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the desert :-returns to Galilee :-calls Peter, Andrew, and the two sons of Zebedee :-gives intimation to the people of the reign of Godi-performs miraculous cures. Page 51
Who are happy:--the disciples of Jesus bound to be exemplary:
he came to ratify the divine luw, much impaired by the tra-
und of the
CHAPTERS VIII, IX. 1-34.
The cure of a leper,---of a centurion's servant,--of Peter's wife's mother,--of some demoniacs, and others :-those who follow Jesus must do it at all hazards, and without delay :—the stilling of a tempest on the sea: the cure of two furious demoniacs ,—of a paralytic carried on a bed :-Matthew called :the reason why Jesus associated with sinners ;-why his disciples did not fast :-a woman cured of a bloody issue :ruler's daughter restored to life :--the cure of two blind men, and of a dumb demoniac.
THE CHARGE TO THE APOSTLES.
CHAPTERS IX. 35, &c. X. XI. 1.
Jesus selects twelve whom he names apostles : -commissions them
to announce the reign of heaven to his countrymën the Jews, empowering them to perform miraculous cures :- to secure them against solicitude, he assures them of the care of Pro. vidence, and of the illuminations of the Spirit: he warns then by his own example of what they may expect from men, against the dread of whom he fortifies them by the consideration of the omnipotence of God:-his cause will occasion divi. sions in families :-by all genuine disciples he will be preferred to every other object :—the smallest services performed from love to him, shall not be unrewarded.
John's message to Jesus :the testimony of Jesus concerning
John :--the people's opinion of both :--the aggravated guilt of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, who had enjoyed the ministry of Jesus, and seen his miracles, yet remained impenitent:~the wisdom of God in adapting his new dispensation to the simple and unlearned, who are invited by Jesus to come under his guidance :-the doctrine of the Pharisees concerning the sabbath confuted, 1. from Scripture, 2. from reason, 3. from their own practice :--the manner wherein they account for his expelling demons exposed :-the danger of de. tracting from the Holy Spirit :-miracles not intended for gratifying curiosity or captiousness :-the obduracy and folly of the age strongly condemned by the repentance of the Ninevites, and the zeal for wisdom manifested by the queen of Sheba: --the misimprovement of benefits begets insensibility who are considered by Jesus as his nearest relatives.
CHAPTERS XIII, 1-53.
The parable of the sower :--the reason why Jesus tuught in på.
rables:~the explanation of the parables :---the parable of the darnel ;-of the grain of mustard seed ;-of the leaven :-the explanation of the parable of the darnel ;-the parable of the hidden treasure ;of the precious pearl ;-of the sweep net, with its explanation.
Jesus despised by his fellow-citizens on account of his parentage;
is informed how John the Baptist was killed by Herod ;retires to a desert; is followed by more than 5000 persons whom he there feeds miraculously ;-makes his disciples embark for the other side of the lake ;-follows them in the night, walking on the water ;-entering the bark, stills the storm ; -many, in the country of Gennesaret, cured by touching his garment;-his disciples vindicated from the charge brought by the Pharisees, who, bij their traditions, annulled the law of God:-moral pollution proceeds only from vice :
-a demon expelled from the daughter of a woman who, though a Gentile, showed extraordinary faith in a mountain, near the sea of Gulilee, many cures performed, and upwards of 4000 mira. culously fed :-a sign, such as they demanded, refused to both Pharisees and Sadducees :—the disciples cautioned against their doctrine under the name of leaven, which they, interpret. ing literally, misunderstood.
CHAPTERS XVI. 13, &c. XVII. XVIII.
The opinions of the people concerning Jesus :-Peter avows him to be the Messiah :
-Jesus asserts the perpetuity of his church soon to be erected :-foretells his own death :-rebukes Peter, who was scandalized at hearing it mentioned:-all who would be followers warned to prepare for sufferings and death :
Jesus transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John: lets them know who the Elijah was that should come first : masserts the power of faith : to avoid giving offence, pays the tribute, though entitled to exemption :-humility the road to eminence in the reign of heaven :--the meanest disciple not to be despised:-snares and offences to be avoided :--the method of reclaiming an offending brother:- personal injuries, though often repeated, still to be forgiven :--the implacable not to expect forgiveness from God: the parable of the king who rec. koned with his servants.
THE RICH MAN'S APPLICATION.
CHAPTERS. XIX. XX. 1-16.
What it is that justifies divorce :-who they are that should ab
stain from marriage :-the people encouraged to bring children to Jesus ; what must be done to obtain eternal life ;-how far endeavours after perfection will carry us :-riches a great obstruction to our admission into the kingdom in the reward of those who abandon any thing for Jesus :-God gives gratuia tously much beyond his promise ;-illustrated by the parable of the labourers in the vineyard.
THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.
CHAPTERS XX. 17, &c. XXI. XXII. 1-14.
Jesus travelling to Jerusalem, foretells his sufferings and resur
rection :--the application of Zebedee's wife in behalf of her sons :-Jesus asserts the necessity of humility in all who would obtain admission into his kingdom ;--gives sight to two blind men ;-rides into Jerusalem on un ass, attended by a multitude