Iesus Rebuketh Cruelty to
Condemneth the Service of Mammon.
1. AND it came to pass that the Lord departed from
the City and went over the mountains with this disciples. And they came
to a mountain whose ways were steep and there they found a man with a
beast of burden.
2. But the horse had fallen down, for it was over
laden, and he struck it till the blood flowed. And Jesus went to him
and said: "Son of cruelty, why strikest thou thy beast? Seest thou not
that it is too weak for its burden, and knowest thou not that it
3. But the man answered and said: "What hast thou to
do therewith? I may strike it as much as it pleaseth me, for it is mine
own, and I bought it with a goodly sum of money. Ask them who are with
thee, for they are of mine acquaintance and know thereof."
4. And some of the disciples answered and said: Yea,
Lord, it is as he saith, We have seen when he bought it. And the Lord
said again "See ye not then how it bleedeth, and hear ye not also how
it waileth and lamenteth ?" But they answered and said: "Nay, Lord, we
hear not that it waileth and lamenteth? "
5. And the Lord was sorrowful, and said: "Woe unto
you because of the dullness of your hearts, ye hear not how it
lamenteth and crieth unto the heavenly Creator for mercy, but thrice
woe unto him against whom it crieth and waileth in its pain."
6. And he went forward and touched it, and the horse
stood up, and its wounds were healed. But to the man he said: "Go now
thy way and strike it henceforth no more, if thou also desireth to find
7. AND seeing the people come unto him, Jesus, said
unto his disciples, Because of the sick I am sick; because of the
hungry I am hungry; because of the thirsty I am athirst.
8. He also said, I am come to end the sacrifices and
feasts of blood, and if ye cease not offering and eating of flesh and
blood, the wrath of God shall not cease from you, even as it came to
your fathers in the wilderness, who lusted for flesh, and they eat to
their content, and were filled with rottenness, and the plague consumed
9. And I say unto you, Though ye be gathered
together in my bosom, if ye keep not my commandments I will cast you
forth. For if ye keep not the lesser mysteries, who shall give you the
10. He that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust
also in much.
11. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the
mammon of unrighteousness, who will commit to your trust the true
riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another
man’s, who shall give you that which is your own ?
12. No servant can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. And the
Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things, and they
13. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify
yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is
highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
14. The law and the prophets were until John; since
that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into
it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than one title
of the law to fail.
15. Then there came some women to him and brought
their infants unto him, to whom they yet gave suck at their breasts,
that he should bless them; and some said, Why trouble ye the master?
16. But Iesus rebuked them, and said, Of such will
come forth those who shall yet confess me before men. And he took them
up in his arms and blessed them.
LECTION 21. 2-6. -This touching incident is to be
found also in a very ancient Coptic fragment of the Life of Iesus-
others of a like nature also recorded in their places in this Gospel,
show how he, the Divine Saviour of the world, regarded the
ill-treatment of the "lower" animals as a grievous sin.
v. 12. -The divine love of Iesus for all God's creatures is everywhere
evidenced by this Gospel, and his belief that all life is one, is
abundantly justified by the teaching of true modern science, physical
The Restoration of Iairus'
1. AND behold there cometh one of the rulers of the
synagogue, Iairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
and he besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the
point of death; I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she
may be healed, and she shall live. And Jesus went with him, and much
people followed him and thronged him.
2. AND a certain woman, which had an issue of blood
twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had
spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
3. When she had heard of Iesus, she came in the
press behind and touched his garments For she said, If I may touch but
his garment, I shall be whole. find straightway the fountain of her
blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of
4. And Iesus, immediately knowing in himself that
virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press and said, Who
touched my vesture? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the
multitude thronging thee and sayeth thou, Who touched me?
5. And he looked round about to see her that had
done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was
done in her, came and fell down before him and told him all the truth.
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace and be whole of thy plague.
6. WHILE he yet spake, there came from the ruler of
the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why
troublest thou the Master any further ?
7. As soon as Iesus heard the word that was spoken,
he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
And he suffered no man to follow him save Peter and James and John the
brother of James.
8. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the
synagogue, and seeth the tumult and the minstrels, and them that
lamented and wailed greatly.
9. And when he was come in he said unto him, Why
make ye this ado and weep? The damsel is not dead but sleepeth. And
they laughed him to scorn, for they thought she was dead, and believed
him not. But when he had put them all out, he taketh two of his
disciples with him, and entered in where the damsel was lying.
10. And he took the damsel by the hand and said unto
her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee
11. And straightway the damsel arose and walked. And
she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a
12. And he charged them straightly that no man
should make it known, and commanded that something should be given to
her to eat.
LECTION 22 -The daily increasing discoveries in
modern times of cases of trance or of suspended animation, in which
those carried to burial certified as dead by medical men have revived,
suggest the thought how much more numerous must have been such cases in
days when medical science knew little or nothing of the symptoms of
real death. When it is now ascertained that five per thousand on an
average are restored to life who have been certified dead or carried to
burial, how many more such cases must have occurred in those times when
true physicians and magnetic healers were looked upon almost as gods?
Iesus and the Samaritan
1. THEN cometh Iesus to a city of Samaria, which is
called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son
2. Now Jacob’s well was there. Iesus therefore,
being wearied with his journey, sat alone on the edge of the well, and
it was about the sixth hour.
3. And there cometh a woman of Samaria to draw
water; Iesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were
gone away unto the city to buy food).
4. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is
it that thou being a Jew, asketh drink of me, who am a woman of
Samaria? (for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.)
5. Iesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest
the gift of God and who it is that saith to thee, Give me drink, thou
wouldest have asked of God, who would have given thee living water.
6. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing
to draw with, and the well is deep, from whence hast thou that living
water. Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and
drank thereof, himself and his children and his camels and oxen and
7. Iesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever
drinketh of this water shall thirst again, but whosoever drinketh of
the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that
I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into
8. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this
water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Iesus saith unto
her, Go, call thy husband and come hither. The woman answered and said,
I have no husband.
9. Iesus looking upon her, answered and said unto
her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband. For thou hast had five
husbands and he whom thou now hast is not called thy husband, in that
saidst thou truly.
10. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that
thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain and ye say
that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
11. Iesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the
hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain nor yet at
Jerusalem worship God. Ye worship ye know not what; we know what we
worship; for salvation is of Israel.
12. But the hour cometh and now is, when the true
worshippers shall worship the All-Parent in spirit and in truth; for
such worshippers the All-Holy seeketh. God is a Spirit and they that
worship, must worship in spirit and in truth.
13. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah
cometh who is called the Christ: when he is come he will tell us all
things. Jesus saith unto her, I am he Who speaketh unto thee.
14. And upon this came his disciples and marveled
that he talked with the woman, yet no man said, What seekest thou ? or,
Why talkest thou with her?
15. The woman then left her waterpot, and went her
way into the city and saith unto the men, Come, see a man which told me
all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
16. Then they went out of the city and came unto
him, and many of the Samaritans believed on him, and they besought him
that he would tarry with them; and he abode there two days.
LECTION 23. 1-13. -A similar event is recorded in
the life of Buddha, where he asks water of a woman, and receives it
from a woman of lower caste, who asks how he, of a higher caste, a
Brahmin, comes to ask water of one so much lower. It should cast no
doubt on this passage.
Iesus Denounces Cruelty
He Healeth the Sick
1. As Iesus passed through a certain village he saw
a crowd of idlers of the baser sort, and they were tormenting a cat
which they had found and shamefully treating it. And Iesus commanded
them to desist and began to reason with them, but they would have none
of his words, and reviled him.
2. Then he made a whip of knotted cords and drove
them away, saying, This earth which my Father-Mother made for joy and
gladness, ye have made into the lowest hell with your deeds of violence
and cruelty; And they fled before his face.
3. But one more vile than the rest returned and
defied him. And Iesus put forth his hand, and the young man’s arm
weathered, and great fear came upon all; and one said, He is a sorcerer.
4. And the next day the mother of the young man came
unto Iesus, praying that he would restore the withered arm. And Iesus
spake unto them of the law of love and the unity of all life in the one
family of God. And he also said, As ye do in this life to your fellow
creatures, so shall it be done to you in the life to come.
5. And the young man believed and confessed his
sins, and Iesus stretched forth his hand, and his withered arm became
whole even as the other, And the people glorified God who had given
such power unto man.
6. AND when Iesus departed thence, two blind men
followed him, crying and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
And when he was come into the house the blind men came to him, and
Iesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this?
7. They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he
their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their
eyes were opened, and Iesus straitly charged them, saying, See that ye
tell no man, But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame
in all that country.
8. As they went forth, behold, they brought to him a
dumb man possessed with a demon. And when the demon was cast out the
dumb spake, and the multitude marvelled, saying, It was never so seen
in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out demons through the
prince of the demons.
9. AND Iesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom
and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
10. But when he saw the multitudes he was moved with
compassion on them, because they fainted and were scattered abroad, as
sheep having no shepherd.
11. Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest
truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
12. AND his disciples brought him two small baskets
with bread and fruit, and a pitcher of water. And Iesus set the bread
and the fruit before them and also the water. And they did eat and
drink and were filled.
13. And they marvelled, for each had enough and to
spare, and there were four thousand. And they departed blessing God for
what they had heard and seen.
LECTION 24. 1-5. -The cat was an ancient symbol of
Deity, on account of its seeing in the dark and otter attributes. More
than one instance is given of Iesus' protection of these beautiful
animals which in Iudea were, as they are even now in some places,
unjustly despised and regarded with disfavour. He, the Friend of all
things that suffered, cast his protection round these innocent
creatures, teaching men and women to do likewise, and to feel for all
the weak and oppressed. This beautiful and much maligned animal was a
native of Egypt. But there is no difficulty here, for Egyptian families
visited Palestine, and would naturally bring their venerated animals
with them, not leave them to neglect or worse, as some "Christians" who
ought to know better.
The Sermon on the Mount
1. Iesus seeing the multitudes, went up into a
mountain: and when he was seated, the twelve came unto him, and he
lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said:
2. Blessed in spirit are the poor, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be
comforted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled.
3. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain
mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed
are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of God.
4. Yea, blessed are ye, when men shall hate you’ and
when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach
you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice
ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in
heaven; for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
5. Woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received
in this life your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall
hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe
unto you when all men shall speak well of you’ for so did their fathers
to the false prophets.
6. Ye are the salt of the earth, for every sacrifice
must be salted with salt, but if the salt have lost its savour,
wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but
to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot.
7. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is
built on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put
it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Parent who is in heaven.
8. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or
the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I
say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall
in no way pass from the law or the prophets till all be fulfilled. But
behold One greater than Moses is here. and he will give you the higher
law, even the perfect Law, and this Law shall ye obey.
9. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these
commandments which he shall give, and shall teach men so, they shall be
called the least in the kingdom; but whosoever shall do, and teach
them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.
10. Verily they who believe and obey shall save
their souls, and they who obey not shall lose them. For I say unto you,
That except your righteousness shall, exceed the righteousness of the
scribes and Pharisees ye shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven.
11. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar
and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave
there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to
thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
12. Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou
art in the way with him; lest at any time thy adversary deliver thee to
the Judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast
into prison. Verily I say unto thee. Thou shalt by no means come out
thence till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
13. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you which hear,
Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.
14. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you. That ye may be the children of your Parent
Who maketh the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain
on the Just and on the unjust.
15. For if ye love them which love you what thank
have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good
to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners even do
the same. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than
others? do not even so the taxgatherers?
16. And if a desire be unto thee as thy life, and it
turn thee from the truth, cast it out from thee, for it is better to
enter life possessing truth, than losing it, to be cast into outer
17. And if that seem desirable to thee which costs
another pain or sorrow, cast it out of thine heart; so shalt thou
attain to peace. Better it is to endure sorrow, than to inflict it, on
those who are weaker.
18. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Parent Who
is in heaven is perfect.
LECTION 25. 2. -It is remarkable how persistent has
been the false rendering of these words in the received Gospels. It is
too evident to need any comment. It is not poverty of spirit that
Christ commended, but the spiritual effects of literal poverty (not
pauperism), which are more frequent than those of abundant riches.
v. 6-7. -Suggestive is this passage of the custom of the Christian
Church in building their monasteries and convents generally on high
places, the bands of holy men and women therein being truly, in the
Dark Ages, the salt of the earth, the light on a hill, without which
society would have rotted to the core, and been universally corrupt.
The occasional abuses argue nothing against their more blessed
influences. Without them our Scriptures would not have been preserved,
even in their present condition, and civilization would have been
extinct. To the monks of S. Basil and S. Benedict are due the remains
of Christianity that have been handed down to us, and by such
institutions rationally conducted will Christianity be revived in a
higher and purer form, and the Scriptures restored to their original
purity, as well as the ancient worship of God. The laxity of some
modern monasteries is to be regretted in the matter of flesh-eating,
under the plea of health, there being really no such necessity with the
abundance of food from the vegetable world as well as animal products.
The Carthusian and other monasteries stand as a noble testimony to the
healthfulness of the rule when observed in strictness and unabated
The Sermon on the Mount
1. TAKE heed that ye do not your alms before men, to
be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Parent who is in
heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet
before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their
2. But when thou givest alms, let not thy left hand
know what thy right hand doeth, and take heed that thine alms may be in
secret; and the Secret One which seest in secret shall approve then
3. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the
hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on
the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily I say
unto you, They have their reward.
4. But thou, when thou prayest enter into thy
chamber and when thou hast shut thy door pray to thy Father-Mother who
is in secret; and the secret One that seeth in secret shall approve
5. And when ye pray in common, use not vain
petitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard
for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your
heavenly Parent knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask
After this manner therefore pray ye, when ye are gathered together:
6. Our Parent Who art in heaven: Hallowed be Thy
Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done; in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread, and the fruit of the living Vine.
As Thou forgivest us our trespasses, so may we forgive the trespasses
of others. Leave us not in temptation. Deliver us from evil. Amun.
7. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your
heavenly Parent will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Parent in heaven forgive you your
8. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites,
of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may
appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
9. And I say unto you, Except ye fast from the world
and its evil ways, ye shall in no wise find the Kingdom; and except ye
keep the Sabbath and cease your haste to gather riches, ye shall not
see the Father-Mother in heaven. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint
thine head and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast,
and the Holy One who seeth in secret will approve thee openly.
10. Likewise also do ye, when ye mourn for the dead
and are sad, for your loss in their gain. Be not as those who mourn
before men and make loud lamentation and rend their garments, that they
may be seen of men to mourn. For all souls are in the hands of God, and
they who have done good, do rest with your ancestors in the bosom of
11. Pray ye rather for their rest and advancement,
and consider that they are in the land of rest, which the Eternal hath
prepared for them, and have the just reward of their deeds, and murmur
not as those without hope.
12. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth not rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor
steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
13. The lamps of the body are the eyes: if therefore
thy sight be clear, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine
eyes be dim or lacking, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that
14. No man can serve two masters; for either he will
hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
15. Therefore I say unto you, Be not over anxious
for your life what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for
your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat and the
body than raiment? And what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole
world and lose his life ?
16. Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Parent
feedeth them. Are ye not much better cared for than they? Which of you
by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why spend all
your thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you,
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
17. Wherefore shall not God who clothes the grass of
the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, much
more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
18. Therefore be not over anxious, saying, What
shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be
clothed? (all Which things do the Gentiles seek). For your heavenly
Parent knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first
the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things shall be
added unto you. Meet not in advance the evils of the morrow; sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof.
LECTION 26. 9. -Meaning; that if the vision be
set on one single object and no other, great is the clearness of
vision; while, if the eyes be set on number of other objects, the
clearness will be diminished with regard to that one.
The Sermon on the Mount (Part III)
1. JUDGE not, that ye be not judged. For with what
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again; and as ye do unto others, so shall
it be done unto you.
2. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy
brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine
eye; and behold a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast
the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall thou see clearly to cast
the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
3. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs’
neither cast ye your pearls before swine; lest they trample them under
their feet and turn again and rend you.
4. Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh
receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to them that knock it shall
5. What man is there of you who, if his child ask
bread, will give it a stone? Or, if it ask a fish, will give it a
serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Parent Who is in heaven give good
things to them that ask?
6. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so to them. And what ye would not that men
should do unto you, do ye not so unto them; for this is the Law and the
7. Enter ye in at the strait gate, for strait is the
way and narrow the gate that leadeth unto life, and few there be that
find it. But wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be who go in thereat.
8. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them
by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
9. Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good
fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Every tree that
bringeth not forth good fruit is only fit to be hewn down and cast into
the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know the good from the
10. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father-Mother Who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name? and in thy Name have
cast out devils? and in thy Name done many wonderful works? And then
will I say unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
11. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of
mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man who built his
house foursquare upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew upon that house; and it fell not, for it was
founded upon a rock.
12. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his
house upon the sand, and the rain descended, and the floods came and
the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the
fall of it. But a city which is built foursquare, enclosed in a circle
or on the top of a hill, and established on a rock, can neither fall
nor be hidden.
13. And it came to pass, when Iesus had ended these
sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine. For he taught them
as one appealing to the reason and the heart, and not as the scribes
who taught rather by authority.
LECTION 27. 2. -The sin of hypocrisy is most
loathsome, and the most difficult for those to see who are vitiated by
it. To condemn in others the sins we practice ourselves is a common sin
of society, which Christ ever reprobates.
LECTION 27. 12. -Note the importance which these symbols
(including the equilateral triangle) possessed in the eyes of Iesus as
illustrations of Eternal truths. The slight mention of these shows the
Gospel was written, or addressed to people well acquainted with the
mysteries they represent.
Iesus Releases the Rabbits
1. IT came to pass one day as Iesus had finished his
discourse, in a place near Tiberias where there are seven wells, a
certain young man brought live rabbits and pigeons, that he might have
to eat with his disciples.
2. And Iesus looked on the young man with love and
said to him, Thou hast a good heart and God shall give thee light, but
knowest thou not that God in the beginning gave to man the fruits of
the earth for food, and did not make him lower than the ox, or the
horse, or the sheep, that he should kill and eat the flesh and blood of
his fellow creatures.
3. Ye believe that Moses indeed commanded such
creatures to be slain and offered in sacrifice and eaten, and so do ye
in the Temple, but behold a greater than Moses is herein and he cometh
to put away the bloody sacrifices of the law, and the feasts on them,
and to restore to you the pure oblation and unbloody sacrifice as in
the beginning, even the grains and fruits of the earth.
4. Of that which ye offer undo God in purity shall
ye eat, but of that kind which ye offer not in purity shall ye not eat,
for the hour cometh when your sacrifices and feasts of blood shall
cease, and ye shall worship God with a holy worship and a pure Oblation.
5. Let these creatures therefore go free, that they
may rejoice in God and bring no guilt to man. And the young man set
them free, and Iesus break their cages and their bonds.
6. But lo, they feared lest they should again be
taken captive, and they went not away from him, but he spake unto them
and dismissed them, and they obeyed his word, and departed in gladness.
7. AT that time as they sat by the well, which was
in the midst of the six Iesus stood up and cried out, If any are
thirsty, let them come unto me and drink, for I will give to them of
the waters of life.
8. They who believe in me, out of their hearts shall
flow rivers of water, and that which is given unto them shall they
speak with power, and their doctrine shall be as living water.
9. (This he spake of the Spirit, which they that
believed on him should receive, for the fullness of the Spirit was not
yet given because that Iesus was not yet glorified).
10. Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall
give shall never thirst, but the water which cometh from God shall be
in them a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.
11. AND at that time John sent two of his disciples,
saying, Art thou he that should come, or look we for another? and in
that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of
evil spirits, and unto many blind, he gave sight.
12. Then Iesus answering said unto them, Go your
way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the
blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the
dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he,
whosoever shall not be offended in me.
13. And when the messengers of John were departed,
he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out
into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind, or a man
clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are georgeously apparelled,
and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.
14. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet Yea,
I say unto you, and the greatest of prophets.
15. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I
send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before
thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women, there is
not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.
16. And all the people that heard him, and the
taxgatherers, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against
themselves, being not baptized of him.
LECTION 28. 1-5. -It is easy to see how this would
have horrified the mind of Iesus had he lived in these semi- heathen
LECTION 28. 16. -To exalt unduly the Christian Sacrament of Baptism,
certain words have been interpolated in the A.V. The context shows that
such was not the intended meaning, for immediately after, they
"justified God by being baptized with Iohn's Baptism."
The feeding of the Five
Six Loaves and Seven Clusters Of Grapes.
Healing Of The Sick
1. AND the Feast of the Passover drew nigh, and the
Apostles and their fellows gathered themselves together unto Iesus and
told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and
rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no
leisure so much as to eat.
2. And they departed into a desert place by ship
privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and
ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came
together unto him.
3. And Iesus, when he came forth, saw much people
and was moved with compassion towards them, because they were as sheep
having not a shepherd.
4. And the day was far spent, and his disciples came
unto him and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far
passed. Send them away, that they may go into the country round about
into the villages, and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to
5. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to
eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth
of bread, and give them to eat ?
6. He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go
and see. And when they knew, they said, Six loaves and seven clusters
of grapes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies of
fifty upon the grass. And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by
7. And when he had taken the six loaves and the
seven clusters of grapes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and brake
the loaves, and the grapes also and gave them to his disciples to set
before them and they divided them among them all.
8. And they did all eat and were filled. And they
took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that were left. And they
that did eat of the loaves and of the fruit were about five thousand
men, women and children, and he taught them many things.
9. And when the people had seen and heard, they were
filled with gladness and said, Truly this is that Prophet that should
come into the world. And when he perceived that they would take him by
force to make him a king, he straightway constrained his disciples to
get into the ship, and to go to the other side before him unto
Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
10. And when he had sent them away he departed into
a mountain to pray. And when even was come, he was there alone, but the
ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves, for the wind
11. The third watch of the night Iesus went unto
them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the
sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for
fear. But straightway Iesus spake unto them, saying. Be of good cheer;
it is I; be not afraid.
12. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be
thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when
Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to
Iesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid, and
beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
13. And immediately Iesus stretched forth his hand,
and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore
didst thou doubt? For did I not call thee ?
14. And he went up unto them into the ship, and the
wind ceased, and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure and
wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves and the
fruit, for their heart was hardened.
15. And when they were come into the ship there was
a great calm. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him,
saying, Of a truth thou art a Son of God.
16. And when they had passed over, they came unto
the land of Gennesaret and drew to the shore And when they were come
out of the ship straightway they knew him. And ran through that whole
region round about, and began to carry about in beds, those that were
sick, where they heard he was.
17. And withersoever he entered, into villages, or
cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him
that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment, and as
many as touched him were made whole.
18. After these things Iesus came with his disciples
into Judea, and there he tarried and baptized many who came unto him
and received his doctrine.
LECTION 29. -The feeding of five thousand with five
loaves and seven clusters of grapes has a deep mystical significance,
which space forbids to enter on here, but the wise will understand. The
two numbers, e.g, symbolize Matter and Spirit, Bread and Wine,
Substance and Life.
The Bread of Life and the
1. THE day following, the people which stood on the
other side of the sea, saw that there had been no other boat there,
save the one whereinto his disciples had entered and that Iesus went
not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone
alone. And when the people therefore saw that Iesus was not there,
neither his disciples, they also took ship and came to Capernaum,
seeking for Iesus.
2. And when they had found him on the other side of
the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, how camest thou hither? Yeshua
answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek me, not
because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and
the fruit, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth,
but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son
of Man, Who is also the Child of God, shall give unto you, for him hath
God the All Parent sealed.
3. Then said they unto him, What shall we do that we
may work the works of God? Iesus answered and said unto them, This is
the work of God, that ye believe the truth, in me who am, and who
giveth unto you, the Truth and the Life.
4. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest
thou then that we may see and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our
fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them
bread from heaven to eat.
5. Then Iesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Moses gave you not the true bread from heaven, but my Parent
giveth you the true bread from heaven and the fruit of the living vine.
For the food of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth
life unto the world.
6. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us
this bread, and this fruit. And Iesus said unto them, I am the true
Bread, I am the living Vine, they that come to me shall never hunger;
and they that believe on me shall never thirst. And verily I say unto
you, Except ye eat the flesh and drink the blood of God, ye have no
life in you. But ye have seen me and believe not.
7. All that my Parent hath given to me shall come to
me and they that come to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down
from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of God who sent me.
And this is the will of God who hath sent me, that of all which are
given unto me I should lose none, but should raise them up again at the
8. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said I
am the bread which cometh down from heaven. And they said, Is not this
Iesus, the son of Joseph and Mary whose parentage we know? how is it
then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
9. Iesus therefore answered and said unto them,
Murmur ye not among yourselves. None can come to me except holy Love
and Wisdom draw them, and these shall rise at the last day. It is
written in the prophets, They shall be all taught of God. Every man
therefore that hath heard and hath learned of the Truth, cometh unto me.
10. Not that anyone hath seen the Holiest at any
time, save they which are of the Holiest, they alone, see the Holiest.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, They who believe the Truth, have
LECTION 30. 8. -The original Gospels know nothing of
the modern doctrine of the Anglican Church. Iesus was "the son of Mary
and Joseph, whose parentage we know." This does not contradict, but
rather suggests (to reconcile with Church doctrine), the Immaculate
Conception of both parents to which the Church is now tending.
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