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the rock where Jesus was buried. Spices. Hot sweet drugs. - Ver. 4. Perplexed. Puzzled. Men. Angels – Ver. 6. Galilee. The northern part of the Holy Land.
Lesson. Let us show our love to Jesus by an early attendance on his worship and service. Verse 1.
EXERCISE LI.- DECEMBER 27th.
John xx. 26-31.
JESUS APPEARS TO HIS DISCIPLES.
Ver. 26. When were the disciples assembled ? On what day of the week was it then? Thomas absent at this time? Who came among them? What did he say?
Ver. 27. What did Christ say to Thomas? (See ver. 24, 25.) Did Jesus know what Thomas had said? Was it not very kind in the Saviour to take such pains to convince this unbelieving disciple ? How do you suppose Thomas must have felt? Could he help knowing that Jesus was acquainted with all his thoughts? What is the meaning of faithless ?
Ver. 28. What was the answer that Thomas made? What made him believe that Christ was God?
Ver. 29. What did our Saviour say to Thomas? Did he allow then that Thomas ought to believe in him as God? What blessedness have those who truly believe in him? Repeat Mark xvi. 16.
Ver. 30. What is the first thing said of the signs of Jesus? The second ? The third ?
Ver. 31. For what purpose have those signs been written that are found on record? Is there enough written to convince every impartial person that Jesus is the Christ? Can you have any excuse if you do not believe in Christ? Is there any other name through which you can have life? Acts iv. 12.
EXPLANATIONS. Ver. 26. After eight days. Eight days after Jesus first appeared to his disciples.- Ver. 27. Faithless. Unbelieving. My side. The wound in my side.- Ver. 29. Blessed. More happy.–Ver. 30. Signs. Miracles. This book. The Gospel written by John.
Lesson.—Jesus Christ kindly and condescendingly uses various means to remove our doubts, and inspire us with faith: let us with all our hearts believe in him. Verses 26, 27.
EXERCISE LII.- JANUARY 3d, 1847.
Luke xxiv. 45–53.
THE ASCENSION OF JESUS.
Ver. 45. What did Jesus do for his disciples? For what special purpose did he open their understanding? By whom must you be assisted that you may understand the Scriptures? Repeat John xvi. 13.
Ver. 46. What did Jesus say to his disciples? What is the meaning of behoved ? Why did it behove Christ to suffer ? 1 Tim. ii. 2, 6.
Ver. 47. What were the Apostles to preach among all nations? What is repentance ? What is remission of sins ? Why were the Apostles to begin at Jerusalem ?
Ver. 48. What were the Apostles ? What is a witness ?
Ver. 49. What did Jesus say he would send on the Apostles? What is meant by the promise of the Father ? Where were the Apostles to tarry? Until what took place ?
Ver. 50. Where did Jesus lead his disciples ? What did he do there? Where was Bethany ?
Ver. 51. What took place while he blessed them? Where was Jesus carried ?
Ver. 52. In what exercise did the Apostles engage? Having worshipped Jesus, what did they then do?
Ver. 53. Where were the Apostles constantly found? How were they engaged there?
EXPLANATIONS.-Ver. 46. It behored. It was necessary.- Ver. 47. Repentance. Sorrow for and forsaking sin. Remission of sins. Pardon of sins. Jerusalem. The chief city of the Holy Land. Ver. 48. Witness. One who gives testimony:Ver. 49. The promise of the Futher. The gift of the Holy Spirit.–Ver. 50. Bethany. A town on the mount of Olives, about two miles east of Jerusalem.
Lesson.- Let us earnestly seek from Christ that light which shall enable us to understand the sacred Scriptures. Ver. 45. Derby.
THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICK. This was by far the richest article in the tabernacle; and as the place was without windows, it is supposed by some that the lamps were kept burning day and night.
The passages, therefore, which seem to describe them as “going out," and as being “set on," (1 Sam. iii. 3 ; 2 Chron. xiii. 11,) must be taken to apply to those times when they had burnt low, and were taken off, and perhaps put out in succession, to be properly replenished, and then restored to their places. It is affirmed by the Jews that the old dresses of the Priests, which could not be worn by others, or applied to any common use, were shred up to form wicks for the sacred lamps.
This golden candlestick stood opposite the table of shewbread. Its dimensions are not stated, but it is supposed to have been about double the size of the latter. It weighed a hundred pounds, and was made of solid gold. It contained seven lights, six branching out in three pairs from the upright stem, and one at the top. The extremity of each branch formed a stand for a moveable lamp, the form of which is not mentioned; but which was probably similar to those in use among the Egyptians about the same period, and with which we are acquainted. These lamps were fed with pure olive-oil, that is, which was not pressed from the olives, but which flowed freely from them when bruised with a pestle. They were trimmed and replenished at stated intervals by the Priests.
LIFE OF ST. PAUL.
(Concluded from page 232.) Upon his second apostolic journey St. Paul entered A.D. 50; in the course of which he visited