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speak for himself." The Pharisees in Sanhedrim had already

agreed that if any man should acknowledge Jesus to be the Christ,

the Messiah, he should be put out of the synagogue, that is, endure

the sentence of the thirty days' excommunication.* Of course

such a decree did not promote in any way the interests of truth

or the interests of Jesus. The fear of it made the parents dodge

the question. But we are not to conceive of them as heartlessly

selfish, for they knew, as they said, that their son was a man, and

they knew that he was very shrewd and ready. They were willing

to trust him to take care of himself.

lie was recalled and put on his oath. " Give glory to God : we

know that this man is a sinner." This address certainly does not

mean that he was to ascribe all the glory of his

, t The patient put

cure to God, and give no reverence to Jesus, as on oath

Hammond and Jeremy Taylor teach. It was a

form of adjuration, similar to that which Joshua put to Achan,

(see Joshua vii. li)).f They pretended in his absence to have

found the existence of fraud, and so they desire him to purge

himself by taking an oath and telling the whole truth and nothing

but the truth. While the man is not to be overcome by their au-

* " There appear to have been two,
or some say three kinds of excommuni-
cation among the Jews, greatly differ-
ing in degrees and intensity, and our
Lord often alludes to them, not as
though they were a Blight matter, but

as among the sharpest trials which bis
Servants WOUld have to endure for Ins
name'- : ■.',.,■ The mildest Was an e\-
i for thirty 'lays from the syna-
gogue, to which period, in case the ex-
communicated showed no sign of re-
pentance, a similar or a longer period,
according to the will of those that, im-
posedthe si nt' nee, was added : in other
ways too it was made keener; it was
accompanied witli a eurse ;
hold communion with him, qo, not even
Ins family, except in eases of absolute

necessity. Did he show himself obsti-
nate still, he was in the end absolutely
separated from the fellowship of the
people of God, cut off from the congre-
gation, — a sentence answering, as many
suppose, to the delivering to Satan in
the apostolic church. 1 Cor. v. 5; 1 Tim.

i 'JO Our Lord is thought to allude

to all these three degrees of separation,
Luke vi. '.''J, expressing the lightest by

,'i(,*Mr, the severer !>y the oviSi^c/f,
and the severest of all h\ tie
\ . \ , after all, it i-> doubtful whether
fcion wen bo accurately distinguished in
oui Lord's tune." — Tmu-li.

mpore 1 Samuel vi. 5, and Ezra
x. 11.



His shrewdness.

thority and influence of position, lie is nevertheless a little more
reserved, lie quietly but firmly answered, " If lie be a sinner I
do not know it: but I do know one thin

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