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7. And he arose, and departed to his house.

8. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

9. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom : and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

give sins, or to raise a sick man; for it could not be affirmed that that of forgiving is easier than this of healing ; but which is easier, to claim this power or that ; to say, Thy sin be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk? .... It would be easier for a man equally ignorant of the French and Chinese languages to claim to know the last than the first. Not that the language itself is easier, but that in the one case multitudes could disprove his claim in the other hardly a scholar or two in the land."— Trench.

THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE. God's FORGIVING LOVE is like the ocean which covers in its depths with equal ease a mole-hill or a mountain.

REFERENCE-vi. 9-13.

8. AND GLORIFIED GOD.-Bunyan's Pilgrim at the cross when his burden of sin falls from his back. He leaps for joy, and three shining ones come to him, one saying, “Thy sins are forgiven thee.” Another strips him of his rags and clothes him with a new robe. The third sets a mark on his forehead and gives him a book with a seal upon it.


“When Christ calls, he also draws. “Come,' says the sea to the river. Come,' says the magnet to the steel. •Come,' says the spring to the sleeping life of the field and forest.”—C. Stanford.

PICTURE.— The Calling of Matthew, Bida, Carracci.

AND HE AROSE (he forsook all, Luke) AND FOLLOWED HIM.It was the forsaking of a bad business and the remorse of conscience which grew out of it, of a disreputable life, of disloyalty to

his country, of great temptations to dishonesty, of bad companionship. The repentant sinner always forsakes many things which it is blessed to leave behind, as the

What He

10. | And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

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drunkard his cups and his rags, as Bunyan's Pilgrim left behind him the City of Destruction and the burden of sins on his back.

“The choice of Matthew, as an apostle, illustrates the power of the cross to elevate obscure and commonplace lives.”—Chadwick.

THE BEAUTIFUL WINDOW FROM REJECTED GLASS." Macaulay tells of a poor apprentice who made a cathedral window entirely out of pieces of glass that his master had condemned and thrown away. But when completed the window won the admiration of all. The master's boasted work was rejected, and the window made by the unknown artist from condemned material was given the place of honor in the great cathedral.” So Christ takes fallen and sinful human souls, and is constructing out of them a beautiful temple of the Holy Ghost; and his glory and love shining through them, as the sun through pictured windows, makes them radiant with divine beauty.

WONDROUS POSSIBILITIES.—One reason why Jesus chose a publican for one of the twelve was probably to give an object-lesson of hope to the most disreputable of sinners, those hound with the strongest fetters of sin. None were too far away for his gospel to reach and save them, none too deep in the mire of sin to be lifted from its depths even to the heights of glory.

“ Each human soul is like a cavern full of gems. The casual observer glances into it through some cranny, and all looks dark and sullen. But let light enter into it, lift a torch up to the walls, let God's sunlight fall into it and flood its open recesses, and lo! it will flash with crystals and with amethysts, and each separate crystal will quiver under the touch of brightness with a transporting discovery of its own nature.”—Farrar.

THE AROMATIC CLAY, praised for its fragrance, said, “I was but common clay till roses were planted in me.”

11. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners ?

12. But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

13. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice : for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

11. WHY EATETH YOUR MASTER WITH PUBLICANS.—“You cannot elevate, you cannot improve any whom you utterly despise. You cannot bring the best out of a man if you do not believe that the best is somewhere in him.....

“ The moon turns but one side to the earth; it has anothei side in which there may be silver lights and shades undreamed of, seen

only by the angels of God. So there are two sides to Seeing your character and mine..... the Best nan. “You think a person dull-why, that is because you

are dull. An angel has been with you and you have known it not, and I imagine that to a spirit full of malice and selfconceit an angel would be very dull. ....

“li souls do not shine before you it is because you bring them no light to make them shine. Throw away your miserable, smouldering, fuming torch of conceit and hatred, lift up to them the light of love, and lo! they will arise and shine; yea, flame and burn with an undreamt of glory.”Canon Farrar.

FAULT-FINDING.–Momus, a deity of ancient Greece, was the god of fault-finding. He found fault with everything and everybody.

“Even Venus herself was exposed to his satire, and when omuse he could find no fault with her person, he censured the noise made by her sandals of gold.” He was eventually driven from Olympus, the abode of the Greek deities.



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A.D. 28. 14. I Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why

Autumn. i do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not ?

CAPERNAUM. 15. And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the

SECOND YEAR. bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? THE HEM

OF HIS but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken

GARMENT. from them, and then shall they fast.

16. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles : else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish : but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

18. 4 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead : but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

19. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

20. 1 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:

17. BOTTLES.—“Our word bottle originally carried the true meaning, being a bottle of leather. In Spanish, bota means a leather bottle, a boot, and a butt. In Spain, wine is still brought to market in pig-skins. In the East, goat-skins are commonly used.”

-M. R. Vincent. NECESSITY OF NEW FORMS.—The life of a seed is good for a seed, but it can never become a tree till it breaks away from its old shell and form, and lets its life take on new forms. The Gospel does not destroy, but fulfils.

REFERENCE. For applications by Christ, see v. 1747.

20. TOUCHED THE HEM OF His GARMENT.—The crowd touched Jesus and received no healing influence. The woman touched Him in faith, and was made whole. Christ has untold blessings for all ; but what men receive from Him depends on the faith and love with which they come to Him. It is the Two Ways of

Touching. common experience. To some Jesus is nothing; to others He is life, love, inspiration, salvation.

“ The healing of His seamless dress

Is by our beds of pain;
We touch Him in life's throng and press

And we are whole again.”

21. For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

22. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort ; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Multitudes of men have seen apples fall, but only Newton received from the falling apple the law of gravition. Men still go through the world with “eyes and no eyes," and one writes a book where

another sees nothing. Arthur Helps compares some Bird on men to the birds on a telegraph wire, who are utterly Telegraph Wire.

"unconscious of the messages of sorrow and joy, of busi

ness and friendship,-messages sometimes affecting whole nations, which are passing right under their feet. It needs the battery and connecting instruments in order to read what passes on the wire. It needs hearts of love and faith, longings for holiness, and the spirit of prayer, if we would receive the blessings which Christ has for us all.

“There is more medicine in Christ's garments than in all the apothecary shops in the world.”

POWER OF TOUCH.—“Some one tells of going into a jeweler's store to look at certain gems. Among other stones he was shown an opal. As it lay there, however, it appeared dull and altogether lustreless. Then the jeweler took it in his hand and held it for some moments, and again showed it to his customer. Now it gleamed and flashed with all the glories of the rainbow. It needed

the touch and warmth of a human hand to bring out its The iridescence. Sympathetic

“There are human lives everywhere about us that are Jewel.

rich in their possibilities of beauty and glory. No gems or jewels are so precious; but as we see them in their earthly condition they are dull and lustreless, . ... yet they need only the touch of the hand of Christ to bring out the radiance, the loveliness, the beauty of the divine image in them. And you and I must be the hand of Christ to these lustreless or stained lives. Touching them with our warm love, the sleeping splendor that is in them .... will yet shine out, the beginning of glory for them.”—7. R. Miller.

LIBRARY.-J. R. Miller's “ Making the Most of Life," "Getting Christ's Touch,” has several good illustrations.

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