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REMARKS.--At the time the events The spirit manifested mistook the purrelated in the lesson took place, Jesus pose of Christ's mission to this world. was still in Galilee. He was about It was not to destroy men's lives, but to closing His ministry there. It was about save them. Save them both for this six months before His death.
world, and for the world to come. AnVERSE 51. Should be received up : other village: When refused entertainWhen He should ascend to heaven. So ment at one village, He went to another. fully were His thoughts taken up with This was in full accord with His peacethe event that should crown His victory ful spirit. in the great conflict in which He was VERSE 57. It came to pass as they about to engage, that all that still inter-went in the way: The conversations revered seemed for the moment to be lated occurred while they were ou their overlooked. Set his face: Was fixed journey. Lord, I will follow thee whithand firm in His purpose. To Jerusalem: ersoever thou goest : This answer seems With a full knowledge of all that would to have been prompted by the impulses befall Him there.
of the moment. It may have been also, VERSE 52. Messengers : Persons sent that he looked forward to some preferon some errand. Before his face: In ment. advance of Him. A village of the Sa- VERSE 58. Jesus said unto him. He maritans : The Samaritans were a people did not reject his offer, nor absolutely who had, years before, revolted from refuse him permission to follow Him, the Jewish nation. To make ready for but wished him “to count the cost." him: To do whatever was necessary to He wished him to know and weigh well insure a safe passage through the coun- what was involved in his proposal. The try, and provide proper entertainment Son of man: A title Jesus often applies for Himself and His companions. to Himself, indicating His office as the
VERSE 53. They did not receive him : Messiah. Not where to lay his head : This was an act of incivility, as well Strong language, indicative of the grealas a breach of the laws of hospitality. est poverty ; yet no exaggeration so far We would go to Jerusalem : This ground as related to His worldly possessions as of refusal evinced a spirit of selőshness man. The rewards attendant upon fol. worthy of rebuke. The Saviour, how- lowing Christ are not in this world, but ever, returned the slight only with love. in the world to come.
VERSE 54. James and John: They VERSES 59, 60. Follow me. Christ, in were not the messengers sent before, as this case, issued the summons Himself. they knew nothing of the refusal to re- It is short and decisive. Go and bury ceive Jesus, until they arrived with Him my father: This seems, at first sight, a at the village. Fire to come down from reasonable plea for delay. But Jesus, heaven: They were greatly embittered who sees into the heart, doubtless obby the treatment of the Samaritans. served some unworthy motive lying back Their feelings gained the mastery over of it. Let the dead bury their dead : them, for the time being, and wrongly Let those of the world bury their dead, savored of revenge. As Elias did: They Go thou and preach: This is a higher try to justify themselves in asking what and more pressing duty in present cirthey did, by referring to the case of cumstances than the other. Elijah, recorded in 2 Kings i. 10-12. VERSES 61, 62. I will follow thee: Christians are only too often liable to be This proposition comes from the indigoverned by the same spirit.
vidual himself. He adds, however, a VERSE 55. Rebuked them. They were plea for delay. Let me first bid them promptly and faithfully reproved, as farewell: This seemed expressive of was richly deserved. What manner of natural affection. There was, however, spirit: Tbey knew not what the spirit something wrong about it, in the cir. they manifested necessarily involved. cumstances. He seemed to have a It showed a zeal for God, but not ac- wrong apprehension of what was incording to knowledge. It was not of volved in following Christ. It would the same nature as that, which actuated not necessarily separate him even from Elijah.
his friends. And it betrayed too strong VERSE 56. Son of man is not come: an interest in his worldly concerns. He wished to have them fixed first. Put his little Ali, or Yusef, or whatever his hand to the plough: Entered upon an im- name is, begins to shout, “Ya, imme! portant mission. Looking back: Betray- Ya, imme!” (Oh, my mother!) and ing a disposition to falter, like Lot's cries, just like the little children in wife. Fit for the kingdom: Is wanting other countries. But the funniest part in an essential qualification for following is to see the boys, when they come out Christ in His humiliation, as well as for of school and try to find their shoes. sharing in His glory.
There will be fifty boys, and, of course, PRACTICAL THOUGHTS.—This lesson a hundred shoes, all mixed together in teaches, that the true follower of Christ one pile. When school is out, the boys must look beyond the present world for make a rush for the door. Then comes his reward; be steadfast and unswerving the tug of war. A dozen boys are in his purpose; expect and prepare to standing and shuffling on the pile of meet with discouragements; not misuse shoes, looking down, kicking away the spiritual gifts for wrong purposes; be other shoes, running their toes into their watchful against the wrong interpreta- own, stumbling over the kob-kobs, and tion and application of Scripture ; seek then making a dash to get out of the the spirit of the Gospel rather than that crowd. Sometimes shins will be kicked of the law; imitate Christ rather than and hair pulled, and tarbooshes thrown Elijah; show a spirit of blessing rather off, and a great screaming follow, which tban of cursing; not look for rewards will only cease when the teacher comes on earth in the service of heaven ; for- with “Asia," or a stick, and quells the sake the fondest earthly ties, when their riot. That pile of shoes will have to: Master's work calls for it; and show answer for a good many scbool.boy decision and determination in their loy- fights and bruised noses and hard feelalty to His cause.
ings in Syria. You will wonder how
they can tell their own shoes. So do I. Taking off the Shoes. And the boys often wear off each other's
sboes by mistake or on purpos”, and In Syria people never take off their then you will see Selim running with caps or turbans when entering a house one shoe on and one of Ibrahim's in bis or visitiog a friend, but they always hand, shouting and cursing Ibrahim's leave their shoes at the door. The father and grandfather, until he gets reason is that their floors are covered back his lost property-Selected. with clean mats and rugs, and in the Moslem houses the men kneel on the A clergyman on his way to a missionrugs to pray, and press their foreheads ary-meeting overtook a boy, and asked to the floor; so that it would not be de- bim about the road, and where he was cent or respectful to walk in with dirty going. shoes, and soil the sijady on which they “Oh!” he said, “I'm going to the kneel to pray. They have no foot-mats meeting to hear about the missionaries.” or scrapers, and it is much simpler and “Missionaries !” said the minister. cheaper to leave the shoes, dirt and all, “What do you know about missionat the door.
aries ?" It is very curious to go into the Sy-1 “Why," said the boy, “I'm part of rian school-houses and see the piles of the concern. I've got a missionary-box, shoes at the door. There are new, and I always go to the missionary-meetbright red shoes, and old, tattered shoes, ing I belong." and kob-kobs and black shoes, and Every child should feel that he is sometimes yellow shoes. The kob-kobs“ part of the concern,” and that his are wooden clogs, made to raise the feet work is just as important as that of any out of the mud and water, having a one else. Linch-pins are little things; little strap over the toe to keep it on but, if they drop out, the wagon is very the foot. You will often see little boys likely to come to a stand-still. Every and girls running down steps and paved pin and screw should be in workingstreets on tbese dangerous kob-kobs. order, and every child should be able Sometimes they slip, and then down to say, “I always go to missionarythey go on their noses, kob-kobs fly off meeting. Why, I'm part of the concern!” and go rattling over the stones, and
Luke x. 25-37.
The present Sunday in the Church Year, commemorates Christ's triumphant entrance into Jerusa
lem, shortly before His crucifixion.
THE SUBJECT.-THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
KEY-NOTE.-" THOU SHALT LOVE THY | priest that way; and when he saw him, he NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF."-Lev. xix. 18. passed by on the other side.
32. And likewise a Levite, when he was at 25. And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, the place, came and looked on him, and passed and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I by on the other side. do to inherit eternal life?
33. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, 26. He said unto him, Wbat is written in the came where he was: and when he saw him, he law ? how readest thou ?
had compassion on him, 27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love 34. And went to him, and bound up his the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thy- took care of him. self.
35. And on the morrow when he departed, he 28. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered took out two pence, and gave them to the host, right: this do, and thou shalt live.
and said unto him, Take care of him : and 29. But he, willing to justify himself, said whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour ?
again, I will repay thee. 30. And Jesus answering said, A certain man 36. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell was neighbour unto him that fell among the among thieves, which stripped him of his thieves ? raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leav- | 37. And he said, He that shewed mercy on ing him half dead.
him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do 31. And by chance there came down a certain thou likewise.
VERSE 25. What event in the history of | Who is meant by a certain man From what Christ does the present Sunday in the Church place and to what place did he go down? How year specially commemorate ? What is the far were these two places apart ? What hapKsy-note of the lesson? When did the incident pened to him on the way? Were thieves comstated in the lesson occur? What was the profes- i mon in those days on that road? What did they sion of the person, with whom the Lesson opens ? do to him? In what condition did they leave What was then the business of a lawyer? bim? What is meant by stripped him? What What did he do? What act do the words, he | by half dead! stood up, indicate ? What is meant here by 31. Who came along that way? What was tempting him What question did he ask? a priest? What is meant by chance Did the Is there any special significance in his using the priest see him ? What did he do when he saw first person singular, in asking his question ? him? What is meant by passed by on the other hat is meant by to inherit eternal life
side? Was it a proper act ? 26. What did Jesus answer him? What is | 32. Who came next that way? What was a meant by the words, in the law! What by the Levite? What did he do? Is there any special question, How readest thou
meaning in the words, IVhen he was at the place, 27. What kind of answer did he return ? came and looked on him What is the answer? What is meant by loving 33. Who next came that way? What was a God with all thy heart? What by with all thy Samaritan ? Did he also see him ? How did soul! What by with all thy strength? What the sight affect him? What is meant by that? by with all thy mind! What does the use of L 34. What was the first act his compassion these four terms show as to what our love to God prompted him to do? What the second ? What must be ? What is meant by loving thy neighbor the third ? What the fourth ? What the fifth ? as thyself?
What do each of thesa acts mean? 28. What did Jesus affirm of this answer? 35. What did he do on the morrow? How What did this admit as to its nature? What much are two pence worth? What did he tell did He command him? What does this command the host to do? What is meant by taking care mean?
of him What did he promise the host ? Did 29. What did the lawyer then wish to do? he pass that way often, and was it likely that What is meant by justifying himself? What there would be any need to fulgill his promise ? question did he ask? What was his purpose in 36-37. What question did Jesus ask the law. asking this question ?
yer? What did He mean by was neighbor 30. Did Jesus give him a direct answer? What did the lawyer answer?' Why did he not What did he use so as to enable him to furnish use the word Samaritan What did Jesus tell his own answer? How does the parable open? | him to do? What is meant by this ?
REMARKS.—The incidents narrated has begun to live, in the good sense of in this lesson occurred at Jerusalem, the term, here, and has an unfailing about six months before Christ's death, earnest of eternal life in the world to whilst He was attending the feast of come. tabernacles.
VERSE 29. Justify himself: Help bim· VERSE 25. A certain lawyer: One fa- self out of the difficulty. Who is my miliar with the rules and regulations, neighbor: He wished to divert attention civil and moral and religious, exercising from himself, as he felt he had come a controlling interest over the whole of short of the requirements of the law, as Jewish life, the interpretation and appli- stated by himself. cation of which belonged to his profes- VERSE 30. Jesus answering said: Jesion. Stood up: Arose for the purpose sus did not give a direct answer to the of speaking. Tempted him: Wished to question, but chose rather to furnish the try the depth of his intellect and know- material for it in the form of a parable, ledge of the law. There was not neces- for the lawyer's personal reproof, as well sarily any malicious purpose in the as for the instructiou of others after him case. What shall I do: Though he asks in regard to the nature and exient of this question in the first person singular, benevolence and brotherly love. A ceryet he seems to have asked it for theo- tain man: This was doubtless a Jew, as retical, rather than practical purposes. he started from Jerusalem, and this faet To inherit eternal life: He expected to gives special force to the teachings of be told to do some deed great in the the parable. Went down from Jerusalem eyes of the world. In this, however, he to Jericho: From the mountain heights was disappointed.
on which Jerusalem was built, to the VERSE 26. In the law: The words vale of Jordan, in which Jericho stood, are few but emphatic. He refers him a distance of eighteen miles. Fell among to his own law. How readest thou: This thieves : The direct road between the question was intended to draw out from two places, on wbich he traveled, was him a statement of the law on the sub infested with robbers.' Stripped him : ject, and it answered its purpose. Robbed him of his clothes and valua
VERSE 27. He answering said: The bles. Half dead: Very much injured, answer is a remarkable one, giving a so as to be unable to help himself; yet brief but complete summary of the law, not beyond recovery, if he receive proper and evincing his accurate knowledge of and timely help. it. Love the Lord ... with all thy heart: VERSE 31. By chance : Without any The beart, here, as distinguished from special previous arrangement, so far as the soul and mind, must indicate par- man is concerned. A certain priest: One ticularly the sincerity or uprightness of who took part in the service of the temour feelings and thoughts. With all thy ple. Jericho was a city of priests. That soul: This refers to our emotional nature, way: Along where the injured man lay as developed in the affections, and is ex- by the wayside. When he saw him: The pressive of fervor. With all thy strength: place was so public that he could not fail All our energies are to be enlisted into to see him. Passed by on the other side : the discharge of this duty. With all thy Though he was evidently moved by the mind: This evidently refers to our sight, yet in passing he got as far from intellectual nature, which lies at the very him as he could. Resisting the promptfoundation of a proper love to God. ings of sympathy leads to such bebaThe four terms, taken together, show viour. that our love to God must be sincere, VERSE 32. A Levite: One of the fervent, energetic and intelligent. Thy tribes of Levi; a lower order of priests, neighbor as thyself: The measure of our who performed menial services about the love to others is that which we cherish temple. When at the place, came and for ourselves; neither more nor less. looked on him: He approached nearer
VERSE 28. Thou hast answered right : than the priest; still, when he saw him, A strong and candid admission of its he imitated the bad example of the correctness. This do, and thou shalt live: priest, stilling all feeling of compassion. A clear duty with a certain reward. He VERSE 33. Samaritan : (See previous who thus loves God and his neighbor lesson, verse 52). The Samaritans were despised by the Jews. The latter looked our neighbor assumes divers forms: 1. on them with contempt. When he saw In a family it is tenderness and care him, he had compassion on him: The 2. In a neighborhood, courtesy. 3. In sight of the wounded man caused his friendship, sympathy. 4. In business, pity to move. He not only felt for him, integrity. 5. In distress, mercy._6. To but also did for him.
our country, patriotism. 7. To the VERSE 34. He went to him: This was world, benevolence. 8. To the Church, the first act, to which bis pity led. Bound brotherly kindness. up his wounds, pouring oil and wine into them. This was necessary to bring them into a condition that would insure their Every House has its Cross. healing up. Set him on his own beast: Probably an ass. He placed him on its A widow lady was almost in despair back, and walked by its side, holding from the variery of hinderances, vexahim on. Brought him to an inn: A tions, and disappointments she had to place of public entertainment. Took care endure. She was quite overwhelmed of him : Had him made as comfortable with her domestic crosses, and had as possible, and watched over him dur- scarcely the heart to go on with her ing the night, attending to his wants. daily conflicts. “No other roof”, she
VERSE 35. On the morrow, when he complained, “is so constantly beset with departed: He must needs go on his misery as mine." She had no idea that journey; but he could not do so, without any neigbbor of her's was balf so crossed making proper provision for the object as herself; judging as she did from outof sympathy. Took out two pence and ward appearances. But it pleased God gave them to the host: Supposed to be to teach her a lesson, through the inworth from fifteen to seventeen cents. strumentality of a dream, which was . Though it seems to us a small sum, yet, the wholesomest medicine of which she at that time, it was sufficient to pay for could have partaken. several days. Take care of him: Give One night sbe dreamed that a wbole him all the attention he needs. When I town stood before her, and every house come again: It is to be inferred from in it bore a cross against its door; on this, that he was accustomed to travel one it was a very large one, on the next that road, and was probably known to it was of less size, and on others, though the landlord. Whatsoever thou spendest they were few, it was but a small one. more .... I will repay thee: His case Among all the crosses, however, cone might, probably, require more attention appeared to her so inconsiderable and than two pence would pay for. If so, he light to carry as that at her own door. would say him. He asked no help in She awoke a new creature. What she his charity.
bad seen she understocd; and she recolVERSE 56. Was neighbor : Acted a lected Christ's saying, “If any man will reighbor's part toward au injured fellow come afier me, let him deny himself, man. The question was put direct to and take up his croes and follow me.” the lawyer to elicit from him the answer She fell down upon her knees at once, to his own question.
and prayed God to pardon her for her VERSE 37. He that showed mercy : complaining, murmuring, and repining The lawyer did not say, “The Samari- spirit, and besought Him to release her tan." He purposely avoided the use of from it, and fill her with a spirit of pathis term. Still he could not fail to ad- tience, submissiveness, and content with mit the truth taught by so practical an His orderings. And she implored Him illustration. Go and do thou likewise: also to endow her with His strengthenThere is a significance in the use of the ing grace to bear her cross, which from word go, as well as do. He would teach that hour forward she found to be light, the lawyer, that it was his duty not to as compared with the cross her own linger about, theorizing about religion, weakness had given her to bear." but to put it into immediate actual “Yes,” she exclaimed, “I can do all practice. The same direction is appli- things through Christ which strengthcable to all captious critics.
eneth me, for bis yoke is easy and bis PRACTICAL THOUGHTS.—This love to burden is light."