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22. “ him that sent me. If (r) I had to hear the devout prayers o
“ not come and spoken unto thy Church; and grant, tha “ them, they had not had sin : those things, which we ask faith
“ but now they have no cloke for fully, we may obtain effetually 23
" their sin. He that hateth me through Jesus Christ our Lord
“ hateth my Father also (s). Amen. 24
If (t) I had not done among c them the works which none
The Epistle. Philip. iii. 17. “ other man did, they had not Brethren, be followers toge " had sin : but now have they ther of me, and mark them which
“ both seen and hated both me walk so, as ye have us for an en 25. “ and my Father. But this sample. (For many walk, a “ cometh to pass, that (u) the
whom I have told you often, and " word might be fulfilled that is now tell you even weeping, that 66 written in their law, “ They they are the enemies of the cross
" hated me without a cause. of Christ : whose end is destruc 26. “ But when the Comforter (x) is tion, whose God is their belly,
come, whom I will send unto and whose glory is in their
you from the Father, even shame, who mind earthly things.) as the Spirit of truth, which For (z) our conversation (a) is
proceedeth from the Father, he in heaven; from whence also we 27. “ shall testify of me: and ye also look (6) for the Saviour, the
os shall bear witness, because ye Lord Jesus Christ; who shall “ have been with me from the change (c) our vile body, that it beginning (y).”
may be fashioned like unto his
glorious body, according to the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself
. The Collect. O God, our refuge and strength, The Gospel. Matt. xxii. 15. who art the author of all godli Then went the Pharisees
, and ness; Be ready, we beseech thee, took counsel how they might en
(r) “ If,”&c. Ignorance might other. wise have excused them ; now it cannot.
(s) “ My Father also.” There is no alternative.
(t) “ If,” &c. It is reasonable that cach man should be judged according to the opportunities he has had: where much has been given, it is not inconsistent that much should be required.
(u) “ That,"? &c. This is a strong instance of stating as the cause what was only a consequence. See ante 44. note on Matt. ii. 15. The passage, which is in Psalm xxxv. 19. had no allusion to our Saviour; it was merely a prayer of David that they might not triumph over him who “ hated him without a cause." And it is impossible to suppose that the opposers of Christianity should have been con
strained to persecute its professors, that some words, in a passage which referred to quite a different thing, should be also applicable to them.
(x) " The Comforter," i. e. the Holy Ghost or Spirit. Ante 147. note on John xvi. 7. and ante 152.
(v) See ante 152.
(z) “ For," &c. This is the reason why, as he exhorts them in verse 17. they should be followers of him, &c.
(a) “ Conversation,” rather “establishment,"or“home.” The Greek is olevus.
(6) “ Look,” &c. probably referring to that great period so often alluded to, " the day,” or “coming of the Lord." See ante 25. note on Rom. xiii. 11.
(c) “Shall change,” &c. See ante 68. note on 1 John iii. 2.
16. tangle him in his talk. And they
communion and fellowship, in sent out unto him their disciples the mystical body of thy Son with the Herodians, saying,
Christ our Lord; Grant us grace “ Master, we know that thou so to follow thy blessed Saints in " art true, and teachest the way
all virtuous and godly living, that of God in truth, neither carest we may come to those unspeak* thou for any man; for thou
able joys, which thou hast pre* regardest not the person of
pared for them that unfeignedly “ men. Tell us therefore, What love thee, through Jesus Christ " thinkest thou? Is it lawful to our Lord. Amen. give tribute unto Cesar, or But Jesus perceived
For the Epistle. Rev. vii. 2. their wickedness, and said, “Why
Ann I saw another angel ascend"tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? ing from the east, having the seal “ shew me the tribute-money.”
of the living God: and he cried
with a loud voice to the four anAnd they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, gels, to whom it was given to · Whose is this image and super
hurt the earth and the sea, saying, «
“ Hurt not the carth, neither the scription ?” They say unto him, “ Cesar's." Then saith he sea, nor the trees, till we have unto them, “Render (d) there
“ sealed (e) the servants of our “ fore unto Cesar the things
“ God in their foreheads.” And 4. " which are Cesar's, and unto
I heard the number of them which
were sealed : and there were seal. “ God the things that are God's." When they had heard these words,
ed an hundred and forty and four they marvelled, and left him, and
thousand (f) of all the tribes of went their way.
the children of Israel.
Of the tribe of Reuben were The Collect.
sealed twelve thousand. O ALMIGHTY God, who hast Of the tribe of Gad were sealed knit together thine elect in one twelve thousand.
0.21., (4) “ Render," &c. This answer is
from the determination of the schools, where this doctrine was taught, that whereever the coin of any king was current, the inhabitants were to consider that king as their sovereign. St. Paul also recom. mends submission to the temporal powers, Rom. xiii. 1. 7. “ Let every soul be sub
jea to the higher powers; for there
is no power but of God," &c. “ Ren"der therefore to all their dues; tribute
" to whom tribute," &c. 9.3. (e) “ Sealed,” &c. To protect from
the four angels; that they might be preserved from the destruction. In Exod. xii
. 23. when the first-born of the Egyptians wert slain, the lintels and door posts of the houses of the Israelites were to be
marked with the blood of the paschal lamb, that they might be exempted from the destruction, that “the Lord might
pass over their doors, and not suffer * the destroyer to come into their houses “ to destroy them.” And in Ezek. ix, 4: before God sent the five destroyers into Jerusalem to slay utterly old and young, &c. he commissioned one to “set a mark
upon the foreheads of the men that “ sighed and cried for all the abomina“ tions that were done in the midst of " Jerusalem." And he forbad the destroyers, verse 6. from “ coming near
any man upon whom was the mark.” See ante 209. note on Eph. iv. 30.
(f) “ 144,000,' i.e. a large number: v.4. the same number as in Rev, xiv. 1. ante 43.
6. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed 16s and might, be unto our Gor twelve thousand.
" for ever and ever." Amen. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand.
The Gospel. Matt. v. 1. Of the tribe of Manasses were Jesus seeing the multitudes sealed twelve thousand.
went up into a mountain : ang 7.
Of the tribe of Simeon were when he was set, his disciple sealed twelve thousand.
came unto him : and he opener Of the tribe of Levi were sealed his mouth, and taught them, say twelve thousand.
ing, “ Blessed (b) are the poo Of the tribe of Issachar were “ in spirit: for theirs is the king sealed twelve thousand.
66 dom of heaven. Blessed art 8. Of the tribe of Zabulon were they that mourn : for they sealed twelve thousand.
" shall be comforted. Blessed Of the tribe of Joseph were are the meek: for they shall sealed twelve thousand.
6c inherit the earth. Blessed are Of the tribe of Benjamin were “ they which do hunger and sealed twelve thousand.
“ thirst after righteousness : for 9.
After this 1 beheld, and lo, a they shall be filled. Blessed great multitude, which no man are the merciful: for they shall could number, of all nations, and
Blessed are the kindreds, and people, and tongues, pure in heart: for they shall stood before the throne, and be
Blessed are the fore the Lamb (g), clothed with “ peace-makers : for they shall
white robes, and palms in their “ be called the children of God. 10. hands; and cried with a loud “ Blessed are they which are voice, saying, - Salvation to our “ persecuted for righteousness
' “ God which sitteth upon the “ sake: for theirs is the king. " throne, and unto the Lamb." “ dom of heaven.
Blessed are 1 Il. And all the angels stood round ye,
when men shall revile you, about the throne, and about the and
persecute you, and shall say elders and the four beasts, and “ all manner of evil against you fell before the throne on their falsely, for my sake. Rejoice,
faces, and worshipped God, say- “ and be exceeding glad: for 12. ing, “ Amen: Blessing, and glo- “ great is your reward in heaven:
ry, and wisdom, and thanks- “ for so persecuted they the progiving, and honour, and power, phets which were before you."
(8) “ The Lamb,” i. e, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
(h) “ Blessed,” &c. This is the beginning of that famous discourse of our Saviour's, called his Sermon on the Mount. It is supposed to have been delivered by him A. D. 31. about two years before his Crucifixion. The peculiar character of our Saviour's precepts has been already noticed, and their decided tendency to promote the comfort of individuals and the welfare of society. They correspond also with what had
been foretold of the Messiah. According
was to dwell with the lamb,” &c.; " and they were not to hurt or destroy “ in all his holy mountain, because the “ earth was to be full of the knowledge “ of the Lord, as the waters cover the
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.
dear fellow-servant, who is for
you a faithful minister of Christ; The Collect.
who also declared unto us your 8. O LORD, we beseech thee, ab- | love in the Spirit. For this cause g. solve thy people from their of we also, since the day we heard fences; that through thy bounti it, do not cease to pray for you, ful goodness we may all be deli. and to desire that ye might be vered from the bands of those filled with the knowledge of sins, which by our frailty we have his (m) will, in all wisdom and committed. Grant this, O hea- | spiritual understanding ; that ye 10. venly Father, for Jesus Christ's might walk (n) worthy of the sake, our blessed Lord and Sa Lord unto all pleasing, being viour. Amen.
fruitful in every good work, and The Epistle. Col. i. 3.
increasing in the knowledge of We give thanks to God and
God; strengthened with all 11. the Father of our Lord Jesus
might, according to his glorious Christ, praying always for you,
power, unto all patience (0) and 4. since we heard of your faith in
long-suffering with joyfulness; Christ Jesus, and of the love
giving thanks unto the Father, which ye have to all the saints ;
which hath made us meet to be 5. for the hope (i) which is laid
partakers of the inheritance of the up for you in heaven, whereof ye
saints in light. heard before in the word of the The Gospel. Matt. ix. 18. 6. truth of the Gospel; which is come WHILE Jesus spake these things
unto you, as it is in all the unto John's ( disciples, behold, world (k); and bringeth forth there came a certain ruler and fruit, as it doth also in you, since worshipped him, saying, “ My
the day ye heard of it, and knew “ daughter is even now dead : 7. the grace of God (1) in truth: as " but come and lay thy hand upon
ye also learned of Epaphras our 66 her, and she shall live.”. And 19.
() “For the hope,” &c. This is the truth of what they preached. Our Sa. subject of his thanks in verse 3.
viour's prophecy was delivered A.D. 33. (*) “ In all the world.” În our Sa This Epistle is supposed to have been viour's noted prophecy as to the destruc written A. D. 59; and Jerusalem was tion of Jerusalem, &c. Matt. xxiv. when destroyed A. D. 70. he was asked what should be the sign of (1) “ The grace of God in truth,” v.6. his coming, he stated, (among others), || i.e. the doctrines of the gospel. “ This gospel of the kingdom shall be (m) “ His," i. e. “ God's." “ preached in all the world, for a witness (n) “Walk," &c. pressing upon them v. 10. “ unto all nations, and then shall the the necessity of good conduct. “ end come.” Matt. xxiv. 14. And () “ Patience, &c. This implies, that v. 1o. accordingly the gospel was preached be they either were exposed to persecution, fore the destruction of Jerusalem in Asia trouble, &c. or were likely to be so. Minor, Greece, and Italy, as far north (o) “ John's,” i. e. the Baptist's. v.18. as Scythia, south as Æthiopia, east as They had been to ask him why his dis. l'arthia and India, and west as Spain and ciples did not fast, Our Saviour was sitBritain. 2 Newt. on the Prophecies, 156. ting at meat at this time in St. Matthew's If this does not prove God's assistance to house ; so that he had good means of the cause, it shews the zeal of the || knowing what be here states. apostles, and their conviction of the
Jesus arose and followed him, and her by the hand, and the maid 20. so did his disciples. (And, be arose. And the fame hereof went 26.
hold, a woman, which was dis abroad into all that land (s).
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity ;
or, 21. ment: for she said within herself,
Sunday before Advent. “ If I may but touch his garment,
The Collect. 22. “ I shall be whole.” But Jesus
Srir up, we beseech thee, O turned him about; and when he
Lord, the wills of thy faithful saw her, he said, “ Daughter, be
people ; that they plenteously 6 of good comfort ; thy faith (9)
bringing forth the fruit of good “ hath made thee whole.” And
works, may of thee be plente. the woman was made whole from
ously rewarded, through Jesus 23. that hour). And when Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5: () making a noise, he said unto “ Behold (u), the days come," 24. them, “ Give place; for the maid saith the Lord, “ that I will raise
" is not dead, but sleepeth.” “ unto David (x) a righteous
And they laughed him to scorn. Branch, and a King shall reign 25. But when the people were put " and prosper, and shall execute
forth (r), he went in, and took “ judgement (y) and justice in the
v. 22. (9) “ Thy faith," i. e, thy confidence
in my power; thy belief that the touch
ing my garment would cure you.
Luke viïi. 51. “ he suffered no man to
" the maiden.”
naum, in Galilee, when he performed
(1) Jeremiah lived about 600 years be
fore our Saviour's time.
to the end of verse 6. is again repeated in
Lord, “ David shall never want a man “ to sit upon the throne of the house of “ Israel." These prophecies were de livered about the time of the commencement of the Babylonish captivity, when Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon took Jerusalem, and carried the Jews captive to Babylon. The object probably was, in this time of debasement and distress, to assure those who still looked up to God, that he had not forgotten his promise, and that he would assuredly bring it to pass,
(x) « Unto David." It was the set. v.j tled understanding of the Jews that the Messiah was to be of the lineage of David; many of the persons who con sidered Jesus Christ as the Messiah, ex. pressed that as their belief by calling him“ the Son of David ; "and when our Saviour put it to the Pharisees, Matt. xxii. 42. ante 205. “ what think ye of “ Christ, whose Son is he?" they at once answered, “ the Son of David."
(y) “ Judgement and justice." These ajo are pointed out as two of his characteristics. In that fine prophecy Is. ix. I to 7. it is said of him that “of the increase of his “ government and peace there shall be no