THE KING ’S BUSINESS
a throne, such men will be enthroned by virtue of their service. God has thrones not for “ kings” but for servants. His thrones are prepared for men prepared for thrones; true servants of servants; not in name such, only, like the popes. IV. T he K ing of K ings . 1. “Even the Son of Man;’’ came . to minister (v. 45).
turvy in this age. But the scrub, that serves is more royal than the king who is served. The “ divine right of kings” is the right to be chief servant. The tallest man in the world is the one who has most of himself under his feet. Not our “dead selves” ; but our living selves may so be made “ Stepping stones to higher things.” The millennium will have come when men long and pray for skiil, for learning, for inventive knack, for wealth, for office' and power to he used for the benefit of men, regardless of the recompense of reward. None will then ask
2. The Ransom for Men, “ and to give his life (not his’ "'service) a ransom for many.” LESSON III.—July 19. — B lind B artimaeus .— Mark 10:46-52. .Then the eyes of the Mind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf Thai shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb
G olden T ext : shall be unstopped, shall sing.— Isa:- 35:5, 6 . I. J esus at J ericho .
was not “ done in a corner” (Acts 26:26), but before great multitudes, on conspicu ous persons, in conspicuous places. ' 2. His Inquiry. Luke (18:36, 37) says he heard the crowd and asked “ what, it meant?” So blind sinners if they cannot see can ask what all this Christian company signifies, and so be led to find their sight. They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth pass- eth by.” 3. His Outcry. “ When he heard that . . . he began to cry out, Jesus thou Son of David have mercy on me.” This was the last time Jesus passed that way. He is passing our way today, it may be for the last time with some of us. Let us “ call upon him while he i s ^ n c a r a n d He will give us thé sure mercies of David." Are not these incidents of Mark linked in real ity with Isaiah 55:3, 6 ? And the “ highway side” with the reference to the eyes of the blind with Isaiah 35:5, 8 ? What did Barti maeus 'know of Jesus that he should call on Him and call Him “ Son of David” f Had some other blind man oh whom the Lord had mercy brought him the message ? and said, “ A man called Jesus . . . said . . . and I received my’ sight; I was blind and now I see” ? (John 9:11). He could see Jesus no more than we, but he could hear, believe and call.
1. Jericho, a type of the world, wás un der á curse (Joshua 7 :26). Jesus came to Jericho and brought a blessing,,to whom soever would have it ; to Rahab, a harlot, to Zacehaeus, a publican; and to Barti maeus, a blind beggar; and on the Jericho road the man who fell among thieves was rescued and cared for by the Good Samari tan, Who is a frequenter of that way (Luke 10:35). The way up to Jerusalem is a rough and rugged one and now as the last stage of the journey to the Cross well ex emplifies the Lord’s course through this world, whereon He scatters blessing as He goes and “ all His paths drop fatness. 2. The Great Multitude. The Greek means "a sufficient” multitude. They were on the way to the annual Passover festival, providentially a sufficient mass of them to witness the signs indicating the Son of David, and leave the nation without excuse for the crucifixion of the Son of God. II. T he B eggar of J ericho . 1. Well Known. He is called “Son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus the blind (man).” Some understánd, the blind son of a blind father; if so a double type of blind sinners. He sat by the ‘highway side,” where the citizens passed. We see that Jesus’ work
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