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i International Sunday School Lesson
, For November 23, 1952.
Memory Selection: "Tile Lord fcath
' dona great .thing's for us, whereof we
are glad. Palm 126: 3.
Lesson Text: Matthew lit 2-6, 25-80.
The eleventh and .twelfth chapters
of Jratthftra gospel contains an im
portant part of Jesus' teaching about
Himself. Our lesson text comes from
the formers chapter.
John the Baptist baptized jesua in
tihe Jordan and witnessed the testi
mony of the Holy (Spirit. Their (paths
tan differently during . the early
months of Jesus' ministry. Uohn con
tinued his fiery denunciation of sin
and iniquity, sparing no one; and call
in for repentance.
(Among those severely criticized by
John. be 'Baptist was the King, Herod,
who was living with his brother's
wife, neither having been divorced ac
cording to the law of Hoses. In his
characteristic and outspoken manner,
John had called the King to task pub
licly and in his presence, incurring
the King's "enmity and that of his ao-
called wife.' ;'. .''".--
The result of John's fearlessness in
reproving and upbraiding Herod was
imprisonment in She cells of IMacherus,
a palace-prison on the shore of the
(Dead Sea. There, in confinement, op?
pressed physically-and onen tally, out
of touch with events, hie questioning
a to the identity of 'Jesua arose in his
mind and the honest record recites
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Jesus was quite drffertot in reality
than the Jewish expectations had pic
tured him to be. Instead of fiery,
crusading soldier for the freedom of
the Jews, Jesus was going aft out do
ing good, advising paying tribufie to
Caesar, and associating with publi
cans. So. John wondered, and sent
. an inquiry by one of his own disciples
to try to find out the truth.
John's question was presented and
Jesus Invited tihe visitor to look about
f him. The tUind were betag, hwaled;
the kune were walking, Ithe dead were
being - raised o the . proof was re-crteP-and
in Climax, -the gospe was
being "breached to the poor. That was
certainly convincing testimony for the
' visiting friends to carry to John the
Baptist, in confirmation of his own
'earlier inspiration as to who Jesus
t. was. ' ' '
Then, Jesus paid his tribute to'John
the IBaptist, mighty man if or right
eousness, no reed shaken by the wind,
' but a prophet whose coming) had been
foretold by prophecy. (No man had
been greater; declared Jesus, who add
ed Ithat the least in the new kingdom
would be ' ' greater, however, not in
material things but in opportunity
and privilege for spiritual truths.
' The unbelieving- generation , was
warned. Jesus pointed out that John
' the Baptist had. been stem, austere,
uncompromising, and had been re
jected; now, He came sociable and
free and tthe people accused him
nothing, it seemed, would satisfy their
' lack of faith. Folks then, as now,
were simply so busy with accumulat
ing money and seeking pleasure, that
- they were lacking in apirtuaC dis
cernment, uninterested and more con-
cerned With worldly things. "We should
consider the doom uttered against
. ljhem. v; V i ';? . v'-':: ... V-.';.n, .,
' The wise plan of the Heavenly Fath
er revealed truth to simple-hearted,
conscientious seekers and denied it
to the worldly wise and proud for
which Jesus ? expressed his thanks,
AH things were revealed to him but
not to all men only those to whom
be should para It on, depending upon
the spiritual growth of the man, for
had not Jesns already warned against
throwing pearja of ' truth to jrwttneT
If man wants truth, he must seek at;
if he diligently pursues it, he will find
it for. truth is for the seeker.
''It was given to terttmaker and
fishermen to see Straths not seen by
prophets and kings," says W. L. Wat
kinson,, "It was given to a peasant's
son to find for Christendom the di
vine doctrine it bad lost; it was giv
en to a thinker in Bedford to have
;viaions of God, as Isaiah and Ezekiel
had; it was gven to 'Wesley's' rag
' ged regiment to see truths of life hid
den from the wise arid prudent It
was given to Nor Oiairptonshir- cob
bler to jseize afiieshi and give practi
cal eUHcacy o the magniicen!t truKb
of the universality of salvation in
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Jemis viewed all things from the
spiritual standpoint. He 'never' pie-
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