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SECT. LIV.

Christ heals the Daughter of a Canaanitish Woman.

21. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou sou of David! my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost

sheep of the house of Israel. 25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me! 26. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. 28. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Blessed be thy name for this encouraging example. Oh give us like faith, that we may cry to thee for mercy to our souls, grievously vexed by sin and Satan: that though thou shouldst not answer us a word, we may still cry after thee. And though it should seem that we have excluded ourselves by our great sins, or by our long and obstinate refusal of grace formerly, yet we may fall down before thee and implore thy help; yea, though thou shouldst seem to treat us with the abhorrence which we deserve, may we still insist, if it were but for the crumbs thrown to the dogs under their Master's table. Lord, give us that faith which will make us resolved, if we perish, to perish at thy feet, though thou shouldst slay us. now exercise it by thy grace. seemeth good in thy sight; we cannot go away from

thee.

and to trust in thee, Lord Jesus, we would

Do with us what

SECT. LV.

Jesus feeds four Thousand.

29. And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain and sat down there. 30. And great multi

tudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them;

31. Insomuch that the multi- | tude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. 32. Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. 33. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? 34. And Jesus saith unto them, How

many loaves have ye? and they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. 35. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37. And they did all eat and were filled and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 38. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. 39. And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Here we have a fresh instance of thy compassion to the poor Jewish multitude in healing their sick, and in miraculously feeding them, lest, if they had been sent away fasting, they should have fainted in the way. Oh merciful Saviour, thou hast the same bowels now, and the same power; and thou knowest the soul is far more valuable than the body. Stretch out thy hand then, exalted Redeemer, and heal those souls that are lame, blind, dumb, maimed. Behold, we lie prostrate at thy feet, waiting to be healed. Lord, thou seest they are ready to faint and to die for want of the bread of life; feed them with thy flesh and blood. This is the true manna to support us in the wilderness: evermore give us of this bread,

SECT. LVI.

Jesus reproves the Jews who required a sign, and cautions his Disciples against the Doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

CHAP. XVI.

THE Pharisees also with the Sadducees came,and tempting, desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2. He answered and said unto

them, When it is evening, ye
say, It will be fair weather; for
the sky is red: 3. And in the
morning, It will be foul wea
ther to-day; for the sky is red
and lowring.
and lowring. Oye hypocrites!

ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4. A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. 5. And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why

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reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9. Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10. Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11. How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you | concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12. Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Lord, keep us from being like those obstinate Jews of old, or modern infidels, who will not see the signs of the Messiah's coming and kingdom fulfilled in thee. We bless thee that the evidence is so strong; but what can avail to convince the wicked hypocrite? What can move the obdurate to relent? Lord, save us from the leaven of the Pharisees, who were fond of honourable places and titles; who would neither go into the kingdom of heaven themselves, nor suffer them that were entering to go in; who devoured widows houses, and for a pretence made long prayers; who, after great pains to make proselytes, made them more wicked than themselves; who made vain and foolish distinctions concerning the obligation of oaths; who were scrupulous about smaller things, but omitted the weightier things of the law; who were more curious about the outside than that which is within; who honoured the dead saints, but persecuted the living. Lord, save us from these things; and save us also from the leaven of the Sadducees who said that there is no resurrection, neither angel nor spirit. Give us a firm and lively faith of the invisible world, and let our whole conduct be influenced by it.

SECT. LVII.

Peter's Confession of Christ.

13. When Jesus came into the coasts of Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? 14. And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am 16. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God. 17.And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto

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thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20. Then charged he his disciples, that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Lord Jesus, give us to know that thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living God, in the way in which thy blessed servant knew it; to whom it was revealed, not by flesh and blood, but by thy heavenly Father. We believe, Lord; help our unbelief: and we bless thee that the gates of hell shall not prevail against thy church to the end of the world.

SECT. LVIII.

21. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, say-life shall lose it: and whosoever ing, Be it far from thee, Lord; will lose his life for my sake shall this shall not be unto thee. 23. find it. 26. For what is a man But he turned, and said unto profited, if he shall gain the Peter, Get thee behind me, Sa- whole world, and lose his own tan: thou art an offence unto soul? or what shall a man give

Jesus predicts his Sufferings.
me for thou savourest not the
things that be of God, but those
that be of men. 24. Then
said Jesus unto his disciples, If
any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me,
25. For whosoever will save his

in exchange for his soul? 27. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to

his works. 28. Verily I say
unto you,
There be some stand-

ing here which shall not taste
of death, till they see the Son of
man coming in his kingdom.

Thou couldst clearly foretel thy sufferings and death, and wast greatly offended and displeased with Peter, who, soon after that glorious confession, would have dissuaded thee from suffering. Thou treatedst him as thy adversary, or as one employed by Satan to hinder thee from prosecuting thy great work of saving sinners, by offering thyself a sacrifice for them, according to the will of thy Father. This shewed how much thy heart was set upon it; and thou tookest this occasion to inform thy disciples that they also must suffer, and that if any man will come after thee he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow thee. Lord, give us to deny ourselves; give us to take up our cross daily, and to follow thee, through good report and bad report. Cause us to pass the few remaining days of our pilgrimage under a lively sense of the truth of these words of thine, "What is a "man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and "lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" And may we be animated in a steady and determined pursuit of the salvation of our souls, by a firm belief of that heavenly and gracious reward, which thy followers shall receive when thou shalt come to judge the world in the glory of thy Father, with the holy angels. Thou wilt, O Lord, at the proper season; thy other predictions are accomplished. Some of thy disciples did not taste of death, till they saw thee coming in thy gospel kingdom; the dreadful calamities, foretold by thee, came upon that unhappy nation who obstinately rejected thee; thy gospel hath been spread through the world; it remains that thou shouldst appear in thy glory, to judge all nations, and to receive thy servants into heaven. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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