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House of the Lord, Levites ordered
to sanctify the .

261
Idols, offering Incense to

300
Invitation, Esther's

271

Isaac, Abraham offering

162

Israel, Lament of the Daughters of 202
Israelites, the Children of Judah

are treated kindly by the . 263

Jacob, Isaac blessing

164

Rachel first seen by

166

Jael and Sisera

199
Jericho, Fall of the Wall of:

195
Jerusalem, Fall of

247
Joash, Jehoshabeath carries off the
Infant Prince.

257
Job's Friend, the Vision of

276
Joshua, the Angel appearing to 194
Judgment-Seat, the

190

Ladder, Jacob's .

165

Lamb, offering the

181
Leprosy, Naaman cured of

210
Uzziah struck with

262
Levites' Collection, Joasha calls for 260
Lion, Samson slaying the

204
- a Prophet destroyed by a 229
Manna, the Fall of

174
Mantle, Elijah's .

236
Meribah, the Water of

186

Micaiah, Ahab orders to Prison 256

Moses, the finding of .

171

God's charge to.

176

the Death of

193
Murder, expiation of

191
Nehemiah at Jerusalem

268
Nebuchadnezzar .

297

Offering, the Burnt-

183

Parable, Nathan's

220

Plague, the, stayed

185

Poor, pity the

283

Priests, warning to

308

Prison, Jeremiah released from 291
Promised Land, Moses viewing the 192
Frosperity, Job restored to

278

Queen of Sheba, Solomon and the 253

Rash Vow, Jephthah's

201

Reassured, Job

277
Ked Sea, Israelites crossing the 173
Rejoicing, David.

279
Restored, Israel to be .

301
Resignation, Job's

273
Righteous, Hope for all the . 289
Ruins, Jerusalem in

293

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Rock, Moses striking the

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Ruth, Boaz rewarding

209

Boaz marries

210

Sacrifice, Noah's

160
Manoah's

203
the Accepted

233
Samson, Death of

206

Samuel called by the Lord

211

Saul, Samuel anointing

213

David sparing

217

David playing on the Harp

before

214

's seven Sons hanged

226

Sea, Jonah cast into the

303
Second Tables, Moses delivering

180

Sennacherib, Death of .

245

Serpent, the Brazen

187

Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego . 296

Shepherd, the Good

287

Shunammite, the, and her son 239
Solomon, the Judgment of

228

Singers and Musicians, David ap-

pointing the

Stocks, Jeremiah brought from the 290
Sun and Moon, Joshua staying the 197
Tables, Moses receiving the . 177
Moses breaking the

179

Tabernacles, the Feast of

Tadmor, the Building of

252

Temple, Cyrus proclaims that he

will rebuild the

266

Temple of Baal, destruction of the 241

Ten Commandments, the

309

Tidings, Cushi bringing

224

Transgressions, Israel's

213

Transgression and

Penitence,

David's

149

Tyre, the Fall of .

295

Violence shall be Punished

284

Wall, the Writing on the

293

Water of Babylon, the Children of
Israel by the

282
Well, Rebecca at the

169
Wicked, the Righteous shall not

fall before the

Wicked, Judgments on the .

300

Widow's Son, Elijah raising the
Wife, Jeroboam's

230
Witch, Saul and the

218

Zechariah's Vision

the Death of

261

Zion's, (Mount) Deliverance 302

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THE LIFE

OF

Our Lord and Saviour

JESUS CHRIST.

CHAPTER I.

OUR LORD DEPARTS FROM HIS RETIREMENT-DECLARES THE ONLY

WAY OF SALVATION-SHOWS THE DUTY OF IMPROVING THE MEANS OF GRACE, BY THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD-PREDICTION OF HIS SUFFERING, AND CONTENTION OF THE DISCIPLES ABOUT PRECEDENCE IN HIS KINGDOM.

TIE period of our blessed Saviour's passion now approaching, be departed from Ephraim, and repaired by the way of Jericho towards Jerusalem : but before he arrived at Jericho, a ruler of the synagogue came running to him, and kneeling down before him, asked him, “Good Master, what good things shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”—Matt. xix. 16.

This young magistrate or ruler pretended to pay great honour to our dear Redeemer, yet the whole was no more than a piece of raillery. For though he styled him good, yet he did not believe that he was sent from God, as sufficiently appears from his refusing to observe the counsel given him by Jesus: nor could his artful insinuations

escape the piercing eye of the great Saviour of the world. He well knew his secret intentions, and

VOL. II.

B

beheld the inmost recesses of his soul: and accordingly rebuked him for his hypocritical address, before he answered his question. "Why callest thou me good ? There is none good but one, that is God.”—Matt. xix. 17.

But as he had desired the advice of our blessed Jesus, who never refused it to any of the sons of men, he readily answered his question, by telling him that he must observe all the moral precepts of the law; especially those of the second table, which can only be done by keeping those of the first : "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder; Thou shalt not commit adultery; Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not bear false witness; Honour thy father and thy mother : and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?”—Matt. xix. 17, &c.

These commandments perhaps he had obeyed in the vague sense put upon them by the doctors and interpreters of the law, and therefore the character he gave of himself might be very just. For though he was far from being a person who feared God from his heart, he might have appeared, in the sight of men, as a person of a very fair character.

And having maintained that character, notwithstanding his great riches, he certainly deserved commendation ; and therefore might be noticed by that benevolent person who left the bosom of his father to redeem lost mankind. But he was, at the same time, very faulty, with regard to his love of sensual pleasures; a sin which might have escaped even his own observation, though it could not escape the all-sceing eye of the Son of God.

Our blessed Saviour, therefore, willing to make him

sensible of his secret desire of possessing the riches of this world, told him, that if he aimed at perfection he should distribute his possessions among the poor and indigent, and become his disciple. “ If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me.”—Matt. xix. 21.

His heart being set upon his possessions, he ha no inclination to a religion that enjoins self-denial and parting with our darling sins. “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.—Matt. xix. 22.

This melancholy instance of the pernicious influence of riches over the minds of the children of men, induced our blessed Saviour to caution his disciples against fixing their minds on things of such frightful tendency, by showing how very difficult it was for a rich man to procure an habitation in the regions of eternal happiness. “Verily, I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

“When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved ? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible ; but with God all things are possible.”Matt. xix. 23, &c.

If man be not assisted by the grace of God, it will be impossible for him to obtain the happy rewards of the kingdom of heaven: but, by the assistance of grace, which the Almighty never refuses to those who seek it with their whole heart, it is very possible.

This answer of the blessed Jesus was however far from satisfying his disciples, who had, doubtless, often reflected with pleasure on the high posts they were to enjoy

in their Master's kingdom. Peter seems particularly to have been disappointed; and therefore addressed his Master in the name of the rest, begging him to remember that his apostles had actually done what the young man had refused. They bad abandoned their relations, their friends, their possessions, and their employments, on his account, and therefore desired to know what reward they were to expect for these instances of their obedience.' To which Jesus replied, that they should not fail of a reward, even in this life; for immediately after his resurrection, when he ascended to his Father, and entered on his mediatorial office, they should be advanced to the honour of judging the twelve tribes of Israel; that is, of ruling the church of Christ, which they were to plant in different parts of the earth; and, after this life, to a proportionate degree of glory in heaven. “Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matt. xix. 28.

Having given this answer to Peter, he next mentioned the rewards his other disciples should receive, both in this world and that which is to come. They, said he, who have forsaken all for my sake, shall be no losers in the end: their benevolent Father, who intends to give them possessions in the heavenly Canaan, will not fail to support them during their long and painful journey to that happy country ; and raise them up friends who shall assist them with those necessaries they might have expected from their relations had they not left them for my sake. Divine Providence will take care that they have everything valuable that could be given them by their relations, or they could desire from large possessions. They shall, indeed, be fed with the bread of sorrow; but this shall produce joys, to which all

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