Excerpt: ...made it next to impossible for them to enter the kingdom of God, and our Lord cries unto them, "Woe." In the last denunciation our Lord comes back to the disciples again. The ills that men's hatred brought with it were patent enough, but men's favour was an insidious snare; for it might lead pg 257 them unawares to love "the praise of men more than the praise of God." The more kindly the young preacher is received, the more distressing it is to him to incur dislike; and consequently the greater is the temptation to soften down Christ's sternness and to meet the world halfway. Our Lord warns his new helpers by the example of those who in old times had prophesied smooth things, and had gone the way of the world while the world had made believe it was going theirs. The beatitudes and warnings of woe form the prelude, and when this was over our Lord may be supposed to have lifted up his eyes from those who stood nearest-probably the Apostles and most notable persons-and to have addressed the whole multitude; for, His words, "But I say unto you which hear," 176 I take to imply, "all you which hear." The twelve verses which follow form a sermon of general application of which "Love your enemies" is taken as the text. On this sermon being ended we read " And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit? The disciple is not above his master: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his master. " 177 This parable is addressed to the newly appointed Twelve. It bears on the temptations of young teachers. They are in danger of being elated pg 258 at finding themselves teachers when they had so lately been learners; they might lean to correction, and might incline to be over busy in giving directions and in finding fault; they might persuade themselves too that they thought only of the learners' good, when in reality there was, mixed with this, a good spice of the love of...
- 188.98 x 246.13 x 6.6mm | 231.33g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white