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a Mark xiy. l. Luke xxii. 1. John xill. 1.- Ps. ii. 2. John xi. 47. Acts iv. 25, &c.-C Mark xiv. 3. John xi.
xi. 12. ch. xxvii. 3.
16 And from that time he on his heart, and teaches him how to sought opportunity to betray live in it. A skilful engraver makes
you a statue indifferently of wood or him.
stone or marble, as they are put into
his hand; so grace forms a man to a !, 2, & xii. 3.- ch. xxi. 17.-e John xii. 4.- Deu. xv. Christian of walking
in 11. John xii. 8.-g See ch. xviii. 20; & xxvili 20. John
any xii. 33; & xiv. 19; & xvi.5, 28; & xvij. 11.-h Mark xiv. 10. Lake xxii. 3. John xiii. 2,30.-i ch. x, 4. k Zech.
There is a way for him in the mean
est condition to glorify God, and to Reader. The piece of silver men- adorn the profession of religion ; no tioned in the text, ver, 15, was the state so low as to be shut out from that. shekel, a Jewish coin, in value about And a rightly informed and rightly two shillings and threepence of our affected conscience towards God shows money. So that the thirty pieces of a man that way and causes him to silver (the price of a slave; see Ex. walk in it. As the astrologers say xxi. 32), for which Judas betrayed our that the same stars which made Cyrus Lord, amounted to about three pounds, to be chosen king amongst the armies seven shillings, and sixpence. Accord- of men when he came to be a man ing to some calculations, the amount made him to be chosen king among is a little more. The coin may have the shepherd's children when he was been a stater, instead of a shekel; in a child; thus grace will have its value about the same.-See Zechariah proper operation in every estate. xi. 12-17.
In this men readily deceive themselves; they can do any thing well in imagination, better than the real task
that is in their hands. They think READER.-Verily I say unto you, that if they had the abilities and Wheresoever this gospel shall be preach- opportunities that some men have, ed in the whole world, there shall also they would do much more for religion this that this woman hath done be told and for God than they do; and yet for a memorial of her. St. Mark adds they do nothing but spoil a far lower our Saviour's brief, but affecting, part than that which is their own and remark, so full of encouragment for is given them to study and act aright all those whose means are slender, in. But our folly and self-ignorance while their love is sincere and their abuse us. It is not our part to intentions bountiful,-“She hath choose what we should be, but to be done what she could." Mark xiv. 8. what we are to his glory who gives
Grace finds a way to exert itself in us to be such. Be thy condition ever every estate where it exists, and re
so mean, yet thy conscience toward gulates the soul according to the par- God, if it be within thee, will find ticular duties of that estate. Whether itself work in that. If it be little it find a man high or low, a master that is entrusted to thee, in regard or a servant, it requires not a change of thy outward condition, or any other of his station, but it works a change way, be thou faithful in that little,
as our Saviour speaks, and thy reward with a kiss; to say Hail, Master, and shall not be little ; he will make thee deliver him to be crucified ? ruler over much.-LEIGHTON.
He was betrayed by one who, by Then one of the twelve, called Judas no argument of love or money, could Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, be wrought into a sincere reformation. and said unto them, What will ye give He had seen the miracles of his masme, and I will deliver him unto you? - ter; himself, by his master's influThe person that ventured on this ence, did wonders, and he saw Diviheight of impiety was Judas Iscariot, nity shine in him. Nor was Christ
man who by this treason hath wanting in warning, teaching, instrucindeed left an everlasting name behind ting, entreating, and admonishing him, but such an one as all ages must him, yet nothing could prevail with detest, and talk of with greater in him to purge out the leaven of malice dignation than the heathen did of and wickedness. And is not Christ Herostratus, who, to make himself betrayed this way by thousands at illustrious by doing mischief, burnt this day? If his calling to men, by the famous temple of Diana. By his ministers, by signal providence, this man the ever-blessed Jesus was by mercies, by afflictions, by their betrayed; and some may see in this consciences, by weakness, and
apglass their own treachery and defor- proaching death, will not make them mity.
sensible of their duty ; if, in despite He was betrayed by one who made of his, endeavours to keep them from profession of religion, but was a hy- being undone, they scorn both his pocrite; that is, his actions contra- yoke and his love, what greater treadicted his profession,-professing one son can they be guilty of ? Especially thing he did another, and seeming where they make his mercy a shelter to be good he proved a devil. Hy- for their sin; are therefore evil bepocrisy at this day makes men traitors cause he is good, and are tempted to Christ; even their coming to the by his patience to be refractory and temple of the Lord, and adhering to obstinate.—HORNECK. their known sins,—their frequenting And they covenanted with him for the ordinances of God, and being thirty pieces of silver. And from that unconcerned at his promises and time he sought opportunity to betray threatenings; their believing the ar- him.-- Thirty pieces of silver invited ticles of religion and acting contrary the traitor to this enterprise. “The to the design of them; their finding love of money is the root of all evil.” fault with those sins in others which so powerful is gold and silver, that they have no aversion from in them at this day it tempts men to betray selves; their speaking honourably of the Son of God. They care not what God with their lips, and dispensing becomes of religion, so that their with affronts put upon him in their purses swell; and are indifferent practices. What can we call this but, whether God's honour be maintained Judas like, to betray the Son of man or no, so that their corn and wine
and oil increaseth. This makes men
HYMN. venture on the foulest sins, and draws them into actions which should not Prepare a thankful song be so much as named among Christ
To the Redeemer's name ; ians. This tempts them to oppress,
His praises should employ each tongue,
And every heart inflame. to cheat, to flatter, to dissemble, to
He laid his glories by lie, and to forswear themselves, to
And shame and death endur'd, comply with the sinful humours of
That guilty rebels, doom'd to die, men, and to debase their souls to the From wrath might be secur'd. most dishonourable actions. Yet, all
And now he pleading stands this while, such will be accounted Before his Father's throne; Christians !-HORNECK.
And satisfies the law's demands As we abhor and detest the treason
With what himsclf hath done. of Judas, so let us take heed that we The Holy Ghost he sends do not become guilty of it ourselves.
Our stubborn wills to move,
To make his enemies his friends We are not in a capacity of acting
And conquer them by love, that very
treason which this false disciple did, because Christ is not now
O may we not refuse
Such rich unbounded grace, on earth, and the circumstances of
Nor Satan's bondage longer choose time, place, and government differ. But seek the Saviour's face ! Yet that treason may be acted over
Newton. again, by a behaviour and conversation agreeable to that of Judas. Let us not fall into the snare into which
ŞLXXXIII. that unhappy man fell. His end, his despair, the terrors of his mind, the
CHAP. XXVI. 17-35. torments of his conscience, the con
Christ eateth the passover ; instituteth tempt and scorn of God and men into
his holy supper. which he rushed, are sufficient discouragements from that hypocrisy
17 T 'Now the first day of which drove him on to those precipices. the feast of unleavened bread To maintain invincible loyalty to our great master, is not only our duty the disciples came to Jesus, but our interest. To promote what- saying unto him, Where wilt ever makes for his honour and glory thou that we prepare for thee is that which becomes us, not only to eat the passover ? as we are his subjects, but as we are 18 And he said, Go into the redeemed with his blood. So great city to such a man, and say a mercy ought to crush every re
unto him, The master saith, My bellious thought in our minds. HORNECE. .
time is at hand ; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19 And the disciples did as 28 For “ this is my blood * of Jesus had appointed them ; and the new testament, which is they made ready the passover. shed 'for many for the remis
20 m Now when the even sion of sins. was come, he sat down with the
29 But I say unto you,
will not drink henceforth of 21 And as they did eat, he this fruit of the vine, «until said, Verily I say unto you, that day when I drink it new that one of you shall betray with you in my Father's king
dom. 22 And they were exceeding 30 And when they had sorrowful, and began every one sung an "hymn, they went out of them to say unto him, Lord, into the mount of Olives. is it I?
31 Then saith Jesus unto 23 And he answered and them, “All ye shall be offendsaid, "He that dippeth his hand ed because of me this night : with me in the dish, the same for it is written, o I will smite shall betray me.
the shepherd, and the sheep of 24 The Son of man goeth the flock shall be scattered ° as it is written of him: but abroad. woe unto that man by whom 32 But after I am
am risen the Son of man is betrayed ! again, 'I will go before you it had been good for that man into Galilee. if he had not been born.
33 Peter answered and said 25 Then Judas which betray- unto him, Though all men shall ed him, answered and said, be offended because of thee, Master, is it I? He said unto yet will I never be offended. him, Thou hast said.
34 Jesus said unto him, Ve26 | 'And as they were rily I say unto thee, That this eating, 'Jesus took bread, and night, before the cock crow, blessed it, and brake it, and thou shalt deny me thrice. gave it to the disciples, and 35 Peter said unto him, said, Take, eat ; 'this is my Though I should die with thee, body.
yet will I not deny thee. Like27 And he took the cup, and wise also said all the disciples. gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink ye all of Luke xxi. 21. Yong xiii. 18. --ps, wie ei. Dan it ;
I Ex. xii. 6, 18. Mark xiv. 12. Luke xxii. 7.-m Mark xiv. 17-21. Luke xxii, 14. Johp xiii. 21.-n Ps. xli. 9.
ix. 26. Mark ix. 12. Luke xxiv. 21, 26, 46. Acts xvii. 2,3; xxvi. 22, 23. I Cor. xv. 3.- John xvii. 12.- Mark xiv. 22. Luke xxii. 19.-1 Cor. xi. 23, 24, 25.-- Many
Greek copies have, gave tkanks. See Mark vi. 41. 31 Cor. X. 16.- Mark xiv. 23.-u See Exod. xxiv. 8 Lev. xvii. 11.-Jer. xxxi. 31.-y ch. xx. 28. Rom. v. 15. Heb. ix. 22-2 Mark xiv. 25. Luke xxii, 18.-a Acts X. 41-5 Mark xiv. 26.-1 Or, psalm.-c Mark xiv. 27. John xvi. 32. ch. xi. 6.-e Zech. xiii. 7. ch. xxviii. 7, 10, 16. Mark xiv. 28; & xvi. 7.-g Mark xiv. 30. Luke Xxii. 34. Joha xiii. 38.
Reader. There can be little need
finite treasure ! Temporal profit, honour, ease, and pleasure have but gently knocked at the door, and thou hast listened, and heard, and
run to open to them. See where of explanation of the plain, but thy love and thy treasure lies.affecting and solemn, details which HORNECK. are here set before us.
They were exceeding sorrowful ; and Any person of common capacity, began every one of them to say unto and honest mind, who has been him. Lord, is it I? Self examination instructed in the truths of religion is the only way to come to a right without an admixture of popish knowledge of ourselves. Yet how superstition, may easily understand careless, O my soul, hast thou been what our Lord meant when he said of this duty! How easily mightest of the bread and the wine, which he thou have found that thou wert appointed as memorials of his death, guilty of such a sin, and didst “This is my body, This is my blood." transgress such a command ; but It was the same as though he had thou wouldest not. How much said, This is a sign or token of my better is it to be acquainted with body broken, and my blood poured our own hearts than to be strangers out:-just as when we read in to ourselves! And what danger Ex. xii. 11, “It is the Lord's pass- dost thou involve thyself in, for
we understand those words want of this holy search! How to mean, It is a sign or token of the dost thou prepare for self delusion ! Lord's passing over the houses of The disease being known, it may be the children of Israel.
cured; but, lying hid, it kills, and The words “new testament” in destroys, when we think all safe. verse 28 mean new covenant." How easy a matter were it, to
The hymn which was sung by inquire whether thou art that our Lord and his disciples (v. 30) hypocrite, that unprofitable servant, consisted probably of Psalms, 113— that loiterer, that slothful person, 118, which were usually sung by that busy body, which the Holy the Jews at the Passover.
Ghost condemns. Yet thou hast READER.—The Master saith, My shunned this search, and been time is at hand; I will keep the afraid of it, as of prison ; whereas it Passover at thy house with my disci was the only medicine from which ples.—How often, O my soul, hath thou mayest promise thyself a happy the great Master attempted to enter recovery.-HORNECK. into thy heart, and to make that The Son of man goeth, as it was his guest-chamber! And how ill written of Him. It was wickedly natured hast thou been in refusing and maliciously done by men against so great a guest, whose presence him; but it was determined, wisely would have enriched thee with in- , and graciously, by his Father, with