Page images

row of

A. No. That might be impossible, and often calculated to do more harm than good.

What then did he mean to teach?

A. That as Christians we should be always charitably disposed.

What are you not to do towards him that would bor

you a ?
VER. 43-47.

VER. 43-47.
Repeat the head of this

To love our enemies. section.

Ye have heard that it What was formerly said hath been said, Thou shalt of our conduct towards our

love thy neighbour, and hate neighbour and our enemy?

But what rule does Christ give us ?

What are you to do to those who curse you? What to those that hate thine


But I

say un

to you, Love your enemies, What to those that de

bless them that curse you, spitefully use you, and per- do good to them that hate secute you?

you, and pray for them What

argument does which despitefully use you Christ use to persuade you and persecute you : That ye to this conduct?

may be the children of

your Who is your heavenly

Father which is in heaven': Father?

for he maketh his sun to rise What instance does our on the evil and on the good, Saviour give of God's kind

and sendeth rain on the just ness to his enemies ?

and on the unjust. For if What persons is it not ye love them which love you, enough for us to love ? what reward have ye; do not

What shall we not have even the publicans the same? for doing so ?

And if ye

breWho are said by our Sa- thren only, what do viour to do the same ?


salute your

than others? do not even the publicans so?

ye more

Whom is it not enough that we salute ?

Whom does our Saviour liken us to, if we do no more?

What more must you do?

A. We must love those that hate us, and be kind to our enemies, as well as our friends. VER. 48.

VER. 48. What ought you to strive

And to aim at perfection. to be ?

Be ye therefore perfect, Whom does our Saviour even as your Father which propose, as a pattern of per- is in heaven is perfect. fection, for you to imitate ?

Can you be as perfect as God?

Since you cannot be as perfect as God, what do you understand by this rule ?

A. That we must endeavour to be as perfect, and as much like him as




VER. 1-4.

VER. 1-4. Repeat the head of this Christ continuing his Sersection.

mon, giveth directions How are we not to do our about almsgiving. alms?

Take heed that


do not What is meant by doing your

alms before men, to be alms ?"

seen of them: otherwise

ye A. Giving relief to the have no reward of your Fapoor.

ther which is in heaven. What will be the conse- Therefore when thou doest quence of our doing alms in thine alms, do not sound a order to be seen of men ? trumpet before thee, as the

How do hypocrites do hypocrites do in the synatheir alms?

gogues and in the streets, What is meant by that? that they may have glory of A. Making a great parade


about it, that people may

see it.

Who is meant by an hypocrite ?

A. One who pretends to be religious without being really so.

What is meant by synagogue ?

A. A place of worship among

the Jews. What is the object of such hypocrites?

What have they?
What reward ?

A. The praise of men, but not the praise of God.

What rule does our Saviour give us for doing alms ? What are

we to understand by this?

A. That they should be as private as the circumstances of the case will allow, and that we should not value ourselves


them. If our almıs are done in secret, who will reward us?

Who sees in secret ?
How will he reward us?
When ?

A. At the day of judgment.

Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth : That thine alms may be in secret : and thy Father, which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.


5-13. What is the head of this section?

Who are the persons whom you must not be like when you pray?

How do they love to



Prayer. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are ; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may



What is their object ? be seen of men. Verily I What have they?

say unto you, They have What reward ?

their reward. But Thou, A. The being seen of men.

Where does Christ direct when thou prayest, enter inyou to go when you pray? to thy closet, and when thou To whom must you pray?

hast shut thy door, pray to Where is your heavenly thy Father which is in seFather?

cret; and thy Father which Where does he ?

seeth in secret shall reward What will he do to those thee openly. But when ye who pray to him in secret? pray, use not vain repeti

What direction does Christ tions, as the heathen do ; for give you concerning your they think that they shall be prayers ?

heard for their much speakWho use vain repetitions ? ing. Be not ye therefore Who were the heathen ? like unto them; for your A. All who were not Jews. Father knoweth what things Why do they use them? ye have need of before ye

What reason does our Sa- ask him. After this manner viour give for not using vain therefore pray ye: Our Farepetitions ?

ther which art in heaven, What has Christ here Hallowed be thy name. Thy taught his disciples to do?

Repeat his prayer.

What do you pray respecting God's name?

What is the meaning of being “ hallowed ?"

A. Used in a holy and reverent manner.

What do you pray respecting his kingdom?

What is meant by the petition that God's kingdom may come ?

A. That the Gospel of Christ may be believed and practised upon earth, and that God would be pleased

to hasten his heavenly king, kingdom come.

Thy will dom.

be done in earth, as it is in What do you pray re

heaven. Give us this day specting God's will?

our daily bread. And forWhat do you mean by

give us our debts, as we forthat?

give our debtors. And lead A. That it may be done us not into temptation, but by men on earth as readily deliver us from evil: For and fully as it is by angels thine is the kingdom, and in heaven.

the power, and the glory, What do we pray God to for ever.

Amen. give us ?

What is meant by “ daily bread ?

A. All such things as are necessary for us.

What do we pray that he will forgive ?

What do you mean by “ debts or trespasses ?”

A. Sins-offences.

When do we trespass against God?

A. When we break his laws.

When do we trespass against our neighbour ?

A. When we in any way injure or ill-treat him.

What do we pray God not to lead us into ?

What do you mean by " lead us not ?"

A. Suffer us not to be led. What do you mean by temptation ?"

A. A hard trial or enticement to sin.

From what do we pray God to deliver us?

What do we acknowledge to belong to God?

« PreviousContinue »