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path. Before he had done speaking, Rebekah comes down to the well, fulfils every token mentioned in his prayer, and says that she is of Abraham's “kindred.” O! let us, in all matters, beg for God's guidance, sincerely, humbly, fervently, that we receive the promise.
AFTERNOON LESSON. LUKE xvi. 19–31.-The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
QUESTIONS.—Verse 19. What was the condition of the man mentioned in this verse ?-V. 20. What was that of Lazarus ? Where was he laid ?-V. 21. What did he desire for his food?V. 22. What became of the beggar, after a time? and where was he taken after death? What do you mean by Abraham's bosom?-A place of rest and happiness with Abraham. Lazarus was poor; was he taken to heaven because he had been poor?—No. Why did he gain an entrance there ?-Because he was poor in spirit, and trusted in Christ his Saviour. (Matt. v. 3.)–V. 23. What became of the rich man after death? Was he sent to hell simply because he had been rich ?-No; but because he had trusted in his riches, (Mark x. 24.) and, laying up treasure for himself, had not been rich towards God. (Luke xii. 20, 21.) When in hell, whom did he see afar off ?-V. 24. What did he ask Abraham to do? What did he mean by this ?—That he might send Lazarus to give him ease. V. 25. What does Abraham say? If it was a just punishment on him, could be complain? (Lam. iii. 39.)—V. 26. What else does he say? If we continue careless, can we hope that others will be able to rescue us from hell ?-(See Ezek. xiv. 20.)—V. 27. If he could be delivered, what further does he wish Abraham to do ?-V. 28. Why was Lazarus to go to his father's house ?-V. 29. What does Abraham tell him? What did he mean by Moses and the prophets? -The word of God, the Scriptures. Are the Scriptures able to make us wise to salvation ? (2 Tim. iii. 15.)-V. 30. Did the rich man think one going to them from the dead would be more likely to convert them ?-V. 31. Was this so? If we do not attend to what the Bible says, is it likely that we shall to any thing else?
GLOSSARY.–V. 19. This was a parable, not a real occurrence, and brought forward by our Lord to reprove the covetous and worldly spirit of the Pharisees. (verse 14.)-V. 25. The rich man had received and thought only of enjoying his good things during his life-time, without a thought of God: it was a just punishment for this ungodly conduct that he now received his evil things, &c.
GENERAL REMARK.-Oh! the misery of wealth, without the love and fear of God. Oh! the blessedness of poverty, with them.
The rich man gives up his heart to enjoy this world, without looking
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
GENESIS xxiv. 29467.-Rebekah married to Isaac.
GLOSSARY.--V. 48. My master's brother's daughter ; properly, my master's brother's son's daughter. This illustrates what we said on Genesis xi. 29.-V. 53. Jewels, (margin,) vessels.–V. 53. A few days. It seems most probable, that as days are often put in Hebrew for years, this meant a full year, ten months.-V. 63. TO meditate, (margin,) to pray.
GENERAL REMARK.-Our first great duty is to pray and look out for the leadings of God's providence; our next, to follow them when they are given. Abraham's servant and Rebekah's parents are an instance of those who do this. He prays that God would direct him; and when the way is pointed out, he takes it; they, too, though we do not hear of their praying, take it when it appears to be divinely pointed out: “The thing proceedeth from the Lord," &c. This is to follow in the path of blessing.
LUKE xiv. 16—24.— The King's Great Supper.
QUESTIONS.-Verse 16. Who was speaking these words? What was the story he began to tell them? What was this parable in answer to ? (See verse 15.) What did Jesus mean to shew by it?That while they said, “Blessed,”' &c., they were themselves refusing to partake of this feast. Whom did Christ mean by a “certain man"?—God the Father inviting the world by Jesus Christ. What did he mean by the “great supper”?--The blessings which were offered to men by the Saviour. Whom by the many that he bade? The Jews, to whom the Gospel was first preached.-V.17. Whom did the King send to gather in the guests ? Whom may this mean? -Either his Son, who went about inviting men to come to him, or the disciples, who were appointed to do this.-V. 18. What did those who were bidden do? What was the excuse of the first?-V. 19. What of the second ?-V. 20. What of the third ? Were these good excuses ? Why not?-Because they were invited, and ought not to have let these matters interfere. Whom did these persons represent ?-The Jews, who, from some worthless excuse or other, refused to come to Christ for salvation ?-V. 21. When the servant told his master, what did he do? Whom was the servant to fetch in? Whom do these represent?-The poor in spirit, publicans and sinners, the weary and heavy laden. (See Matt. xi. 28. Luke xv. 1, 2. and vii. 34, 39.)-V. 22. When the servant had fetched these in, was there still room?
-V. 23. What was he now to do? Did not Christ and his disciples use every entreaty to persuade people to come and be saved ? (See Matt. xxii. 37.)--V. 24. Were the men who were bidden to be admitted to the supper? If we neglect Christ's salvation, can we expect to be admitted to its blessings ? What does Christ promise to those who receive him? (Rev. ii. 20.)
GLOSSARY.–V. 16. Bade many. (See Matt. xx. 16.)--V, 18. With one consent, with one accord, or as though they had determined among themselves to refuse.-V. 23. Compel, constrain. Use every endeavour to persuade them. It is the same word which is used. (Matt. xiv. 22.)
GENERAL REMARK.—Many are bidden to the Gospel-feast, the "feast of good things ;' but how few accept the invitation! They let earthly trifles keep them away from eternal life! The poor, the maimed, and the halt alone come in. Surely, the ingratitude and sin of those who turn away will reap its reward at last: “None of
&c. But happy will their condition be who enter in. “Blessed is he that shall eat,” &c. Among which of these two classes have we cast in our lot?
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
GENESIS Xxv. 27-34. and xxvi. 1-11.-The History of Isaac and
his Two Sons. QUESTIONS.—Verse 27. Who were these boys? Whose sons were they? What was Esau's occupation ? and Jacob's ?-V. 28. Which of his parents loved Isaac most ? and which Jacob ?–V. 29. What was Jacob doing when Esau came from the field? Was Esau tired ?-V. 30. What did he ask Jacob to let him have?-V. 31. On what condition was Jacob willing to let him eat?-V. 32. How did Esau consider it over ? Was it right to set lightly by his birthright? What were the blessings attached to the birthright ?-A double portion of the father's property, his choicest blessing, &c. V. 33. What did Jacob make him do? and did he sell his birthright? -V. 34. Did he care about it? What does St. Paul call him? (Heb. xii. 16.) What do you mean by “profane” ?-An irreligious person ; one who had no fear of God before his eyes. Does it shew that we are without the fear of God when we despise our privileges ? -xxvi. 1. What was there in the land at this time? Where did Isaac go ? Have we heard of Abimelech before, and whose friend was he? (xxi. 27.)-V. 2. Was he not to go down into Egypt? -V. 3. Why not?-V. 5. Why were all these blessings promised to him?_V. 7. Whom did the men of Gerar ask about? What did Isaac call her? Had he a wife? (xxiv. 67.)-What made him say she was his sister? Was it right?-V. 9. When Abimelech found it out, what reason did Isaac give of his conduet? Ought we, for any reason, to do what is wrong? Will God bless us if we do not tell the truth?
GLOSSARY.–V. 27. Esau, (Hebrew,) made. His appearance in infancy was like that of a full-grown man. Dwelling in tents, as a a shepherd, looking after flocks. Jacob, supplanter.–V.30. Edom, another name of Esau, called so from this circumstance: his descendants were hence called Edomites, and their country Idumea. -V. 34. Lentiles, a kind of pulse or beans. A traveller mentions pottage made of these lentiles, in Barbary, as being of a red or chocolate colour. It was considered in Egypt a great luxury.-xxvi. 1. Abimelech, probabably the son of the one mentioned before.–V. 7. Sister, or cousin as she was.
GENERAL REMARK.-Esau despised his birthright, and sold it “for one morsel of meat.” He shewed his unconcern for this privilege, which had been bestowed on him as the first-born, and his want of respect towards God, who had given it to him. This sin brought evil consequences on him afterwards. How many of us disregard our spiritual privileges, our religious advantages!
et us take heed lest this bring upon us God's displeasure, who has said that much shall be required of him that hath much.
LUKE xv. 1-10.-The parable of the sheep and the pieces of silver.
QUESTIONS.—Verse 1. Who were these that drew near to Christ? and what for? Who were the publicans ?—Persons who for a certain sum gathered the taxes which were paid to the Romans. Who were the sinners ?-Persons who had led wicked, profligate, and abandoned lives.-V. 2. What did the Pharisees and Scribes murmur at ? Were they inwardly better than these people? (Matt. xxiii. 25.) What did Christ receive these sinners and eat with them for?-In order that he might convert and bring them to repentance. -V.4. Relate this parable of Jesus. How many sheep had he lost? Would he leave all the rest, and go after the one? Would not this shew his great love for the lost ?-Vv. 5, 6. And when he had found it what would he do ?-V.7. Would there be, likewise, rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repenting? Would there be any that really do not need repentance ? But are there not some, such as these Pharisees, who fancy that they do not need it? Can we expect salvation, unless we repent ? (Luke xi. 3.)-V.8. Relate this next parable.-V. 9. When she had found the one piece, what would she do ?—V. 10. Would there be also joy in heaven over a returning sinner? Have we repented that they may rejoice over us ?