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THE Commissioners for the Education of the Poor of Ireland, recommend to the Patrons and Conductors of National Schools under their care, this Third Number of Lessons from Scripture, with the same earnestness and unanimity with which they recommended the two former Numbers. It contains the whole Book of the Acts of the Apostles, interspersed with passages drawn from other parts of Scripture. This Number has been compiled on the same principles, and for the same purposes with the former Numbers; for an explanation of which, the Commissioners beg to refer the reader to the Prefaces of these Numbers respectively.
Jesus converses with his disciples after his resur
rection —is taken up to heaven.--The apostles return to Jerusalem, and at the suggestion of Peter choose Matthias as an apostle in the room of Judas.
FROM ACTS I. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all things that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day on which, having, through the Holy Ghost, given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up; to whom also he shewed himself alive, after he had suffered, by many infallible proofs, appearing to them for forty days, and speaking of things relating to the kingdom of God; and, having gathered them together, he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard by me.
For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. They therefore having come together, asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel ? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath determined by his own authority.