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Questions. Do not these miraculous things make people wonder? Yes. But are they more wonderful than the continuance of God's power and good. ness? No. How many thousand years has He given mankind the blessings of summer and winter, seed time and harvest? Almost siz thousand years. Does not the constant return of these times and seasons shew as great power as the creating of them at first? Yes.
Teacher. The miracle related in the verses you have been learning, and in the remainder of the gospel for this day is a very extraordinary one; it shews the boundless power possessed by your Saviour over all nature. All things indeed, were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. It was therefore as easy for Him to restore the nobleman's son without seeing him, as it was to let him receive his cure through the ordinary or common means of medicine and time:
Questions. What does the extraordinary power shewn by your Saviour, in the recovery of this young man prove? His boundless power over all nature. Did not God appoint Him (your Saviour) to make all things? Yes. What therefore was as easy for Him to do, as to use any of the common methods of cure? To cure without seeing him.
Teacher. The nobleman, whose son was so dangerously ill, lived at Capernaum, a town upon the shores of the sea of Galilee, twenty-three miles from Cana. After a journey of haste and anxiety, he found our Saviour, and besought Him to go down to Capernaum, and heal his son, who was at the point of death. Your Saviour with the dignity becoming the Son of God, to whom all power had been committed, orders him to return to his house, with an assurance that his son lived.
Questions. Where did the nobleman live who besought the cure of his son? At Capernaum. Where was it situated ? On the shores of the sea of Galilee. Was it near to Cana? No, at twenty-three miles distance. Did your Saviour return with the nobleman? No.
Teacher. At the moment your Saviour said, “ Thy son liveth” no doubt the fever left him. The servants immediately set out to give their Lord this joyful news; but he had trusted in the assurance of his, and your Saviour; he was therefore less surprised to hear of his son's recovery, than he was grateful
for it; and himself believed in Jesus Christ, as well as his whole house.
Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
ST. MATTHEW, xviii. 21. “Peter said unto Jesus, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but until seventy times seven.
Before the time of the Christian religion, the forgiveness of injuries made no part of any person's duty. In the Jewish law, (given to the Jews by Moses) people were allowed to revenge any injury they had received; they were allowed to take an eye for an eye ;-a tooth for a tooth. But what says the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ? “ Love your enemies,"_“Do good to those who hate you,', and pray for the better temper of those who despitefully use, and persecute you.
Questions. What made no part of any person's religion before the Christian religion? The forgiveness of injuries. By the Jewish law, what were people
allowed to do? To revenge themselves. In what way? An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. By whom was this law given to the Jews ? By Moses. What does the blessed Gospel order us to do? To love our enemies ;-to do good to those who hate us. And how are you to behave towards those who despitefully use, and persecute you? To pray that they may have better tempers.
Teacher. In the Gospel for this day (which 1 hope you have read with attention) this duty of the forgiveness of injuries is explained, by the very interesting history of the unforgiving fellow servant. The certain king who would take an account of his servants, you are to suppose is God Almighty. You are His servants and are indebted to Him, not only for every thing you have, such as life and health, and food and raiment; but you are also debtors to Him for every sin committed against His divine Majesty. You owe Him ten thousand talents, and could never by any means of your own, pay the debt, if He, in His mercy, had not sent His Son, your blessed Saviour, to redeem you, and thereby “frankly to forgive you all.”
Questions. In what way is the duty of forgiveness explain ed, in the Gospel of this day? By the history of the unforgiving fellow-servant. Who are you to understand by the King who would take an account of His servants ? God Almighty. What are you to Him? His servants and debtors. • How many talents do you, as well as every other human being owe Him? Ten thousand. And how can this debt be cleared ? By His having sent our blessed Saviour to redeem us.
Teacher. The mercy thus shewn to us increases the guilt of an unforgiving temper, as it did in the unforgiving servant ;—how very soon he seems to have forgotten the kindness of his Lord. He went out the history relates, which seems as if it were an immediate action, and not only demanded the money of his fellow, but seized him by the throat; —thereby adding cruelty to unkindness ; indeed if we once let the passion of anger take possession of us, it is impossible to say to what lengths it may carry us.
Questions What is it that adds to the guilt of an unforgiving temper? The mercy shewn to us by God Almighty. Was not the unforgiving servant yet more guilty, because he had had so much kindness shewn to him ? Yes. How does the history describe his soon forgetting his Lord's pardon? It says, he went out and seized his fellow-servant by