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fortifies them against the dread of their power ;- reminds them of the care of Providence ;--and of the greatness of their future recompense :the danger of apostacy ;-and of detracting from the Holy Spirit :-warning against covetousness, from the example of a rich fool who exulted in his stores, and knew not that he had a day to live :-against anxiety :-incitements to vigilance and activity :-the doctrine of Jesus the occasion of contention and division :men attentive and judicious in temporal affairs, often careless and injudicious in spiritual concerns,

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SECTION IX.

THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM.

CHAPTERS XIII. XIV.

Sudden and violent deaths not evidences of greater guilt in indivi.

duals, but general warnings to reformation : the similitude of the barren fig-tree :-an infirm woman cured on the Sab. bath :the similitude of the grain of mustard seed ;-and of the leaven :-salvation demands our utmost vigilance and exertion :-in spite of Herod's designs upon him, Jesus would go about safely for a short time, and then finish his course at Jerusalem ;his lamentation over that impenitent and devoted city :-a dropsical man cured in a Pharisee's house on the Sabbath :- warning against forwardness and vanity :-. admonition to entertain the needy rather than the wealthy :parable of the supper to which the invited refused to come :the necessity of deliberation before we engage in the Messiah's service, illustrated from the example of a prudent builder ;and of a king at war.

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SECTION X

PARABLES.

CHAPTERS XV. XVI.

The lost sheep;the lost drachma ;-the prodigal son ;-the un.

just, but provident steward ;-the use men make of temporal things here, marks their fitness for the trust of spiritual things hereafter :-admonitions against avarice ;--hypocrisy ;-reli. ance on the judgment of men ;-against divorce :the utmost exertion requisite to secure a place in the kingdom of heaven : the rich man and Lazarus,

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SECTION XI.

INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS.

CHAPTERS XVII. XVIII. XIX. 1–27.

Nothing more dangerous than to ensnare :-the method of treating

an offending brother :the power of faith :-obedience to the Creator, gives no claim on his favour :-the cure of ten lepers, of whom only one, a Samaritan, proves grateful :-the reign of God not introduced with outward show :--the coming to judgment sudden and unexpected, like the deluge, and the de. struction of Sodom :that disciple is fortified against danger who prefers his Master to every earthly thing :-the parable of the importunate widow and the unjust judge :-the devotions of the Pharisee and of the publican compared :-the people en. couraged to bring their children to Jesus :-what must be done to obtain eternal life :-how far the desire of perfection would lead us :-riches a great obstacle to men's admission into the kingdom :-the reward of them who abandon any thing for Jesus ;-his death and resurrection foretold ;-the cure of a blind beggar ;-the conversion of Zaccheus :--the parable of the pounds.

VOL. III. 3.

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SECTION XII.

THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.

CHAPTERS xix. 28, &c. xx. xxi. 1-4.

Jesus rides into the city on an ass, the multitude accompanying

him with shouts ;-laments the obduracy of the city, and foretells its fate ;-drives the traffickers out of the temple ;-silen. ces the chief priests and others who questioned his authority :

-the parable of the husbandmen who ill-treated and killed their landlord's.messengers :-foretells the rejection of the Jews, and the admission of the Gentiles into the church :eludes the craft of the Pharisees who question him on the lawfulness of paying tribute to Cesar :- indicates the resurrection against the Sadducees :-puzzles the Pharisees about the meaning of an expression in the Psalms :-warns his hearers against the vanity and arrogance of the Scribes :-teaches that charity is to be rated more by the ability of the giver than by the greatness of the gift. '

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SECTION XIII..

THE LAST SUPPER.

CHAPTERS XXI. 5, &c. XXII. 1-53.

The destruction of the temple foretold :--the calamities by which

it would be preceded ;-the signs that judgment is nigh:-the punishment of the wicked will prove the deliverance of the saints :-the need of unremitted vigilance :-the rulers consult together about putting Jesus to death :-Judas sells him to them :-Jesus eats the passover with his disciples ;-institutes the commemoration of his death ;-acquaints them of the treachery of one of them ;-assures them, that, in his reign, humi. lity and usefulness will prove the only,genuine honour ;-foretells the transgression of Peter,--and some of the calamities to

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which they where soon to be exposed :-the agony on Mount Olivet :-he is seized by an armed multitude conducted by Ju. das ;-heals the high priest's servant whose ear had been cut off by one of the Apostles.

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SECTION XIV.

THE CRUCIFIXION.

CHAPTERS XXII. 54, &c. XXII. 149.

Jesus is brought to the high priesť s house ;-denied by Peter ;

abused by the servants ;-tried by the Sunhedrim, and condem. ned ;-consigned to the Roman procurator, before whom they accuse him of sedition and rebellion :-Pilate not convinced, sends him to Herod, then at Jerusalem :-Herod disappointed of seeing him perform miracles, derides him, and remands him to Pilate.- Pilate perceiving his innocence, tries in vain to save him, on pretence of granting him to the prayer of the people, accustomed to obtain the release of a prisoner at the passover;

but they and their rulers obstinately demand the crucifixion of Jesus, and the release of Barabbas imprisoned for sedition and murder :-Pilate reluctantly consents to gratify them :Jesus led to Calvary, the cross carried by Simon a Cyrenian ; -is followed by some female disciples, who lament him ;-is nailed to the cross between two malefactors ;-prays for his enemies ;-is insulted by all ranks ;-one of the malefactors joins in insulting him ;-and is rebuked by the other :-Jesus promises paradise to the penitent criminal :-th edeath of Jesus attended with such prodigies as confound the centurion and other spectators.

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SECTION XV.

THE RESURRECTION.

CHAPTERS XXIII. 50, &c. XXIV.

The body of Jesus given to Joseph of Arimathea, who deposits it

in his own sepulchre :-the resurrection of Jesus announced by angels to some pious women at the sepulchre ;-these report it to the disciples :-Peter hastens to the sepulchre, where he finds nothing but the linen :-Jesus appears to two disciples on the way to Emmaus ;-he appears to Peter and afterwards to the eleven ;-he eats with them, and shows them from the scriptures, the necessity of his death and resurrection ;-commissions them to preach his doctrine, after the instructions they were soon ta receive from the Holy Spirit ;-leads them out to Bethany, and having blessed them, ascends into heaven. . Page 320

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