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MATTHEW vi. 18–24. 18 head, and wash thy face; that thou-appear not unto men to-fast, but unto thy Father
which is in secret : and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall-reward thee openly. 19 Lay-not.-up for-yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth-corrupt 20 adavicer, and where thieves break-through and steal: but lay-up for yourselves trea
sures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth-corrupt, and where thieves do-not21 break-through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will-' your heart.-be also. 22 The light luxvos of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single árdous, thy 23 whole body shall-be full-of-light dwtecvov. But if thine eye be evil ovnpos, thy
whole body shall be full-of-darkness OKOTELOV. If therefore the light that is in thee be 24 darkness, how-great is that darkness! No-man can serve two masters : for either he
will-hate the one, and love the other; or-else he-will-hold-to the-one, and despise the
21. The be body shall.bat is love th
THE PATH OF THE JUST IS AS THE SHINING LIGHT, THAT SHINETH MORE AND MORE UNTO THE PERFECT DAY.-Prov. iv. 18.
THE WAY OF THE WICKED 18 A8 DARKNESS: THEY KNOW NOT AT WHAT THEY STUMBLE. -Prov. iv. 19.
NOTES. 19. Treasures, &c. Their treasures consisted much &c. The third the application: If therefore the in changes of raiment; in beautiful and richly-orna- light (or what should be so) within thee be darkness, inented articles of apparel-see Gen, xlv. 22, here Jo- how great must be that darkness !'] seph gave to his brethren changes of ruiment; and Jos. vii. 21, Aehan coveted and secreted a goodly Bo
-Thy...body shall be full of light. All that is needfal bylonish garment; see also Ju. xiv. 12, 'And Samson
to direet the body is that the eye be fixed right. So said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto
all that is needful to direct the soul and the conduct
| is that the eye of faith be fixed on Christ. you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the
A seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give
man crossing a stream on a log, if he will look you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments.'
garments across at some object steadily, will be in little danger. This fact will account for the use of the word moth.
| If he looks down on the dashing and rolling waters,
he will become giddy. 22 The light of the body is the eye; ☺ therefore 23. If therefore the light that is in thee, sc. If therethine eye be single, &c. Here is an apt comparison, fore the maxims you lay down for yourselves are in which the duty of fixing the attention on heavenly I wrong, how very erroneous must your conduct be! things is illustrated by reference to the case of the Avarice darkens the mind, obscures the view, and eye in the body: As the natural eye, when healthy, brings in a gloomy night over all the faculties. regulates the motions of the body, so does the mental
24. Mammon. A Syriac word for riches, which our eye direct the soul.'
Lord beautifully represents as a person, whom the (It has been well observed by Olearius, that the folly of men had deified whole passage is adagial; of which the first part (Dr. Castel deduces these words from the Heforms the adage itself: The ese is the light of the brew OX aman, to trust, confide; because men are body. The second supplies the deduction, by con- apt to trust in riches. Mammon may, therefore, be sequence: If then thine eye be healthy and clear, considered anything earthly in which a man confides.]
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 2 ver. Let us look simply to God for direc-l pect that we can please God whilst we are looking tion, support, motive, and reward; we may not ex- for these from the world.
LAY HOLD OX ETERNAL LIFE.-1 Tim. vi. 12.
LET THINE EYES LOOK RIGHT ON, AND LET THINE EYELIDS LOOK STRAIGHT BEFORE THEE.-Prov. iv. 25.
MATTHEW vi. 25–32. 25 other. Ye-can not serve God and mammon. Therefore dia TOUTO I-say unto-you,
Take-noi-thought for-your life, what ye-shall-eat, or what ye-shall-drink ; nor-yet for
your body, what ye-shall-put-on. Is not the life more than-meat, and the body than26 raiment? Behold fußlevate the fowls of the air ovpavov: for they-sow not, neither do
they-reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are-'ye not 27 much.-better diapepete than-they? Which of you by-taking-thought can add one cubit 28 unto his stature ? And why take-ye-thought for raiment ? Consider karauattere the 29 lilies of the field, how they-grow; they-toil not, neither do-they-spin: and-yet I-say
unto-you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not.-arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which-to-day is, and to-morrow is-cast 31 into the-oven, shall he not much more clothe you, 0-ye-of-little-faith? Therefore take
no-thought, saying, What shall-we-eat? or, What shall-we-drink? or, Wherewithal 32 shall-we-be-clothed? (For after all these things-do'-the Gentiles.-seek :) for your
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 25. take no thought, &c.-'the LORD was with Jo- for the life, ver. 26, 7-and now he speaks of clothing seph, and he was a prosperous man;' ...'the LORD for the body, ver. 28-30. made all that he did to prosper in his hand,' Ge. 29. Solomon-king Solomon exceeded all the xxxix. 2, 3 and although he was wrongfully cast kings of
kinge of the earth for riches and for wisdom,' I ki. into prison, 'the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed
X. 23— see the queen of Sheba's testimony, ver. I-10 him mercy :' and he prospered, ver. 21--3-and the
-Solomon, whose name means peace-maker, was but Lord not only fed him, but gave him the power of
a type of the children of God, referred to Mt. v. 9, p. feeding all Egypt, and the countries around, xll. 56, 7.1121the sons of the true David referred to, Ps. lxxxix.
is not the life more than meat_I am fearfully and 27-37-see p. (50). wonderfully made, &c., Ps. cxxxix. 14-.6-see p. 30. the grass-see Ps. xe. 58% in the morning it (82) we are simply to do what is right, and leave flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut the result with Him-'commit thy way unto the down, and withereth,' ver. 6-see the cause of our LORD: trust also in him; and he shall bring it to nakedness: "Thou hast set our iniquities before pass.' Ps. Xxxvii. 5- cast thy burden upon the LORD, thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance,' and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the ver. &as to the clothing: Let the beauty of the righteous to be moved,' lv. 22 commit thy works LORD our God be upon us,' ver. 17-comp. with Ph. unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be esta- i iii.-at his coming in his kingdom, our Lord Jesus blished. Pr. xvi. 3_ be careful for nothing: but in Christ'shall change our vile body, that it may be everything by prayer and supplication with thanks-fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to piving let your requests be made known unto God,' the working whereby he is able even to subdue all Ph.iv. 6-see Lu. xii. 22, .3, 63-see on ver. 19, p. 134. things unto himself,' ver. 20, .1.
26. behold the fowls-provideth for the raven his 31. take no thought-casting all your care upon food.' Job xxxviii. 41_the fowls of the heaven,' &c. him ; for he careth for you,' I Pe. v. 7-see before. - these wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give'what ye shall eat,' ver. 25, .6-'wherewithal be them their meat in due season,' Ps. civ. 12, 27-Con clothed,' ver. 28–30. sider the ravens, ... how much more are ye better 1 32. the Gentiles, &c.--the disciples of Jesus, liko than the fowls ?'' Lu. xii. 24, &c., 63.
ancient Israel, are called to be a peculiar people, to 27. cubit unto his stature-'Lord, make me to know
shew forth his praise, 2 Co. vi. 14.8; I Pe. ii. 9 mine end, and the measure of my days' ....be
to whom the example of the heathen is presented for
warning, and not for imitation: learn not the way hold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth'
of the heathen,' &c., Je. x. 2-see their foolishness, .... 'surely they are disquieted in vain,' Ps. xxxix.
and the wisdom of choosing the portion of Jacos, 4-6-see p. (111).
Ver. 3-16—see the evil of conformity to the ways of 28. raiment our Lord had spoken of sustenance the Gentiles, Nu. xxv. 1-9.
NOTES. Is not the life more than meat, &c. Of riches Henry seems, they heated their ovens with withered ones, somewhere says, the trouble of getting them, the ver. 28, 30. The white lily is, probably, here alluded care of keeping them, and the fear of losing them, to, as the eastern princes were often clothed in white takes away all the pleasure of using them.' Men can robes; and Josephus states, that Solomon was usutrust God with their soul, but scarcely do so with ally clothed in white. We are, however, told, that their body! but surely He who so wondrously formed the white lily is not known in Palestine: and that the body, contrived its curious mechanism, and set it the fields of the Levant are overrun with a species of in motion. is able to provide for its sustenance in his lily whose golden flowers in autumn afford one of the own appointed service.
most brilliant and gorgeous objects in nature. 26. Behold the fouls. From the power thus mani.
29. Even Solomon in all his glory, fc. Glory is taken fested in providing for the wants of the physical cre
for worldly splendour and magnificence, which make
kings glorious before men. Thus riches, authority, ation, we may argue as to the power he is willing to put forth in support of his moral government.
sumptuous buildings and garments, which men are
ready to praise, are called in Scripture, glory-see 27. One cubit. The cubit was originally the length Ps. xlix. 16. from the elbow to the end of the middle finger. The 30. So clothe. aupuvyvory, expresses the putting cubit of the Scriptures is not far from twenty-two on a complete dress, covering all sides.' inches. Terms of length are often applied to life;
The grass. Let reason judge, if He who has done and it is thought by many to be so here.See • Scripture Illustrations.'
so much to beautify insensate matter, may not be
expected to provide sufficient covering for his own 28. Consider the lilies. Lilies are very high flowers, obedient children. and many spring from one root : they are no less Cast into the oven. Dr. Shaw tells us, that the fragrant, comely, and medicinal, especially the roots chief consumption of fuel in Arabia and Judæa is for of white lilies. Tournefort mentions forty-six kinds their ovens, which they heat with grass, rosemary, of lilies. Lilies were so plentiful in Canaan, that, it myrrh, and other plants.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 2530 ver. God, who hath given life, is able to hath promised to provide covering for his obedient support the life he hath giren. He whose matchless children. Let us trust in him, being simply desirous wisdom formed the human frame can surely clothe to do his will, leaving the result to his infinite wisthe body with raiment. He who feeds the fowls of dom and almighty power; so will the cause of all the air can provide food for his servants. He who I goodness not fail to produce good for us. clothes the lilies of the field is the same God who REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE.--Luke xvii. 32.
WISE MEN LAY UP KNOWLEDGE: BUT THE MOUTH OF THE FOOLISH IS NEAR DESTRUCTION.-Prov. X. 14.
MATTHEW vi. 93, .4. 33 heavenly Father knoweth that ye-have-need of-all these things. But seek-ye first the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these-things shall-be-added unto-you. 34 Take-therefore no-thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall-take-thought for-the
things of-itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
THE LORD WILL NOT SUFFER THE SOUL OF THE RIGHTEOUS TO FAMISH:
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. Father knorreth-Like as a father pitieth,'&e., Ps. a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth I ciii. 13, see p. (30)
his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be 33. seek ye first, $c.- If ye then be risen with
satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and Christ, seek those things which are above, where
heapeth unto him all people: 6, shall not all these Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your
take up a parable against him, and a taunting proaffection on things above, not on things on the earth.
verb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in
that which is not his ! how long ? and to him that God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
ladeth himself with thick clay! 7, Shall they not then shall ye also appear with him in glory,' Col. iii.
rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake 14;1 Th. i. 9 10.
that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties
unto them? 8, Because thou hast spoiled many his righteousness--the righteousness of the king nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil dom must be sought, ere its peace can be enjoyed: thee: because of men's blood, and for the violence of 'first being by interpretation King of righteousness, the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of 9. Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness peace,' He vii. 2 see the preceding darkness of un- to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that righteousness described, Is. lix. 1-15—see p. (97)-1 he may be delivered from the power of evil I 10, Thou the cutting off in righteousness, &c., ver. 16-21-the | hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off peace and prosperity, ch. lx.-see p. (26) when the many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11, people shall be all righteous, ver. 21-the foundation For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam of all that temporal as well as spiritual blessing to out of the timber shall answer it. be in righteousness, ch. liv. 14 see p. (89) and 12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord,' ver. 17. I and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 13, Behold, ...
not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour 34. sufficientthe time past of our life may sufnice
in the very fire, and the people shall weary themus to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,' I Pe.
selves for very vanity? 14. For the earth shall be iv. 3.
filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, the evil thereof_Go to now, ye that say, To day or as the waters cover the sea. to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue 15, Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink. there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain'...all that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunksuch rejoicing is evil,' Ja. iv. 136 see the mur en also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16. derous tendency of this evil deseribed, Hab. ii. 4-13 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou it will be put to shame, when the earth shall be filled also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the the LORD's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and waters cover the sea,' ver. 6, 14.
shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 17, For
the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the HABAKKUK II. I will stand upon my watch, and spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am city, and of all that dwell therein. reproved. 2, And the LORD answered me, and said, 18, What profiteth the graven image that the maker Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that thereof hath graven it ; the molten image, and a he may run that readeth it. 3, For the vision is yet teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, therein, to make dumb idols? 19, Woe unto him and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, will surely come, it will not tarry. 4, Behold, his Arise, it shall teach ! Behold, it is laid over with soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the just shall live by his faith.
midst of it. 20, But the LORD is in his holy temple : 5, Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is let all the earth keep silence before him.
BUT HE CASTETH AWAY THE SUBSTANCE OF THE WICKED.-Prov. x. 3.
NOTES. 32. Your heavenly Father knoroeth. It is unbe. And his righteousness. It seems most natural to coming the child of God to be anxious, as if he had interpret this of that way of becoming righteous no heavenly Father to care for him.
which the gospel proposes, called by St. Paul the 33. Seek ve first, se. Anxiety about the things of righteousness of God, Ph. iii. 9, “And be found in this life is unbecoming us, not only as being wit
him, not having mine our righteousness, which is of nesses for God among the nations, and as having the
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, Almighty to care for us, but also is unbecoming
the righteousness schich is of God by faith.' - As it is us as expectants of the kingdom.
a sin to divide grace from glory, and to seek the one The kingdom of God.-See & 7, p. 50, 'Note,' Mt. iii.
without the other; so it is also a sin to look first for 2, 'Kingdom of heaven;' also, Jno. iii. 3, § 12, p. 83.
| happiness, and then after holiness.'
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 131-4 der. It is unbecoming the sons of God to selves and others an interest in the kingdom, and, be anxious for the present life, as if they knew not therewith, a preparation in ourselves and them for God-the Omniscient, the Almighty, our Father in that kingdom, by the possession of righteousness; heaven. Let our first aim be the securing for our and what else is needed the Lord will add.]
END OF LESSON XX. PART 1.*
# This Lesson XX., in the System of Graduated Simultaneous Instruction,' in the first, second, and third grades, embraces Matt. ch. vi. and vil. The classes of the first, second, and third grades must therefore recapitulate the lesson, and be examined in the preceding lessons, on the second sabbath, by the teachers.
THE BLESSING OF THE LORD, IT MAKETH RICH.-Prov. x. 22.
IT IS GOD'S PREROGATIVE TO TRY THE HEART, AND WE MUST NOT USURP HIS THRONE.
SECTION 19.—THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT-(continued.)
MATTHEW, chap. vii.
RECAPITULATION AND ANALYSIS. In the first part of the Sermon on the Mount, ch. v. in by the strait gate : so looking to God for all we ver. 3—12, we were shewn the blessedness of those need; to our neighbour, as to one who is to rewhose life is hid with Christ in God.
ceive from us favour; and to ourselves, that we be In the second, ver. 13– 6, the manifestation of this
ready to part with every encumbrance, we shall give life, in our being made after the likeness of Him, who
| liberally to others, rather than take from them unis our Light and our Salvation.
justly. In the.third, ver. 17-20, we were warned not to think
IX. In the ninth portion, ver. 15-20, we are shewn, lightly of the Ground of this life: it is Christ himself, that not only is it our duty to avoid bearing false wit. the Fulfiller of all righteousness, according as God
ness ourselves, but to discourage it in others; and had before declared in Old Testament type and pro
especially are we to beware of false prophets, of those phecy. There is no other Name given under heaven
who speak falsely in the name of God. And equally whereby we must be saved, than that of the Lord our
are we to be careful not to neglect the words of the Righteousness
true prophet. Neither are we to say that it is im
possible to discern the true prophet from the false. In the fourth, ver. 21-48, we were taught that per
This would be to contradict Him who is emphatically fect grace and truth which the Son of God alone can the TRUE WITNESS, for he hath said, “By their fruits teach, and which the Mediator of the New Covenant ye shall know them. They who say, and yet do does teach to all who enter into his rest; all who, I not the truth, are warned, that however they may obthrough his redeeming love, are enabled to look up tain place in the church upon earth, they will fail of Iz unto God as their Father.
an entrance into the kingdom of heaven. However In the fifth, ch. vi. ver. 1-18, we were instructed as men may deceive their fellow men, or even themto the manner in which the Father of our spirits is selves, true witness will be borne of them in the by us to be honoured, especially in those exercises judgment. that more immediately belong to his worship.
X. The tenth and last portion, ver. 21-7, teaches the In the sixth, ver. 1934, we were shewn how the life danger of making our own use of the words of Scripwe live in God is to be maintained the excellency of ture, and thus of building upon our own opinions, or a simple trust in God is pointed out: this we are to others' interpretations, in place of building upon have, not only as to spiritual matters, but also as to Christ the Rock, of whom the Scriptures testify. the things belonging to the natural life: worldly Covetousness is the cause of that perversion of the mindedness, either as to object or means, destroys
words of God; men wish to have, in some respect, ** the spiritual life.
the kingdom, the power, or the glory to themselves,
without ascribing all to God, and without being VII. We now come to the seventh portion of our
entirely devoted to his service, in all good-will to lo Lord's discourse, ch. vii. ver. 146, which warns against man: 'they thug enter into temptation, and are spiritual uncleanness-the interposing mere human
by the evil one led to wrest the Scriptures to their will in place of the Divine, in the government of the
own wishes, which is, to their own destruction. In Lord's people--the seeking to have others conformed
order that we be safe for time and for eternity, we to our darkness, in place of being brought into God's
must beware of covetousness, and most earnestly . LIGHT-the exercising upon them our own evil pas
seek to have no wish but according to the will of God, sions, in place of seeking that they may be presented,
and so be willing to be saved by free grace anto perholy and without blame before him in love;'or, on the
fect holiness of heart and of life. We must be careother hand, the prostituting that which is holy to
ful to build not only with good materials, but upon
Pul those who are as natural brute beasts, so that waste
the One Sure Foundation. It is He alone that can and defilement are brought into the house of God.
effectually teach us the great commandment like Z VIII. In the eighth portion, ver. 7-14, we are taught unto the first, Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyhow to avoid a breach of the 8th commandment, Thou self.' Early was the falling away, in consequence of shalt not steal.' What we need we are to ask of God, building upon the many or the great, in place of restin the assurance that he will give what is good. The ing simply in TRE FAITHFUL AND THE TRUE.' Every good things we are to prize are the gifts of God; and system built upon mere human opinion or support the being by his Holy Spirit enabled to learn from the must ultimately fall; nay, it may be expected that Law and the Prophets the golden rule of doing to every refuge of lies will be undermined and swept others the things that we would they should do unto away amid the storms that have already begun to us; and we are also to exercise self-denial, as entering | sweep around us.
ch. vii. 1,2 Judge not, that ye-be-. not.-judged. For with what judgment ye-judge, yeshall-be-judged : and with what measure ye mete, it-shall-be-measured-to-you-again.
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. Ch. vii. 1. judge not, that ye be not judged similar froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury,'2 Sa. xxii. words, Lu. vi. 37, S 27, p. 200.the Lord called for one, 26, .7-see the judging of the Assyrian : Am I now who was himself without sin, to judge the adulteress, come up without the LORD against this land to deJno. viii. 7, § 55 We shall all stand before the judge stroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this ment seat of Christ... Let us not therefore judge one land, and destroy it,' Is. Xxxvi. 10and the judgment another any more,' Rom. xiv. 10, .3.
upon him: Then the angel of the LORD went forth, 2. with what judgment, fc.- see the case of Adoni and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred bezek_But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued and fourscore and five thousand : and when they after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs
arose early in the morning, behold, they were all and his great toes. And Adoni-bezek said, Three
dead corpses,' Is. xxxvii. 36.&_and the degradation score and ten kings, having their thumbs and their
and diminishing of Egypt: Eze. xxix. 15.which great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: bad sought to degrade and diminish Israel, Ex. i. as I have done, so God hath requited me,' Ju. i. 6, 7
13.6% He shall have judgment without mercy, that - see David's psalm of thanksgiving: With the mer. hath shewed no mercy,' Ja. 11. 13% He that lead. ciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the leth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With | killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.' the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure: and with the Rev. X111. 10.
NOTES. 2. With what judgment, &c. This was a proverb i will judge us. The Christian should be more enamong the Jews. It refers no less to the way in which gaged in searching his own heart, than in censuring men will deal with us, than to the rule by which God others.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. vii. 1, 2, ver. When we take the place of judge, let ment seat of Christ, and let us deal mercifully with us recollect that we ourselves are before the judg- others, as we expect to be mercifully dealt with of God.
THE MORE PROSPERITY A MAN ENJOYS, THE MORE HUMILITY GOD ENJOINS.
TO SUBVERT A MAN IN HIS CAUSE, THE LORD APPROVETH NOT.-Lam. iii. 36.
THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF IMPOTENCE IS THE ONLY TREE UPON WHICH THE LORD ENG RAFTS DIVINR ASSISTANCE.
MATTHEW vii. 3–8. 3 And why beholdest-thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest KataVOELS 4 not the beam that is in thine-own eye? Or how wilt-thou-say to thy brother, Let-me pull
out apes exBalw the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine-own eye? 5 Thou-hypocrite, first cast-out the beam out of thine-own eye; and then shalt-thou-see
clearly diableves to-cast-out the mote out-of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which-is-holy unto the dogs, neither cast-ye your pearls before swine,
lest they-trample them under their feet, and turn-again and-rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall-be-given you; seek, and ye-shall-find; knock, and it shall-be-opened 8 unto-you: for every one that-asketh receiveth; and he that-seeketh findeth ; and to
SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. 3. why beholdest thou the mote, &c. Behold, thou Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them art called a Jew,'... and art confident that thou thy- that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but self art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are even their mind and conscience is defiled,' Tit. i. 15 in darkness, thou therefore which teachest another, the Christian teacher is rightly to divide the 'word teachest thou not thyself?' &e., Rom, ii. 17, 9, 21. of truth,' 2 Ti. ii. 15, .6.
considerest-Stand in awe, and sin not: com rend you-see the fearful rending by the evil beasts, mune with your own heart upon your bed, and be who got into the professing church, Rev. xiii. 7, 15still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, .7-and the rending of the adulteress, by the horns and put your trust in the Lord,' Ps. iv. 4,5– Breth of the beast that carried her, ch. xvii. 16. ren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
7. ask, fo.see ver. 9-11, p. 139– If his son ask spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meek
bread, will he give him a stone ?' ver. 9. ness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted,' Ga. vi. I.
seek, &c.- see ver. 12, p. 139, for the golden rule,
which is to be found in wbat God hath given us to 5. first cast out, $c.-God takes time to prepare the
search: Search the scriptures,' Jno v. 39, $ 23, p. 180. Instruments he intends to make use of in the delivering of others-40 Moses, Ex. ii. 11-25; iii. &e.—50
knock, &c.-see ver. 13, .4, p. 139, as to the gate at Israel in the wilderness, De. viii. 26-80 are the
which an entrance is to be sought, Jno. x. 9, § 55; people who are to be employed as the Lord's wit
xiv. 6, § 87-the same words, Lu. xi. 9, $ 62. nesses to the nations, to be convinced of their own 8. for every one that asketh, &c.-'Ho, every one blindness, Is. xliii. 7--12--see p. (27)—and sinfulness, that thirsteth,' &c., Is. lv. I, p. (55)-we are not to go ver. 224-and the Lord's forgiveness, ver. 25, -6- to a limited source, where all comers, and that at all and the folly of creature dependence, ver. 27, 8 times, cannot be supplied : Bebold, I am against the Having obtained his Holy Spirit, xliv. 3, p. --and prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every had the Lord's name put upon them, ser. 5—then one from his neighbour,' Je. xxiii. 30— If any of you they shall truly be witnesses for God, ver. 6–8 lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all comp. Rev. xiv. p. (37)-50 Jesus commanded his dis men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be ciples to wait in Jerusalem, until they were baptized, given him,' Ja. i. 5, 6-Solomon, when bid to ask Ac. i. 4, 5, 8, $ 98.
what he would have of God, 2 Ch. i. 7, made his re6. dogs, fc. L'ignorant, dumb dogs,' Is. Ivi. 10 quest for wisdom and knowledge to guide him in the greedy dogs which can never have enough,' ver. 11
duties of his office, ver. 10—and God gave him what grievous wolves .... not sparing the flock,' Ac. xx.
he asked, and unequalled riches, wealth, and honour 29_Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware
beside, ver. 11, .2-God, in faithfulness to his proof the concision,' Ph. iii. 2; Jas. iii. 6-8.
mise of saving us from our sins, may sometimes re
fuse us what we ask, Ja. iv. 3—the way to be prepared neither cast ye your pearls, &c. - Speak not
for an unlimited supply, is the being cleansed from in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom
all our filthiness, and having a simple and enof thy words,' Pr. Ixiii. 9 We speak wisdom among
tire trust in Jesus, Jno. xiii. 8, § 87; xiv. 12-.4, them that are perfect :'-'the wisdom of God in a Is
şib. - Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my mystery, even the hidden wisdom,' I Co. ii. 6, 7.
naine, he will give it you,' xvi. 237, 9 87-ask that swine--men of a grovelling nature, whose god is ye may be able to comprehend with all saints what their belly, and whose_glory is in their shame, who is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; mind earthly things,' Ph. iii. 19_sensual,' Ja. iii. 15 and to know the love of Christ... that ye might be -The precious things of God are withheld from such, filled with all the fulness of God ''Now unto him for the words of the LORD are pure words:' .... that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all *tbou shalt keep them, O LORD, ihou shalt preserve that we ask or think, according to the power that them from this generation for ever,' Ps. xii. 6, 7- I worketh in us,' &c., Ep. iii. 14-21.
NOTES. 3. The more. The word káppos, which we render | far from exhibiting the graces which adorn the mote, signifies a little splinter of wood, and thus with gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, will, if given the great propriety is opposed to dokov, a large beam outward privileges proper to the children of God, only
use them, and rend the body of Christ. The beam. Aokov, a beam or rafter ; used figuratively in this place to signify a great faull, or some
1 7. Knock. Implies faith, constancy, importunity. thing which blocks out the light, as did the Jewish 8. Bvery one that asketh receiveth. That is, every trust in the flesh, and in carnal ordinances.
one that asks aright, that prays in faith, and in sub
mission to the will of God. Paul asked that the 16. Unto the dogs. By dogs and suine are meant re- thorn in his flesh might be removed. God did not spectively the brutal and ferocious, and the gross and literally grant the request, but told him that his licentious; those brutal and sensual persons, who, I grace should be sufficient for him, 2 Co. xii, 7–9.
PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. 3 ver. Let us first know our own darkness, before, veral conditions. The dogs must not be given that we severely scrutinize the faults of others. Let us which is holy, nor must pearls be cast beneath the be careful lest the imperfections in our own power of filthy feet of swine. The most precious gifts of the vision prevent us from seeing excellence in others, Spirit, which delight and adorn the true child of and dispose us to see faults where they do not exist. God, would be but despised and degraded as being
4.5 ver. Let us not be in too great haste to effect forced upon the carnally minded.] relorm in others, lest we do more harm than good;
7, 8 ver. How large is the promise, but first having known our own evil, and how it can
Ask, and it be eradicated, let us then allow others to have the
shall be given you l'How widely extended the invitabenefit of our experience. Let the divine precept be
tion, For every one that asketh receiveth ''Let us
ask wisdom, seek opportunities of separating onr. illustrated in our own example. God takes time to a work, and his instruments must be carefully prepared.]
selves unto his glory in the good of men; and, having
asked and found entrance by Him who is the door, f6 ver. In endeavouring to benefit others, let us ob let us, by the manifestation of his grace, knock paserve the order which becomes the house of God, tiently at the hearts of others as God hath given us giving to each that which is appropriate to their se- example. 138)
VAIN MAN WOULD BE WISE.-Job xi. 12.
WRATH KILLETH THE FOOLISH MAN, AND ENVY SLAYETH THE SILLY ONE.-Job v. 2.