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ten, thou shalt fall down before the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.

9. And he led Him to Je Also the love of self. (Verrusalem, and set Him on a ses 9-13.) pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence:

10. For it is written, that He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee, to keep Thee;

il. And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time thou dash Thy foot against a stone.

12. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.

13. And when the devil That these temptation-comhad ended all the temptation, bats were continued to the he departed from Him for a latest period of the LORD's season.

life in the world. (Verse 13.) 14. And Jesus returned in That when the Lord's Huthe power of the Spirit, into man principle, through tempta Galilee ; and there went out ation-combats, was brought a fame of Him through all the to a fuller union with the region round about.

Divine, it became the medium 15. And He taught in of communicating truth to their synagogues, being glo- the Church in greater abunrified of all.

dance. (Verses 14, 15.) 16. And He came to Naza- As had been predicted. reth, where He had been. (Verses 16-20.) brought up; and according to His custom, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

17. And there was delivered to him the Book of the prophet Esaias, and having opened the book He found the place were it was written,

18. The Spirit of the Lord In agreement with which

is upon Me, wherefore Hehath prediction, the poor in spirit anointed Me to preach the were to receive from the Gospel to the poor; He hath LORD the knowledge of the sent Me to heal the bruised in Eternal Truth; they who heart, to preach deliverance were made sensible of their to the captives, and to the natural defilements were to blind recovery of sight, to be purified; they who were send away with deliverance under the dominion of false them that are wounded; persuasions were to be libe

19. To preach the accept- rated; they who were in igable year of the Lord.

norance were to be instructed; they who had transgressed, were to receive remission; and all were to hear the glad tidings of the LORD's

Advent. (Verses 18, 19.) 20. And having closed the That the accomplishment book, He gave it again to the of this prediction is at first minister, and sat down. And received with joy. (Verses 20 the eyes of all in the syna- -23.) gogue were fastened on Him.

21. And He began to say to them, To-day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

22. And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this the son of Joseph ?

23. And He said unto Until declaration is made, them, Ye will surely say unto that none can receive the Me this parable, Physician eternal truth, but those who heal Thyself; whatsoever are in the love of it from a things we have heard brought principle of good, and who to pass in Capernaum, do also also are sensible that of themhere in Thy country.

selves they are defiled with all 24. And He said, Verily I false principles. (Verses 23, say unto you, that no prophet —28.) is accepted in his own country.

25. But in truth I say unto you, many widows were in the days of Elias in Israel, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six

months, so that great famine was in all the land.

26. And to none of them was Elias sent except to Sarepta of Sidon, to a woman, a widow.

27. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.

28. And all in the syna On which occasion, violent gogue, hearing these things, opposition is excited in the were filled with wrath. thoughtless and impenitent,

29. And rising up, they cast attended with a total rejecHim out of the city, and led tion of all truth and an atHim to the brow of the tempt to destroy it. (Verses mountain on which their city 28, 29.) was built, to throw Him down headlong.

30. But He passing through Insomuch that the truth the midst of them, departed. was entirely hid from them.

(Verse 30.) . 31. And He came down to Nevertheless its Divine Capernaum, a city of Galilee, power was felt by others, and taught them on the Sab and confessed even by the baths.

32. And they were asto- lowed to declare it, but comnished at His doctrine; for pelled to retire to their own His word was with authority. kingdom. (Verses 31–36.)

33. And in the synagogue was a man having the spirit of an unclean devil; and he cried with a great voice,

34. Saying, Ah! what have we to do with Thee, Jesus of Nazareth & Art Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee, who Thou art, the holy one of God.

35. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent, and come out of him. And the devil having thrown him down in the midst, came out of him, and hurt him not.

doctrine ; for lowed to delayet are not the

36. And dread came upon Since this was one great all, and they spake one to ano- end of the revelation of truth ther, saying, What word is in the person of Jesus Christ, this ! for with authority and to remove the powers of darkpower He commandeth theun- ness from mankind. (Verses clean spirits, and they comeout. 36, 37.)

37. And the fame of Him went forth into every place of the country round about.

38. And He arose outof the And to deliver from the synagogue, and went into the love of evil all those who are house of Simon; but Simon's in the affection of truth. mother-in-law was seized with (Verses 38, 39.) a great fever, and they besought Him for her.

39. And standing over her, He rebuked thefever, and it left her; andimmediately she stood up and ministered unto them.

40. But when the sun was Also to liberate, and render setting, all who had any sick of receptive of good and truth, divers diseases, brought them those who are infested with to Him; and He, laying hands falses. (v. 40, 41.) With which on each of them, healed them. view the truth at times hides

41. And devils also cameout itself, that so a stronger affecfrom many, crying and saying, tion may be excited towards Thou art the Christ the Son it, and that it may be mani. of God: and rebuking them fested in every direction. He suffered them not tospeak; (Verse 40, to the end.) for they knew Him to be the Christ.

42. But when it was day, going forth, He departed into a desert place, and the multitudes sought Him, and came to Him, and withheld Him that He should not depart from them.

43. And He said to them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, for therefore am I sent.

44. And He preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

EXPOSITION.

CHAPTER IV.

VERSES 1, 2. But Jesus full of the Holy Spirit, &c.—See Exposition, chap. i. 15, 35, 80; ii. 25—27 ; iii. 22.

Was led by the Spirit into the wilderness ; being forty days tempted of the devil.—The journeyings of the people of Israel, in the wilderness, all signify the states of the church combating, and its temptations, in which man falls, but the Lord conquers for him, consequently they signify the temptations and victories of the Lord. The Lord fulfilled all things of the law, and endured temptations, and conquered therein, and thus procured salvation for those who are principled in the faith of charity, also for those who are suffering in temptations, in which the Lord, from His Divine Human principle, conquers ; wherefore also when the Lord was tempted, He was in the wilderness. Matt. iv. 1 ; Mark i. 12, 13, Luke iv. 1. A. C. 2714.

By the wilderness is signified a place uninhabited and uncultivated, and in the spiritual sense, where there is no good and truth, also where truth is not yet conjoined with good ; thus by the wilderness is signified the state of those with whom conjunction is to be effected ; and whereas conjunction is not effected except by temptations, therefore these also are signified, but this is so when the number forty is added, whether forty years, or forty months, or forty days; for forty signifies temptations and their duration wbatsoever it be; on this account also, when the Lord was tempted, He went into the wilderness and was there forty days. A. C. 8098.

By wilderness, in the Word, is signified, I. The church devastated, or in which all the truths of the Word are falsified, such as it was amongst the Jews at the time of the Lord's advent. II. The church in which there are not any truths, because they are not in possession of the Word, such as the church was among the well-disposed Gentiles when the Lord came into the world. III. A state of temptation, in which man is, as it were, without truths. That by wilderness is sig. nified a state of temptation in which man is, as it were, without truths, because he is surrounded with evil spirits, who induce temptation, and then, as it were, deprive him of truths,

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