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Hebrew Christian Witness
AN ANGLO-JUDÆO CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE,
UNDER THE ENTIRE MANAGEMENT OF EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS FROM
PATRIOTIC JEWISH BELIEVERS.
"TY DOX. “Ye are my witnesses.”—Isa. xliii. 10.
In submitting another volume, of another year of our labours, to the Christian public, we feel constrained, by a sense of gratitude for mercies received, to acknowledge once more that all things come of God, and what we are enabled to do for Him the ability is bestowed upon us by Himself. If we had reason to sing for joy, in presenting our last year's volume to the public, that God had done great things for us, that reason is now wonderfully enhanced. The year just closing upon us has been fraught with mercies for which we cannot possibly be sufficiently grateful. When we silently dwell upon the tokens of love, which a gracious God has been mercifully pleased to show unto us, the grand apostrophe of the great HEBREW CHRISTIAN, Saul of Tarsus, springs to our Lips, and with him we exclaim :-"O the depth of the riches both of the wis. dom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again ? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.''*
The members of the Jewish Bible classes, over which we had the privilege to preside, during the first half of this year—as narrated in our numbers for April, May, and June,-are now sowing the good seed of the Word of God, which has so wonderfully fructified in their own souls, in different parts of the world, amongst the highest ranks of our Jewish brethren. We are occasionally favoured with the glad tiding of their doings, though not altogether un. alloyed with mournful intelligence. Our Jewish sister, in whose house the first class was initiated, and who, some time after its formation, introduced the singing at our meetings the beautiful hymn, beginning,
“Jesu, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
And in Thy presence rest ;”+ she is no more on earth; she rests now in His presence; she died in a foreign land. Her death-bed was surrounded by her friends and relatives, Jews and Jewesses of the highest respectability. The last request which she made of them, and which was granted, was to join in singing with her that exquisite Christian song. The last words she ever uttered on earth were those contained in the stanza :
“ Jesu, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize wilt be ;
And through eternity." Who could presume to calculate the amount of good which the HEBREW CHRISTIAN WITNESS AND PROPHETIC INVESTIGATOR has been the means of effecting in this quarter! “Surely," a small still voice whispers in the innermost recesses of our soul," it was worth all the toil and anxiety, and losses, and expenditure of health and strength during the last three years, to be the instrument of so much gain for the kingdom of Heaven !"
What shall we say with regard to thousands of other cases of whom we as yet know nothing! Yes, thousands of other cases! Out of the thousands
of copies of our monthly which we have posted gratuitously to our unbeliev. ing brethren, in the course of the last three years, in the United Kingdom, in the United States of America, and the Colonies, only six copies were superciliously returned, and five of these were evidently well read! and perhaps by more families than those to whom the publication was first sent.
But our Jewish brethren are not the only persons to whom our magazine has proved useful; Gentile Christians have also profited by our suggestions, advice, and remonstrances. Last year we felt it to be our duty to protest against the neglect with which the Church Congress treated the spiritual exigencies of the Jews. Our remonstrance was taken in good part, and a place for the cause of Israel was apportioned in the Church Congress of this year.* We frequently urged the necessity which is laid upon Christians, especially upon Christian ministers, to study the Sacred Tongue. We have cause to thank God that we have not urged that necessity in vain. We receive letters from members of the different universities in this realm, as well as from the various theological seminaries in the Colonies, informing us of the progress which the study of the Hebrew language is making. These and many other circumstances are so many evidences that our labour has not been in vain.
Yet we often feel greatly disheartened. In quarters from which we had reasons to expect some encouragement, by word or deed, we experienced nought but coldness and neglect, if not positive discouragement. Certain managers of religious associations who, we have ventured to hope, might have been thankful for the hints and suggestions which we have thrown out, showed nought but umbrage at the existence of our magazine, and left us to struggle for its life, as best we could. They, unhappily, look upon the best friends of the cause, who feel it their duty to tell those managers the truth, as their worst personal enemies.t Often and often has our heart sunk within us, under the apprehension that its end was come, to the joy of those who longed for its demise-the words of Moses of old were often on our lips, “How can I myself alone bear the cumbrance, the burden, and the strife,"' 1- but as often has God been better to us than our fears. Just at the time of our greatest need for succour He raised up some friends, who came forward with their helping hands to sustain us liberally with the needful support. To the munificence of one friend especially is our monthly indebted, under God, for its existence hitherto. The liberal contributions of that friend towards the gratuitous circulation of the magazine amongst the Jews, have often removed an anxiety which was almost akin to despair. We have no reason to hope for further succour from that quarter, though we shall never cease to be grateful to, and to pray for, so true and good a friend.
We shall begin the coming year in faith and hope. Should we realise the fulfilment of our hopes, we shall take it as a divine intimation that the God of Israel has some more work for us to do in the portion of His vineyard in which we shall have laboured for four years. Should our hopes be unrealised, we shall conclude that the work will henceforward prosper more abundantly in other hands than ours. And we shall then, at the end of the coming year, relinquish the work, and thank the Lord of the vineyard for having thought us worthy to labour thus long for His honour and glory.
* See our November number, pp. 587-593.
Gal. iv. 16.
Deut. i. 12.
INDEX TO THE VOLUME FOR 1874.
Correspondence, 41, 89, 140, 183, 234,
285, 435, 480, 530, 575, 625, 683 Czar, The, his late Visit to this Coun
Adler, Mr. J., Baptism of, 86
the Ministry of the Church of Eng
land, 87 À Small Token of our deeply rooted
Loyalty to the Throne and Crown of
this Realm, 215. Astronomy, What did the Ancient
Hebrews know of ? by Dr. Margoliouth, 549, 599 A Vindication, 50 A Would-be Jewish Torquemada, 254 Banished Ones Fetched Home, The, by
an Intimate Friend of the Family, 68, 115, 259, 409, 452, 503, 552, 603
648 Baptisms in Palestine Place Chapel,
174 Biblical Revision, 232 Bishop Watson on Genesis x., 530 Broad Hint, A, to the Powers that be,
in Church and State, 456
Danite Problem, the, 683
139 Deity-Triune understood and taught
by the most eminent Masters in
Israel, 444 Divinity of Messiah, The, by J. G.
Sparkes, 421 Drolleries, The, of the Bell Lane Jen
ish World, 531
“Echoes of Jerusalem ; or Sion Cap
tive and soon Delivered," 233 Ephesian State of the Church in Eng
land, 128 Evangelical Alliance Conference at
New York, 43 Evangelistic Work amongst the Jews
in England, 268 Eve of the Day of Atonement, 672 Ewald, Rev. Dr., Death of, 527 Exploration in the Land of Israel,
Progress of, 34, 57 Ezekiel's Temple, its Sacrifices and
Priesthood, 285 First Resurrection, The, viewed in
connection with Restored Israel, 480 Free Church of Scotland and the Jews,
284 Future Division of the Land of Israel,
by the Rev. J. B. Goldberg, 12
Captive Israel, Records of, from a
Marble Slab found in the Ruins of
Nineveh, 579. Chaloner's Book of Revelation at one
View, Review of, 240 Chambers and Reading Room for He
brew Christians, 49 Church Congress, A.D. 1874, Reflec
tions on the,“ especially in relation
to Modern Judaism,” 583 Church Congress, “ The Jewish Chro
nicle” on the, 618 Church in England, the Ephesian
State of the, by M. H. Lewis, 128 Christ the Promised Seed of David, 222 Cities of Refuge, The, by J. G. Sparkes,
418 Cities of Refuge, The, or the name of
Jesus, A Scriptural Study (Poetry), 528 Communion Table, the, not an Altar, 684 Conversions and Conversations among
the Jews, 450
Gascoyne's (Rev. R., M. A.) New Solu
tion of the contemporary Symbols
of the Apocalypse, Review of, 45 Gentile Divines on the Lord's Prayer,
576 "God hath not cast away His people,"
135 Godhead, The Seven Attributes of the,
629 Gorsedd (Welsh) Prayer, The, 574 Goldberg, Rev. J. B., on the Future
Division of the Land of Israel (with a map), 12