The Parentage and
of Iohn the Baptist
1. THERE was in the days of Herod, the King of Judea, a
certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia; and his wife was
of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
2. And they were both righteous before God, walking
in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they
had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now
well stricken in years.
3. And it came to pass, that while he executed the
priest’s office before God in the order of his course, according to the
custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went
into the temple IOVA. And the whole multitude of the people were
praying without at the time of the offering of incense.
4. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord
standing over the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw, he was
troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear
not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth, shall
bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Iohn.
5. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many
shall rejoice at his birth; for he shall be great in the sight of the
Lord, and shall neither eat flesh meats, nor drink strong drink; and he
shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
6. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn
to the Lord their God; And he shall go before him in the spirit and
power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and
the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord.
7. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall
I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife is well stricken in
years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand
in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to announce
unto thee these glad tidings.
8. And, behold, thou art dumb, and not able to
speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, then shall
thy tongue be loosed that thou mayest believe my words which shall be
fulfilled in their season.
9. And the people waited for Zacharias, and
marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out,
he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he had seen a
vision in the temple; for he made signs unto them, and remained
10. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days
of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
And after those days, his wife Elisabeth, conceived, and hid herself
five months saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days
wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Lection 1.1 The opening paragraph of this Gospel was
evidently before the eyes, or in the mind of St. Paul when he wrote
Romans 1-4. (See Luke 1:5) This is only one of several instances where
this Gospel, or the words of Iesus recorded in it, are used
subsequently, without specially indicating the fact (as shewn further
on), being well-known to his hearers at that time.
The Immaculate Conception
of Iesus the Christ
1. AND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent
from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused
to a man whose name was Ioseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s
name was Mary.
2. Now Ioseph was a just and rational Mind, and he
was skilled in all manner of work in wood and in stone. And Mary was a
tender and discerning Soul, and she wrought veils for the temple. And
they were both pure before God; and of them both was Iesu-Maria who is
called the Christ.
3. And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail,
Mary, thou that art highly favoured, for the Mother of God is with
thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed be the fruit of thy womb.
4. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his
saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour
with God and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a
child, and He shall be great and shalt be called a Son of the Highest.
5. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne
of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob
forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
6. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be,
seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her The
Holy Spirit shall come upon Ioseph thy Spouse, and the power of the
Highest shall overshadow thee, O Mary, therefore also that holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall be called the Christ, the Child of
God, and his Name on earth shalt be called Iesu-Maria, for he shall
save the people from their sins, whosoever shall repent and obey his
7. Therefore ye shall eat no flesh, nor drink strong
drink, for the child shall be consecrated unto God from its mother’s
womb, and neither flesh nor strong drink shall he take, nor shall razor
touch his head.
8. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also
conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her,
who was called barren. For with God no thing shall be impossible. And
Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to
thy word. And the angel departed from her.
9. And in the same day the angel Gabriel appeared
unto Ioseph in a dream and said unto him, Hail, Ioseph, thou that art
highly favoured, for the Fatherhood of God is with thee. Blessed art
thou among men and blessed be the fruit of thy loins.
10. And as Ioseph thought upon these words he was
troubled, and the angel of the Lord said unto him, Fear not, Ioseph,
thou Son of David, for thou hast found favour with God, and behold thou
shalt beget a child, and thou shalt call his name Iesu-Maria for he
shall save his people from their sins.
11. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled
which was written in the prophets saying, Behold a Maiden shall
conceive and be with child and shall bring forth a son, and shall call
his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God Within Us.
12. Then Ioseph being raised from sleep did as the
angel had bidden him, and went in unto Mary, his espoused bride, and
she conceived in her womb the Holy One.
13. AND Mary arose in those days and went into the
hill country with haste, into a city of Judea and entered into the
house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
14. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard
the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was
filled with the power of the Spirit and spake, with a clear voice and
said, Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
15. Whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation
sounded in my ears, the babe leaped for joy. And blessed is she that
believed: for there shall. be a performance of those things which were
told her from the Holy One.
16. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify Thee, the
Eternal, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Saviour. For thou hast
regarded the low estate of thy handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed.
17. For Thou that art mighty hast done to me great
things; and holy is Thy Name. And Thy mercy is on them that fear Thee
from generation to generation.
18. Thou hast shewed strength with Thy arm; thou
hast scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
19. Thou hast put down the mighty from their seats
and exalted the humble and the meek. Thou hast fill the hungry with
good things and the rich Thou dost send empty away.
20. Thou dost help thy servant Israel, in
remembrance of thy mercy: as Thou spakest to our ancestors to Abraham
and to his seed for ever. And Mary abode with her about three months
and returned to her own house.
21. And these are the words that Ioseph spake,,
saying: Blessed be the God of our fathers and our mothers in Israel:
for in an acceptable time Thou hast heard me, and in the day of
salvation hast Thou helped me.
22. For Thou saids’t I will preserve and make thee a
covenant of the people to renew the face of the earth: and to cause the
desolate places to be redeemed from the hands of the spoiler.
23. That thou mayest say to the captives, Go ye
forth and be free; and to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves in
the light. And they shall feed in the ways of pleasantness; and they
shall no more hunt nor worry the creatures which I have made to rejoice
24. They shall not hunger nor thirst any more
neither shall the heat smite them nor the cold destroy them. And I will
make on all My mountains a way for travellers; and My high places shall
25. Sing ye heavens and rejoice thou earth; O ye
deserts break forth with song: for Thou O God dost comfort Thy people;
and console them that have suffered wrong.
Lection 2. 10.- "Ioseph begat (of Mary the Virgin,
his wife) Iesus, who is called the Christ."-Curetonian and Lewis's
Syriac, MS. ; and several of the oldest Latin MSS., in Matt. I.16, A.V.
Lection 2. 21-25.-The canticle of Ioseph here given is very
similar to a certain portion of the book of Isaiah; indeed, appears to
be taken from it, as Iohn borrowed from the Old Testament prophets. It
has been omitted in all other Gospels extant. It is of singular beauty,
and appropriate for use at Matins, as Magnificat is for Vesper, the
Song of Zacharias finding an equally appropriate place at Nocturns.
The Nativity of Iohn the
1. NOW Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be
delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and her
cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they
rejoiced with her.
2. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they
came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the
name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he
shall be called Iohn. And they said unto her, There is none of thy
kindred that is called by thy name.
3. And they made signs to his father, how he would
have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying,
his name is Iohn. And they all marvelled, for his mouth was opened
immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
4. And great awe came on all that dwelt round about
them; and all these came on all that dwelt round about them; and all
these sayings were made known abroad throughout all the hilly country
of Judea. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts,
saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of Jova was
5. And his father Zacharias was filled with the holy
Spirit, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be thou, O God of Israel; for
thou hast visited and redeemed thy people. And hast raised up an horn
of salvation for us in the house of thy servant David. As thou spakest
by the mouth of thy holy prophets, which have been since the world
6. That we should be saved from our enemies, and
from the hand of all that hate us. To perform the mercy promised to our
ancestors, and to remember thy holy covenant.
7. The oath which thou did’st sware to our father
Abraham, that thou wouldest grant unto us, that we being delivered out
of the hand of our enemies might serve thee without fear, in holiness
and righteousness before thee all the days of our life.
8. And this child shalt be called the Prophet of the
Highest: for he shalt go before Thy face, O God, to prepare Thy ways;
to give knowledge of salvation unto Thy people by the remission of
9. Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the
dayspring from on high hath visited us; to give light to them that sit
in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way
10. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit,
and his mission was hidden till the day of his shewing forth unto
Nativity of Iesus the
1. NOW the birth of Iesu-Maria the Christ was on
this wise. It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all the
people of Syria went to be taxed, every one into his own city, and it
2. And Ioseph with Mary also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the city of David, which
is called Bethlehem (because they were of the house and lineage of
David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, who was great with
3. And so it was, that, while they were there, the
days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought
forth her firstborn child in a Cave, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger, which was in the cave; because there
was no room for them in the inn. And behold it was filled with many
lights, on either side Twelve, bright as the Sun in his glory.
4. And there were in the same cave an ox, and a
horse, and an ass, and a sheep, and beneath the manger was a cat with
her little ones, and there were doves also, overhead, and each had its
mate after its kind, the male with the female.
5. Thus it came to pass that he was born in the
midst of the animals which, through the redemption of man from
ignorance and selfishness, he came to redeem from their sufferings, by
the manifestation or the sons and the daughters of God.
6. And there were in the same country, shepherds
abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And when
they came, lo, the angel of God came upon them, and the glory of the
Highest shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
7. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a saviour,
which is Christ, the Holy One of God. And this shall be a sign unto
you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a
8. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude
of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace toward men of goodwill.
9. And it came to pass, as the angels were
gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let
us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to
pass, which our God hath made known unto us.
10. And they came with haste, and found Mary and
Ioseph in the cave, and the Babe lying in a manger. And when they had
seen these things, they made known abroad the saying which was told
them concerning the child.
11. And all they that heard it, wondered at
those things told them by the shepherds; but Mary kept all these
things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had
heard and seen.
12. AND when eight days were accomplished for the
circumcising of the child, his name was called Iesu-Maria, as was
spoken by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the
days of her purification according to the law of Moses were
accomplished, they brought the child to Jerusalem, to present it unto
God (as it is written in the law of Moses, every male that openeth the
womb shall be called holy to the Lord).
13. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose
name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the
consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was
revealed unto him that he should not see death, before he had seen the
Christ of God.
14. And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and
when the parents brought in the child Iesus, to do for him after the
custom of the law, he perceived the child as it were a Pillar of light.
Then took he him “up in his arms, and blessed God, and said:
15. Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which
thou has prepared before the face of all people; to be a light to
lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel. And his
parents marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
16. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his
mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising again of
many in Israel; and for a Sign which shall be spoken against (yea, a
sword shall pierce through thy own soul also), that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed.
17. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the
daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Aser, of a great age, who departed
not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and
18. And she coming in that instant gave thanks
likewise unto God, and spake of him to all them that looked for
redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things
according to the law they returned into Galilee, to their own city
Lection 4. 1 -The accepted date of the birth of
Christ as corrected in the A. V. is A.M. 4000, or A.D. 1. This being
so, his second visit to the Temple A.M. 4012, and after that his
travels about A.M. 4018-4030; his Baptism A.M. 4031 ; His
Transfiguration on the Mount, 4042 ; and his Crucifixion A.M. 4049,
leaving eighteen years for his public ministry ; and his numerous
teachings, which S. Iohn declares would fill a vast number of books,
more than could be contained (comprehended by the world).
Lection 4. 4 - The animals here mentioned are sacred to the Deity in
various countries and religions, the Cat and the Dove being specially
honored and protected in Egypt (the most ancient centre of
civilization, religion, philosophy and true science), as the
symbols of Isis, the foreshadower of the "Divine Mother" of
Christianity. Egypt (with her Trinity of Father, Mother, Child) gave
refuge and sanctuary to the Infant Christ, Who came forth from thence
to redeem humanity. The cat is not wilfully a "cruel animal," as
falsely alleged by the ignorant, no more than the babe which torments
it in ignorance of the pain it gives. Far more cruel are human beings,
who torture and destroy millions of innocent creatures to gratify a
depraved appetite or to minister to their vanity, or their lust for
cruel experiment. The cat truly, as alleged by occultists, both ancient
and modern, "the most human of all animals," and it is probable it was
for this reason that it appears as the favourite animal of Iesus who
was ever the friend of the despised, maligned and neglected although
the most loving, gentle and graceful of all animals, rather than the
more self assertive dog, especilly as taught by man to hunt and to
LECTION 4. 12.-Iesu Maria is the complete name. Iesus, he shall save,
Maria, his people. Iesus is only the first part of the Holy Name, He
saves His people, not at once, the entire human race, but those of
goodwil1- homines bonce voluntatis - men and women of peace, and
obedient to the divine law; and by these, their brethren through the
ages, who will to be saved. The first part of the sacred Name seems to
be generally used in the Gospel, as indicating that only the first part
of his mission is now. When all men and women are gathered in, then
will Christ be manifest as the complete Saviour, Iesu-Maria.
The Manifestation of Iesus
to the Magi
1. Now when Iesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the
days of Herod the king, behold, there came certain Magi men from the
east to Jerusalem, who had purified themselves and tasted not of flesh
nor of strong drink, that they might find the Christ whom they sought.
And they said, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we in the
East have seen his Star, and are come to worship him.
2. When Herod the king had heard these things he was
troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the
chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them
where the Christ should be born.
3. And they said unto him, Bethlehem of Judea; for
thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of
Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee
shall come forth a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
4. Then Herod, when he had privily called the Magi,
enquired of them diligently what time the Star appeared. And he sent
them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young
child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come
and worship him also.
5. When they had heard the king, they departed; and,
lo, the Star which the Magi of the East saw, and the angel of the Star
went before them, till it came and stood over the place where the young
child was, and the Star had the appearance of six rays.
6. And as they went on their way with their camels
and asses laden with gifts, and were intent on the heavens seeking the
child by the Star, they forgot for a little, their weary beasts who had
borne thee burden and heat of the day, and were thirsty and fainting,
and the Star was hidden from their sight.
7. In vain they stood and gazed, and looked one upon
the other in their trouble. Then they bethought them of their camels
and asses, and hastened to undo their burdens that they might have rest.
8. Now there was near Bethlehem a well by the way,
And as they stooped down to draw water for their beasts, lo, the Star
which they had lost appeared to them, being reflected in the stillness
of the water.
9. And when they saw it they rejoiced with exceeding
10. And they praised God who had shewn his mercy
unto them even as they shewed mercy unto their thirsty beasts.
11. And when they were come into the house, they saw
the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped
him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him
gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12. And being warned of God in a dream that they
should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country
another way. And they kindled a fire according to their custom and
worshipped God in the Flame.
13. And when they were departed, behold the angel of
God appeared to Ioseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young
child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and there remain until I
bring thee word, for Herod will seek to destroy him.
14. AND when he arose, he took the young child and
his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, and was there for about
seven years until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which
was spoken of God by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my
15. Elizabeth too when she heard it, took her infant
son and went up into a mountain and hid him. And Herod sent his
officers to Zacharias in the temple and said to him, Where is thy
child? And he answered I am a minister of God and am continually in the
temple. I know not where he is.
16. And he sent again, saying, Tell me truly where
is thy son, Dost thou not know thy life is in my hand? And Zacharias
answered, The Lord is witness if thou shed my blood, my spirit will God
receive, for thou sheddest the blood of the innocent.
17. And they slew Zacharias in the Temple between
the holy place and the altar; and the people knew it, for a voice was
heard, Zacharias is slain, and his blood shall not be washed out until
the avenger shall come. And after a time the priests cast lots, and the
lot fell upon Simeon, and he filled his place.
18. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of
the wise men, was exceedingly wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the
children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from
two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently
enquired of the wise men.
19. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by
Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard,
lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her
children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
20. BUT when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of God
appeared in a dream to Ioseph in Egypt. Saying, Arise, and take the
young child and his mother, and return into the land of Israel: for
they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21. And he arose, and took the young child and his
mother and came into the land of Israel. And they came and dwelt in a
city called Nazareth; and he was called the Nazarene.
LECTION 5. 9. -Note the beautiful lesson taught by
these words. They look in vain for the signs of God who forget the
needs of the poorer brethren and their beasts under their care. To look
upon the needs of these who cannot speak (in human tongue) is to find
the bright light they lose who only look upwards.
LECTION 5. 16. -Alluding to 2 Chron. xxiv. 20, in the Ierusalem Talmud,
and also in the Babylonish, is an account of a priest named Zacharias,
who was slain in the court of the priests near the altar, and whose
blood never ceased to bubble from the earth, till a great number of
priests and rabbins were slaughtered (Talmud Hierosal, fol. 69).
In the Protevangelium attributed to Iames, the first Bishop or Angel of
the Church in Ierusalem is introduced the present story of Zacharias,
and that Herod who slew the infants in Bethlehem slew also Zacharias
the priest in the Temple when he said that he knew not where his infant
son Iohn was hidden. It is this story, and not the incident in
Chronicles, that most probably is referred to in a latter part of the
Gospel by Iesus, being fresh in the memories of that generation, and so
more likely to fasten attention.
The Childhood and Youth of
Iesus the Christ.
He Delivereth a Lion from the Hunters
1. NOW, Ioseph and Mary, his
parents, went up to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover
and they observed the feast after the manner of their brethren, who
abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink.
And when he was twelve years old, he went to Jerusalem with them after
the custom of the feast.
2. And when they had
fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Iesus tarried behind in
Jerusalem; and his parents knew not of it. But they, supposing him to
have been in the company, went a day’s Journey and they sought him
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not,
turned back to Jerusalem, seeking him.
3. And it came to pass, that
after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that
heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
4. And when they saw him,
they were amazed; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus
dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And
he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must
be in my Parents’ House. And they understood not the saying which he
spake unto them. But his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
5. And a certain prophet
seeing him, said unto him, Behold the Love and the Wisdom of God are
one in thee, therefore in the age to come shalt thou be called
Iesu-Maria, for by the Christ shall God save mankind, which now is
verily as the bitterness of the sea, but it shall yet be turned into
sweetness, but to this generation the Bride shall not be manifest, nor
yet to the age to come.
6. And he went down with
them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. And he made
wheels, and yokes, and tables also, with great skill. And Iesus
increased in stature, and in favour with God and man.
7. AND on a certain day the
child Iesus came to a place where a snare was set for birds, and there
were some boys there. And Iesus said to them, who hath set this snare
for the innocent creatures of God? Behold in a snare shall they in like
manner be caught. And he beheld twelve sparrows as it were dead.
8. And he moved his hands
over them, and said to them, Go, fly away, and while ye live remember
me. And they arose and fled away making a noise. And the Jews, seeing
this, were astonished and told it unto the priests.
9. And other wonders did the
child, and flowers were seen to spring up beneath his feet, where there
had been naught but barren ground before. And his companions stood in
awe of him.
10. AND in the eighteenth
year of his age, Iesus was espoused unto Miriam, a virgin of the tribe
of Judah with whom he lived seven years, and she died, for God took
her, that he might go on to the higher things which he had to do, and
to suffer for the sons and daughters of men.
11. And Iesus, after that he
had finished his study of the law, went down again into Egypt that he
might learn of the wisdom of the Egyptians, even as Moses did. And
going into the desert, he meditated and fasted and prayed, and obtained
the power of the Holy Name, by which he wrought many miracles.
12. And for seven years he
conversed with God face to face, and he learned the language of birds
and of beasts, and the healing powers of trees, and of herbs, and of
flowers, and the hidden secrets of precious stones, and he learned the
motions of the Sun and the Moon and the stars, and the powers of the
letters, and mysteries of the Square and the Circle and the
Transmutation of things, and of forms, and of numbers, and of signs.
From thence he returned to Nazareth to visit his parents, and he taught
there and in Jerusalem as an accepted Rabbi, even in the temple, none
13. AND after a time he went
into Assyria and India and into Persia and into the land of the
Chaldeans. And he visited their temples and conversed with their
priests, and their wise men for many years, doing many wonderful works,
healing the sick as he passed through their countries.
14. And the beasts of the
field had respect unto him and the birds of the air were in no fear of
him, for he made them not afraid, yea even the wild beasts of the
desert perceived the power of God in him, and did him service bearing
him from place to place.
15. For the Spirit of Divine
Humanity filling him, filled all things around him, and made all things
subject unto him, and thus shall yet be fulfilled the words of the
prophets, The lion shall lie down with the calf, and the leopard with
the kid, and the wolf with the lamb, and the bear with the ass, and the
with the dove. And a child shall lead them.
16. And none shall hurt or
destroy in my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the Holy One even as the waters cover the bed of the sea.
And in that day I will make again a covenant with the beasts of the
earth and the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea and with all
created things. And will break the bow and the sword and all the
instruments of warfare will I banish from the earth, and will make them
to lie down in safety, and to live without fear.
17. And I will betroth thee
unto me for ever in righteousness and in peace and in loving kindness,
and thou shalt know thy God, and the earth shalt bring forth the corn
the wine and the oil, and I will say unto them which were not my
people, Thou art my people; and they shall say unto me, Thou art our
18. And on a certain day as
he was passing by a mountain side nigh unto the desert, there met him a
lion and many men were pursuing him with stones and javelins to slay
19. But Iesus rebuked them,
saying, Why hunt ye these creatures of God, which are more noble than
you? By the cruelties of many generations they were made the enemies of
man who should have been his friends.
20. If the power of God is
shown in them, so also is shown his long suffering and compassion.
Cease ye to persecute this creature who desireth not to harm you, see
ye not how he fleeth from you, and is terrified by your violence?
21. And the lion came and
lay at the feet of Iesus, and shewed love to him; and the people were
astonish , and said, Lo, this man loveth all creatures and hath power
to command even these beasts from the desert, and they obey him.
LECTION 6. 5. -In what way this
prediction is to be fulfilled is not as yet made manifest - whether
Iesus shall yet be manifest and received by his people as the
Two-in-One, the All-gentle as well as the All-powerful, or whether He
shall assume the feminine form, or whether He shall be manifest with
His counterpart. Many false Christs shall come with signs and lying
LECTION 6. 10. -Iosephus mentions a section of the
Essenes, or Iessenes, who, unlike the great majority of them, lived in
"honourable marriage," observing their rules and customs in all other
matters, such as abstinence from blood sacrifices, flesh eating, etc.
Some consider it most probable, therefore, that at this period Iesus
married, according to the usual custom of the Iews, and in his case
especially, that he might have full experience of human life, and thus
be a perfect Example for all, knowing the joys and sorrows of all,-and
that it was just before his further travels preparatory to his entrance
into the Ministry that he lost by death the wedded partner of his
youth. He was "in all things like as we are, yet without sin."
The Preaching of Iohn the
1. NOW in the fifteenth year of the reign of
Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod
being tetrarch of Galilee (Caiaphas being the high priest, and Annas
chief of the Sanhedrim) the word of God came unto Iohn the son of
Zacharias, in the wilderness.
2. And he came into all the country about Jordan,
preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. As it is
written in the prophets, Behold I send my messenger before thy face,
who shall prepare thy way before thee; the voice of one crying in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Holy One, make straight the paths
of the Anointed.
3. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain
and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways shall be made smooth. And all flesh shall see the
salvation of God.
4. And the same Iohn had his raiment of
camel’s hair, and a girdle of the same about his loins, and his
meat was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey. Then went out to
him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,
and were baptized of him in the Jordan confessing their sins.
5. And he said to the multitude that came forth to
be baptized of him, O generation of disobedient ones, who hath warned
you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy
of repentance and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham
to our father.
6. For I say unto you, that God is able of these
stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid
unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
7. And the wealthier people asked him, saying, What
shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two
coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath food let
him do likewise.
8. Then came also certain taxgatherers to be
baptised and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto
them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you, and be merciful
after your power.
9. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him,
saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no
man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with sufficient wages.
10. And to all he spake, saying, Keep yourselves
from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of birds and
beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten of
wrong; Think ye the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin! I
tell you Nay, Speak the Truth. Be just, Be merciful to one another and
to all creatures that live, and walk humbly with your God.
11. And as the people were in expectation, and all
men mused in their hearts of Iohn, whether he were the Christ or not,
Iohn answered; saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water;
but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not
worthy to unloose.
12. He shall also baptize you with water and with
fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor,
and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn
with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exortation
preached he unto the people.
LECTION 7. 4.-The fruit of the
Carob tree ("S. Iohn's Bread") ; not the insect of that name, as is
supposed by the people in general.
LECTION 7. 10,-As noticed before, the Essenes did
not frequent the blood sacrifices of the Temple. Iohn and Iesus acted
The Baptism of Iesu Maria
1. AND it was in the midst of the summer, the tenth
month. Then cometh Iesus from Galilee to Jordan unto Iohn, to be
baptized of him. But Iohn forbade him, saying, I have need to be
baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Iesus answering said unto
him, Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness. Then he suffered him.
2. And Iesus, when he was baptized, went up
straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and a bright cloud stood over him, and from behind the cloud
Twelve Rays of light, and thence in the form of a Dove, the Spirit of
God descending and lighting upon him. And, lo, a voice from heaven
saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; this day
have I begotten thee.
3. And Iohn bare witness of him ,saying, This was he
of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me, for he
was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for
grace. For the law was in part given by Moses, but grace and truth
cometh in fulness by Iesus Christ.
4. No man hath seen God at any time. The only
begotten which cometh from the bosom of the Eternal in the same is God
revealed. And this is the record of Iohn, when the Jews sent priests
and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art I thou? And he deified
not, but confessed I am not the Christ.
5. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias?
And he saith, I am not, Art thou that prophet of whom Moses spake? And
he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may
give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? And
he said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight
the way of the Holy One, as said the Prophet Esaias.
6. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees,
and they asked him and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if
thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet of whom
7. Iohn answered them, saying, I baptize with water;
but there standeth One among you, whom ye know not, He shall baptize
with water and with fire. He it is who coming after me is preferred
before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
8. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond
Jordan, where Iohn was baptizing. And Iesus began at this time to be
thirty years of age, being after the flesh indeed the Son of Ioseph and
Mary; but after the Spirit. the Christ, the Son of God, the Father and
Mother Eternal, as was declared by the Spirit of holiness with power.
9. AND Ioseph was the son of Jacob and Elisheba, and
Mary was the daughter of Eli (called Joachim) and Anna, who were the
children of David and Bathsheba, of Judah and Shela, of Jacob and Leah,
of Isaac and Rebecca, of Abraham and Sarah, of Seth and Maat, of Adam
and Eve, who were the children of God.
LECTION 8. 2. -This "bright
light" at his baptism is mentioned in the "Gospel of the Hebrews,"
which is undoubtedly the original Gospel of S. Matthew, and the one
used in the primitive Church of Ierusalem, and identical with this.
Iustin Martyn quotes this Gospel
as the original Gospel of Matthew, and endeavours to explain away the
supposed "heresy" in the words, "This day have I begotten thee," which
shows that the present Gospel of Matthew could not have been extant in
his time, else he would have quoted it with gladness as omitting these
v. 7.-The earthly ministry of
Iesus, beginning at thirty years of age, complete and continuing till
his death at the age of forty-nine, must therefore have lasted much
longer than is generally supposed, even eighteen years. During the
latter part of it, the Iews who knew him attested that he was then "
not fifty years old."
The Four Temptations
1. THEN was Iesus led up of the spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. And the wild beasts of the
desert were around him, and became subject unto him. And when he had
fasted forty days and forty nights he was hungered.
2. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If
thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread, for it
is written, I will feed thee with the finest of wheat and with honey,
out of the rock will I satisfy thee.
3. But he answered and said, It is written, Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of
the mouth of God.
4. Then the Devil placeth before him a woman, of
exceeding beauty and comeliness and of subtle wit, and a ready
understanding withal, and he said unto him. Take her as thou wilt, for
her desire is unto thee, and thou shalt have love and happiness
and comfort all thy life, and see thy children’s children, yea is
it not written, It is not good for man that he should be alone?
5. And Iesu-Maria said, Get thee behind me, for it
is written, Be not led away by the beauty of woman, yea, all flesh is
as grass and the flower of the field; the grass withereth and the
flower fadeth away, but the Word of the Eternal endureth for ever. My
work is to teach and to heal the children of men, and he that is born
of God keepeth his seed within him.
6. And the Devil taketh him up into the holy city,
and setteth him on a pinnacle of the Temple. And saith unto him, If
thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall
give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall
bear thee up lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7. And Iesus said unto him, It is written again,
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8. Then the Devil took him up into an exceeding high
mountain in the midst of a great plain and, round about, twelve cities
and their peoples, and shown from thence he shown unto him all the
kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the Devil said unto him,
All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is
delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it: for it is
written, thou shalt have dominion from sea to sea, so thou shalt judge
thy people with righteousness and thy poor with mercy, and make a full
end of oppression. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be
9. And Iesu-Maria answered and said unto him, get
thee behind me, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship thy God,
and Him only shalt thou serve. Without the power of God, the end of
evil cannot come.
10. Then the Devil having ended all the temptations
leaveth him and departed for a season. And behold, angels of God came
and ministered unto him.
LECTION 9. 1 -The Essenes or
Nazarenes, somewhat like the Indian Yogi, sought to attain divine union
by solitary meditation in unfrequented places. In the monastery of our
Lord on the summit of Quarantania, a cell is shown with rude frescoes
of the event. This mountain is about 18,000 feet high, in a barren and
desolate region east of Ierusalem, north of the road to Iericho,
overlooking the valley of the Iordan.
v. 2-9 -Observe, the temptations
are addressed to the fourfold nature of man, as recognised by the
ancient Egyptians. 1st.-To the outer body, with its physical needs.
2nd. -To the inner body, the seat of the senses and desires. 3rd.-To
the soul, the seat of the intellect.
LECTION 9. 3 -In all the ancient initiations woman
was one of the temptations placed in the way of the aspirant. That this
was not omitted in the trial of the "Perfect Man" we may be certain,
and we are expressly told in the Epistle to the Hebrews that "he was in
all points tempted even as we are." Why the writers of the Canonical
Gospels omitted this trial, or whether it was dropped out of the
original by accident we cannot say, but here we have it restored in its
place. It is evidently inculcated by Iesus in this second temptation
(what has always been known to the wise) that adepts should store up
their physical strength for work on a higher plane, and this Iesus did
for the work of the ministry as an example for all who would follow him
and heal the bodies and souls of others.
Here we have one of the many
passages which show that the words attributed to the writers of the
Epistles are quotations from this Gospel, and that such portions at
least were extant in their time.-e.g., I. Iohn iii. 9. (A. V.).
Ioseph and Mary Make a
Feast unto Iesus.
Andrew and Peter Find Iesus.
1. AND when he had returned from the wilderness, the
same day, his parents made him a feast, and they gave unto him the
gifts which the Magi had presented to him in his infancy. And Mary
said, These things have we kept for thee even to this day, and she gave
unto him the gold and the frankincense and the myrrh. And he took of
the frankincense, but of the gold he gave unto his parents for the
poor, and of the myrrh he gave unto Mary who is called Magdalene.
2. Now this Mary was of the city of Magdala in
Galilee. And she was a great sinner, and had seduced many by her beauty
and comeliness. And the same came unto Iesus by night and confessed her
sins, and he put forth his hand and healed her, and cast out of her
seven demons, and he said unto her, Go in peace, thy sins are forgiven
thee. And she arose and left all and followed him, and ministered unto
him of her substance, during the days of his ministry in Israel.
3. THE next day Iohn saw Iesus coming unto him, and
said, Behold the Lamb of God, which by righteousness taketh away the
sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, He was before me; and I
knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel; therefore
am I come baptizing with water.
4. And Iohn bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit
descending from heaven like a Dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew
him not, but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto
me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on
him, the same is he which baptized with water and with fire, even the
Spirit. And I saw, and bare record that this was the Son of God.
5. THE day after, Iohn stood by the Jordan and two
of his disciples. And looking upon Iesus as he walked, he saith, Behold
the Christ, the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and
they followed Iesus.
6. Then Iesus turned and saw them following and
saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi (which is,
being interpreted, Master), where dwellest thou? He saith unto them,
Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that
day: for it was about the tenth hour.
7. One of the two which heard Iohn speak and
followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his
own brother Simon and said unto him, We have found the Messias, which
is, being interpreted the Christ. And he brought him to Iesus And when
Iesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon Bar Jona: thou shalt be
called Kephas (which is, by interpretation, a rock).
8. THE day following, Iesus goeth forth into
Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip
was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth
Nathanael, who is called Bar Tholmai, and saith unto him, We have found
him, of whom Moses in the law and the Prophets did write, Iesus of
Nazareth, the son of Ioseph and Mary, And Nathanael said unto him, Can
any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said unto him, Come and see.
9. Iesus saw Nathanael coming to him and saith of
him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile! Nathanael
saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Iesus answered and said unto
him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the Fig tree,
I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the
Son of God. thou art the King of Israel. Yea, under the Fig tree did I
10. Iesus answered and said unto him, Nathanael Bar
Tholmai, because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the Fig tree,
believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith
unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven
open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of
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