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They should contentedly eat what was set before them. 39 reft upon it: if not, it thall in the House, your Prayer for Peace and Prospe- Sect. 97. turn to you again. rity shall be answered, and mall rest upon it ; but
Luke X. 6. if not, it shall not be entirely lost, but all return upon you, and you shall be the better for those kind and friendly Sentiments, even tho' the Wishes
they dictate be not exactly answered.
one Hand, the common Labourer is worthy of his
in a Place.
9 And heal the Sick that before you : And I am sure I put it into your 9
when I commiffion you, as I do now, to heal the
to you by the Messiah.
and solemn Manner, Since you reject so gra- 11 II Even the very Duit cious and important a Message, we cannot but of your City, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off avaint confider you as rejected by God, and devoted to you ; not withstanding, be ye certain and inevitable Destruction ; we therefore
fure separate ourselves from all that belongs to you,
and wipe off from our Feet against you even the
(e) IVipe off the very Duft of your City, &:.] For the Import of this solemn Action, sce Sect. 74. Note , pag. 460. from whence it will appear, that Dr. Edwards's fingular In
The dreadful Case of those who would not receive them. S:27. 97. nevertheless, know this assuredly, that the Kingdom fure of this, that the King.
riin dom of God is coine nigh v of GOD is come near unto you, and in the Midi
unto you. Luke a. 11. of all the Calamities which are to befal you, let
your Consciences witness, that Mercy hath been 12 offered and refufed. And I lizy uito you, as I 12 But I say unto you, formerly did to your Brethren, that in ilat Day that it shall be more tolera.
ble in that Dav for Sodom, of the final Judgment it shall be more tolerable,
Hi than for that City. even for the accursed Inhabitants of Sodom itself,
than for that City, wheresoever it Thall be found. 13
Now while our Lord was thus mentioning to I3 Wo unto the, Chohis Seventy Disciples the wretched Case of those razin, Wo unto thee, Beth
faida ; for if the mighty that rejected the Gospel, he could not forhear re- Works had been done in fecting, that this was the Condition of some of Tyre and Sidon, which have those Cities, where he himself had made the most been done in you, they had frecvent Visits, and the longest Abode : He there. Tvino in Sariclon and
a great while ago repented, fore repeated the pathetick Lamentation he had Afhes. before iaken up for them (f), and said, On this Account Wce unto thee, ch thou obftinate Chorazin, Woe unto thee, ch thou incorrigible Bethsaida ; for if the Wonders which lave been wrought in you, Lait been done in Tyre and Sidon, degenerate as they were, they would have reported long since, fitting in Sackcloth, and lying down in Asbes, to expreis
the Depth of their Humiliation and Sorrow. 14 But tho' Vengeance has long since been executed 14 But it thall be more upon them, God will make manifest the Impar.!
tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the Judgment, thian for tiality of his Justice, and it shall be more tolerable you:
in the Day of his tremendous Judgment for Tyre 15 and Sidon, than for you. And thou, ob most 15 And thou, Capernaungrateful and rebellious Capernaum, who kall been um, which art exalted to
Heaven, ihale be thrust down distinguished from all the rest by my longest Re- to Helli, sidence in thee, so that thou hast (as it were) been lifted up to Heaven in that Respect, as well as in Magnificence and Wealth, fhalt be brought down even to Hell, and sunk into the deepest and
most terpretation, (Edw. on Script. Vol. ij. pag. 189, 193.) is not only foreign, but contruy to our Lord's Purpose. He strangely supposes it an Allufion to those Courts, where, as in what we call Pie-Powder (or Pieds poudres) Courts, Controversies were immediately de. cided, as it were before People could wipe the Dust off their Shoes.
(f) He repeated the patherick Lamentation, &c.) Considering the affectionate Temper of our Lord, it is no Wonder, that he should renew his Lamentations over those unhappy Places, where he had so intimately conversed ; and that he should do it in such Words as these, so well calculated to alarm, and impress, all that should hear, or read them. Oh that they might now have their due Weight with those, who might pass them over too Nightly, when they occurred before, from Mat. xi. 20,–24. (See Seel. 59. pag. 357,-359.) Oh that every impenitent Creature who reads them, might know that the Sentence of his own Condemna. tion is now before his Eyes !
Reflections on the Conduct that becomes Ministers. : 41
most irrecoverable Ruin, since thou hast heard Sect. 97..
my Gospel only to despise it. 16 He that heareth you, . And then turning to the Seventy Disciples, Luke X. 16. heareth me: and he that who still stood around him, he concluded his Indespiseth you, despiseth me: and he that despiseth me,
structions to them in these important Words, (to despiseth him that fent me. the same Purpose as he before had said to the
Apostles, Mat. x. 40. pag. 471.) He that heareth
I M P R O V E M E N T. Co unwilling was the Blessed Jesus, to give over his kind Attempts for Luke x. I.
Men's Salvation! He projected another Circuit thro' the Country, and sends forth other Messengers, more numerous than the former Company. He renews his Invitations to perishing Sinners, and his Lamentations over Ver. those, who had hitherto rejected the Counsel of GOD against themselves. (Luke vii. 30.) Thus let us love the Souls of Men ; thus let us use repeated Endeavours to deliver them; Endeavours, which would probably be much more successful than they are, if these wise and gracious Directions of Christ to his Ministers were more attentively observed, by those who are honoured with that important Office. · Let all such cast their Care upon GOD; let them go forth chearfully, Ver. 3, 4.
in a Dependance on his Protection and Favour ; let them carry about , with them Hearts full of Affection for the whole Human Race, seeking
and praying for the Peace of all around them; chearfully contenting them- Ver. 5. Jelves wit fucb Things as they have; (Heb. xiii. 5.) and neither pursuing Ver. 7, 8. the Grandeurs, nor the Delicacies of Life, with any eager Attachment."
Send forth, Ob Lord, such Labourers into thine Harvest; and animate Ver. 2. them to a becoming Zeal in their work, by a deep Sense of that dreadful Condemnation, which those will incur, who despising them, pour Contempt on their Divine Master, and bis Heavenly Father, in whose Name he was Ver. 16. fent! May God preserve our Country from that Guilt and Ruin! The Kingdom of GOD is come nigh unto us, and we are lifted up to Heaven by Ver. 11, our Privileges: May we not, after all, be cast down to Hell for the Abuse Ver. 15. of them ! but may Divine Grace make such a Way for the Gospel into our Hearts, that we may cordially receive all that faithfully proclaim it, and bid them welcome in the Name of the Lord! . . Vol. II.
His Brethren urge him to go up to the Feast of Tabernacles.
SE C T. XCVIII.
the Feast of Tabernacles, and pays fome Time after them.
John VII. 1.
a miraculously fed the Five thousand, walked Jesus walked in Gali. John VII. s. on the Sea to his Disciples, and discoursed within Tewry, because the Jews
lee; for he would not walk the Multitude concerning the Bread of Life (a), sought to kill him. Yesus for some Time walked, or travelled, as we before observed, in Galilee, and there instructed his Disciples; (see pag. 14.) for he would not then walk, or converse familiarly in Judea (b), because the Yews, and especially their Rulers, incensed by the growiug Fame of his Miracles, and the Freedom of his Discourses, sought an Opportunity to pay him, either by private Affaffination, tumultuous Affault, or legal Process.
And a very noted Feast of the Yews was then 2 Now the Jews Feast of near, which is called the Feast of Tabernacles: Tabernacles was at hand. instituted in Commemoration of their dwelling in Tents in the Wilderness, and celebrated in Booths erected for that Purpose, with great Solemnity and Joy. (See Lev. xxiii. 34, & feq.)
Therefore his Brethren, or near Kinsmen in 3 His Brethren therefore Galilee, said unto him, We would advise thee to said unto him, Depart hence, remove from bence, and go into Yudea, that thy ani
and go into Judea, that thy
Disciples also may see the Disciples also who are there, may, for the Confir- Works that thou doelt: mation of their Faith in thee, behold thy Miracles, and see the mighty Works which thou performest
(a) After these Things, &c.] Those that I have mentioned here, are the last, which had been recorded by John. See a more particular Account of them, Sect. 78,-82.
(6) He would not walk in Judea.] This may be an Intimation, either that he was not at Jerusalem the preceding Passover, or at least made no publick Appearance, or long Abode there. I am inclined to think, the former was the Cale. - Undoubtedly his Omision of a Journey thither, at some of the great Feafts, might be vindicated by his extraordinary Character, and those Intimations, he might have from his Heavenly Father, of being dispensed with, for Reasons not particularly known to us, who have no Concern with them. See Note (6), Sect. 83. Vol. i. pag. 516.
(6) That He at firft refuses, as his Time was not yet come : 43 · 4 For there is no Man here: For this Retirement seems not at all Sect. 98. that doth any Thing in se: to suit the great Pretensions thou art making to a w cret, and he himfelf seeketh to be known openly: If publick and extraordinary Character, as it is well Jonesho to thou do these Things,' thew known, that no Man will chuse to act any remarkthyself to the World. able Thing in Secret, that is himself defirous, like
thee, to be publickly known and talked of (6): If
from the Land of Israel, but from neighbouring
Trial of him, and in some measure to upbraid
the Melliah, whenever he should appear (d). .
to manifest myself, or to go up to Jerusalem, is come: but your Time is " alway ready.
not yet come; but your Time is always ready,
and such a Circumstance in your Case is com7 The World cannot paratively of very little Importance. You 7
hate have no Reason to fear any Injury, or Affault, as
(c) That is bimself desirous to be publickly known and talked of.) This seems to be a very invidious and groundless Infinuation, as if he was acted by oftentatious Views; the contrary to which appeared so evidently in the whole of his Conduct, that nothing but base Envy could suggest such a Charge.
(d) Neither did his Brethren believe in him, &c.] It is astonishing, that these near Relations of Christ, who must have had so many Opportunities of seeing the Glories, both of his Character, and Miracles, (which last they here expressly acknowledge,) should continue in Unbelief. But they unhappily laid it down as a first Principle, that the Meffiah must be a Temporal Prince; and finding this Mark of his Miffion wanting, and seeing (more strongly than others, not so intimately conversant with him, could do,) his Aversion to any such Scheme, they would yield to no other Proofs; and are, I fear, on the fatal Lift of those, who perihed, as Thousands now do, by opposing Hypothefis to Faci. See Dr. Sykes on the Truth of Christianity, pag. 128.