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that which is not lawful on the Sabbaththem, Have you never read what David be and they that were with him? How alone ? Or, have you not read in the

the ancient Sacrifices were Figures of Thy Person, and the sacred Scriptures foretelers of Thy coming. * But above. al. Thy own miraculous Works most clearly demonstrate Thee, The Eternal Father proclaims Thee with a voice from Heaven, and the Holy Ghoft difeends upor Thee in the form of a Dove. *Bxt, above all,

Legon 69. At that time Jesus went through the Corn-fields on the Sabbath : and His Disciples being hungry, began, as they went, to pluck the ears of Corn, and to cat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees, seeing it, said to Him, Behold Thy Disciples do day? But Jesus answering, said to did, when he had need and was hungry, he went into the house of God, and took and eat the Shew-bread, and gave to them that were with him; which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for them that were with him, but for the Priests


Law, that on the Sabbath-days th Priests in the Temple prophane the Sab bath, and are blameless ? But, I say you, One greater then the Temple i here. And, if you knew what thi means, I will have Mercy and not Sari fice,you would never have condenined th guiltless. And He said to them, Th Sabbath was made for Man, and 110 Man for the Sabbath: Therefore, th Son of Man is Lord even of the Sab bath. Resp. How prone are we to censure others

before we are inforin'd of their true cir cumstance ! hope ready, O Lord, art Thou to excuse the innocent, and industri ously argue in defence of the truth * 'Íbou knowest the meaning of the Heavenly words, and delightest in the mildest Jense, I will have Mercy and not Sacrifice. Deliver us, O Lord from pretending a false necessity to di fpence with Thy Discipline; d-lever i from scrupling at a true necessity to pro judice with our affected rigour the end! Discipline. * Thou knowest


On another Sabbath, He entered into the Synagogue, and taught : and a man was there whose right hand withered. And the Scribes and Pharisees watcht Him, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath; that they might find an accuCation againft Him. But, He knew their thoughts ; and said to the man who had the withered hand, Rise up and ftand forth in the midst. And, he arose and stood forth. Then said JESUS to them, I ask you, Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good or to do Evil? to save Life, or to destroy it? But, they held their peace. And He said to them, what man is there among you that has one theep; and, if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath-day, will not lay hold on it and life it out? How much then is a Man better then a Sheep? Wherefore, it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath-days. And, looking round about on them all with anger, being griev'd for the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, Stretch forth Thy hand : and he did so; and it was restored whole as the other.


Resp. Can there be words more fumilia

then these ? and yet their Passions wi not underttend them. Can there be de monstration more evident then this and yet their blindness will not see i * Teach us, O Thou Wisdom of Heaven to argue thus convincingly; teach ust yield to such convincing argument so once Thou bendest Thy aafull brow in r proof of their perversiness, and griez with hearty Sorrow in pity of their mi ries: Every way Thou tnkelt to conde them to Thy truth; every means Th useft to perswade them to be happy * Teach

Lesson 71

And they were filled with mand and communed one with another wb they might do to JESUS. And the Ph risées went forth, and straight way hel a Council with the Herodians, how the might destroy Him : But Jesus know ing it, withdrew Himself from then with His Disciples to the Sea, and ma people from Galilee and from Judea fo lowed Him: And from Jerusalem ad from Idumea, and from beyond Forde and they about Tyre and Sidon, a gre

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known. That it might be fulfilled which Behold My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My Soul is well pleased : I will put My Spirit upon neither shall any man hear His voice in the freets. He shall not break a bruised till it cast forth Judgment unto Victory. And in His name shall the Gentiles hope. be filled with zeal; and discourse and to Thee in acknowledgment of Tby Mi

multitude, hearing what things He did, came to Him. · And He spake to His Disciples that a small Ship might attend on Hm; because of the multitude, leaft they fhould throng Him. For He had healed many, insomuch that they preffed upon Him to touch Him, as many as had Maladies : and he healed them all. And unclean Spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him; and cryed,saying, Thou art the Son of God. And He ftraightly charged them not to make Him was spoken by Ejay the Prophet, saying,

Kim, and te hall shew Judgment to the Gendiles. He shall not ftrive, nor cry out, quench the smoaking Flax,

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