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NEW TESTAMENT TIMES

and also about the end of the world. Matt., ch. 24, and parallels. The time of the end of the world, he said, is unknown to all except God, and in expectation of it men should always be watchful. This duty of watchfulness he illustrated by the parables of the Ten Virgins, Matt. 25:1–13, and of the Talents. Vs. 14–30. Then our Lord drew a great picture of the last awful judgment of God, when the wicked shall be separated from the good. Vs. 31–46.

QUESTIONS ON LESSON XI

  1. Where was the Mount of Olives? Describe the route between Bethany and the Temple in Jerusalem.
  2. Compare the two occasions when Jesus cleansed the Temple.
  3. On what occasions during his ministry did Jesus speak about John the Baptist?
  4. Give a full account of the questions which were put to Jesus on the Tuesday of the last week, and of the answers of Jesus.
  5. What were the "woes" which Jesus pronounced against the scribes and Pharisees?
  6. What did Jesus say after the Gentiles came to seek him?


LESSON XII

The Crucifixion

Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16, and Parallels

On the Wednesday of the week before the crucifixion, the chief priests and elders of the Jews took counsel how they might put Jesus to death. The difficulty was that if they arrested so popular a teacher in the midst of the crowds who had come to Jerusalem for the approaching feast of the passover, there would be a tumult. At first, therefore, the enemies of Jesus thought that they might have to wait until the passover was over. But they were helped out of their difficulty by one of Jesus' own friends. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, proved to be a traitor. He received a promise of thirty pieces of silver, and watched for a time when Jesus would be away from the crowds so that he could be delivered quietly into the hands of his enemies Matt. 26:1–5, 14–16, and parallels.