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all these sayings in her heart. grew in wisdom, as in stature ; and

in favour with God and man ! Art And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in fa- So shall the blessing of thy heavenly

thou young ?-Go, and do likewise. vour with God and man. Father rest on thee also.

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CHAPTER III.
FEB. 20, June 19, Oct. 17.

EPIPHANY, morning, to ver. 23. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituræa and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins ; as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the

way the Lord, make his paths s The proud and self-righteous straight. • Every valley shall shall be brought low—the humble be filled, and every moun

and contrite will be raised to the tain and hill shall be brought

favour of God *. low ; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he

? As the Devil is styled the “Old to the multitude that came Serpent,” so wicked men, who are forth to be baptized of him,

the children of the Devil, are called generation of vipers, who

ration of vipers t." hath warned you to flee from

8 Yet even to them, the way of rethe wrath to come? Bring warned-and we are warned-not

pentance was open. They were forth therefore fruits worthy to delay : lest death, which is ever of repentance, and begin not at hand, cut down our life ; and we to say within yourselves, We fall, impenitent ! have Abraham to our father : for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees : every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,

*. A crooked policy in our dealings with men shall be changed by the spirit of Christianity into a straight course of honour and integrity. Even the rough places of misery and affliction shall no longer present difficulties in the way of faith; but be viewed as the will of God-and so “be made plain :" reconciled, and overcome.

+ li was under the form of a serpent, subtle and cruel, that the Devil brought sin into the world.

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and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?

11 Our Lord prepares them for per" He answereth and saith secution ; which would render it unto them, He that hath two necessary that they made common coats, let him impart to him

cause, and shared, during such a

season, their worldly goods. This that hath none; and he that

was done. (Acts ii. 44.) hath meat, let him do like

12 Religion sanctifies erery station wise. ? Then came also pub- of life from the highest to the lowest ; licans to be baptized, and and enables each man to resist the said unto him, Master, what temptations to which his particular shall we do?

And he said calling may lead him unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely ; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or not ;

John answered, saying un- 16 This was fulfilled on the day of to them all, I indeed baptize Pentecost. (Aets ii. 3.) you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost 17 The wicked are the chaff-the and with fire: 17 whose fan righteous, the wheat. The spirit is in his hand, and he will of Christ “trieth the very heart

and reins''-none shall deceive Him. : throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner ; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. But Herod, the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, 22 God has been pleased here disthe heaven was opened, and tinctly to reveal himself as three the Holy Ghost descended persons. in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Ver. 23. And Jesus him- 23 As St. Luke wrote his Gospel for self began to be about thirty the use of Gentiles as well as Jews,

* Thus the soldier is guarded against using violence, or shewing discontent. The publican-or collector of public taxes, against exaction, Yet is there no interference with the proper discharge of the duties of public life.

years of age, being, (as was he traced the lineage of the Resupposed) the son of Joseph, deemer to Adam.

Whilst St. Matwhich was the son of Heli, Jes, traces the genealogy through

ther, who wrote particularly for the which was the son of Mat- Joseph the espoused husband of that, wbich was the son of Mary, deducing the legal descent Levi, which was the son of from David and Abraham. St. Luke

traces it by his mother's line ; to shew Melchi, which was the son

that Jesus was the promised seed of Janna, which was the son of the woman. This accounts for of Joseph, which was the son

some variation observable in the two of Mattathias, which was the histories. For instance, Heli who is

here said to be the father of Joseph, son of Amos, which was the

was the father of Mary ; only fatherson of Naum, which was the in-law to Joseph. son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zerobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, which was the son of which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, which was the son of Saruch, which was the $Gn-of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

CHAPTER IV.

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FEB. 21, JUNE 20, Oct. 18. "And Jesus being full of the 1 If Jesus, when “full of the Holy Holy Ghost returned from Ghost," was tempted—how shall you Jordan, and was led by the and I expect to escape temptation

or trial of our faith ! Spirit into the wilderness, ? being forty days tempted of

2 Each temptation was appropri

ately timed * the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3 And the devil 3 In hunger, he was tempted to said unto him, If thon be the distrust the providence of God. Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by - In his noble disinterestedness, he every word of God.

was offered empire. the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. ' And he brought him to Je

• Here, his strong faith was tempted rusalem, and set him on a

to presumption. But in each tempspinnacle of the temple, and ation he triumphed—and his weapon said unto him, If thou be the

was the word of God; that sword of Son of God: cast thyself

the Spirit, which is free to us all. down from hence: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee : and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the

13 Only for a season”—witness his devil had ended all the tempt

subsequentagony in thegarden. That

was a sore temptation-or trial of ation, he departed from him his faith. So our spiritual warfare,

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* The devil always tempts, when and where we are weakest. The poor he tempts to be dishonest, the rich to be proud ; the noble minded to be ambitious—even faith is lured on to presumption. Rich and poor, wise and simple ; take ye the word of God as your guide ; and what the word commands That, do.

for a season. And Jesus re- though sometimes less severe than turned in the power of the

at others, is not accomplished, till

death pass us to our rest. Spirit into Galilee; and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, 16 Adopt the same custom, of atwhere he had been brought tending public worship; it is blessed. up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fas

21 He applies the prophecy to himtened on him. 21 And he self. began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son ? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his o

country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine ; for his word

And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil. and cried out with a

was with power.

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