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SERMON VIII.

DAVID'S LORD AND DAVID'S SON.

While the Pharisees were gathered together,

Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose fon

is He? They say unto Him, The son of

David. He saith unto them, How then doth David

in Spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my

right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

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If David then call Him Lord, how is He his

fon? And no man was able to answer Him a word,

neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.—Matt. xxii. 41-46.

THRICE in this chapter did the cavilling enemies of Christ seek to perplex and overthrow Him by their captious questions.

The Pharisees sought to entangle Him in His talk, but were signally overthrown in His reply touching the tribute money. Next the Sadducees endeavoured to confute Him on the question of the resurrection, and were answered fully, as well as reproved for their ignorance of holy Scripture. Afterwards a scribe, “tempting Him,” inquired, Which was the great commandment of the law? With singular patience (for our Lord knew the irritating motives which

led to these inquiries) He answered each and all, exhibiting, at the same time, still more remarkable wisdom in His dealings with them. Having then received and disposed of their sophistries, He, in His turn, leaves the defensive, and takes up aggresfive weapons. Having kept off the enemy in three separate attacks on His position, He now follows him up with the two-edged sword of the Spirit into his own entrenched camp, and so victoriously did He smite and baffle him, that “no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durft any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions."

Our Lord here gives us an example of meekness and of boldness: the meekness of true wisdom the boldness of conscious truth. Herein is indicated the conduct which His followers should endeavour to pursue. We should be “ able to give to

every man that asketh us a reason for the hope that is in us, with meekness and fear.” We should do so, even though it is evident that those who oppose themselves are not seeking for instruction to themselves, but for victory over us.

Let us remember, when beset by captious antagonists, the conduct of the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees, towards our Redeemer, and His treatment of them. But, as good foldiers of Jesus Christ, we may not stop here. Truth is positive as well as negative; and the Christian armoury is supplied with weapons of attack as well as of defence. There is a girdle, breastplate, sandals, shield, and helmet; but there is also a sword - such as our Lord ever wielded with skill and effect—the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With this He drove off Satan in his onset of temptation. “It is written,” scared Apollyon; and, in the case

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