulness towards his country, he had been forced into the army, condemned and to serve in it for three years.
The ruin of his position, and the dread of the heavy task awaiting him, produced that reduced state of health in which I first saw him at the station, and from which he had not recovered.
With permission of the hospital physician, for which I had to wait until the next morning, I gained access to poor Mr. D. I found him lying on his bed with a compress of cold water on his head. Of course he looked at me with an inquiring gaze of surprise to know who I was, for he recollected me at once, from the instance of his letter which he dropped at the station, then a fortnight past. I told him, that sincere brotherly sympathy for him in his great afflictions, made me anxious to meet him again, in hope of alleviating them, by regarding the trials of our life from a point of view which enables us to find the true meaning of them, and to learn the gracious end which they are intended to accomplish. Heaving a deep sigh, he asked whether I was the preacher of that garrison. But, as though adder-bitten, he shrunk back, then turning his head to and fro with painful expression of vexation and perplexity on his face, when the word “ missionary" fell upon his ears. Grieved as I was at suchresult, from my sympathy towards him, I felt it but charity to express my regret for having caused him such uneasiness, and to betake myself to leave him. In so doing he laid hold of my hand, and with depressed and trembling voice begged me to excuse his weakness, assuring me that he fully appreciated my kindness, of which he should have been very happy to make best use, had he felt his strength of mind in his present state sufficient for the subject I intended to broach, and also that the uneasiness he betrayed was but the effect of sad recollections of past events which rushed into his mind at this unexpected meeting with a Missionary. Yet he was glad to hear of my intentions of spending a few days more at that place, and requested me to favour him with another visit the next day, in hopes to be able to have a little conversation with me.
I came again, as he desired; he seemed glad to see me again, but was still very poorly. It moved him to tears when I told him, that I had succeeded, by the kindness of the keeper of the Hotel where I was staying, in interesting in his behal Dr. W, the physician of the hospital, who is a very kind-hearted
young man and a descendant of converted Jewish parents. "Ah, this explains,” he said, “the Dr.is kind inquiries of this morning, on his round among the patients of the hospital. He gave also orders for my removal to another more airy room than this." Then he inquired whether I had experienced much encouragement from my endeavours among the Jews of that place. This gave me opportunity to dwell on the natural depravity of the human heart, on what true Israelites ought to be, and what most professing Christians ought not to be, and on the heavenly design of our life here on earth. “ Yes, indeed,” he observed, " such views raise the drudgeries of life out of the mire, and turn them to some good use.” His knowledge of the Scriptures was purely historical ; but I parted from him with his assurance of his spiritual satisfaction from my elucidations, and with his promise to peruse carefully the Bible I presented him.
And he desired me to renew my visit to him when I pass again that way, when he hoped to be better prepared for a biblical conversation.
Ten months after, (it was last September), on my way to Frankfort-on-Oder, I hoped to see him again, but was disappointed; he was sent out on Manæver.
Six week since, I received a letter from him, in which he expressed great desire to meet with me again, as he feels the need of speaking about matters which he could not treat well on paper. As I had also received inducements from relatives and friends of mine residing at Berlin and Potsdam, I resolved upon a tour hither, and at the same time, to meet my interesting friend, Mr.
I found him in good health, and very happy at the prospect of being soon released from his military servitude. His progress in spiritual matters is indeed wonderful. He introduced to me a military comrade of his, an intelligent and pious youth, the son of a Lutheran minister, as having been instrumental in interesting him more and more in the Holy Scriptures. It was a heavelny feast to all three of us, thus, with one accord, to meditate on various portions of the Bible, and to unite in prayer.
That youth, although the son of a Christian pastor had never before heard of efforts being made in any part of the globe for the conversion of the Jews.
My dear brother, Mr. then explained to me why he was so painfully affected at my first introduction to him as a Missionary, namely, a sister of his was, ten years ago, led to the knowledge of the truth, upon reading a tract which a Jewish Missionary accidently put into her hands, and as her conversion became the cause of early death to both of his parents, and consequently of many afflictions to his sister and himself, so it could not but have terrified him, especially at such a mournful time, when, at the hospital, to find himself so unexpectedly visited by a Jewish Missionary. His converted sister is now the wife of a pious Christian merchant at Vienna. He disowned her ever since she became a Christian, but as soon as he will be free from military service, he has resolved to go to her, and acquaint her with the blessed change of his heart.
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