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nexed to a compliance with the exhortation contained in the text. To those who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the promise is made, that all things relating to the present life, of which their heavenly Father knoweth that they have need,--all these things shall be added unto them. They shall have food and raiment; and whatever is needed for this life, as well as for that which is to come. He who gives them spiritual blessings, who bestows upon them His grace here, and will give them glory hereafter, will not suffer them to be destitute of the bread which perisheth. He will take care of them while they walk humbly with Him, and live in dependence upon His faithfulness and truth. While they cast all their care upon Him, they shall find that He careth for them; and they shall not want any thing that is for their good. 61 Let the poor among the people of God put their trust in Him, and they may be satisfied that He who giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry,6% will not be unmindful of their temporal, any more than of their spiritual wants; but will give them all things needful for life and godliness. And let us all seek Divine grace to enable us to give up ourselves in soul and body to the service of God, to seek His favour, and to live to His glory, as those who are accounted righteous before Him, and who are looking forward in hope to be hereafter admitted into His heavenly kingdom. Then we may be assured that His overruling Providence will supply whatever is needful for
60 1 Peter v. 7.
61 Psalm xxxiv. 10.
62 Psalm cxlvii. 9.
He will give us day by day our daily bread.6s He will supply the wants of our bodies, as well as the wants of our souls. He will withhold nothing from us which it will be good for us to possess. He will guide us with His counsel, and afterward receive us to glory. He knows all the wants of His people; and is at no loss for the means of supplying all their need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. His promises are faithful and true; and therefore they shall not be ashamed that wait for Him.66
63 Luke xi.3. 64 Psalm lxxiii. 24. 65 Philip.iv. 19. 66 Isaiah xlix. 23.
THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER
THE WIDOW OF NAIN.
Luke vii. 16.
AND THERE CAME A FEAR ON ALL; AND THEY
GLORIFIED GOD, SAYING, THAT GREAT
The conduct of our Lord Jesus Christ in the days of His flesh, or during the time of His public ministry, was characterised by deep commiseration for the distresses of mankind. He went about doing good. While He preached the gospel of the kingdom, He also healed all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people. And none ever applied to Him in
vain for help in trouble. None were sent empty away, who laid their cases of distress before Him. He always hearkened to their cry, and gave them the aid which they needed and were anxious to obtain. The Gospel for this day contains an account of His wonderful compassion shown to a poor disconsolate widow; and of His almighty power exercised in raising to life again her only son, who was dead, and just on the point of being committed to the grave, to return to his original dust. It is remarkable that the fact here recorded is mentioned only by St. Luke; as the raising of Lazarus from the dead is related only by St. John :87 while the other miracle of the same description, the restoration to life of Jairus's daughter, is recorded by three of the Evangelists.68 We are not, however, to suppose that one fact is more authentic than another, because it is recorded by more than one of the sacred historians. There were no doubt wise reasons for the various statements of the different Evangelists, with which it would be useless for us now to be made acquainted.
In the miracle which is brought before our view in the Gospel for this day, we behold our blessed Saviour commiserating the distresses of mankind, and by His Divine power affording instantaneous relief in a case of deep affliction. These traits
67 John xi. 44.
68 Mat. ix. 25. Mark v. 42. Luke viii. 55.
in the character of our Lord Jesus Christ are described, not merely as the history of a humane and excellent man, in whose conduct we have no immediate concern; but they are brought forward in order to point out to us His willingness and ability to relieve the spiritual wants of miserable sinners now, as He then relieved the temporal distresses of the needy and destitute. Let us make our application to Him for the blessings which we need ; and we may be assured that, since it appears in the instance before us He was found of one that sought Him not, and was made manifest unto one that asked not after69 Him; much more if we ask shall we receive, if we seek we shall find His mercy and grace, to the rejoicing of our souls.
The Evangelist St. Luke relates, that it came to pass the day after He had healed the servant of a centurion at Capernaum, that Jesus went into a city called Nain, wbich is supposed to have been to the south-west of the lake of Galilee, and not far from mount Tabor. And many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. The miracles which He wrought, and the parables and discourses which He delivered, collected the people around Him continually while He went from one place to another. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a
69 Romans x. 20.