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LITTLE CHILDREN ATTRACTED AND A YOUNG RULER REPELLED.
there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men ; and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. 2.-Little Children, and the Rich Young Ruler. St Matt. 19. 13-30; ST MARK 10. 13-31 ; ST LUKE 18. 15-30.
Peræa. Then there were brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray: but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them, and departed thence.
And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me good ? there is none good but One, that is, God ; but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto Him, Which ? Jesus said, Thou knowest the commandments : Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother, and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man, saith unto Him, Master, all these things have I kept from my youth up : what lack I yet? Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest : if thou wilt be perfect, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful : for he had great possessions.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, Jesus looked round about, and saith unto His disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
THE REWARD OF FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP.
kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved ? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God : for with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee ; what shall we have therefore ? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, and the Gospel's, shall receive an hundred-fold--now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions ; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
3.-A Parable, a Prediction, and a Request. ST MATT. 20. 1-28 ; ST MARK 10. 32-45 ; ST LUKE 18. 31-34.
Judæa—Jordan, near Jericho. For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and said unto them ; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever right I will give you. And they went their way. Again be went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour le went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard ; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was coine, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hirė, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more ; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour; and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden
THE REQUEST OF THE MOTHER OF ZEBEDEE'S CHILDREN.
and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong : didst not thou agree with me for a penny ? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own ? Is thine eye evil, because I am good ? So the last shall be first, and the first last : for many be called, but few chosen.
And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem : and Jesus went before them : and they were amazed ; and as they followed, they were afraid. And He took again the twelve disciples apart in the way, and began to tell them what things should happen unto Him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem ; and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. And the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the Scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him : and the third day He shall rise again. And they understood none of these things : and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
Then came to Him the inother of Zebedee's children with her sons, James and John, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him, saying, Master, we would that Thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And He said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto Hi Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with ? They say unto Him, We are able And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of ; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized : but to sit on My right hand and on My left band is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren, James and John. But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them ; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you : but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister : and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to vive His life a ransom for many.
BLIND BARTIMÆUS AND
JESUS OF NAZARETH PASSETH BY.”
4.-Two Blind Men Healed. ST MATT. 20. 29-34 ; ST MARK 10. 46-52 ; ST LUKE 18. 35—19. 1.
East and West of Jericho. And it came to pass, that as He was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace : but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto Him : and when he was come near, He asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight : thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God : and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimæus, the son of Timæus, sat by the highway-side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace : but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise ; He calleth thee,
And he, casting away his garments, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man. said unto Him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way ; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. 5.-Zacchæus brought to Jesus, and Parable of the
West of Jericho, And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus.
THE CALLING AND CONVERSION CF ZACCHÆUS.
who He was ; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him : for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make baste, and come down ; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That He was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaus stood, and said unto the Lord ; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor ; and if I
1 have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
And as they heard these things, He added and spake a parable, because He was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant : because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin : for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man : thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow : wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given;