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ever glorious in the Eyes of the World, and apt to procure Mens' Admiration and Applause. When Martha, out of the great Love and Esteem she had for him, and to shew her Regard to so illustrious a Guest, was busily taken up in making Provision for his Entertainment, and applied to "Jesus that he would speak to her Sister Mary to help her, who was then engaged in hearing the Divine Instructions which he was giving, according to his Custom, as he fat in the House; he takes that Occasion to let her know, that he was better pleased she mould attend to his Word, than provide for his bodily Entertainment; and that Religion is the one Thing needful, which deserveth our chiefest Gares: Martha, Martha, thou art careful and cumbered about many Things, but one Thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good Part which Jhall net be taken away from her. Luke x. 40, 41, 42.
How ready he was to lay hold of every Opportunity'for giving the most useful Instructions, even to the Meanest, appeareth from the Discourse he had with the Woman of Samaria: After asking a Drink of Water from her, he immediately endeavours to turn her Views to Blessings of a spiritual Nature, os which he speaketh in Allusion to the Water that was- then
before them; and so proceedeth to instruct her in Things of the greatest Importance relating to his own Divine Mission, to the Nature of true Religion, and spiritual Worship: And when his Disciples, who were gone into the City to buy Meat, returned, and marvelled that he talked with this Samaritan Woman, and urged him to eat; he took that Occasion to make that remarkable Declaration to them, My Meat is to do the Will of him that sent me, and to finish his Work, John iv. 34. than which Words nothing could be more strongly expressive of his Assiduity and Diligence, and the Delight he took in fulfilling the great Ends of his Ministry.
Many other Instances might be produced of his occasional Instructions, and his Readiness to lay hold of every Thing that offered for turning the Attention of his Hearers to something that would make them wiser and better. Thus upon Occasion of the poor Widow s cqfting in two Mites into the 'Treasury, whilst many rich Men cast in large Gists; he said to his Disciples, Of a Truth I fay unto you, that this poor Widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their Abundance cast in unto the Offerings of God; but she of her Penury hath cast in all the Living that/he hadt i. e. all that (he had to live on for that Vol. IV. M Day. Day. Luke xxi. 3, 4. A noble Lesson t° shew, that God measureth not the Gists so* much by the Largeness of the Donations themselves, as by the Mind of the Donor i and that the smallest Oblations shall be accepted and rewarded, when proceeding from a pure Intention, and a sincere and benevolent Heart. When little Children were brought to him, he took that Occasion to check that Pride and Ambition which he saw rising among his Disciples, and to declare what were the proper Qualifications of those that should have an Interest in the Benefits of his Kingdom: Except ye be converted, and become as little Children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Verily I fay unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom os God as a little Child, i. e. with an humble teachable Frame of Spirit, and with a Meekness and Simplicity of Heart> free from worldly Ambition and Guile, shall in no wise enter therein. Luke xviii. 16, 17. Matt- xviii. 2, 3, 4. In the lasi Day os the Feast of Tabernacles, when, as the Jewish Writers inform us, they were wont with great Pomp and Joy to perform the Ceremony of drawing Water out of the Fountain of Siloam, and bringing it to the Temple, Jesus cried out, in Allusion to what they were then doing, If any Man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He
that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his Belly Jhall jlow Rivers of living Water. The Evangelist observes, that this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him Jhould receive. John vii. 37, 38, 39. And indeed the Influences of the Spirit are frequently in Scripture Language compared to Water. When he was told of the Galileans, whose Blood Pilate had mingled with their Sacrifices, he admonished the People of the Ruin that would come upon them all, if they did not repent. Luke xiii. 1, 2, 3. As he sat at Meat in the House of a Pharisee that had invited him, he took Occasion to speak of the Gospel Dispenfation and it's Benefits, and the Reception it would meet with among many of those to whom it mould be offered, under the Notion of a plentiful Feast, to which many were invited, who yet, under various Pretences, refused the invitation. Thus was he ready to spiritualise every Occurrence, and to draw useful Lessons from whatever Things presented themselves. And, as in this he far excelled all other Teachers, so it argued a most holy and serious Temper of Mind, ever intent upon his great Work j and (hewed that his Heart was filled with Zeal for the Glory of God, and the Salvation of Mankind.
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And here it may not be improper to observe, that our Lord Jesus Christ, whose great End was the doing Good, was wont, at different Times, and on different Occasions, to repeat and inculcate the same excellent Lessons, and often nearly in the fame Words, the better to fasten them on the Minds of the People. Thus what he faith, in his Sermon on the Mount, against anxious distracting Cares and Thoughtful' ness for 'To-morrow, was repeated by him, on another Occasion, .with the fame Arguments and Illustrations, and for the most Part in the fame Expressions. Luke xii. from Ver. 22. to 31. The fame Thing may be observed with Regard to what he faith concerning the not laying up for ourselves Treasures on Earth, hut laying up for ourselves Treasures in Heaven, and concerning our not being able to serve two Masters, God end Mammon. Matt. vi. 19, 20, 21, 22. Luke xiii. 33, 34. and xvi. 13. Concern* ing our not fearing them which kill the Body, and are not able to kill the Soul, but fearing him who can destroy both Body and Soul in Hell; and concerning the Care of Divine Providence, as extending even to the Sparrows, and Numbering the very Hairs of our Head. Matt. x. 28, 29, 30. Luke xii. 4, 5, 6, 7. and concerning the Vanity and Insufficiency of all outward Privileges