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47. 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.

48. And many charged him that he should hold his but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

49. 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.

50. And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus.

51. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unlo him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52. 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.

We may hope that not only the natural blindness, but the spiritual blindness of this man was healed, who immediately when he received his sight, followed Jesus in the way. He alone who cured the one, could remove the other,

The natural blindness belongs to few; the spiritual blindness belongs to all, unless it be removed by him who “came a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in him should not abide in darkness." Has he enlightened us? “walking in the light?” St. Peter offers a test by which this question may be tried; pointing out certain qualifications, like those before alluded to, which must abound in those who have not received the grace of God in vain, and saying, “He that lacketh these things is blind.” “ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure ; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Are we

5 John xii. 46.

LECTURE C.

JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM IN TRIUMPH.-CASTS

OUT OF THE TEMPLE THOSE WHO PROFANED
IT BY MERCHANDIZE.

MARK xi. 1-19.

1. And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

2. And saith unto them, Go your way into the village

over against you : and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye Matt, xxi. shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and Luke xix. bring him.

3. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

4. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met: and they loose him.

29_48. John xii. 14-19.

• 2 Pet. i. 9, 10.

5. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt ?

6. And they said unto them, even as Jesus had commanded : and they let him go.

This presents a lively picture of the way in which “known unto the Lord are all his works,” and the heart of every man is open to his view. He foresaw that the owner of this colt would straightway send him, when he knew that the Lord had need of him. So he perceives, in every case, what hearts are opposed, and what are conformable to his will. He directed his disciples to the spot where the colt was tied, which was needed for this occasion. So he discovers the dispositions and the talents which are suited to his purpose, and calls them to his service. May he never behold, in any of us, a heart estranged from the duty which we owe him, or unworthy of his 7. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their

gurments on him; and he sat upon him.

8. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosannah ; blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10. Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord : Hosannah in the highest.?

The rulers and the conquerors of this world come among the people with such processions and tri

1 “Let the kingdom be happily begun and tourish, which God is to erect, according to his promise made to our father David. Prosperity be to the Messiah, from him who dwelleth in the highest."- Whitby.

grace!

umphal honours as are here described. And it pleased Jesus to give this last testimony that he was a king, though his “kingdom was not of this world ; and that he was a conqueror, though he came “not to destroy men's lives, but to save them.” He entered the capital city of his own people; he entered Jerusalem with this train. unto his own : but his own received him not." He accomplished the prophecy which had said, · Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold, thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of

" He came

» 2 an ass.

Very different would be his next coming. “Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds.": Because they “ knew not the time of their visitation.” They should not see him henceforth, until that season when all should unite in acknowledging, what was now put in the mouths of a few, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

11. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

12. And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry :

13. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon : and when

2 Zech. ix. 9.

; Jude 14.

he came to it, he found nothing but leaves ; for the time of figs was not yet.

14. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

15. And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16. And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be culled of all nations the house of prayer ? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18. And the Scribes und Chief Priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was ustonished at his doctrine.

19. And when even was come, he went out of the city.

Had their hearts been under the influence of grace, the justice of his words would have sunk deep into them. But what fails to melt, hardens. The scribes and chief priests, when they heard his reproof, instead of studying how they might best render the house of God what God designed it for, the house of prayer,—sought how they might destroy him.

The circumstances here related, sufficiently illustrate the emblem of the fig-tree, and the justice of its condemnation. The temple of Jerusalem was

The time of gathering figs. If this season had been over, the finding no fruit would not have proved the barrenness of the tree; it might have been gathered. He found nothing but leaves, and this was a proof that the tree was barren, for the time of figs was not yet; they had not been gathered. See Bloomfield, Recensio Critica.

s See Isaiah lvi. 7.

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