antagonist, set his foot upon him, and with a loud " Ha, ha ! "would have declared his triumph. But it was a question of lighton the part of Jesus Christ, — light against darkness, truth againstfalsehood, God against the devil. o wonder, therefore, thatwhen the controversy was so vital and so keen Jesus Christshould have been surrounded, if I may so express myself, by anatmosphere of menace, of threatening, of ill-will, and of latentdetermination to shed his blood. I am anxious to know howJesus Christ will conduct himself under such circumstances.Herod has pronounced the authoritative word. Kings ought notto be forced to the humiliation of eating up their own messages.When the Tetrarch speaks he ought to have meaning in hisspeech. It will tell to the disadvantage of Herod if, afler allthis, he come to humiliation and shame. Some men think theyhave only to threaten and the earth will quake at once. It wouldappear that some persons are under the delusion that theyhave but to shake their finger in the face of the sun, and it willbe night presently. Herod sent word to Christ to get out of his jurisdiction, or he would kill him. I am anxious to know howJesus Christ, without home or friend, will conduct himself undersuch circumstances. Let us read how he answered the messageof Herod the Tetrarch : — "And he said unto them. Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, least outdevils, and I do cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I shall beperfected ** (ver. 32).Here you have a picture of impotent rage on the part of Herod the Tetrarch. He thought that Jesus Christ would trembleunder the message. He instantly treats it with disdain, withnoble haughtiness of conscious superiority to the shaft that islevelled against him ; and he describes Herod according to themoral traits of his character. He does not hesitate to call Heroda fox \ a mere cunning, designing man, only courageous whenthere is no danger at hand; scheming and plotting in his den,but having no true bravery of heart; an evil-minded person,whose whole character is summed up in the word '^ fox." What — did Jesus Christ, then, call men names ? ot in the usual senseof that expression. Did he call Herod a fox out of mere defianceor spite? He was incapable of doing anything of the kind.VOL. 31322 THE PEOPLE'S BIBLE. [Luke xiii. 32.