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Sect. 33. The Character of Jesus
175 The Virgin Mary 189
Judas Iscariot 204
Chap. V. Sect. 1. The Character of St. Peter 219
25 Fefus delivered the parable of the marriage fraft
replied to the Pharisees and Herodians, on the payment 343
of tribute -- confounded the Sadducees, by proving the 359 refierreëlion-- answered a Scribe, respecting the first
and great commandment-baffled the Pharisees, by proposing a quiftion about the Mefiah-warned his disciples against the Scribes and Pharisces, whom be reproved and condemned in the most awful language.
430 “ WHERE is the wise? where is the Scribe ?
where is the difputer of this world*?” Such were the
opponents of our Lord; and in their proud and 461 malicious contentions with him they were completely
vanquished and confounded. Towards the close of his life, especially, they set upon him with all their subtlety, in order to ensnare him; but their bestconcerted plans were baffled. We know also, that all his adversaries, who object to his Gospel, though they may be thought to possess an uncommon degree of fagacity and learning, shall be convicted i
of the groffest_folly, and finally be silenced and
i i Cor. i. 20.
overcone, “All that are incensed against him fhall be ashamed *."
Part of his audience had withdrawn, . in Pallion week being enraged by his faithful admonitions;
but he proceeded to instruct the rest by a very interesting parable t. In language fonething fimilar to what he had used on a forner occalion I, he represented the great blelings of the Geipel under the description of a feat. Plenteous provisions, and fuch as are most exquisite in their nature, are here exhibited. They are fufficient for the supply of every guest, and capable of yielding inexprellible delight. This is more than a common entertainment: it is a royal banquet; what the King of heaven has prepared for the accommodation of his creatures upon earth. It is, also, designed for the celebration of a marriage, the union of his own Son with the Church : for Jesus is the Bridegroom of his people, having espoused them to himself. What extensive and unparalleled grace does this display!
A numerous company had been desired to give their attendance; and at the proper season, when reminded of their sovereign's expectations, they refused to obey his summons. Yet fuch was his condescenfion, that after this insult he renewed the invitation, and sent one message upon another, afsuring them that his table was richly furnished for their reception, and requesting their presence withoutdelay. Even then his kindness was rejected with disdain, being considered as a matter not worth regarding : for they made light of it," and turned their attention to their common occupations. Is this a natural defcription? Are men, in general, backward to partake of a fumptuous entertainment? Do they not run with eagerness to gratify their sensual appetites? Yes: but the feast here exhibited, is spiritual; and the con
* Jla. xlv. 24 | Matt. xxii. Im14. I Sect. 26.