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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 Lorb.

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 fastened on him.

And he 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 the carpenter's son ? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

And his sisters, are they not all with us? whence then .Jteth this man.all these things?

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 own 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 unte Sarepta a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseue 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,

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And rose op, 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 he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages teaching.

ANNOTATIONS And REFLECTIONS. It was observed in a former section, that our Lose did not begin his public preaching at Nazareth, think. ing it best to establish his reputation in other parts first?

. as those who had known him in private life, would be most likely to disbelieve his divine mission: and we find

,that, even after he had in different places given a num.' ber of proofs that he came out from God, his countrymen were quite averse to receiving him even as a Pro. fhet, notwithstanding there were many that followed him, who bore testimony to his wonderful works, and his fame was spread throughout Galilee: such is the force of popular prejudice! .

It seems to have been our Lord's constant practice to attend public worship on Sabbath-days, not only for the sake of example to his followers, but to do honour to The Father.

Out of regard to our Lord's reputation for gravity and wisdom, the ruler of the synagogue, after a para, graph of the Law had been read, desired him to read a portion of the holy Writings, which regularly made a part of public worship. , .,

The books ef Scripture did not consist, as ours do, of separate leaves sewed or bound up together, but were

, each. each written on large scrolls of parchment, and fofleo? upon two sticks; and this form the Jews still retain' irf their synagogues. There were seven readers every Sabbath-day, one a Priest, another a Levite, the rest Israelites of that synagogue.

The book of Isaiah was given to our Saviot»r, who' finding the lesson for that day, read it, arid sat down, as the'eustom was, to expound it. The people, having" heard of his fame, attentively expected his discourse, when he directly appropriated to himself that part which he read; which was declaring himself to be' the MesSiah, 2nd at the same time explaining the nature of his office. "This day," said he, "is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." The Spikif of the LorD is upon me in an extraordinary degree. I am appointed to preach the Gospel, and qualified for the office. I am sent to the meek and humble, to those who are truly penitent, to proclaim the glad tidings of Salvation. I am come to those who are bound by their' sins, arid in spiritual darkness, to bring them deliverance, and open their eyes, that they may be converted, and I may heal them. Behold, *ra is the accepted time, r.ow is the day of salvation. If you rejoice in the year of jubilee, when your debts are remitted, and your inheritances restored, rejoice vo.w when redemption from death is promised you, when an eternal inheritance is offered. This, we may conceive, was the purport of our Lord's exposition of this famous prophecy; but to describe the gracefulness of his eloquence is impossible, "for never man spake as he spake."

The outrageous behaviour of the Nazarenes Justified the" sentiments our Lord entertained of them, who gave a fresh proof, that he knew all hearts, tl and needed cot that any should testify of man; for he kn$w what VtfL. V. K was wa* in man." The particulars which so enraged the Nazarenes were his comparing himself to two such fa. mous Prophets, and them to those corrupt Israelites who had bowed the knee to Baal; and they were more, over exasperated, that he should intimate God's intention of shewing favour to the Gentiles. On this occa. (ion, our Lord saved himself from their fury by a miracle; for, though so justly provoked, he would not depart from the mildness of his character by inflicting any judgment on them; the rancour of their own obdurate hearts, and the loss of the means of grace, were sufficient punishments; neither would he submit to their rage, as he had much to do on earth; but He observed to his disciples, that the unbelief of the Nazarenes was quite astonishing to human reason.

Whoever reads this passage of Scripture with attention, and a pious mind, must wonder at the wickedness of the Nazarenes; let us, therefore, carefully avoid an imitation of their crime. We have no opportunity of rejecting out Saviour personally; but it is equally sinful to reject bit doctrine. The Nazarenes refused to acknowledge him to be the Messiah, because he was their countryman i many persons in these days deny his irvinity, because he came in our nature. The offence, I apprehend, is similar; and if we thus dishonour our Saviour, he will neither enlighten our minds, nor deliver us from the evil consequences of our sins; but will secretly withdraw his grace, and leave us to ourselves.

We may observe, that our Lorb did not read {fee whole of the prophecy; the reason for which seems to be this, that it was foreign to his purpose to produce any more of it than was necessary to prove that he was the Messiah.




JVtfw Matthew, Chaf. ix.—Mart,' ii. .

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospet x>f the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every disease among the people. A

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. . . . i_

Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly it plenteous, but the labourers are few.

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will Send forth labourers into his harvest.

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he began to send them forth by two and two, and commanded them, .saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not..

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. . And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise th$ dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give.

Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass, in your purses, ner scrip for your journey; neither two coatii neither shoes, nor yet staves: (for the workman is worthy of his meat:) ... . . . i,t; . t.; . And into whatsoever ftity.or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy, and there abide tijl ye gs .thence.

And when ye come iftto an house, salute it. And if K a the

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