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KEY-NOTE.-"THE SEED IS THE WORD / turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking OF GOD,'"AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, | him. AND DWELT AMONG US-FULL OF GRACE 46. And it came to pass, that after three days AND TRUTH."-Luke viii. 11; John i. 14. they found him in the temple, sitting in the
midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and 40. And the child grew, and waxed strong in i asking them questions. spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God 47. And all that heard him were astonished was upon him.
at his understanding and answers. 41. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every 48. And when they saw him, they were year at the feast of the passover.
amazed : and his mother said unto him, Son, 42. And when he was twelve years old, they why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the father and I have sought thee sorrowing. feast.
49. And he said unto them, How is it that ye 43. And when they had fulfilled the days, as sought me? wist ye not that I must be about they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in my Father's business? Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew 50. And they understood not the saying not of it.
which he spake unto them. 44. But they, supposing him to have been in 51. And he went down with them, and came the company, went a day's journey; and they l to Nazareth, and was subject unto then : but sought him among their kinsfolk and ac- his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. quaintance.
52. And Jesus increased in wisdom and sta45. And when they found him not, they ture, and in favour with God and man.
Where did we find Jesus on last Lord's Day? | Did the pilgrims usually go in groups, according Whither did the Holy Family then go ? Chap. to age and sex? How far did they come, before ii. 39.
they sought for Him? Was it usual to look How came Joseph and Mary to live at Naza- after one's friends at night-fall ? reth ? Matt. ii.
45. Did they find Him in the Caravan ? How long did Jesus remain at Nazareth ? Whither did they then go ? Luke iii. 23.
46 When did they find Him? Where? What What is the subject of this lesson ?
was He doing? Of what two parts does this lesson treat? Com. 47. At what did all wonder? Why was there pare verses 40 and 52. Read verses 41-51 in such understanding in Him? connection.
48. What did His mother say when she saw VERSE 40. What grew in Jesus? Wbat Him? What had she and Joseph experienced wazed strongHad Jesus a real body, then ? during these few days? Had He a human soul?
49. What did Jesus answer? Who was Hig What other Nature did He possess ? May the true Father? Did Jesus begin to realize this phrases, Grace of God upon Him--and favour at that age already ? with God and man, refer to His Divine nature ? 50. Did the rest of the company understand Why do you suppose St. Luke repeats this same His reply? idea for us?
51. Where did His parents now go ? Did 41. Whitber did His parents go ? How often Jesus accompany them? What does subannually ? Ex, xxiii. 17; xxxiv. 23.
ject unto them mean? How long did He stay What feast was due now?
obedient to them? What model is Jesus at Naza42. How old was Jesus now? Was this the reth? What did Mary do with all the strange age at which a Jewish boy had to appear before sayings she heard about and from her Son ? the Lord ? Had he to learn a trade, too, then? Are all parents and children separated sooner
43. How many days did the feast last? or later ? “Is there a hope for Christian houseWhither did Joseph and Mary go after eight holds to be brought together again? In whose days? Did Jesus accompany them ? Did His house will they ever be one ? After whose parents know it ?
Law must the household be governed ? Matt. 44. With whom did they believe Him to be ? | vii. 24-27.
1. Love is the strongest tie
Tbat can our souls unite;
Our every burden light.
2. We run in God's commands,
When love directs the way;
Our Master's will obey...
INTRODUCTORY WORDS.—The canti-| -Having a real body, and of perfect cles and hymns which served as preludes health, an increase in stature was natuand accompaniments to the advent of ral. Perhaps this fact is only emphasized our Lord, filling the heavens, the temple, lest men might doubt His real manand many pious hearts, now died away nature. Waxed strong in spirit-filled -into a strange silence, as it were. For increased in) with wisdom, are sayings thirty years Jesus lived a bidden life, in which teach us that He possessed, like Nazareth, of Galilee. Joseph and Mary, wise, a truly human soul, which develafter returning from the presentation in oped in vigor and strength, as it occurs Jerusalem, intended to dwell perma- with mortals generally. And the grace nently in Bethlehem. There the wise of God was upon Him, may refer to His men from the East visited the Holy divine nature, which, looking through Family. Matt. ii. 1, 2.
His mortal garb, challenged the favour, This strange retinue alarmed or approbation of God and man. Herod, who now saw in Jesus a rival. Since St. Luke thought it important Hence bis cruel decree. Joseph, divinely to repeat the same idea under different admonished, fied into neighboring Egypt. words, and as this is all the notice we How long he tarried there is not known bave of the youth of our Lord, from
- perhaps three full years. After infancy to childhood and boyhood, let Herod's death, the family returned to us accord it its full weight, in order that Palestine ; but learning that Archelaus the fact may be indelibly impressed upon had succeeded his father to the throne, us, tbat the Son of God entered our race who was very like him in disposition, in a perfectly real and natural manner. Joseph took his family into the province VERSE 41.-His parents went, as was of Galilee, and settled at Nazareth. the invariable habit and duty of every Here Jesus attained to manhood. His Jewish household, to Jerusalem, thrice boyhood is embraced in the first twelve a year, to attend the three principal years of His life, and constitutes the festivals—the Feast of the Uoleavened i heme of our lesson. All that is known Bread, of Weeks, and of the Tabernacles. of this early period of His history we-Ex. 23:17; 34:23. On this occasion learn here. It is not difficult, however, the former feast was due, the passover to imagine the two sources, from which preceding it. emanated those influences that told most | VERSE 42.--He was twelve years old, in developing the Christ-lad.
and had then attained the age at which 1. The Holy Family exerted a benign a Jewish boy was obliged to appear power over the young Saviour. Joseph before the Lord, and learn a trade, too. and Mary were His earliest teachers. VERSE 43.- When they had fulfilled He learned to read the Old Testament the days, wbich were eight, (Matt. 26:2) Scriptures at their knees. In every Jew -one was for the Passover, and the ish home a copy of the Sacred Books was other seven, for the days of unleavened found; or, at least, a copy of the Law, the bread. The child Jesus tarried behind. Psalter, and a summary of the Prophets. A boy is considered a youth, in the East,
2. The School of the Synagogue fur- after he is twelve. He could, consethered the religious knowledge com- quently, go where He liked, without menced at home. This the Jewish child supervision, or being led by the hand. entered usually at the age of six years, Joseph and Mary, like many other where the study of the holy books was pareuts, knew not of His delaying, but diligently attended to. Our Lord gave supposed that He had started with the abundant proof of His familiarity with group from Bethlehem. The start is all the sacred records, in later years. I always at night; the crowd great; the
Without anticipating anything that roads narrow; the noise and confusion fell properly to His older years, let us bewildering--all this rendered it imnow look at the incidents related to-day. possible for each group to know whether
NOTES.—This section contains two all its members were by. It was usual topics : I. The natural growth of Jesus. for families and clans to become separted. Vs. 40 and 52.-11. Jesus lost and found. VERSE 44.—But they, supposing Him - Vs. 41-51.
to have been in the company of BethleVERSES 40 AND 52.—The child grew. hem’s pilgrims, after they had gotten
some distance from the first great tbrong, cumstances. Son ! 80 they address their went a day's journey, to the first night's offspring in the east, Why (hast thou encampment, and then found Him not dealt thus with us ? There is an amiable in the caravan, with none of the kinsfolk chiding in the mother's query. Still, and acquaintance. The expression, her whole utterance seems just like the sought Him, reads properly, sought Him out-pouring of a mother's heart that had earnestly, that is, anxiously and diligent- been filled with anxiety and amazement. ly. They now became greatly alarmed, Behold! Thy father and I have sought lest He might be lost forever, amid such Thee sorrowing! It was something upa multitude.
usual for these parents to have any pain VERSE 45.–And when they found
on His account. It was perhaps a new Him not by night-fall, when it was usual
experience for them—the first ieeling of for friends to look about for each other,
Simeon's sword. and for every clan to see whether any of | VERSE 49.—His reply was gentle, but its members bad strayed, nothing was lofty-a very soft rebuke.- How is it left but to return to Jerusalem. Perbaps that ye sought me? Why should others had missed of their number, they even think of Him as astray, or, in likewise, since it was not an uncommon wrong relation to the right? Wist YE thing, by any means, and thus a small not that I must be about My Father's busicompany was formed in search of their ness? The light of Heaven was lighting missing relatives.
up within Him. The Divine Son was VERSE 46.- After three days they found outgrowing His childhood. He was enHim. They re-entered the city on the joying an incipient consciousness of Is evening of the second day: and on the higher origin and mission. For a mofollowing day they found Him in one ment His Heavenly Father's House was of the schools of the Jewish Rabbis. a stronger magnet than the home of His which were held in the several courts of | foster-father at Nazareth. the temple-sitting in the midst of the VERSE 50.–And now, again, He doctors, or learned lawyers and teachers, went down from His spiritual elevation hearing, and asking them questions ; not which He so sweetly enjoyed in the attempting to teach them--which would Temple - near to Heaven above-ant have been unbecoming in one of His is hidden in subjection at Nazareth. age. Remembering that He“ increased Still, even here, He manifests Himself, in wisdom,” yea, was filled with it, it is shining as a light in a dark place, to all not strange that a holy passion should generations of youths as the Model Son. have drawn Him towards the teachers He loved, obeyed and labored here, in His Father's House, and attracted until His hour came. Him long. Besides, the mystery of His nature, and of His relation to God, was
But His mother kept all these sayings just budding into consciousness within
in her heart. What a grand treasury of Him. Absorbed in the Law and the
precious facts Mary's bosom was; whence Prophets, He bad dismissed all other
the Evangelists could subsequently draw thoughts. In the light of His after-years
forth what, but for it, must have been we can better see the reason of this
lost. The Christian household finds a incident than His parents could.
grand chapter to study in this lesson.
Parents and children alike. VERSE 47.And all were astonished
1. Parents must anticipate the fact of at the understanding and answers of one
| losing their children. Sooner or later this 80 young and yet so intelligently interested and enthusiastic in matters so far
experience comes to all homes. beyond the average boy. There He
2. A pious homestead, in which a. tarried during the teaching hours, for
Christian discipline is maintained, can the better portion of three days, doubt
remove the prospective separation in less, eating and sleeping at the numerous
hope, since it is not a finality. booths and stalls, which were numerously 3. The finding for all such houseplanted about during the festive seasons. holds, will supervene in our Father's
VERSE 48.–And His mother spoke House on High--a meeting without a first, which was very natural under the cir- 1 parting.
Septuagesima Sunday. Luke iii. 7–18.
KEY NOTE._"GO YE ALSO INTO THE 12. Then came also publicans to be baptis-d. VINBYARD, AND WHATSOEVER IS RIGHT I and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? WILL GIVE YOU.”—Matt. XX. 4.
13. And he said unto them, Exact no more
than that which is appointed you. 7. Then said he to the multitude that came 14. And the soldiers likewise demanded of forth to be baptized of him, O generation of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither wrath to come ?
accuse any falsely; and be content with your 8. Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of re wages. pentance, and begin not to say within your 15. And as the people were in expectation, selves, We have Abraham to our father : for I and all men mused in their hearts of John, whe: say unto you, That God is able of these stones ther he were the Christ, or not; 10 raise up children unto Abraham.
16. John answered, saying unto them all, I 9. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of indeed baptize you with water: but one mightier the tree : every tree therefore which bringeth than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you the fire.
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire : 10. And the people asked him, saying, What 17. Whose fan is in his band, and he will shall we do then ?
thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the 11. He answereth and saith unto them, He wheat into bis garner; but the chaff he will that bath two coats, let him in part to hire that / burn with fire unguenchable. hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do 18. And many other things in his exhortation likewise.
| preached he unto the people.
Whose son was John the Baptist? Chap. i. 5. 1 11. What answer did he give them? What What do we know of bis in fancy and boyhood ? | principle did he mean to teach them by such Chap. i. 59-63, 80. Where had he spent some advice? years of his mapbood ? How long did he remain 12. Who came next? Who were these? in the desert? What was John's mission ? Chap. 13. What did he say to them? Had these i. 76-79.
not done so before, likely ? Do the four Evangelists speak of his preach 14. What other class came now? How did ing unto Israel?
he advise them to do? VERSE 7. Whence did the multitude come? 15. Whom did the people now believe John Matt, iii. 5. What did he do, besides preach: to be, from the exalted doctrine he taught? Had jog, to such as became his disciples ? What the people been waiting for the Messiah ? did his baptism signify ? John i. 25-27. What 16. How does he compare himself with aid he call the people? What does this mean? | Christ? How does he contrast his Baptism Rev. xii. 9. What is meant by the wrath with Christ's ? to come?
17. To what does he compare the Jewish 8. On what virtue did John insist? How pation ? To what does he liken the good and were they to show their repentance ? Against i bad spirits among them? What does he mean what did he warn them not to depend on? Why by the fan. not? What nations were probably meant by '18. What more is said of John's Preaching? the stones
What was John's end ? 9. To what does he now compare the people ? Does the Preaching of the Gospel lead men To what does he liken God's judgments? What to Christ still? John i. 15-16. js meant by the axe lying at the root of trees ? What is the name of this Lord's Day? How What should occur to fruitless trees ?
long before Lent does this day stand? How 10. Had his preaching any effect on the peo- many days before Easter does this word ple? What did they ask?
1. Jerus, my Saviour and my Lord,
To Thee I lift mine eyes;
And make me truly wise.
Thy whole revealed will;
Thy love more clearly still.
3. Help me to read the Bible o'er
With ever new delight;
To seek Thee day and night.
And guide me all my days;
And Thou shalt have the praise.
REMARKS.-Somewhere in Hebron ship. He calls the nation a generation lay the home of Zacharias and Elisabeth, of vipers, by which he means a herd of the parents of the forerunner of Jesus. the old serpent, or Satan. By his question The son of a pure and worthy priest, — Who hath warned you ? he means to and of priestly descent on his mother's say, that their consciences have been side, as well as destined for the priestly smitten by the effect of his preaching on office himself, his parents early trained the masses round about. By the wrath him for the holy office. He became to come is meant the desolation and defamiliar with the history of his people, struction which was about to come upon the Law, and the Temple service. He, their nation, for their wickedness. Mal. doubtless, also enjoyed all the advantages iv. 6. of the schools of the Synagogues, to VERSE 8. Bring forth therefore fruits which pious Jews diligently sent their worthy of repentance, that is, change children. But though by birth, circum- your life, and thereby prove the sincerity stances, and early training greatly of your sorrow for the reigning wickedfavored, the young herald of Jesus must ness over the land. Only thus can the have felt his extraordinary position and judgment be averted. Do not trifle calling. Being under the vow of a with your convictions, and flatter yourNazarite, he caught the spirit of the selves by the thought that you are heroes of his race, such as Samson and descendants of Abraham, the friend of Samuel, who spent their time in solitude, God, and that you will on that account retirement and with God. We do not be spared the deserved punishment. know how soon certain pious desert col- God is able of these stones, which you onies rose. From St. Luke we learn that regard as symbols of the dead Gentiles, John spent years in the wilderness- I to raise up children, or a faithful seed, chap. i. 80.-"And the child grew, and unto himself. waxed strong in spirit, and was in the | VERSE 9. The trees represent the desert till the day of his showing unto individual Jews. The axe was a picture Israel.” The wilderness was a sacred of God's visitations, which were at the region to the Jews. Thence came the door--lying ready to be called into Law, the Tabernacle, and Worship. execution. A searching, probing season Thither holy souls had resorted, and by was at hand, when every fruitless tree self-denial in food and dress, by prayer was to be felled and burned in the fire and communion with God, made ready of judgment. for their mission. John came thence as VERSE 10. The people were terribly the prophet and preacher of the nation. moved by the sermon of the earnest His appearance arrested attention. His preacher. They cried aloud—“ What spare form, his upcut hair, his rough shall we do then, in order to escape these garmente, his strong voice and hearty times and punishments ?” Three classearnestness, all made him very like the es take it greatly to heart, and ask for ancient prophets-like Elijah the Tish- advice :bite, whom all expected to come in VERSES 10-14. The people-publicans advance of the Messiah. His introduc--the soldiers. The masses had been tion is recorded for us in the 3rd Chapter living a life of selfishness and covetousof St. Matthew, vs. 1-12.
ness. John would have them to order Notes.—VERSE 7. The multitude of their conduct on the principle of charity hearers was very great, and composed and love. They were to give and lend, of all classes of Jews, from Jerusalem, one to the other. Those having two and all Judea, and all the region round coats were to sbare with those having about Jordan. Matt. iii. 5. To be baptized none. And their meat, or food, as well of him. The habit of bathing or washing, as raiment, they were generously to has been familiar over the East from distribute among the poor. The publicans, the earliest ages, as a symbol, by wbica or tax-gatherers, who had been exacting spiritual heroes would teach the neces- and unjust in collecting the tribute, sity of cleansing the soul from sin, by were to take only as much as was orrepentance and a change of life. This dered. They were to discharge their symbol Johd adopted as a rite, by which official duties horestly and without he admitted all converts to his disciple- l unwarranted oppression. The soldiers