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