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shall be proclaimed upon the

+ How encouraging such a title ! housetops. And I say unto friends” of God? Who would think you my friends, Be not afraid much to endure all things for such a of them that kill the body, friend? We now find that there is and after that have no more

indeed " a friend that sticketh closer

than a brother." (Prov. xviii. 24.) that they can do. But I will forewarn

you
whom

ye

shall fear : Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell ; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6 Are not five

6 The disciples are guarded against sparrows sold for two far- fear of coming calamities by the asthings, and not one of them surance of a particular Providence.

The same Power which set the san is forgotten before God ?

in the firmament, and ordereth his But even the very hairs of

going, hath created and preserves your head are all numbered. the very blade of grass we tread Fear not therefore : ye are of upon. He careth alike for the lowmore value than many spar- happen to us without his knowledge.

est and the highest. Nothing can rows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me

8 This truth may well sustain our

faith. This promise—that the Lord before men, him shall the of all will finally acknowledge us as Son of man also confess be- his redeemed, and claim us as his fore the angels of God: but own, for whom Himself did pay the he that denieth me before

ransom–O cherish it: it is thy life! men shall be denied before

10 They blasphemed against the

Holy Ghost, by attributing to the the angels of God. 1° And power of the Spirit of evil those very whosoever shall speak a word miracles which were evidently worked against the Son of man, it for God's honour and man's benefit shall be forgiven him : but by the Spirit of good. unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, 12 The Apostles being chiefly unor what ye shall say: "for learned men, it was necessary that, the Holy Ghost shall teach in establishing a new religion, new you in the same hour what and special assistance should be given ye ought to say.

And one

to them * of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance 14 Jesus thus at once did away the 14 And he said un

notion of his being a temporal prince. to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you ? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetous

with me.

Christianity being established, miracles have ceased with their necensity. The Holy Ghost the Comforter now abideth, ever the guardian and counsellor of God's Church-giving “strength according to its day."

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ness : for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater : and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid

up for many years ; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided ?

21 This applies equally, whether we So is he that layeth up have much or little. A worldly spitreasure for himself, and is rit—that it is which destroys the not rich toward God. And soul. he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what

ye

shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 We are to labour, with a trust in 24 Consider the ravens : for God, and without over anxiety * they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn ; and God feedeth them : how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit ? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest ? Consider the lilies how they grow : they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say

that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after : and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 If to gain the love of God be our 31 But rather seek ye the first care, every other care will sout kingdom of God; and all find in our heart its proper place. these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth,

unto you,

* God feedeth the fowls of the air : yet from morning till evening does their activity teach us diligence.

"For where your treasure is, 34 Where is thy treasure ? on earth there will your heart be also. or in heaven ! with man or with Let your loins be girded God ? about, and your lights burning ; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding ; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching : verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken

40 Death is at hand! Watch ! through.

*° Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all ? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken ; the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an honr when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his por

47 The heathen will be judged by tion with the unbelievers.

a far gentler judgment than we pro"And that servant, which fessing Christians. (Rom. ii. 14. v. knew his lord's will, and pre

13.) pared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required : and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the

49 “My Gospel will cause conten more. 49 I am come to send tions and division in families. But fire on the earth ; and what I so sympathize with my faithful sufwill I, if it be already kin- ferers, that I am already in pain for dled? But I have a bap- me in heaven.

them till they gain their rest with

I am straitened, tism to be baptized with ; till the trials into which they have

and how am I straitened till been baptized as my followers, shall it be accomplished ! Sup

be accomplished." pose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division : for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father ; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother ; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and signs of the times, which every page

56 They blindly disregarded the of the earth ; but how is it of their prophets so vividly displayed that ye do not discern this to them. time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? - When thou goest

58 Repent, whilst time is spared with thine adversary to the thee. 'if death hurry thee to judg. magistrate, as thou art in the ment with sins unforgiven- debts way, give diligence that thou unpaid-thy portion must be misery

for ever! mayest be delivered from him ; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence till thou hast paid the very last mite.

CHAPTER XIII.

MARCH 2, JULY 1, Oct. 27. THERE were present at that 1 Pilate had slain these Galilears season some that told him of when they were engaged in sacrifice. the Galilæans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such

3 They erroneously thought that things? “I tell you, Nay: especial calamities denoted God's esbut except ye repent, ye shall pecial anger for heinous sin. We all likewise perish. Or those know that whom the Lord locek he

chasteneth *.” eighteen, upon whom the

* How different the Christian's view of suffering! It but leads him nearer to his God in repentance, faith, and holiness.

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tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem ? I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spake also this parable ; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard ; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he

7 A very instructive and encouunto the dresser of his vine

raging view of the forbearance and yard, Behold, these three longsuffering of our God! Let us, years I come seeking fruit however, heed the warning, that if on this fig tree, and find

no fruit appear, the tree is cut down. none: cut it down ; why cumbereth it the ground ? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well : and if not, then after that 10 Jesus never neglected to keep thou shalt cut it down. 1o And the Sabbath day holy. he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the

synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered

15 Our Saviour showed that they him, and said, Thou hypo- themselves “ did good on the Sabbath crite, doth not each one of day” in their acts of humanity to the you on the sabbath loose his inferior creatures. How strangely ox or his ass from the stall

, inconsistent were they, to hold simi

lar acts wrong, when applied to man! and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble 19 It is like a grain of

19 This indicates the future increase

of the Gospel. mustard-seed, which a man took and cast into his garden ; and it grew, and waxed a great tree, and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. And again he said, Where- 20 As a little leaven gradually per

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