The Kingdom and the People; Or, the Parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ Explained and Illustrated [By M. Seeley]. by M. Seeley

The Kingdom and the People; Or, the Parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ Explained and Illustrated [By M. Seeley]. by M. Seeley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...PIECE OF MONEY. Luke xv. 8-10. THE PRODIGAL SON. Luke xv. 11-33., Here was one particular set of men whom the proud Pharisees held in especial contempt; yet the pure and holy One despised them not. It was from among their ranks that He drew some of His most humble and earnest disciples. "Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear Him," because He spake so many tender words of love and pity even to them, hated and condemned as they were by their fellow-men. But who were these publicans, who are always thus classed with notorious sinners? There were two kinds. The first were those men who farmed the taxes of the state in companies; they were the highest order, and were generally Roman knights, and men held in esteem. It is not of these that we read in the Gospels, but of a lower class, employed by them actually to collect the taxes. These men had it in their power to act in a very oppressive and fraudulent way, and they too often used it, so that they were generally hated in all countries, but in Judaea especially; because, as they had accepted employment from the Romans, and collected the tribute which showed the Jews to be under their power, they were regarded as traitors to their nation. And having once placed themselves in this position, they were looked upon as a " lost class," who were to be left to the destruction which they had brought on themselves. The Pharisees therefore murmured, and denounced our blessed Lord as a "wine-bibber, and a friend of publicans and sinners;" because His heart was not closed like theirs, and because He told them that He had come on purpose to save those that were lost. But their proud and haughty words had no effect in turning Him from His purpose. They only...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564103
  • 9781236564108