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done when his brother came ther is come; and thy father back?
hath killed the fatted calf, A. Rejoiced.
because he hath received What did his good father him safe and sound.” And do in consequence of his
he was angry,
and would vexatious conduct ?
not go in; therefore came What did he answer to his his father out, and entreated father?
him.-And he answering, What was the cause of said to his father, “Lo! his dissatisfaction ?
these many years
do I What reply did the father thee; neither transgressed I make?
at any time thy commandWhat do you mean by ments; and yet thou never “ meet ?”
gavest me a kid, that I might A. Right, proper.
make merry with my friends; Who is meant by the elder but as soon as this thy son brother ?
was come, which hath deA. The Jews.
voured thy living with harWho is meant by the fa- lots, thou hast killed for him ther in this parable ?
the fatted calf.” And he said A. God Almighty. unto him, “ Son, thou art Whom does the prodigal
ever with me, and all that I son mean?
have is thine. It is meet A. The repenting sinner. that we should make merry, Would the father have for
and be glad; for this thy given the son, if he had not
brother was dead, and is alive repented ?
again ; and was lost and is A. No.
found." Will God then forgive sinners, if they do not repent?
What may we learn respecting those who keep in their father's house, and follow God's laws?
A. That they live in the constant favour of God.
But if the prodigal and wicked repent, what may they hope God through Christ will graciously do ?
A. Mercifully forgive and receive them.
Or, according to another explanation of this parable, the younger brother means the Gentile world, who forsook the worship of God, and gave themselves up to idolatry and vice, but many of them repented at the preaching of the Gospel. The elder brother represents the Jews, who accounting themselves the peculiar people of God, murmured at God's goodness in admitting the Gentiles again to his favour under the Gospel.
Whom does the younger brother according to this explanation mean?
A. The Gentiles.
Whom does the elder brother represent? A. The Jews.
CHAPTER VII. What parable does the THE RICH MAN AND LAZA7th chapter contain?
RUS.-Luke xvi. 19. Where is it written? They who do not do good What lesson do
here, according to their from it?
means, will be severely How was the rich man punished in a future state: clothed ?
and they who suffer poHow did he fare every
verty and sickness in this day?
life, with a pious and conWhat do you mean by tented mind, will be eterfaring sumptuously ?" nally happy hereafter. A. Living expensively. There was a certain rich Who lay at his gate ?
man, who was clothed in In what state was he? purple and fine linen, and
With what did he desire fared sumptuously everyday. to be fed ?
And there a certain What did the dogs do to beggar named Lazarus, which him?
was laid at his gate, full of To what place was the
sores, and desiring to be fed
heggar, when he died, car- with the crumbs which fell ried ?
from the rich man's table : What do you mean by moreover the dogs came and the expression “ Abraham's licked his sores.
And it bosom?"
came to pass that the beggar A. A Jewish expression, died, and was carried by the signifying an honourable angels into Abraham's boplace amongst departed som ; the rich man also died, pious souls.
and was buried. And in What happened also to hell he lift up his eyes, bethe rich man?
ing in torments, and seeth When he was in hell, and Abraham afar off, and Lazalift up his eyes, being in tor- rus in his bosom. ments, what did he see?
And he cried, and said, Who was in Abraham's " Father Abraham, have bosom?
mercy on me ; and send LaWhy was the poor man zarus that he may dip the carried to Abraham's bo- tip of his finger in water, and som ?
cool my tongue, for I am torA. Not because he was mented in this flame." poor, but because he was a But Abraham said, " Son, godly poor man, patient and
remember that thou in thy contented.
life-time receivedst thy good Why was the rich man
things, and likewise Lazarus punished ?
evil things; but now he is A. Not because he was comforted, and thou art torrich, but because he did not mented. And besides all make a good use of his this, between us and you riches.
there is a great gulph fixed; What did he beg Abraham
so that they which would to do?
pass from hence to you, canWhom did he ask him to
not; neither can they pass send?
to us, that would come from For what purpose?
thence." What did Abraham tell him to remember?
What did he say was the different lot of two What did he
say between them?
What do we learn from this?
A. That it will be impos- Then he said, “I pray thee sible to pass from hell to therefore, father, that thou heaven.
wouldest send him to my What did the rich man father's house; that he may
Abraham to do? testify unto them, lest they What do
you mean by also come into this place of “ testify?"
torment.' A. Bear witness.
Abraham said unto him, Why did he call Abraham They have Moses and the his father?
prophets; let them hear A. Because he was a Jew, them." And he said, " Nay, and the Jews being descend- father Abraham ; but if one ed from Abraham, were ac- went unto them from the customed on that account so dead, they will repent." And to call him.
he said unto him, “ If they Why were they accustom- hear not Moses and the proed to call him “ father ??? phets, neither will they be
A. Because God first persuaded, though one arose called Abraham to be the fa- from the dead.” ther of the Jewish nation.
Into what place was he afraid his five brethren would come ?
What reply did Abraham make ?
What did the rich man then earnestly request?
But what said Abraham ?
Where were the law of Moses and the threatenings of the prophets to be found ?
A. In the Old Testament.
Who is the person spoken of in the 8th chapter ?
Where is the parable written ?
What lesson do you learn from it ?
To what end did Christ speak this parable ?
Luke xviii. 2.
God will be protected and
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray,
What do you mean by and not to faint; saying, “ not fainting in prayer ?” There was in a city a judge,
A. Not being slack, but which feared not God, neicontinuing earnest and con- ther regarded man. And stant in prayer.
there was a widow in that Who was in a certain city? city, and she came unto him What was his character ? saying, Avenge me of mine
Who else was there in that adversary. And he would city ?
not for a while; but afterWhat did she say to him ? wards he said within himself, What do you mean by Though I fear not God, avenge me of mine adver
nor regard man; yet because
this widow troubleth me, I A. Do me justice. will avenge her, lest by her
What do you mean by continual coming she weary “ adversary ?"
me." A. Enemy.
And the Lord said,“ Hear Would be at first do it? what the unjust judge saith.
What reason did he after- And shall not God avenge wards give for listening to his own elect which cry day her petition ?
and night unto him, though If the unjust judge'acts in he bear long with them? I this way, will not a merciful tell you that he will avenge God listen to our frequent them speedily." and fervent prayers?
What do you here mean by “ avenge?"
A. Do justice for.
What is meant by“ God's own elect?"
A. Christians chosen out of the world through faith in Christ, to be the church and people of God.
How soon does the Lord say that God will do justice for them, if they cry day and night to him?