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The Office of John the Baptist.

'HE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2. As it is written in the prophets, (Mal. iii. 1.) Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Isa. xl. 3.) 4.1 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5. And there went out

nto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7. And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

[See the Reflections on Matt. III. v. 1—12. p. 7, 8.]*


The Baptism and Temptation of Christ.

9. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jor-1

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dan. 10. And straightway coming up out of the water he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending

As many passages of Mark's gospel, together with a few in the gospels of Luke and John, are parallel with, or similar to several parts of the account given us by Matthew; Dr. Gillies did not introduce any devotional remarks on them to facilitate the reading of the three last-mentioned gospels, references are therefore made from one Evangelist to another. (EDITOR.)

upon him : 11. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

13. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts: and the angels ministered unto him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. III. v. 13-17. p. 8. and on Matt. IV. v. 1-10. p. 9.]


Jesus preaches Repentance in Galilee, and calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John.

you to become fishers of men. 18. And straightway they forsook their nets and followed him. 19. And when he had

14. Now after that John was | put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15. And saying, The time is ful-gone a little farther thence, he filled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel. 16. Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. 17. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me,and Iwill make

saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IV. v. 12-22. p.

11, 12.]


Jesus continues to Preach, and to Heal the Sick.

21. And they went into Capernaum: and straightway on the sabbath-day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22. And they were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24. Saying, Let us alone; what have we to

do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he a came out of him. 27. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among

themselves, saying, What thing | is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. 29. And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and anon they tell him of her. 31. And he came and

took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. 32. And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 38. And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IV. v. 23–25. p. 13.]


The Leper cleansed.

35. And in the morning, ri- | into a solitary place, and there sing up a great while before prayed.

day, he went out, and departed

We thank thee, Lord, that ever thou madest us taste the sweetness of early prayer, and of solitary prayer. Lord, teach us to pray in thy name, and by the help of thy Spirit. Give us to pray with faith. O blessed Saviour, we hope thou makest intercession for us in heaven.

36. And Simon and they and cast out devils. 40. And that were with him followed af- there came a leper to him, beter him. 37. And when they seeching him, and kneeling down had found him, they said unto to him, and saying unto him, him, All men seek for thee. If thou wilt, thou canst make 38. And he said unto them, me clean. 41. And Jesus, Let us go into the next towns, moved with compassion, put that I may preach there also forth his hand, and touched for therefore came I forth. 39. him, and saith unto him, I will; And he preached in their syna-be thou clean. 42. And as gogues throughout all Galilee, I soon as he had spoken, imme

diately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44. And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for

a testimony unto them. 45. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch, that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

[See the Reflections on Matt. VIII. v. 1—3. p. 34.]

CHAP. 11.


The Paralytic healed.

AND again he entered into

Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their

hearts, 7. Why doth this man

thus speak blasphemies? who

can forgive sins but God only? 8. And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9. Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10. But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11. I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

[See Reflections on a similar Miracle, in Sect. XXX. p. 41.]


Levi (or Matthew) called.

13. And he went forth again | by the sea-side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 14. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. 15. And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans' and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were

many, and they followed him. 16. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17. When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IX. v. 9—12. p. 42.]


Christ answereth concerning Fasting.

18. And the disciples of shall be taken away from them, John and of the Pharisees used and then shall they fast in those to fast and they come and days. 21. No man also sewsay unto him, Why do the dis-eth a piece of new cloth on an ciples of John and of the Pha-old garment: else the new risees fast, but thy disciples piece that filled it up taketh fast not? 19. And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber fast while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20. But the days will come, when the bridegroom

away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

[See the Reflections on Matt. IX. v. 14-17. p. 43.]


Jesus vindicates his Disciples.

23. And it came to pass, that he went through the corn-fields | on the sabbath-day; and his disciples began, as they went,


to pluck the ears of corn.
And the Pharisees said unto
him, Behold, why do they on
the sabbath-day that which is

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