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498 Orders them to wait for the Spirit at Jerusalem.
no immediate business which they had there; ther, which, saith he,
but ordered them to wait there for the accom- ye have heard of me. 1. 4. plishment of that promise of the Father, to send
the Spirit which (said he',] you have so often,
baptized with water;
but ye shall be bap-
the event to be but ten.
6 When they there.
fore were come toge.
again the kingdom te
rusalem, or perhaps accompanied them & Restore the kingdom to Israel.) They
vinced of sin, of righteousness, and of judá-
Many others ocear in the sacred avenç intimates the shattered and weakened authors. Compare Luke v. 14. Acts xvii, stnte, in which Israel now was.
And I S. xxii. 22. Gen. xxvi. 7. Deut. ï. 13, cannot but think, our Lord's answer may See also Psal. ii. 3, 6. and xci. 14. And I intimate, it should at length be restored, the rather mention it, as it inay account though it immediately, or with all the cirfor many prophecies of Christ in the Old cumstances they imagined ; which conTestament, where he is introduced as speakin cession seems the most satisfactory answer ing on a sudden, in an abrupt manner; to Rabbi Isaac's objection against Christiwhich is not so usual, especially in modern anity, from his mistaken sense of these and zoestern Writers.
words. Chissuck Emunah, Part II. p. 59.
He checks their curiosity about a temporal kingdom.
abusing and crucifying thee? Is the empire of sect.
nour ? thing And he said unto
But he, waving a direct answer to this curi-7 them, it is not for you ous question, and leaving it to the Spirit, which the seasons, which the was shortly to be given, to rectify the mistaken Father hath puc ia his notions on which they proceeded in it, only said own power.
to them, Cease your inquiries at present on this
fice, and lea: ing all events to be determined by
all the land of Judea ; and not only so, but in
giving me the heathen for mine inheri-
my possession.” (See Psalm ii. 8.) spoken these things, hands and blessed them ; (Luke xxiv. 50.) and
And having said these things, he lifted up his 9
event consequent on this solemn preparation, he
till at length a bright cloud, conducted by the
9 And when he had
500 Having blessed thein, ascends to heaven in their sight,
ministry of angels, who joyfully attended their
returning Lord, received him out of their sight, Acts
and they saw him no more. I. 10. This inarvellous event was so astonishing to
10 And while they
looked stedfastly to-
wbite apparel ;
shining raiment, came and stood near them ;
why stand ye gazing ven, with so much surprize and amazement ?
up into heaven? This
losers by your lidelity and your zeal.
12 Then returned
they unto Jerusalem, with joy by what they had seen and heard ; and from the mount called having worshipped their ascended Lord, (Luke Olivet, which is from xxiv. 52.) they returned to Jerusalem, from Jerusalem a sabbaththe mount called Olivet, which is but a sabbath day's journey. day's journey, or about a mile distant from Jerusalem". And there they employed themselves in a daily course of public and private devotion ; rejoicing in what they had seen, and firmly believing some extraordinary event was at hand, whereby they should be more fully qualified for the great work assigned them; which, whatever the hazard of it might be, they were firmly determined to undertake and prosecute.
b A sabbath-day's journey from Jerusa. in his Sermons at Boyle's Lecture, p. 391 lem.] For the extent of a sabbath-day's —394. An elaborate and valuable work ; journey, see Luike xxiv. 52. note c. The by referring to which I shall have an opeasiest manner of reconciling this text portunity of saving myself and the reader with Luke xxiv. 50. and John xi. 18. may a great deal of trouble in these notes ; be seen in the note on the former of those which therefore I gladly take this opporpassages, &Cct. cciii.
And tunity of making my acknowledgment to it is with pleasure that I see it confirmed the worthy author. and illustrated by the learned Mr. Biscoe,
Rejiections on the apostles' return from mount Olivet to Jerusalem. 501
If we have ever seriously considered the contents of this excellent history on which we are now entering, we must surely see abundant reason to adore that gracious Providence which hath
Ver. transmitted it to us, to confirm our faith, and animate our hope in the gospel. The account of our Lord's ascension, with which it begins, relates to a fact of so great importance, that we may well bear the repetition of what we have read concerning it in the former history.
We see the apostles still dreaming of a temporal kingdom to be 6 restored to Israel: So hard is it for the best of men to be entirely crucified to the world, even by the cross of Christ ! (Gal. vi. 24.) Our Lord docs not set himself at large, to combat that error ; 7. nor is it necessary that we should be eagerly solicitous on the like occasions, where mistakes do not affect men's characters, or their eternal state. Prudently does he direct thein to wave the indulgence of their curiosity. Let us learn to moderate ours, and refer times and seasons to him who hath reserved them in his own power. Let a sense of the perfect wisdom and goodness of the Divine Being silence and compose us, amidst all the darkness which veils our prospects of futurity.
With the apostles let us look up after an ascending Saviour, and 10 send our wishes and our souls to heaven ; where he now is, and where he must remain, till that important day in which he shall descend to the final judgment. Behold, he then cometh in the 11 clouds, and every eye shall see him! (Rev. i. 7.) May we view bim to our joy, and not to our terror ! and lift up our heads with a serenity and chearfulness, becoming those who see the approach of their complete redemption ! (Luke xxi. 28.) In the mean time, may
his cause and service be ever dear to us! and while he is attending to our concerns in the world above, may we with grateful and joyful alacrity, pursue that wbich he graciously condescends to own as his interest here
The apostles being returned to Jerusalem, and assembled with the
rest of the disciples, Matthias is chosen to succeed Judas in the apostolic office. Acts I. 13. to the end.
Acts I. 13. А
ND when they
Acts I. 13. were come in, they NOT the apostles being returned from the
mount of Olives to Jerusalem, immediately after the ascension of Christ, as was ob- Acts
502 The apostles and other disciples meet in an upper chamber. Sect. served in the conclusion of the former section ; went up into an upper when they were entered into the city) they pre- both Peter, and James
, sently retired for devotion, and went up into an and John, and Andrew, 1. 13. upper room“, where they usually held their Philip, and Thomas,
assemblies. And as this was the place where the Bartholomew and Matapostles commonly abode, all the eleven were of Alpheus, and sithere, both Peter, and James, and John and mon Zelotes, and Ju
the brother of Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and
14 These all con
tinued with one acsupplication, with great intenseness and ardor of
in prayer and soul, together with the pious women, who were supplication, with the formerly mentioned as attending the cross of women, and Mary the their Lord,and particularly Mary, so celebrated mother of Jesus, and
with his brethren.
now happily worn off. (Compare John vii. 5.)
15 And in those for the promise of the spirit Peter rising up in days Peter stood up in the midst of a full assembly of the disciples, spake ples, and said, (the
the midst of the disci. as follows: Now the number of persons o that number of the names were met together in that place, was about an together were about hundred and twenty; the greater part of the five
an hundred and twen. hundred to whom Christ had appeared, (1 Cor. xv. 6.) continuing in Galilee, during this interval between the feast of the passover and that
of pentecost. And he said, 16 () ye men that hear me this day, [and] whom 16 Men and breI regard as my brethren, in the bonds of reli
a Into an upper room.] I can see no Acts xx. 8.) See Bos. Exercit. p. 64, & sufficient reason for saying, as many have seq. done, that this was in the temple. (Com
'b The brother of James.] The exprespare noted,
Like xxiv. . 53.) sion in the original is ambiguous, and may Epiphanius says, it was on mount Sion, signify either son or brother : But Jude and that a Christian Church was afterwards himself expressly determines it, that he erected on the spot of ground on which it was his brother, in ver. 1. of his epistle. stood. (Sec Hammond in loc.) Perhaps c Number of persons.] It is literally the they might the rather choose it, as giving number of names; but it is well known some advantage for looking to the temple that ovopuice often signifies persons ; (See But it is plain from many other passares, Rev. iii. 4. xi. 13. and Raphel
. er Polyda that upper rooms were often large, and hit p. 297.) And it best suits the English lanfor containing a considerable number of guage, to render it so. peisous. (Compare Marks siy. 15, and