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CHAPTER XII.

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1. In what manner did our Lord now instruct the people ? A. He began to speak unto them by parables.

-v. 1. 2. Give some account of the parable of the vineyard, which was let out to husbandmen? A. Matt. xxi. 79 to 106 inclusive.-v. 2 to 11 inclusive.

3. What effect had our Lord's saying these things upon them ? A. Matt. xxi. 111 to 113.-v. 12.

4. What steps were now taken against him by his enemies ? A. They sent unto him certain of the Pharisees, and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.—v. 13.

5. What question did they ask our Lord ? A. Matt. xxii. 36–53 inclusive.—v. 14 to 17 inclusive.

other
persons

ask Lord a question ? A. Yes; the Sadducees. Matt. xxii. 54 to 67 inclusive.-v. 18 to 27 inclusive.

7. What other question was our Lord asked ? A. Matt. xxii. 72, 73.-v. 28.

8. What does he mean by Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord ? A. That the Mosaic Law (Deut. vi. 4.) inculcated there being but one God; but this does not oppose there being three persons united in the Godhead, as other parts of Scripture teach us.-v. 29.

9. What did Jesus say was the first or chief commandment? A. Matt. xxii. 74 to 79 inclusive.—v. 30, 31.

10. What did the Scribe now say to our Lord ? A. Well, Master, thou hast said the truth, for there is one God, and there is none other but he, and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and wiih all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.v. 32, 33.

11. When Jesus saw that he answered discreetly what did he say to him? A. Thou art not far from the kingdom of God, meaning that he was nearly in the same state of mind as would make him more fit to receive the truths of the Gospel, which does not attribute salvation to the performance of external ceremonies.

-V. 34. 12. Was our Lord asked any more questions? A. No

that were

man, after that, durst ask him any question. They feared lest the wisdom which he manifested in escaping the snares which they laid for him, would only increase his reputation with the people.

13. Did our Lord now ask the Pharisees any question ? A. Matt. xxii. 83 to 90 inclusive.-y. 35 to 37.

14. Did the people listen with attention to his instructions ? A. Yes; they heard him gladly.

15. Of whom did our Lord now tell them to beware ? A. Of the Scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the markets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts, which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers;

these shall receive greater damnation. Matt. xxiii. 10 to 13. 29, 30.-v. 38 to 40.

16. What circumstance is next recorded by St. Mark ? A. He sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury, and many

rich cast in much.

-V. 41. 17. Did our Lord make

any observation

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any individual cast in ? A. Yes ; There came a certain poor widow, and she threw in iwo mites, which make a farthing, and he called unto him his disciples and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury, for all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want, did cast in all that she had, even all her living. -v. 42 to 44.

18. What is here meant by the treasury ? A. The chest, which was placed in the temple to receive the gifts of the worshippers for repairs, charges for sacrifices, &c. Exod. xxx. 12, 13. 2 Kings xii. 9 to 11.

19. What may we learn from these observations of our Lord ? A. That Almighty God judges of men's actions not by outward appearances, but by their motives, and according to the personal sacrifice we make to carry them into effect. Thus the two mites given by the poor widow were more acceptable to Him than the larger offerings of the rich, which though great, subjected the giver to no personal inconvenience.

CHAPTER XIII.

1. As our Lord was leaving the temple did any of his disciples address him ? A. Matt. xxiv. 2 to 4.-v. 1 to 3.

2. As he sat upon the Mount of Olives, what question was he asked ? A. Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us when these things shall be, and what shall be the sign, when all these things shall be fulfilled. Matt. xxiv. 5 to 13 inclusive. -v. 3 to 8 inclusive.

3. What prophecy does he make respecting the treatment which his disciples would hereafter experience ? A. Matt. x. 29 to 35 inclusive.-v. 9 to 13 inclusive.

4. When were they that were in Judea to flee to the mountains ? A. Matt. xxiv. 26 to 45 inclusive.

-0. 14 to 22 inclusive.

5. Why does our Lord foretel all these things to his disciples ? A. That they might take heed, and be prepared for the various temptations and persecutions to which they would be afterwards exposed.—v. 23.

6. What does he say will happen after the tribulation in those days ? A. Matt. xxiv. 51 to 62 inclusive (except 53, 54.)–V. 24 to 31 inclusive.

7. What is meant by but of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father ? A. That the Father had retained to himself the knowledge of the precise time when these awful scenes would take place; no angel or man was acquainted with it, and it was one of those things of which the Son in his human capacity was ignorant, and was not permitted to reveal to mankind. The knowledge of our blessed Lord, as man, was not infinite. Luke ii. 52,-v.32.

8. What advice does our Lord give his disciples ? A. Matt. xxiv. 69, 70.-v. 33.

9. To whom does our Lord liken the Son of man? A. To a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, "and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.v. 34.

10. What does he mean by this ? A. That his disciples were placed in the same state of responsibility as to the

discharge of their duty, lest they may be called away when unprepared, as servants who had been intrusted by their master with the charge of their fellow servants, and were in momentary expectation of his return.

11. What does he tell his disciples to do? A. Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning, lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. v. 35, 36.

12. What particular hours of the night are here meant ? A. Matt. xxiv. 71, 72.

13. Does our Lord mean to confine this injunction of watching to his own particular disciples, whom he then addressed ? A. No; he says, what I say

unto
you,

I

say unto all, Watch; we must ail be ever in a state of preparation for the coming of our Lord; we know not how soon we may be called away.--v. 37.

CHAPTER XIV.

1. How many days after this was the feast of the passover ? A. Two.

.v.1. 2. Did any persons conspire against our blessed Lord ? A. Matt. xxvi. 4 to 101 inclusive, 108, 110 to 113.v. 2 to 50 inclusive.

3. Did the men who came to take our Lord attempt to seize on any other person ? A. Yes; there followed our Lord a certain young man having a linen cloth cast about his naked body, and the young men laid hold on him, and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.v. 51, 52.

4. Why is this circumstance recorded by St. Mark ? A. To show the extreme danger of appearing to be connected with our Lord at this time, of which the

young man seemed to be perfectly aware, and also to show how wonderfully the disciples were preserved from danger, being reserved for other purposes.

5. What did they do with our Blessed Lord ? 1. Matt. xxvi. 114 to 121 inclusive, 158. ---V. 53 to 57.

6. Why did they bring the charge concerning the destroying the temple against him ?. A. Because they knew that the people were particularly attached to their temple, and would most probably be greatly incensed at any thing being said which they imagined to be disrespectful to it.

7. Did these witnesses agree together? A. No; St. Matthew and St. Mark point out a most remarkable difference in what they said. The former states that the witnesses charged our Lord with saying, I am able to destroy this temple, &c. Matt. xxvi. v. 61, while St. Mark tells us that the witnesses accused him, saying, I will destroy, &c. These variations in their evidence were sufficient to show the falsehood and malicious perversion of their accusation, 58, 59.

8. What did the high priest now say? A. Matt. xxvi. 122 to 151 inclusive. -v. 60 to 72 inclusive

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CHAPTER XV.

1. At what time was our Lord taken? A. Matt. xxvii. 1 to 6, 18 to 25.-v. 1 to 6.

2. What remarkable prisoner was at that time in custody?

A. There was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.—v. 7.

3. What did the multitude say to Pilate ? A. Crying aloud, they began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.-v. 8. 4. What did Pilate answer ? A. Will ye, that I release

the King of the Jews ? * Matt. xxvii. 28, 29, 32. 35 to 38, 44 to 64.-v. 9 to 24.

5. At what hour did they crucify him ? A. At the third hour, or about nine o'clock in the morning.-v. 25.

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v. 68. St. Matthew does not mention the first time the cock crew.

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v. 34.

St. Matthew gives the words in the Hebrew exactly as they occur in the 22d Psalm, Matt. xxvii. 46. St. Mark gives them in the Syro-Chaldaic dialect, which was commonly used in the time of our Saviour.

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