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17. How was John to go before the Lord ?
Who is meant by Elias ?
In what respect was John like Elijah ?
For what purpose was John to go before

the Lord ?
What is meant by this ?

LESSON II.

Luke i. 184-38. The Annunciatior of the Birth of Christ. 18. What did Zacharias ask the angel? 19. What did the angel say concerning

himself? What may we hence learn of the nature of angels ? What is meant by tidings? What were the glad tidings he brought? 20. What did he tell Zacharias should come

upon him?

How long should he be dumb?
Why should he be dumb ?
21. What were the people doing?

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gahriel, that stand In the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.

20 And, behoid, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and narvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22. When he came out, what took place? What did they perceive ? How did they perceive this? What is meant by a “vision" ? 23. What came to pass ? What is meant by the days of his ministration? How long did one course of priests minister in the

temple at one time? Does God hear and answer the prayers of Chris

tians at the present day? How must prayer be offered to be accepted ! In whose name must we pray and why? 24, 25. Whom did Elisabeth acknowledge as the

author of all mercies? 26. Who was sent from God? To what city was he sent? Where is Galilee ? How far was Nazareth from Jerusalem ? 27. To whom was the angel sent? What was the virgin's name? What is meant by “espoused? What is meant by the house of David" ? Who was David ? 28. What did the angel say to Mary?

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabetli conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

28 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God uunto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art higtúy favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

How was Mary highly favoured ?
What did the angel mean by saying “ Hail !to

Mary?
Is it right to worship Mary, or to pray to her?
Why?
29. How did Mary feel when she saw the

angel? What is meant by her “ casting in her mind? Why was she troubled ? 30. What did the angel say? Why should she not fear? What is it to find favour with God? How can sinners find favour with him ? 31. What was to be the name of Mary's son? 32. What was he to be? What was he to be called ? Who is the “ Highest? What was the Lord God to give him ? How could Jesus be the Son of the Highest, and

also the son of David ? 33. Over whom was he to reign? How long was he to reign? What is said about his kingdom ? What is meant by the “house of Jacob? Why were the Jews called the house of Jacob" ? Was Christ to reign in the same manner as David did?

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manier of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto hicr, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast foun: favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest : and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

What is the difference between David as a king,

and Christ as a king? 34. What did Mary say to the angel? 35. How did the angel answer her? Who is the Holy Ghost? 36. What did the angel say about Elisabeth? 37. What is said in this verse ? What does that mean? 38. What did Mary say? What did the angel do? What is a handmaid" ? What did she mean by handmaid of the Lord?

LESSON III.
Mary's Song of Praise.

Luke i. 39-56.
39. WHERE did Mary go?
What district of country is meant by this ?
40. Into whose house did she enter?
Whom did she salute ?

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto mo according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

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What is it to “salute," as the word is here used ? 41. What is the meaning of being filled with the

Holy Ghost? 42—45. [The mysterious incarnation of the Son

of God, lying as it does at the foundation of the Christian system, should be so presented to the minds of the young as to make an intelligent and abiding impression of the fact that Christ, became flesh and dwelt among men-that he took not upon him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, (even the death of the cross,) that through his humiliation, obedience, sufferings and death, he might open a way for the eternal redemption of his people. What degree of minuteness may be proper in instructing a class on this subject, must be left to the discretion of

the teacher.] 46. What is it to “ magnifythe Lord ? 47. What does the expression God my Saviour"

imply ? 48. What should all generations call her? Why was she to be so called ? Does this justify any act of worship or religious

veneration being shown to her?

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation or Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the I!oly Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a lond voice, and said, Blessed art thou antong women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

13 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to inc?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine cars, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those tbing, which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary sain, My soul doth magnify the Lord, -47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, schold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

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