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fruits of his own labours; for though he had as yet but just sown the seeds of the Gospel in Samaria, the view of so many coming to be taught by Him promised a p'entiful harvest; encouraging them from this circumstance to preach the Gospel, since He should prepare the way for its reception (as those who sow a field with grain prepare for the reapers); assuring them, that a faithful discharge of their duty would be rewarded with eternal happiness... It is supposed that when our Lord held this discourse, it was seed-time; for we may perceive, it was usual with him to accommodate His Divine doctrine to the understanding of His hearers, and to refer to sensible objects. * -- - - - - - - o The Samaritans, we find, gladly entertained our LoRD, and requested that he would remain in their city, being desirous of receiving further benefit from his instructions. Ready at all times to do good, our benevolent Saviour abode with them two days, during which time he gave them such satisfactory proofs of his being the Mess IAH, that they required no farther evidence. Thus did He sow the good seed of the Gospel among them, which he afterwards commissioned his diciples to cultivate. , - ~ - - As in the natural harvest seed is preserved by the husbandman for the future cultivation of the earth, so has our Lord, by causing the Gospel to be written and preached to the end of the world, provided for the continual instruction of his people. If we will prepare our minds with humble prayer for its reception, and receive the good seed with faith, the Lo R D will graciously nourish it in our hearts, which, with his Divine blessing, and our endeavours after righteousness, will be at length productive of the happy fruit of everlasting life. . The
The fountain of Salvation, which our Savioux opened, still continues to flow. From the doctrines of CHR 1st, contained in the Sacred Volume, we may derive constant refreshment to our souls under every misfortune and infirmity. Let us, then, learn to prize, as we ought to do, these inestimable benefits, that the love of God may not be bestowed upon us in vain
Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee :
Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast : for they also went unto the feast.
And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Caper. naus, which is upon the sea-coast, in the borders of Zebulon and Nephthalim.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
The land of Zebulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: -
The people which sat in darkness, saw great light: and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
John the Baptist having been thrown into prison by - - the the malice of Herodias, ke no longer appeared in the world as the forerunner and witness of the Messrs H.’ Our Saviour, before John’s imprisonment, performed many wonderful miracles, which confirmed the testimony of John; and he had in private conversation declared himself to be the Messi AH, the Son of God; but he had not preached publicly to the Jews, because it was appointed that John should prepare the way, and Jesus come after him: but as soon as John’s preparation was finished, our Lok D himself began to preach. The prediction in this section was spoken by Isaiah after Pekah “ king of Israel, and Tiglath Pilesar king of Assyria, took the inhabitants of Galilee, and all the land of Naphthali, and carried them captive to Assyria. It seems to have been intended to comfort the faithful that remained, by giving them hopes, that at a future time that land, which had first fallen a prey to the Assy. rian power, should be honoured in a peculiar manner. By the great light which the people of the land of Zebulon and Naphthali were to see, was meant that Jight which lighteth, every man who cometh into the world; by the shadow of death, is to be understood spiritual darkwess, or ignorance of the truths of religion. In our Saviour’s time, the land of Canaan, or Palestine, was divided into three principal provinces. On the south was Judea, which contained the lots of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin. In the midst was Samaria, where the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh formerly dwelt; but in our Saviour’s time it was inhabited by the sect of the Samaritans. On the north was Galilee, the remotest from Jerusalem. The most fertile part of Galilee was the land of Zebuloh and Naphthali, - “....' ... . . . . . . . . ... od. ...o. - - * See Isaiah, Chap. ix. --- - This
This province was divided into two parts, the higher and the lower. The higher consisted chiefly of the land of Naphthali, wherein stood Capernaum, the principal city of Galilee. It was situated upon the banks of the Jordan, near the lake of Gennesareth or Tiberius; over against which, on the other side of the water, stood Chorazin. Galilee was held in great contempt by the Jews in general, who called it Galilee of the Gentiles; either because part of it was, even in Solomon's reign, inhabited by heathens, and he offered twenty cities in it to Hiram, king of Tyre; or else, on account of its having many strangers amongst its inhabitants in car Saviour's time, and being the farthest from the Temple at Jerusalem. The lower Galilee contained the tribes of Zebulon and Issachar; and near to the sea or lake of Gennesareth were the cities of Nazareth, Bethsaida, and Cana. From Capernaum along by the sea-side lay the great road from Syria into Egypt, which is supposed to be that called the Way of the Sea. At the time of our Saviour's preaching, Judea and Samaria continued to be governed by Pontius Pilate; and Galilee was still under the jurisdiction of HerodAntipas. - * * We have before read, that though Jesus was born at Bethlehgpa’in. Judea, as had been foretold, he was brought up at Nazareth. His first public miracle was performed at Cana, and when he left Jordan, he resolved to return into Galilee; but it seems he did not go back to Nazareth *, lest the prejudices of his neighbours, who regarded him as the Son of Joseph, should obstruct his - doctrine, • Some author, are of opinion, that what is related, Luke iy. concerning our Lord's going to Nazareth, and being rejected by his countrymen, doctrine, as it would have been hard to persuade them that he came out from God, and by fixing his abode in Capernauin our Lok D fulfilled the prediction of Isaiah.
SECTION XXVI. JESUS CURES A No B L E MAN's so N AT c A PERN AU M.
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Gothy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. - And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend: and they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth; and himself believed, and his whole house. countrymen, happened before the cure of the nobleman's son at Capernaum,