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SECTION II.

THE NATIVITY.

CHAPTERS 1. 57, &c. II. 1-40.

The birth of John ;-his circumcision :-the emperor's edict for

registering the people, occasions Mary's journey to Bethlehem; there she bears Jesus ;-the tidings announced by an angel to shepherds :-their visit to the infant at Bethlehem :-Jesus is circumcised ;--afterwards, at Mary's purification, presented to the Lord, as a first-born male ;-the prophecy of Simeon on that occasion ;-and of Anna

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SECTION III.

THE BAPTISM.

CHAPTERS 11. 41, &c. III. IV. 1-13.

Jesus, in tender age, discusses some questions with the rabbies;

-is subject to his parents ;-John sent to baptize and admo. nish the people, announcing the Messiah ;-the bad treatment he receives from Herod :-Jesus baptized and attested from heaven :-his genealogy from Adam :-he is tempted by the devil.

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SECTION IV.

THE ENTRANCE ON THE MINISTRY,

CHAPTERS IV. 14, &c. V. VI. 1.-11.

Jesus teaches in Galilee with applause ;-explains, in the syncgogue of Nazareth, a prediction of Isaiah :the

people offend. ed, attempt to throw him down a precipice ;-he escapes their fury;-expells a demon at Capernaum :-cures Peter's wife's mother of a fever ;-performs many

other
cures;

-announces the reign of God in the synagogues of Galilee ;-from a bark belonging to Peter, teuches the people on shore ;--by an extraordinary draught of fishes, prefigures the success of his Apos. tles as fishers of men ;-cleanses a leper, and heals a paralytic carried on a bed ;-is charged with blasphemy ;-calls Matthew :-eats with publicans";-vindicates this conduct ;also that of his disciples, in not fasting ;-clears from breach of Sabbath, himself for curing on that day,—and them for plucking and rubbing the ears of corn, induced by hunger.

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SECTION V.

THE NOMINATION OF APOSTLES.

CHAPTERS VI. 12, &c. vii. 135.

Jesus selects his twelve apostles ;-afterwards, attended by a.

great multitude, teaches who are truly happy that we ought to love all men, and do good to all, enemies not excepted ;warns against uncharitableness in judging others ;-partiality in judging ourselves :—the evidence that a man is good, is his actions, not his professions :- the insignificancy of the latter without the former :-Jesus cures a centurion's servant ;at Nain restores to life a widow's son :-John's message to Jesus ;-testimony of Jesus concerning John ;-the people's opinion of both.

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SIGNAL MIRACLES AND INSTRUCTIONS.

CHAPTERS vii. 36, &c. VIII. IX. 1-17.

A woman of a bad life anoints the feet of Jesus in the house of a

Pharisee ;-whom being scandalized at his permitting it, Jesus instructs in the extent of divine mercy, and its happy consequences ;-travels about, teaching and warning in cities and villages, attended by the twelve and some pious women :the parable of the sower ;-reason for using parables ;-the explanation :--a lamp not lighted but to enlighten ;-knowledge not given but to be communicated :—who are considered by Jesus as his dearest relatives ;-he embarks ;--meets with atem. pest ;--stills it by a word ;-lands ;-cures the demoniac who had the legion ;-and a woman of a bloody issue ;-the daughter of Jairus restored to life :-Jesus sends the twelve, empowering them to cure diseases :-Herod's doubts concerning Jesus Jesus feeds 5000 in the desert.

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SECTION VII.

THE TRANSFIGURATION.

CHAPTERS IX. 18. &c. X.

Different opinions concerning Jesus ;-Peter acknowledges him

to be the Messiah :-Jesus foretells his own death and resurrection :-all who would be followers must prepare for suffering : -Jesus transfigured in the presence of Peter and Zebedee's sons ;-cures a demoniac ;-again foretells that he will be delivered to his enemies ;-humility the road to preferment in the reign of heaven ;—the meanest disciple not to be despised ; the services of those who do not accompany the Apostles not to be rejected :-Jesus sets out for Jerusalem ;-is refused ad.

mittance into a Samaritan city on the road ;-the vindictive proposal of two disciples rejected by their Master, with a severe reprimand to the proposers :-those who would follow Jea sus, must do it at all hazards, and without delay -the mis. sion of the Seventy: the aggravation of the guilt of those who, though they had enjoyed the ministry of Jesus, and seen his miracles, remained impenitent :-the return and report of the Seventy :-Jesus is consulted by a lawyer, as to what must be done to obtain eternal life ;-he explains, by the parable of the humane Samaritan, the meaning of neighbour :-in the example of Martha and her sister Mary, we are taught what is the most important pursuit.

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SECTION VIII.

THE CHARACTER OF THE PHARISEES.

CHAPTERS XI. XII.

Jesus gives his disciples a model of prayer ;-enjoins importu

nity ;-cures a dumb demoniac ;-refutes the plea of the Pharisees, that by the aid of demons he expelled demons :-points out the true happiness of man :-Jonah the only sign that would be granted to that generation ;-iheir obduracy and fol. ly contrasted to the penitence of the Ninevites, and the queen of Sheba's love of wisdom :-a Pharisee, at whose house Jesus dines, scandalized at his not washing his hands before dinner : -Jesus reproaches the Scribes and Pharisees, with being more solicitous about cleansing the outside than the inside ;with exactness in things of little moment, whilst they neglected things of the greatest ;with affecting pre-eminence in every thing ;-with hypocrisy ;-with imposing burdens on others, from which they kept themselves free ;-_with persecuting the prophets when living, and pretending to honour them when dead ;-with obstructing the people's entry into the kingdom of God :-he warns his disciples of their dangerous doctrine ;

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