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86 Without him”—that is, Christ, the guiltless. For the Son

the Word—“was not any thing made of man is Lord even of the that was made.” The Creator of all sabbath day. And when he is therefore the Lord of all *. was departed thence, he went 9 It was the custom of Jesus, to go into their synagogue : and,

into the synagogue on the Sabbath

day. behold, there which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days ? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out. How much then is a

1. Then it is lawful to do good on man better than a sheep? the Sabbath day. How clearly and Wherefore it is lawful to do beautifully is here drawn the diswell on the sabbath days. tinction between the use and the Then saith he to the man,

abuse of Christian liberty. Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth ; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15 But when 15 Exemplifying his own precept, Jesus knew it, he withdrew (ch. x. 16.) “wise as serpents, harmhimself from thence : and

less as doves”—combining gentle

ness with caution. great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all ; and charged them that they should not make him known: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold, my servant, whom I have chosen ; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased : I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

19 What tender care in the gentle He shall not strive, nor unstriving Saviour, to heal the sincry; neither shall any man ner, yet spare him pain! what anxiety hear his voice in the streets. to encourage the first spark of virtue, A bruised reed shall he not

and fan it into flame ! break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David ? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth

* The whole proceeding of our Lord upon this occasion teaches us, that to walk abroad in the fields on the Sabbath day is lawful, if it be not to the neglect of our public religious services, or our religious meditations.

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not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their

25 This reasoning is conclusive! a thoughts, and said unto them,

man does not knowingly work his Every kingdom divided a- own undoing, and defeat his own gainst itself is brought to object. desolation ; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand : and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his

27 “ Your children," — that iskingdom stand ? And if I

your followers or disciples.” by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do

your

children cast them out ? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house, He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scat

31 This sin consisted in ascribing to tereth abroad. 31 Wherefore the power of the spirit of evil, the I say unto you, All manner miracles wrought by “the Spirit of of sin and blasphemy shall God.” But it is always highly danger. be forgiven unto men: but God; or as the Apostle expresses it,

ous to resist the power of the Spirit of the blasphemy against the “ to grieve the Spirit ;" lest grace be Holy Ghost shall not be for- withdrawn, and we be left to the given unto men. 32 And wretchedness of our own devices ; whosoever speaketh a word

and so find none to help in time of

need. against the Son of man, it 32 “ I will forgive those who speak shall be forgiven him : but against me in my human nature; but whosoever speaketh against if they deny me in my divine power, the Holy Ghost, it shall not

there can be no forgiveness.” be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good ; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things ? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in

37 A tree, corrupt at the root, may, the day of judgment. 37 For for a time, give fruit ; but the fruit by thy words thou shalt be will bear its taint at the core. So if justified, and by thy words the heart of man be corrupt, his thou shalt be condemned. cannot be well pleasing to God.

actions, however outwardly good, Then certain of the scribes 38 By words as well as by actions,

come.

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and of the Pharisees answer- we shall be judged. If therefore ed, saying, Master, we would thou hast spoken unadvisedly, what see a sign from thee. But he may dishonour God, or injure thy

neighbour — nou, at this moment, answered and said unto them, repent ! Go and sin no more! ReAn evil and adulterous gene- member judgment. ration seeketh after a sign ; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the pro

40 So Jesus Christ “ died and was phet Jonas : *° for as Jonas buried, and the third day rose again.” was three days and three nights in the whale's belly ; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and

Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished,

45 When men reject Christ, the evil Then goeth he, and taketh one returns with strengthened hope with himself seven other spi

that their infidelity may render them rits more wicked than him

more ready slaves to his will. self

, and they enter in and dwell there : and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother ? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50 Who then can be desolate ? Be"For whosoever shall do the hold in Jesus Christ, the Lord of life, will of my Father which is the ever present God—all powerful, in heaven, the same is my all merciful. Behold in Him, thy brother, and sister, and mo

findeth none.

brother, thy sister, thy mother! (See Is. Ivi. 5.)

ther.

CHAPTER XIII.

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Jan. 15, May 15, SEPT. 12. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat ; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; * and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, hearers of the word.

4 These are careless and indifferent and the fowls came and de

5 This happens, when a merely voured them up :

some fell

formal reception is given to the upon stony places, where they word ; so that in the fiery times had not much earth: and of persecution, it is scorched and

withered. forth with they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth : and when the sun was up, they were scorched ; and because they had no root, they withered away.

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7 Others there are, who receive the fell among thorns; and the word, but suffer worldly concerns to thorns sprung up, and choked overpower its growth, and overtop it. them : but other fell into

8 But there are those, who receive good ground, and brought the word into an honest and good forth fruit, some an hundred- heart—a good soil—and bring forth

fruit, according to their power. fold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables ? "He an- 11 “ Ye are thus swered and said unto them, your readiness to learn ; and that Because it is given unto you

ye may more clearly teach others." to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. ?? For who

12 As the industrious increases soever hath, to him shall be

what worldly treasure he may pasgiven, and he shall have more sess, whilst the idle squandereth that abundance : but whosoever which he hath-so it is in the recep

tion of God's grace. hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive : for this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed ; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their

aght, because of

ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see : and your

17 The prophets, and Abraham, and ears, for they hear. 17 For the Patriarchs, by faith looked' forverily I say unto you, That ward with joy to this my day : but many prophets and righteous ye are more highly favoured who

live in it. men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and

18 This is a most apt comparison *. have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself; but dureth for a while : for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word ; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field ? from whence then hath it tares ? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.

When I feel that by nature born in sin I am a fallen creature, my soul is humbled, but not despairing. I look around me, and as I view the fields white for harvest, my heart springs to new life and hope. Behold the ground though like man originally under curse, bringing forth its fruit in rich abundance, according to its goodness. Why this change from cursing to blessing? The answer is plain. The soil has been duly cultivated. Other land I see yet barren! Both have received the gracious rain from heaven ; and the summer sun has shone upon them equally ; but this only has been cultivated. Day by day then am I taught to remove from my heart its error3-like weeds overpowering it; and to cultivate every grace, which may bring forth fruit unto holiness. Nor will the same measure be expected of all men. Each must give a return according to his capacity ; but no more will be required.

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