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A Sabbath Meal With Christ.

A Sabbath Meal With Christ.

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BY REV THOMAS T. LYNCH.


Luke xiv. 1.

And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief
Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched
him.
BY REV THOMAS T. LYNCH.


Luke xiv. 1.

And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief
Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched
him.

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A SABBATH MEAL WITH CHRIST.BY REV THOMAS T. LYCH.Luke xiv. 1.And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watchedhim.'They watched Him/ And He watched them. But withwhat different eyes ! The evil eye, like the eye of the ser-pent, confuses with distress, overcomes by pain ; and agood eye, like the eye of man fronting the wild-beast of the forest, subdues. But the evil eye makes us a prey ;the good eye subdues the beast of prey itself If we canbut gaze calmly on the angry face of the world, we havealready half tamed that great foe. Christ went on hisdaily course surrounded with evil eyes. He did indeedfece the angry world. Men quailed before him, multi-tudes hushed, and enemies whose tongue was arrogantlyloud, were silenced. But think not that courage can beexerted even by the best without frequent anguish. Tobe watched by the unkind, even if we can maintain ourcomposure and good will, inflicts a pang; and to bewatched in time of festive and unsuspicious pleasure bythe enemy, instead of being permitted to utter all withunusual freedom through the presence of kind sympathy — that is indeed distressing.On this Sabbath day, when Christ entered \tafe \io\*s&] 22 A SABBATH MEAL WITH CHBIST.to eat bread, how happy a time might there have been if all had been friendly ! But they watched him, and he felttheir eyes upon him, and felt their thoughts busy about
 
him: and he watched them, maintaining his composure ;but feeling perhaps an inward pain in the midst of thiscomposure. One of the chief Pharisees had invited him.Was it with respect ? We will think so. o doubt, aPharisee would parade hospitality ; but the life of a Phari-see was not all parade. There were many truly piousmen amongst the Pharisees. There were many, whosenames are not given us, that doubtless were sincerelywishful to form a just opinion of Jesus Christ. They feltthe responsibility of their position, as conspicuous pietists,too much to side readily with a prophet that had not yetcleared his own repute, and obtained a full credit in theworld. evertheless, many of them sincerely wished toknow what was right. Possibly this Pharisee felt gladthat a safe opportunity had arisen for him to proffer hos-pitable entertainment to Christ, and through giving himentertainment, have a nearer opportunity of observing hischaracter. We must remember — for there is much in-struction in the remembrance — that, notwithstanding thebad repute of the Pharisees, they were originally a goodclass of men, and to the last many excellent persons werein that class. They were a kind of Jewish puritans.ow puritanism is a mixture of narrowness and nobleness,and according as one or other of these elements prepon-derates, we come to regard it. Our own puritans in Eng-lish story were a noble class; yet puritanism, as thenobleness declines in vigour, becomes exceedingly afflictiveand tyrannical, through narrowness of thought and rigidityof corresponding practice. Thus, to be ruled religiouslyby a puritan, might be to have God's joy turned into mereA SABBATH MEAL WITH CHRIST. 123imprisonment ; but to have our life under the control of an energetic puritan, in whom nobleness had the ascendant,would be to receive an elevation in our ordinary way of thought, and a Vigour in our ordinary way of practice, thatwould surprise and delight us. Our own puritanism was in
 
a great degree a spiritual reaction against the showy licen-tiousness of a corrupt Church. To some extent the Phari-saism of the Jews may be thought of as a reaction againstthe popular neglects of the old law ; and without assertingthat there ever was so conspicuous a nobleness in Phari-sees as there was in English puritans, it is fair to them tosay, that the two elements were mingled in their mode of thought and life as in the more modern mode — nobleness,narrowness* But in Christ's time they had become a verynarrow-minded people, and their spiritual authority wasoppressive.One of the chief of these men had invited Christ* aswe say, perhaps with a sincere respect, perhaps glad of asafe opportunity to show him hospitality, because thatopportunity would also be one for examining his personalclaims more nearly. ow, there was a person presentwho had the dropsy. How came he present ? Possiblythis Pharisee had seen him in the synagogue; possiblythey had all been at the synagogue before this meeting,and the Pharisee may have given a general invitation,especially asking those to whom special personal respectwas thought due, and saying that he would be happy tosee any others who might like to have an hour or two withJesus of azareth : and the man with the dropsy mighthave come, having heard perhaps the fame of former cures,and in his own heart wishful, that though it was the Sab-bath, he too might be cured.' They watched Him/ What he saw in them to& ^stfcr124 A SABBATH MEAL WITH CHBIST.sently appear; but he first directed his regard to thisafflicted man : and he asked them, ' Is it lawful to heal onthe Sabbath day? And they held their peace/ 'Is it law-ful to heal on the Sabbath day?' Is it lawful to do anything but heal on the Sabbath day ? Certainly not ; that

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