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A. Being in quiet possession of their rights in this world.
What do you mean by hungering and thirsting after righteousness?
A. Earnestly desiring it above all things.
With what shall they be filled?
A. With the assistance and grace of God here, and his blessed rewards hereafter.
From whom will the merciful obtain mercy?
A. From God.
What will be the reward of the pure in heart?
What will the peacemakers be called?
What will be their reward who are persecuted for " righteousness' sake?"
What do you mean by " righteousness' sake?"
A. The sake of Christ's true religion.
A. Speaking reproachful words to any one. Why does he tell them to rejoice?
What was done to the prophets?
Who were the prophets? A. Holy men among the Jews, inspired by God to foretel things to come.
VER. 12-16. Repeat the head of this section.
What is meant by the word "similitude?" A. Likeness.
What does Christ call his disciples ?
From what does salt keep meat?
A. Growing bad.
What were Jesus Christ's disciples to keep the world from?
A. Growing wicked.
If salt loses its savour, what is it good for?
What does Christ mean to teach by this?
A. That if the doctrine of his disciples become bad or corrupt, it will be good for nothing.
What does Christ call his disciples in the next place? Why does he call them so?
kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my
sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: For so persecuted they the prophets which were before
VER. 12-16. Christ calleth his disciples the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and by the similitudes of a city on a hill, and of a candle, he urgeth upon them the necessity of setting a good example.
Ye are the salt of the earth but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot
A. Because they were to enlighten and instruct mankind.
What is said of a city set on a hill?
Where do men place a candle?
What should we then let our light do? Why?
What is the meaning of letting our light so shine before men?
A. Setting a good example.
What does Christ then urge on the disciples from the above comparisons? A. The necessity of their setting a good example. Who would then be "glorified?"
What do you mean by glorified?""
A. Praised, honoured.
VER. 17-20. Repeat the head of this next section.
What did not Christ come to do to the law, and the prophets?
What did he come to do? What is meant by one jot, or one tittle?"
A. The least part. What did he say should be fulfilled?
By what were the Jews taught, before Christ came ? A. The law and the prophets.
of men. Ye are the light
of the world. A city that is set 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 Father which is in heaven.
VER. 17-20. Christ came not to destroy but to fulfil the law. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till
A. The law delivered by God to Moses. What prophets?
A. The writings of the old prophets.
What do the law and the prophets compose?
A. Great parts of the Old Testament.
What shall be done to
him, who breaks one of the
teaches men so?
all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of
What do you mean by these least commandments,
A. He shall not enter therein at all.
What is said of him who does them, and teaches others to do them?
What must our righteousness exceed?
What is here meant by "exceeding ?"
A. Being more sincere. What was the chief fault in the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees?
A. They attended principally to outward forms and ceremonies.
How must our righteousness exceed theirs?
A. By attending to duties as well as forms and ceremonies; to inward purity, as well as outward conduct. What will happen to us, if our righteousness does not exceed theirs?
Who were the Scribes ?
and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.