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Section V. The transfiguration.-Ch. viii. 27, etc. ix. x. 1–31.

The opinions of the people concerning Jesus. Peter avows him to be the

Messiah. Jesus foretells his own death and resurrection. Rebukes Peter,
who was scandalized at the mention of death. Warns his followers to pre-
pare for suffering. Is transfigured. Acquaints them who the Elijah was
that should come. Cures a dumb demoniac. Humility the road to emi-
nence in his reign. The services of those not to be rejected who did not
accompany the apostles. No service done for Jesus shall be unrewarded.
The dangers of offences and snares. The marriage tie may not be loosed

at the pleasure of either party. The people encouraged to bring children

to Jesus. What must be done to obtain eternal life. Riches a great ob-

struction in the way to the kingdom. The reward of those who abandon

any thing for Jesus, .

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SECTION VI. The Entry into Jerusalem.-Ch. x. 32, etc. xi. xii. 1-12.

Jesus, on the road to Jerusalem, foretells his death and resurrection. Is ap-

plied to, by the sons of Zebedee, for the chief honors in his reign. He


warns them to prepare for suffering, as the only road to honor then would

be humility. Gives sight to Bartimeus. Rides into Jerusalem on an ass;

the people attending him with shouts. Devotes the barren fig-tree. Drives

the traffickers out of the temple. Manifests the power of faith. Enjoins

forgiveness on all who would be forgiven of God. Silences those who

controvert his authority. Illustrates their ingratitude to God, by the par-

able of the husbandmen who ill-treated and killed their landlord's messen-

gers. Concludes with predicting the rejection of the Jews, and the call

of the Gentiles, . . . . . . . 175

Section VII, The Prophecy on Mount Olicet.-Ch. xi. 13, etc. xiij.
Jesus eludes the craft of the Pharisees, who consult him on the lawfulness of

paying tribute to Cæsar. Vindicates the doctrine of the resurrection
against the Sadducees. Answers the Scribes who questioned him about
what is most important in the law. Puzzles the Pharisees with an expres-
sion in the Psalıns applied to the Messiah. Warns the people against the
ambition and hypocrisy of the Scribes. The liberality of a gift must be
rated by the circumstances of the giver. The destruction of the temple
foretold. The calamities by which it will be preceded. The signs that
the Judge is at hand. The time unknown to all but God. The necessity
of unintermitted vigilance, .

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SECTION VIII. The Last Supper.-Ch. xiv. 1–52.

The rulers consult together about the method of apprehending Jesus. A fe.

male disciple anoints his head. Judas bargains with the chief priests to

deliver him to them. Jesus eats the passover with his disciples. Acquaints

them of the treachery of one of them. Institutes the commemoration of

his death. Foretells their desertion, and Peter's denial of him. His dis-

tress in the garden. He is seized by an armed multitude conducted by

Judas, . .

Section IX. The Crucifixion.-Ch. xiv. 53, etc. xv. 1–41.

Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrim. Charged with blasphemy, and con-

demned. Denied by Peter. Delivered bound to the Roman procurator.

Before whom he is accused by the Jewish rulers. Pilate, perceiving that

the accusation proceeded from envy, tries in vain to save him, under pre-

tence of granting him to the prayer of the multitude, accustomed to obtain

the release of a prisoner at the passover. They, instigated by their rulers,

demand the release of Barabbas, and the crucifixion of Jesus. Pilate at

last consents to gratify them. Jesus is scourged, mocked, and crucified

between two malefactors. Is insulted on the cross by persons of all de-

nominations, fellow-sufferers not excepted. His death attended with prodi-

gies, which strike the Roman centurion and other spectators with aston-


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INTRODUCTION.—Ch. i. 144. . . . . . . 254

Section I. The Annunciation.-Ch. i. 54-56.

The conception and birth of John the Baptist announced from heaven to his

father Zacharias in the temple. Zacharias doubting, receives for a sign

that he shall be speechless till the fulfilment of the prediction. Returns
home with his wife Elizabeth, who, after conceiving, lives some months in
retirement. The immaculate conception and birth of Jesus announced to
his virgin mother by the same heavenly messenger. Mary's visit to her
cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth's joy, and prophecy, on the sight of Mary.
Mary's hymn of thanksgiving and triumph,


Section II. The Nativity.-Ch. i. 57, etc. ï. 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 Je-
sus. The tidings announced by an angel to shepherds. Their visit to the
infant at Bethlehem. Jesus is circumcised. Afterwards, at Mary's purifi-
cation, presented to the Lord as a first-born male. The prophecy of Sime-
on on that occasion : And of Anna, . . . . . . .

Secrion III. The Baptism.-Ch. ii. 41, etc. iii. iv. 1–13.

Jesus in tender age discusses some questions with the rabbis. Is subject to

his parents. John sent to baptize and admonish 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,


SECTION IV. The Entrance on the Ministry.Ch. iv. 14, etc. v. vi. 1–11.
Jesus teaches in Galilee with applause. Explains, in the synagogue of Naza-
reth, a prediction of Isaiah. The people offended, attempt to throw him
down a precipice. He escapes their fury. Expels a demon at Capernaum.
Cures Peter's wife's mother of a fever. Performs many other cures. An-
nounces the reign of God in the synagogues of Galilee. From a bark be-
longing to Peter, teaches the people on shore. By an extraordinary draught
of fishes, prefigures the success of his apostles as fishers of men. Cleanses
a leper, and heals a paralytic carried on a bed. Is charged with blasphe-

my. 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, . . . . . . . . . 261

SECTION V. The Nomination of Apostles.-Ch. vi. 12, etc. vii. 1-35.
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,


Section VI. Signal Miracles and Instructions.-Ch. vii. 36, etc. viii. ix. 1–17.
A woman of a bad life annoints 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 wo-
men. The parable of the sower. Reason for using parables :—the expla-
nation. 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 a tempest-stills it by a word-lands-cures the

demoniac who had the legion, and a woman of a bloody issue. The daugh-

ter of Jairus restored to life. Jesus sends the twelve, empowering them to

cure diseases. Herod's doubts concerning Jesus. Jesus feeds 5000 in the

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SECTION VII. The Transfiguration.-Ch. ix. 18, etc. v.

Different opinions concerning Jesus. Peter acknowledges him to be the Mes-

siah. Jesus foretells his own death and resurrection. All who would be

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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 admittance 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 Jesus, must
do it at all hazards, and without delay. The mission of the Seventy. The
aggravation of the guilt of those who, though they had enjoyed the minis-
try 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 neighbor. 'In the example of Martha and her
sister Mary, we are taught what is the most important pursuit, .

Section VIII. The Character of the Pharisees.-Ch. xi. xii.

Jesus gives his disciples a model of prayer-enjoins importunity- cures a

dumb demoniac—refutes the plea of the Pharisees, that by the aid of de-

mons he expelled demons-points out the true happiness of man. Jonah

the only sign that would be granted to that generation : their obduracy

and folly contrasted to the penitence of the Nine vites and the Queen of

Sheba's love of wisdom. A Pharisee, at whose house Jesus dines, scan-

dalized at his not washing his hands before dinner. Jesus reproaches the

Scribes and Pharisees, with being more solicitous about cleansing the out-

side 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 honor them when dead ; with obstructing the people's

entry into the kingdom of God. He warns his disciples of their danger-

ous doctrine—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. Warn-

ing against covetousness, from the example of a rich fool who exulted in

his stores, and knew not that he had not 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,

Section IX. The Nature of the Kingdom.-Ch. xiii. xiv.

Sudden and violent deaths not evidences of greater guilt in individuals, but

general warnings to reformation. The similitude of the barren fig-tree.

An infirm woman cured on the Sabbath. 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 lamen-

tation over that impenitent and devoted city. A dropsical man cured in a

Pharisee's house on the Sabbath. A 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 neces-

sity of deliberation before we engage in the Messiah's service, illustrated

from the example of a prudent builder, and of a king at war, . . 282

Section X. Parables.-Ch. xv. xvi.

The lost sheep. The lost drachma. The prodigal son. The unjust 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 ; reliance 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,


SECTION XI. Instructions and Warnings.-Ch. xvii. xvii. xix. 1–27.

Nothing more dangerous than to insnare. The method of treating an offend-

ing brother. The power of faith. Obedience to the Creator, gives no

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