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218 The Unbelief of the Jews. while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them?
The Unbelief of the Jews. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
? Matt. xxi. 1-11; 14–17. Mark xi. 1-11. Luke xix. 29–44. John xii. 12-36.
The barren Fig Tree. 219 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: wbatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak :. The barren Fig Tree. The Temple purged.
Now on the morrow in the morning as he returned from Bethany into the city, he hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off in the way having leaves, he came to it, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves only; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered, and said unto it, Let no fruit 220 The Temple purged. grow on thee henceforward for ever. And his disciples heard it. And presently the fig tree withered away.
3 John xii. 37-50.
And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overtbrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And be taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: and could not find what they might do: for they feared him, because all the people were very attentive to hear him, and were astonished at bis doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city.
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea ; and Christ's Discourse in the Temple. 221 sball not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses * Christ's Discourse with the Chief Priests,
Scribes, and Elders in the Temple. AND they come again to Jerusalem : and it came to pass, that as he was walking and taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders of the people, and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? and who is he that gave thee this authority to do these things? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? was it
Matt. xxi. 12, 13, 18-22. Mark xi. 12-26. Luke xix. 45-48.
222 Parable of the Two Sons. from heaven, or of men ? answer me. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? But if we shall say, Of men, we fear the people; and all the people will stone us: for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell whence it was. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
And he began to speak unto them by parables. Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vine