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temple of our hearts. Lord, let it not be a house of merchandize: let it not be a den of thieves: but let it be a house to thy Father, and to Thee, and to the Holy Spirit.

15. And when the chief, priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! they were sore displeased, 16. And said unto him, Hearest thou what

these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea: have ye never read, (Ps. viii. 2.) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 17. And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

They were sore displeased when they heard the children praising thee. May we, on the contrary, rejoice to see young ones attempting this heavenly work, and encourage them all we can. And may we be these babes, (weak and unexperienced as we are) out of whose mouths thy praise is perfected: it is better to be these, than to be the highest and greatest upon earth.

SECT. LXXVII.

The fruitless Fig-Tree.

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Jesus answered and said unto
them, Verily I say unto you, If

18. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19. And when he saw a fig-tree in the way, heye have faith, and doubt not, ye came to it, and found nothing shall not only do this which is thereon, but leaves only, and done to the fig-tree; but also, said unto it, Let no fruit grow if ye shall say unto this mounon thee henceforward for ever. tain, Be thou removed, and be And presently the fig-tree wi- thou cast into the sea, it shall be thered away. 20. And when done. 22. And all things whatthe disciples saw it, they mar- soever ye shall ask in prayer, velled, saying, How soon is the believing, ye shall receive.

Lord, we have too long been barren: Oh let us be so no more. For thy name's sake make us fruitful. Thou art sparing us year after year. Oh merciful Son of God, make us now at last, by influences from thee, to bring forth fruit unto God. Thou hast said, "All things what"soever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

Lord, give us faith: we have only this to ask for us and ours, (and we are sure the petition is agreeable to thy will,) that thou wouldst make us partakers of thy salvation. Heavenly Father! hear for thy dear Son's sake, who spake these words, and give us thy holy Spirit. We trust thou wilt do it. Lord, help our unbelief.

SECT. LXXVIII.

Jesus silences the Pharisees.

23. And when he was come | into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24. And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing; which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25. The baptism of John, whence was it? from

heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say from heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26. But if we shall say, of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27. And they answered Jesus and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Here is one instance, among many, of thy silencing thine adversaries, and putting them to shame. The solution of the question they proposed to thee, depended! upon the solution of a previous question concerning the authority of John the Baptist. But they were so obstinate in rejecting thy divine mission, they would not acknowledge that of John, which inferred thine; and at the same time they were afraid to deny that of John before the people. Miserable state of mind! Opposition to the Son of God, and a slavish fear of man! Lord, keep us both from the one and the other.

SECT. LXXIX.

The Parable of the two Sons.

28. But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my vine

yard. 29. He answered and
said, I will not; but afterwards
he repented, and went.
And he came to the secondy

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and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not. 31. Whether of them twain did the will of his Father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom, of God

before you. 32. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him; and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Lord, let us not be satisfied with the most laudable professions, if our practice be not answerable. Surely it is good when thou sayest, "Go work in my vineyard," to answer, "I go, Sir;" and it is most impious to refuse. But of the two it is far better, after refusing, to repent and do it, than to promise and not to perform. Alas! we too long refused to serve thee. Grant, oh our Father in Christ, that we may now do it in sincerity, and with our whole heart and strength. Of all things preserve us from resting in an empty profession.

SECT. LXXX.

The Parable of the Vineyard, applied to the Jews..

33. Hear another parable: | unto them his son, saying, They There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. 34. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. | 37. But last of all, he sent

will reverence my son. 38. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40. When the Lord there fore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41. They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

In this parable we hear thee, Lord Jesus, telling the Jews, that as their fathers had killed the prophets, they would soon kill thee, the Son of God, whom thy Father had sent last of all, saying, "They will reverence my "Son;" and that after casting thee out of the vineyard, and killing thee, they would be miserably destroyed by the Lord of the vineyard, who would let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, that would render him the fruits in their seasons. And this judgment, which they themselves could not deny to be equitable, was (we find by the hisafterwards) actually executed upon them. Lord, grant that other nations may hear and fear. Lord, give us to take warning with respect to our own souls. Thou hast given us many calls, many invitations, many solemn warnings: Lord, keep us from continuing to reject them. May we now hear thy voice, and reverence thee the Son of God. Yes, Lord, we believe: help our unbelief.

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We have long enjoyed a place in thy vineyard; let us no more be barren or unfruitful. Thou art the true vine; all our fruitfulness must come from thee. O unite us to thyself by thy Spirit, and cause us to abide in thee, that we may bring forth much fruit acceptable to thy Father. 42. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's dong, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43. Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44. And whosoever shall fall on

this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. [

Thou art that stone, that tried stone, that precious corner-stone, laid in Zion by the Lord God, for a sure foundation to them that believe on thee. They shall never be confounded. Though thou wast rejected by the builders, thou art now become the head of the corner: and this is the doing of the Lord, and marvellous in our

eyes. They who oppose thee, do but hurt and destroy themselves. Whosoever are offended in thee, and do not build upon thee, shall be broken: by stumbling at thee they shall fall and perish but they who would strive with thee, and seek to pull thee down upon their own heads, how dreadful must be their perdition! Save us, Lord, from every degree of opposition to thy truths, thy righteousness, thy kingdom. May we be brought by thy blessed Spirit to an entire subjection to them all.

SECT. LXXXI.

The Parable of the Marriage Feast.

CHAP. XXII.

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spake unto them again by but they which were bidden were parables, and said, 2. The king- not worthy. 9. Go ye, theredom of heaven is like unto a fore, into the highways; and as certain king, which made a many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage for his son, 3. And marriage. 10. So those sersent forth his servants to call vants went out into the highthem that were bidden to the ways, and gathered together all, wedding and they would not as many as they found, both come. 4. Again, he sent forth bad and good: and the wedding other servants, saying, Tell them was furnished with guests. 11. which are bidden, Behold, I And when the king came in to have prepared my dinner; my see the guests, he saw there a oxen and my fatlings are killed, man which had not on a wedding and all things are ready: come garment: 12. And he saith ununto the marriage. 5. But they to him, Friend, how camest made light of it, and went their thou in hither, not having a ways, one to his farm, and ano-wedding garment? And he was ther to his merchandize: 6. speechless. 13. Then said the And the remnant took his ser- king to the servants, Bind him vants, and entreated them spite-hand and foot, and take him fully and slew them. 7. But away, and cast him into outer when the king heard thereof, darkness; there shall be weephe was wroth, and he sent forth ing and gnashing of teeth. 14. his armies, and destroyed those For many are called, but few murderers, and burned up their are chosen.

Lord, teach us! This parable thou spakest to the Jews, who were first invited to the feast of the gospel, but made light of it, and persecuted thy servants who

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