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me j and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that lent me. 41. He that (1) receiveth h a prophet in the name of a prophet, ihall receive a ' prophets reward; and lie that receiveth a righteous man, in the name of a righteous man, sliall receive a k righteous mans reward. 4.2.. And whosoever ihall 1 give to drink unto one of those) little ones, a cup of cold water only, in the name of a. disciple, verily I say unto you, he sliall in no wise lose his reward.

. . CHAP.

eth me, despisethhim that sent me. 'Gen. 10. 7. —He is a Pro'Joh.13.20. Vcrily,verily,Isayunto phet,and he sliallpray forthee. you, he that receiveth whomsoever I k Jam. 5.16. The effectual fer{end,receivethme: and hethatrerf/'-v- vent Prayer of a righteous man aethme,receiveth him that sent me. 2 5 vaileth much.

Cor. J- *»• We are jimbatfadors for 1 7 Mat. 18. y, 6. Whoso sliall Christ, as though God did beseech receive one such little Child in my you by us: we pray you in Christ's Name, receiveth me. But whoso stead, be ye reconciled to God. sliall offend one of these little ones 7 Gal. 4.14. And my temptation 10 which believe in me, it were betwhich was in my Flesh, ye despised ter for him that a Millstone were not, nor rejected; but received me hanged about his Neck, and that as an Angel of God, even as Christ he were drowned in the depth of Jesus, the Sea. + Mat ij. 40. And the

h f 1 King. 17. 10. So he arose 15 King shall answer and say unto and went to Zarephath, and when them, verily I say unto you, In as he came to the Gate of the City, much as ye have done it unto one behold, the Widow Woman was of the least of these my Brethren, there gathering of sticks: and he ye have done it unto me. * Mar. 9. called to her and said, Fetch me, I 204!. Whosoever shall give you a pray thee, a little Water in a Ves- Cup of Water to drink, in my iel, that I may drink, f 1 King 18. Name, because ye belong to Christ, 4. It was so, when Jezebel cut off verily I fay unto you, he shall not the Prophets of the Lord, that Oh«- lose his reward, J Cor. 9.10. Now dish took an hundred Prophets, and 2 j he that ministreth Seed to the hid them by fifty in a Cave, and fed Sower, both minister Bread for them with Bread and Water, t 2 your Food, and multiply your Seed King- 4. 8. And it fell on a Day, sown, and increase the Fruits of that Elilha passed to Shunem, where your righteousness, f Heb. 6. 10. was a great Woman; and she j0 God is not unrighceous to forget constrained him to eat Bread. And your work and labour of Love, which so it was, that as oft as he passed ye have shewed toward his Name, by, he turned in thither to eat in that ye have ministred to the Bread. Saints, and do minister.

(1) To receive a Prophet or Teacher, implies, the hearkening to, and obeying the wife and wholsome Instructions given by him, and the giving Entertainment, and shewing Kindness to his Person for the fake of

hit CHAP. XI.

( A N D it came to pass when Jesus had made an end x\ of commanding his twelve diseiples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. 2. Now when * John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3. And laid unto him, Art thou he that b mould come, or do we look for another? 4. Jeliis answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and e fee: 5. The * Blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are railed up, and the e poor have the gospel preached to them. 6.

And

* *Luk7. 18. And the Disci- else believe me for the very Workt pies of John shewed him of all these sake.

things. d t Isa. 19. 18. In that day,

b Isa. 3 5. 4. Behold, your God stall the Deaf hear the Words of Jhal come with Vengeance, even 5 the Book, and the Eyes of the Blind God with a Recompence, he will shall fee out of Obscurity, and tmtt and save you. Jon. 6. 14. out of Darkness. * Isa. 35. 5, 6. This is of a Truth, that Prophet Then the Eyes of the Blind (hall be Ait should come into the World. opened, and the Ears of the Deaf

cjoh. 5.36. I have a greater 10 shall be unstopped. Then stiall Witness than that of John; for the Lame Man leap as an Hart, the Workt which the Father hath and the Tongue of the Daw* sing, given me to finish, the seme Workt e *•" Ps»l- «• 26. The Meek (hall that I do, bear witness of me, that eat and be satisfied: they shall the Father hath sent me. Joh. 10.15 praise the Lord that seek him; 37, 38. If I do not the Works of your Heart stiall live for ever. *lsa. my Father, believe me not. But if 61. 1. The Spirit of the Lord is I do, though ye b«lieve not me, upon me, because the Lord hath believe the Workt: that ye may anointed me to preach gocd Tiknow and believe that the Father *° dings unto the Meek, he hath senc is in me, and I in him. Joh. 14. me to bind up the broken-hearted. 11. Believe me that I am in the Isa. 66. j.—To this Man will I Father, and the Father in me, or look,

his Office. He that receiveth a Prophet, not because he is his Kinsman, or his Friend, nor because he is of the fame Side or Party, but meerly because he is a Prophet, that is, on the Account of his Office, and the Relation he bears to God, he shall receive a Prophet's Reward; that is, the Reward a Prophet has to give, an interest in his Prayers; or, which I rather think, he stiall partake 6f that peculiar Reward, which God will hereafter bellow on a Prophet; for that there are different Degrees of Glory in the World to come, is plainly the Doctrine of the New-Testament.

And blessed is he whosoever shall not be a offended in me. 7. ^[ And as they departed, Jelus began to fay unto the b multitudes concerning John, What went yeoui into the Wilderness to fee? A c reed shaken with tin wind. 8. But what went ye out for to fee? A man do thed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft do tiling are in kings houses, 9. But what went ye out so to lee? A d piophet? yea, I fay unto you, and e mori than a prophet. 10. For this is he of whom it wa written, Behold, f I fend my messenger before thy fa« which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11. Verily lay unto you, Among them that are born of wome; there hath not riien a B greater than John the Baptist

not

look, even to him that is pint, and willing for a season to rejoice i

cf a contrite Spirit, and trembleth that Light.

at my Word, t Luk. 4. 18. The c '.' Eph. 4.. 14. That we hena

Spirit of the Lord is upon me, be- forth be no more Children,

cause he hath anointed meto preach * to zadsro, and carried about withi

the Gospel to the Poor. 7 Jam. a. very wind of Doctrine, by tl

5. Hearken, my'beloved Brethren, Height of Men, and cunning err

hath not God chosen the Poor of tiness, whereby they lie in waitt

this World, rich in Faith, and deceive.

Heirs of the Kingdom, which he 10 d Mat. 14. y. They counte

hath promised to them that love him as a Prophet. Mat. 21.16. A

him? hold John as a Prophet. Luk.

a f 1 Cor. 1. 23. We preach 76. Thou Child shalt be called d

Christ crucified, unto the Jews a Prophet of the highest. + Luk. J stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks te 6. If we fay of Men, all the Pe

foolijhnefs. t Gal. 5. 11, And I, pie will Stone us; for they 1

Brethren, if I yet preach Circum- persuaded, that John was a ft

cision, why do I yet suffer Persecu- phtt.

tion? then is the Offence of the e V Luk. 7. 16. Much mire tU Cross ceased. 1 Pet. 2. 7, 8. Un-20 a Prophet,

to you therefore who believe, he is f * Mai. 3.1. Behold, I wlUfa

precious; but unto them which my Messenger, and he shall prepa

be Disobedient, the Stone which the way before me. t Mar. 1.

the Builders disallowed, the fame is As it is written in the Prophd made the Head of the Corner, and 1? behold, lsend my Messenger befb

a Stone of Stumbling,and a Rock of thy face, which shall prepared

Offence.— way before thee, t Luk. 7.1

b f Luk. 7. 24. And when the This is he of whom it is writte

Alessengersof John were departed, behold, lsend my Messenger befb

he began to speak unto the People thy face, which shall prepare tl

concerning John, What went ye 3 way before thee,

out into the Wilderness for to fee? .E Luk. 1. 15. He shall be great

A Reed shaken with the Wind? the sight of the Lord, and shi

Joh. 5s. 35. He was a burning drink neither Wine nor stroi

and a shining Light: and ye were 3 j drinl notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he. 12. And from the 1 days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heaven * fuffereth violence, and the violent b take it by force. s_Or, »5 gotten by force, and they that thrvst men']. 13. For all the c prophets, and the law prophesied until John. 14. And if ye will receive t>, (1) this is a Elias which was for to come. 15. He that hath (2) ears to hear, let him hear, 16. But whereunto stiall I r liken this generation?

drink; and he (hall be filled with See the NoteonLuk. 16. 16.

the Holy Ghost «ven from his Me c * Mai. 4. 5, 6. Behold, I will

Womb. fend you Elijah the Prophet, before

* * Luk. 16. 16. The Law and the coming of the great anddreadthe Prophets were until John: since 5 ful Day of the Lord. Aad he {hall that time the kingdom of God is turn the Heart of the Fathers to preached, and every Man presseth the Children, and the Heart of the into it. Children to their Fathers, lest I

■ Luk. 1. 16, 17. Many of the come and smite the Earth with a Children of Israel fliall he turn to 10 Curse.

the Lord their God. And he shall d Mai. 4. 5. The Words under go before him in the Spirit and Ver. 13. Mar. 9. n. Why fay the Power of Elias, to turn the Hearts Scribes that Elias must first come, of the Fathers to the Children, and '.Mar. 17. 13. Then the Disciples the Disobedient to the Wisdom of the tj understood that he spake unto them Just, to make ready a People pre- of John the Baptist. fLuk.i. 17. pared for the Lord. Luk. 7. 29. The Words under Ver. -fy. All the People that heard him, and e * Luk. 7. 31. And the Lord the Publicans justified God., being said, whereunto then shall I liken baptized with the Baptism of John. 20 theMen ofthis generation?

(1) At first Sight here .appears to be a great Difficulty. For our Lord affirms that John the Baptist was Elias which was for to come; but when the Jews asked John, Chap. 1. 21. Art thou Elias? He faith, I am not. For the removing of this Difficulty, it is to be observed, that the Jews expected that Elias stiould rife from the Dead, and appear in his own Person. Now St. John might well say in this Sense, that he was not Elias; but in another Sense he was Elias, that it, he .was that Person who was Prophesied of in Malachy: for he came in the Spirit and Power of Elias, Luk. 1.17. and did prepare the Way for the coming of thcMefliah, baptizing great Numbers of the Jews into the Baptism of Repentance, and the Belief of the Messiah. Vee the Note on Luk. 1.J7. Those who would see more on this Subject, nwy consult the Learned Dt.;lVhitbjs Annotations on this Verse- . ■

(i) Mat. 13.9. The.same Words repeated, but oftenest in the singular, Mar. 7. 16 . Luk. 8. 8. Rev. 2.7,11, 17, 29. And Rev, 3.6,13, 12. To have Ears to hear, is to have a Mind free from corrupt and sinful Prejudices, disposed to hear and embrace the Truth, and desirous to understand and practise it. It is a proverbial Saying,

neration? It is like unto children sitting in the marketi

and calling unto their fellows, 17. And faying, We hav

piped unto you, and ye have not danced: we have mourn

ed unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18. For JoS

came neither eating nor drinking, and they fay, He hat

a devil. 19. The Son of man came eating and drinkinj

and they fay, Behold, a man gluttonous, and a Win

bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners: but * wisdoi

is justified of her children. 20. ^j" Then b began he J

upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty wo£

were done, because they repented not. 21. Wo unto the

Chorazin, wo unto thee, Bethfaida: for if the migh

works which were done in you, had been done in Ty

and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in e fail

cloth and aslies. 22. But I fay unto you, it shall \

a more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of jud

ment, than for you. 23. And thou, Capernaum, whii

art e exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to he

for if the mighty Works which have been done in tlj

had been done in Sodom, it would have remained un

this day. 24. But I fay unto you, that it shall be me

tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgma

than for thee. 25. ^[ (1) At that time Jesus { answe<

a 7 Luk. 7. 3 y. But Wisdom is Heaven, 1 will exalt my Th«|

justified of all her Children. above the Stars of God: I will

b * Luk. 10. 13. Wo unto thee, also upon the Mount of the 0

Chorazin, &c. as in Ver. 21. gregation, in the sides of t

c 7 Jon. 3.8. Let Man and Beast 5 North. 7 Lam. 2. 1. How h;

be covered with Sackcloth, and cry the Lord covered the Daughter

mightily unto God: yea,let them Zion with a Cloud in his Angj

turn every one from his evil way, and cast down from Heaven ui

and from the Violence that is in the Earth the Beauty of Israel-H their Hands. 10 f * Luk. 10. 11. In that Ho

d t Mat. 10. iy. Jesus rejoiced in Spirit, and si

'7 Isa. 14. 13. Thou hast said I thank thee, &c. as here, in thy Heart, I will ascend into

(1) The Persons from whom the great Truths of the Gospel were t were the Wise and Prudent, that is, the proud Pharisees, and Teacil among the Jews, who accounted themselves Wise, and thought theyi not want Instruction, and consequently despised Christ and his Doctri as not agreeable to their corrupt Inclinations, and mistaken Opinions.

Our Lord does not thank his Father because he had hid these Trnl from them j but he gives thanks to him, that, notwithstanding hisj

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