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his grace.

out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever,

31 He, the blessed One, is at hand and anon they tell him of her. now to heal my soul-calm its fever* And he came and took her ish fears, its impetuous and eager

strivings after the world, and give by the hand, and lifted her

to it the healthful spirit up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together 34 None who go to him come empty at the door. 34 And he healed away. many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils ; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. 35 And in the

35 Early, ere the busy stir of active morning, rising up a great

life disturb his serenity, he seeks the while before day, he went refuge and strength of private prayer. out, and departed into a soli- Blessed is the word of prayer ! it tary place, and there prayed.

gives to the soul a strength and And Simon and they that

peace not its own. were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All-men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also : for therefore came T forth. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

And there came a leper to 40 This appeal to his mercy was him, beseeching him, and irresistible“ If thou wilt !" His inkneeling down to him, and finite power was at once exercised saying unto him, If thou wilt,

to prove his infinite love. thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away ; and saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man : but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places : and they came to him from every quarter.

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FEB. 2, JUNE 1, SEPT. 29. And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in 2 When men throng to the preachthe house. ? And straight- ing of the word, let us hope tha: way many were gathered to- many a palsied soul is healed-many, gether, insomuch that there long dead to holiness, find strength

and power for the exercise of Chriswas no room to receive them, tian graces, and learn to live to the no, not so much as about the glory of God. Sin being forgiven, door: and he preached the spiritual health succeeds. word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four *. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was : and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and rea- 7 It were blasphemy, did man presoning in their hearts, 'Why tend to forgive sin. That is avor. doth this man thus speak edly the province of God alone. But blasphemies? who can for- as Jesus proved himself by his mira give sins but God only? cles to be God, he merely claimed

an office which was his own. And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk ? 10 But that ye may

10 How considerate to our infirmi. know that the Son of man ties—adding this testimony to con

firm our faith ! hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, 12 You are healed by the same took up the bed, and went gracious Being. Glorify him thereforth before them all ; inso- fore by a holy life, in proof that you much that they were all

are thankful, amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. And he went forth again by the sea side ; and all the multitude resorted unto

14 What a noble decision ! what a him, and he taught them.

resolute “casting off” the power of "* And as he passed by, he this world, and putting on" the

* Their houses had flat roofs with large openings in them.


saw Levi the son of Alphæus strength of Him who is Lord alike

of the world that now is and of that sitting at the receipt of cus

which is to come * ! tom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples : for there were many, and they 16 He wished to convert all men ; followed him. And when therefore he mingled with all. the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans

17 A sharp reproof this to the selfand sinners ? 17 When Jesus righteous Pharisee, whom he thus heard it, he saith unto them, reminds that all men are sinners, They that are whole have and all therefore require the Physino need of the physician, but cian of souls +. they that are sick : I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast : and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? 19 And

19 He would not lay upon his disJesus said unto them, Can the ciples any unnecessary course of huchildren of the bridechamber miliation I. fast, while the bridegroom is with them ? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they 21 “My disciples are too weak to fast in those days. "No man bear this austere discipline now. To also seweth a piece of new

urge it upon them at this time would

be as unreasonable as to join a piece cloth on an old garment: else

of strong new cloth to a weak old the new piece that filled it garment, or to put new wine into old up taketh away from the old, leathern bottles, which the fermenand the rent is made worse.

tation would burst." And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred : but new wine must be put into new bottles. And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto

* Levi was his Hebrew name, He was also called Matthew.

+ The Publicans, as collectors of the public taxes for their Roman conquerors, were held by the Jews in great detestation.

Enough of unavoidable sorrow awaited his disciples, without a voluntary infliction of it. He was soon to be removed from them : “gorrow? would then “fil their hearts."

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him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful ? 25 And he said

25 The principle laid down is of geunto them, Have ye never neral application ; teaching us, that read what David did, when the obligatory force of every institu

tion is to be estimated not only by its he had need, and was an

authority, but by theobject which that hungred, he, and they that authority would effect. In this case were with him ? How he the Sabbath was instituted for God's went into the house of God glory and for man's benefit. in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shew. bread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him ? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.


their peace

FEB. 3, JUNE 2, Sept. 30. And he entered again into 1 Jesus is a beautiful example to us the synagogue; and there was in the regularity of his attendano a man there which had a upon public worship. withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand. Stand forth. 4 And he saith

4 His enemies were unable to refute unto them, Is it lawful to do Him, or they would not have" hetul good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill ? But they held their peace. s And when he had looked

5 Reader ! are your spiritual hopes round about on them with withered by infirmity of soul ? Seek anger, being grieved with the Him; He will make you whole. hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth. and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. ? But Jesus withdrew himself

7 As his time was not yet come, with his disciples to the sea :

withdrew himself. Prudence ever

attends true courage. and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judæa, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumæa, and from beyond Jordan ; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him. And he spake to

* The principle laid down in ver. 27 of the former chapter is the clear answer to this question.


his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should 10 Well for ourselves, if when opthrong him. For he had pressed by the faithlessness of our healed many ; insomuch that

own hearts, or the evils which the wicked bring against us,

we fall they pressed upon him for to

down in prayer before the Son of touch him, as many as had God ; and seek in Him, healing and plagues. And unclean spirits, strength. when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. “ And he ordained

14 Here we have the foundation of twelve, that they should be the Church. Christ called all menwith him, and that he might He ordained certain of them to prosend them forth to preach, claim that call *. and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils : and Simon he surnamed Peter; and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder : and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphæus, and Thaddæus, and Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house. And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him : for they said, He is beside himself. And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils cast- 23 Our Lord's reasoning comes home eth he out devils.

23 And he

to every one of us. No community called them unto him, and said -- whether a nation, a church, or a faunto them in parables, How mily—can be strongexcept by unity t. can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan

.: The Apostles thus ordained of Jesus, were to ordain others as their successors; and these again, by the same delegated authority, were to continue the ordination of ministers from time to time. The ministers, thus duly and authoritatively appointed, have preached, and do preach the word, through good report, and through evil report : whilst the doctrines they deliver, by the word and spirit of Christ, heal all spiritual sickness ; casting out all those evil thoughts, which too often hurt and assault the soul, relieving all its infirmities, and leading it in the way of life. + We all know that the very respectability and comfort of a family depend upon their avoiding dissensions. Strive then, that thou and thino be" of the family and houshold of God."

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