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and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way, others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, I Hosanna to the Son of David : Bleffed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this ? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
And Jesus went into the temple of God; and cast out all them that fold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that fold doves; and faid un to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The second Sunday in Advent.
of The Colle&7. Lessed Lord, who haft caused all holy Scriptures to be writ
ten for our learning ; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Paraphrase on the Colleet for the second Sunday in Ailvent. Gracious God, who didit cause the Books of the Old them, that by the patience and comfortable Hope and New Testament to be written for our instruction, which they inspire us with; we may be proof against give us Grace fo attentively to hear, fo faithfully to all the Temptations we have to encounter with read, so diligently to apply, and so firmly to keep through Jesus Christ. and treafure up in our Hearts what is contained in'
Hojanna. The Word Hosanna signifies Save we by not cnly many indecent but fraudulent pra&ices befucb. Applied to Jefus on this occasion, it was of were carried on, to the Prophanation of God's House. the same import with our acclamation God save the King + By this Collect is plainly pointed out to us that a
And Jefus went into the Temple, &c. The Jews, turther means of preparation for our Lord's coming is as they reckoned the outer Court of the Temple, where a diligent study of the Holy Scriptures, such as will the Profelytes worshipped, no place of Sanclity ; were make a deep impression upon our" Hearts ; and that afed to permit People to sell and buy Oxen, Sheep, the best proof of this is when they produce in us and Pigeons in it for Sacrifices:
because thost who..patience, afford 'us comfort, and make us earnestly came from diftant parts of the Kingdom could not embrace the Hope of everlasting Life which they preto conveniently bring such Things with them. There sent in Jesus Christ.
ott The Epistle. - Rom. 15. 4.1 Hatsoever things were written aforetiine, were written
for our learning; that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and confolation grant you to be like-minded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus: that ye 'may with one mind, and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive's
ye one another, as 'Chtist also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say, that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made' unto the fathers : And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy Name. And again he faith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord; all ye Gentiles, and laud him, all ye people. And again, Efaias faith, There shall be a root of Jeffe, and he that İhall rise to 'reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
The Gospel. S. Luke 21. 25.
and in the stars ; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the
* Whatsoever Things were written, &. This paffage ftruction, unto all good Works--that we may be filled evidently Thews that the Bible is a Book not defigned with Meekness and Christian Moderation, with humfor the amusement of the Idler, Food for the Disputer, ble resignation to the will of God under all our Afflicor to fill us with that Knowledge which puffeth up, but ions, and the comfortable Hopes of a blessed Immorthat, we may be thereby throughly furnished by its in- tality through Jesus Christ.
power and greatglory. And when these things begin to come to pass thep, Joak up, and, lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable, Behold the Fig-tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye fee and know of your own felves that fummer is now nigh at hand. So likewise
see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto yoų, § This generation shall not pafs away, till all be fulớlled;: heaven and earth shall pass away; but shall not pass away.
The third Sunday in Advent.
|| The Collect. Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didít fend thy
messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Giant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries, may likewise fo prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobe
L: · Paraphrase on the Collect for the third Sunday in Advent. O Saviour of the World, who, at thy first appea- from the paths of Error into the way of Righteousness, rance, didit send John the Baptist to prepare the People that when thou shalt come again at the last Day to for thy reception by the preaching of Repentance ; give judge the quick and the dead, we may obtain Mercy Grace to the Ministers of thy Word fo 'to imitate the. and Favour from thee, who reignelt with the Father, Baptist's example, by labouring to convert Sinners and the Holy Spirit, one God, through all Eternity.
| And when theje things begin to come to pass, &c. thew and Mark express it the Sun shall be darkened, As our Saviour thus comforted his Disciples by assur- and the Moon mail not give her Light, and the Stars ing them that the destruction of Jerusalem, mould be fall fall from Heaven, these are figurative Expresmeans of delivering them from the opprefion of the fons which fignified that the Jewish Government should Jews; To may every meek and patient Follower of be utterly diffolved, as also the Son of Man coming in a Chrift comfort himself under every calamity by the Cloud with Power and great Glory, fignified the Roman approaching of the Day of Judgment, when all his "Armies who by the authority of Chrift should come Sorrows Mall be done away and every oppression shall to execute punishment on the Jewish Nation. cease.
|| As John the Baptist was sent to prepare our SaviThis géneration Mall not pass &c. This expression our's way before him, with a view to his first coming ; plainly shews that the foregoing prophecy relates to so the Ministers of the Gospel are appointed for the same the destruction of Jerusalem which happened about purpose, with a regard to his second coming. It becomes thirty-eight Years after our Lord's Crucifixion; when, them therefore to imitate his example, not only in callit may be supposed that the greatest part of the Peo- ing Men to Repentance by their Doctrines, but also pie were living who were born at the Time of our in giving weight to their Doctrines by a life of strict Saviour's preaching. And tho? many of the circum- Virtue. And it no less becomes the People to pay due Aances of this Prophecy, may seem to be strongly de- attention to their Instructions, and to pray that God will scriptive of the Day of Judgment: yet the signs in the give success to their labours. Sun and in the Moon and in the Stars, or as St. Mat
dient to the wisdom of the just that at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in thy fight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. 4. 1.
and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." But with me it is a very small thing, that I should be judged of you, or of mans judgment : yea, I judge not my own felf. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me, is the Lord. * Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts ; and then shall every man have praise of God.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 11. 2. .
Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see : The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel
Therefore judge nothing before the Time, &c. i. e. the extraordinary Testimonies which were given to our beware of indulging yourselves in evilspeaking, or un Lord at his Baptism) but from discontent that Jesus did charitable censures against your Teachers, or the res not exert his power to deliver him from Prison : proof your Christian Brethren; because you can neither bably suppofing, like the Jews, that the Kingdom of be proper judges of the principles or ends of their ac- the Messias would be temporal, and that he would tions. But wait with Humility for that great Day, preserve his People from the malice of their Enemies when the Lord Jesus fhall appear, and call every Man Thus even goodi Men are sometimes apt to be diffatifto an account. Then, even the most secret actions shall fied with the dealings of Providence, through not conbe laid open, and the inmoft Thoughts and Intentions fidering for what wile purposes God may suffer them to of the Heart shall be disclosed; and every Man shall be tried and afflicted.' For had our Saviour delivered be rewarded according to his Works.
John from Prison, it would have been so far from beI Now when John had heard, &c. This Message ing a furtherance to the Gospel, that Men might have from John to enquire whether Jesus was the Messias been apt to say, that they two were combined together or not, does not seem to have proceeded from want of to advance each others reputation Faith, (because that seems to have been established by
preached to them. And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see ? A reed shaken with the wind ? But what went ye out for to see ? A man clothed in soft raiment ? Behold, they that wear soft clothing. are in kings houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
The fourth Sunday in Advent.
us, and with great might succour us ; that.whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, through the fatisfaction of thy Son our Lord; to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. 4. 4. Ejoice in the Lord alway, and again, I say, Rejoice. || Let your moderation be known unto allmen. The Lord is
Paraphrase on the Colleet for the fourth Sunday in Advent. O Lord we befeech thee to grant us thy help and pro- pediment to us in the course of our duty. Grant this tection that by thy merciful affiftance we may be re for the merits of Jesus Christ, to whom with thee and leased from the dominion of Sin which is a woeful im- the Holy Spirit be ascribed all Honour and Glory for ever.
• Juftly is the Chriftian Life compared to calm Composure of Mind, such a Candour and Lenity Race, because we diligently pursue a certain regular of 'Temper, as will dispose us not too rigorously to excourse, in order to reach the Goal of Happiness. And aêt even our just Right, nor to be impatient in sufferWe are let and hindered in running this Race by the ing wrong : but to treat even our Enemies with forwetght of worldly cares and affections, and the Sin bearance, where the injuries they do us are of a priwhich doth most eafily beset us. By this Collect therefore vate nature : and never to let difference of persuasion we are taught where to apply for help and deliverance destroy our Christian Charity ; because the Day is under these difficulies.
coming, when, our Judge Christ Jesus fhall make full ! Let your Moderation be known, &c. The Mode- amends for all our condescensions, and reward all.our ration hereby recommended, is such a Meekness and patience,