the old prophets was risen again. And Herod ! said, John have I beheaded : but who is this

of whom I hear such things ? and he desired to * see him. Here we find Herod, speaking like Herod : John have I beheaded; and contemning the idea of his having risen from the dead. He only adds—but who is this, of whom I hear such things ? let me see him. Jesus knew better than to come in his way voluntarily. And St. Luke informs us that when he was compelled to appear before him, he was treated with contemptä. The three evangelists agree that when this report was made to Jesus, by his disciples, he withdrew with them privately into a desert place. John says nothing about it. Matthew informs us, that when Jesus came from this retreat, he was joined by a great multitude out of the cities, healed their fick; and with five loaves, and two fith, he fully satisfied the hunger of about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Mark says above 5000. Luke does not record the miracle. John says five barley loaves and two small fish.) Add to this a miracle more extraordinary ; out of the remains, or with the fragments which rem mained, they filled twelve baskets. And yet this double miracle had not a proper effect even upon his disciples. St. Mark (who was no disciple) says, ch. vi. v. 52. “. For they considered not the min

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racle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened.'Chapter Verse But St. John (who was a disciple) tells us, ch. vi. v. 15. it had such an effect upon the multitude, that Jesus perceived they would take him by force, and make him a king, to avoid which, he withdrew himself into a mountain alone till night. St. Matthew, on the contrary, saysAnd straightway Fesus constrained his disciples to get xiv. 22 into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitude away. And when be had sent the multitude away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray. And when the evening was come, he was then alone. About the fourth watch of the ensuing night, he walked upon a very rough sea, to join his disciples in the ship; they, taking him for a spirit, cried out through fear. But upon his speaking to them, Peter was só much encouraged, that he requested permiffion to join him on the water. That being granted, he made the experiment, but was soon under the necessity of crying out for assistance. Jesus gave it him, saying-0 thou of little faith : wherefore didit thou doubt? When they came into the ship, the wind ceased, and they

that were in the ship came and worshipped him • saying Of a truth thou art the Son of God.' Mark, contrary to his usual custom, gives us a very different account of this matter; he says-a And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he (Jesus) alone on the


land. And he saw thein toiling and rowing : for the wind was contrary unto them. And about the fourth watch of the night, he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a fpirit, and cried out : for they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and faith unto them--Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship, and the wind ceased : and they were sore amazed in theinselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracles of the loaves, for their heart was hardened. Here nothing is mentioned of Peter's misadventure, which is, or perhaps is not extraordinary considering that Mark wrote under Peter's direction. The two evangelifts contradict each other in their account of the effect this miracle had upon those in the ship. One tells us, they worThipped him and said Of a truth thou art the Son of God. The other says—They were fore amazed beyond measure, and wondered, for their heart was hardened. That is, I apprehend, they supposed him to have been an evil spirit, while he continued in the ship, for Mark tells us

And when they were come out of the ship,

straightway they knew him. John's account of this matter, will perplex us still more; he tells us—And when even was now. come, his disci


ples went down unto the sea, and entered into Chapter Verse

a ship, and went over the sea towards Caper“ naum : and it was now dark, and Jesus was not

come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew ; so that when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and draw

ing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid : * But he faith unto them, It is I, be not afraid.

Then they willingly received him into the ship, and "immediately the ship was at the land whither

they went. Thus we find Matthew and John, who were both present, say not a word of their unbelief, or hardness of heart. John says nothing of Peter's misadventure, but he says it was dark when they had rowed twenty-five or thirty-furlongs where Jesus came to them. Matthew and Mark say—the ship was in the midst of the sea, and Jesus alone, says the latter, on the land : from whence (notwithstanding John's darkness) he saw them toiling and rowing. From Luke. we can derive no information, to determine these discordant accounts of a very extraordinary miracle, he says not a word about the matter. Therefore we will proceed with St. Matthew's history And when xiv. 34 ' they were gone over (the sea) they came into

the land of Gennezaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent ' out into all that country round about, and ' brought unto him all that were diseased, and

... befought



Chapter Verfe befought him, that they might only touch the xiv 36' hem of his garment : and as many as touched

were made perfectly whole.' Mark gives near. ly the same account. Luke and John none. But the latter tells us, that the people left on the first Thore missing Jesus the next day took shipping and followed him to Capernaum. Having found

him on the other side of the sea, they said - Rab25 bi, when camest thou hither? He, in reply tells

them they followed him, not because they had seen the miracles, but because they had been fed : advises them not to labour for perishable bread,

but for that which endureth unto everlasting life, 27 ' which the Son of Man shall give unto you:

for him hath God the Father sealed.' They ask 28 him—What shall we do, that we might work the 29 works of God ? He replied. This is the work of

God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They very properly rejoined—What fign Thewest

thou then, that we may see and believe thee ?

What doft thou work ? adding Our fathers did 31 eat manna in the desert : as it is written- He

gave them bread from Heaven to eat.' Upon 32 which Jesus said to them-Verily, verily I say

unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from Heaven: but my Father giveth you the true bread from Heaven. For the bread of God is he which coineth down from Heaven and giveth

life unto the world. Then said they unto him 34 Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus


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