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tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And im
mediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased ;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Questions and Explanations.
Question.- What is the meaning of Decapolis ? Answer. It is a word signifying the ten cities, from Deca,
ten, and Polis, a city. It was the name of a region or district allotted to the descendants of Manasseh, who, with Ephraim made up a tribe, and was chiefly situated on the east of Jordan. It was inhabited mostly by
strangers. Q. What points of resemblance are to be found in
the feeding of the five thousand and of the four
thousand ? A.-In each case we are told that Jesus “had compassion
on the multitude.” He felt for their bodily wants and necessities. In each case, also, the miraculous power of the Saviour rendered the supply not only enough, but more than enough; for they took up basketfuls of frag. ments. The power of Christ, like his mercy, is boundless.
0.-What insight do we get into the character of
Peter, from the miracle of Christ walking on the
sea ? 1.—He was the most zealous among the 'apostles, ever ready
to publish his faith in his divine Master ; but like all human creatures he was weak, and liable to fall the moment he was not upheld by the power of Jesus ; for when he saw the wind boisterous he was afraid, for. getting for a moment that the wind and the sea acknow.
ledged Jesus as their master, and obeyed him. Q.-Of what was the desire to touch the hem of the
Lord's garment a sign? A.–Of faith ; for these people believed that the slightest
contact with the Saviour was enough to heal them; and we see that their faith was rewarded ; for Jesus is all sufficient.
THE PARABLES OF CHRIST.
The Lord, who left the heavens,
Our life and peace to bring, And dwelt in lowliness with men,
Their pattern and their king;
Still to the weary soul,
He doth Himself impart, And for His dwelling and His throne
Chooseth the pure in heart.
THE LOST SHEEP; THE LOST PIECE OF SILVER; AND THE PRODIGAL SON.
TH 'HEN drew near unto him all the
publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes
murmured, saying. This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them,
saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I
say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land ; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country ; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat : and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him ; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again ; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing, And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad : for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
ND, behold, a certain lawyer stood
up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal
life? He said unto hiin, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny ? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good ? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
THE LABOURERS IN THE VINEYARD.
THE RICH MAN AND THE BEGGAR.
unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
HERE was a certain rich man, THI
which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich
man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue ; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you
there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham : but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Questions and Explanations.
Question.-In what way do the three parables : The
Lost Sheep, the Piece of Silver, and the Prodigal
Son, teach the same lesson ? Answer. –They all show that there is mercy for those who have
strayed from the right path ; that there is joy in heaven when that which was lost is found-and that the loving. kindness of Christ will not only seek the sinner who has strayed from the right path, but will also gladly receive him who returns, however sinful, and miserable, and forlorn he may be, to seek pardon and forgiveness
through the merits of the Saviour. Q.–What hopeful sign do we notice in the resolution
of the prodigal son to return to his father? A.-His humility, and his sense of his own unworthy,
ness. He was conscious that by his misconduct he had forfeited his place in his father's house and affections, as a son ; and was ready to be received as one of the hired servants, on any terms, if only his father would in kind
ness and mercy, receive him again. 0.-What feeling was especially shown by the elder
son on the prodigal's return ?
A.-A bad feeling of envy and dislike. He does not ack
nowledge the penitent man as his brother ; he says, “ When this ihy son" (not “this my brother") has returned—and he ungenerously reminds his father of
the prodigal's sins. 0.-Besides the lesson of mercy and loving-kindness
what are we taught by the parable of the Good
Samaritan? A.-The evil of self-righteousness and pride. The Jews
looked down with contempt upon the Samaritans, and thought themselves far superior to them, and yet it was a Samaritan, one of the despised race, who had compassion on the plundered and wounded traveller when
the priest and the Levite passed him by. 0.—What special lesson is taught in the parable of
the Rich Man and Lazarus ? A.—That wealth and station have their duties; and that the
rich man who neglects to relieve the poor commits a
THE PITILESS SERVANT. THE HEN came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times : but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he