To the Iewes he auoucheth his power by the witnes of Iohn who was a man of God. 9. & foretelleth in a parable their reprobation most worthy (with the vocation of the Gentils in their place) 17. and consquently their irreparable damnation that shal ensue thereof. 20. He defeateth their snare about paying tribute to Cæsar: 27. he answereth also the inuention of the Sadducees against the Resurrection. 40. And so hauing put them al to silence, 41. he turneth and poseth, because they imagined that Christ should be no more but a man: 45. bidding al to beware of the Scribes (authours of the Iewes schisme from him) being ambitious & hypocrites.
1. Mat. 21,23.
TVESDAY. AND it came to passe in one of the daies, when he was teaching the people in the Temple & euangelizing, the cheefe Priests & the Scribes with the Ancients assembled,
2. and spake saying to him, See Annot. Mat. c. 21,23. Tel vs, in what power doest these things? or, who is he that hath giuen thee this power?
3. And Iesvs answering, said to them: I also wil aske you one word. Answer me,
4. The Baptisme of Iohn was it from Heauen, or of men?
5. But they thought within themselues, saying: That if we say, From Heauen, he wil say: Why then did you not beleeue him?
6. But if we say, of men, the whole people wil stone vs: for they are certaine that Iohn is a Prophet.
7. And they answered that they knew not whence it was.
8. And Iesvs said to them: Neither doe I tel you in what power I doe these things.
9. And he began to say to the people this parable: Isai. 5,1.
Mark 12,1. A certaine man planted a vineyard, & let it out to husbandmen: and he was from home a long time.
10. And in time he sent to the husbandmen a seruant, that they should giue him of the fruit of the vineyard. Who beating him sent him away emptie.
11. And againe he sent another seruant. But they beating him also and reprochfully abusing him, sent him away emptie.
12. And againe he sent his the third: who wounding him also, cast him out.
13. And the lord of the vineyard said: What shal I doe? I wil send my beloued sonne: perhaps when they shal see him, they wil reuerence him.
14. Whom when the husbandmen saw, they thought within themselues, saying: This is the heire, let vs kil him, that the heritage may be ours.
15. And casting him forth out of the vineyard, they killed him. What therfore wil the lord of the vineyard doe to them?
16. He wil come, and wil destroy these husbandmen, and wil giue the vineyard to others. Which they hearing, said to him: God forbid.
17. But he beholding them said: What is this then that is written, Psa. 11,22. The stone which the builders reiected, the same is become into the head of the corner?
18. Euery one that falleth vpon this stone, shal be quashed: and vpon whom it shal fal, it shal breake him to pouder.
19. And the cheefe Priests and Scribes sought to lay hands vpon him that houre: and they feared the people, for they knew that he spake this similitude to them.
20. Mat. 22,15.
Mark 12,13. And watching, they sent spies which should feine themselues iust: that they might take him in his talke, and deliuer him to the principaltie and power of the President.
21. And they asked him, saying: Maister, we know that thou speakest and teachest rightly; and thou doest not accept person, but teachest the way of God in truth.
22. Is it lawful for vs to giue tribute to Cæsar, or no?
23. But considering their guile, he said to them: Why tempt you me?
24. Shew me a penie. Whose image hath it and inscription? They answering said: Cæsars.
25. And he said to them: Render therfore the things that are Cæsars, So duties must be done to Princes, that our dutie to God be not neglected: See Annot. Mat. c. 22,21. to Cæsar: and the things that are Gods, to God.
26. And they could not reprehend his word before the people: and marueling at his answer, they held their peace.
27. Mat. 22,23.
Mark. 12,18. And there came certaine of the Sadducees, which denie that there is a resurrection, and they asked him,
28. saying: Maister, Moyses gaue vs in writing: Deu. 25,5. If a mans brother die hauing a wife, and he haue no children, that his brother take her to wife, and raise vp seed to his brother.
29. There were therfore seuen brethren: and the first tooke a wife, and died without children.
30. And the next tooke her, & he died without child.
31. And the third tooke her. In like manner also al the seuen, and they left no seed, and died.
32. Last of al the woman died also.
33. In the resurrection therfore, whose wife shal she be of them? sithens the seuen had her to wife.
34. And Iesvs said to them: The children of this world marrie, and are giuen in marriage:
35. But they that shal be The greeke όι καταξιωθέντες importeth also this much They that are made worthie, to wit, by the grace of God; and so they are indeed worthie: as also in the next chapter verse 36. and 2. Thess. 1,5. counted Shal be counted worthie.
To be worthie of heauen, or to deserue and merite it.
This truth and Speach that good men be worthy of Heauen, is according to the Scriptures, and signifieth that mans workes done by Christs grace do condignely or worthily deserue eternal ioy: As Sap. 3 God proued them, and found them worthy of himself: and Mat. 10. He that loueth his father more then me, is not worthy of me. and Colos. 1, That you may walke worthy of God: and most plainly Apoc. 3. They shal walke with me in white, because they are worthy: as of Christ (c. 1) Thou art worthie, o Lord, to receiue glorie &c. And that, to be counted worthie, and to be worthie, is here al one, it is plaine, by the *Greeke word, which S. Paul vseth so, as the Aduersaries owne **English Testaments do testifie, reading thus Hebre. 10. Of how much sorer punishment shal he be worthie, which &c. And it must needes signifie, because men for sinnes are not only counted, but are indeed worthie of punishment, as themselues do grant. They doe greatly therfore forget themselues, and are ignorant in the Scriptures, and know not the force nor the value of the grace of God, which doth not only make our labours grateful to God, but worthie of the reward which he hath prouided for such as loue him. See the Annot. 2 Thess. 1,5.
**The new Testament. an. 1580. worthie of that world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marrie, nor take wiues;
36. neither can they die any more, for they are equal to Angels: and they are the sonnes of God, seeing they are the sonnes of the resurrection.
37. But that the dead rise againe, Moyses also shewed, beside the bush, as he calleth the Lord: Exo. 3,6. The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob.
38. For God is not of the dead, but of the liuing: for al liue to him.
39. And certaine of the Scribes answering, said to him: Maister, thou hast said wel.
40. And further they durst not aske him anything.
41. But he said to them: Mat. 22,44.
Mark 12,36. How say they that Christ is the sonne of Dauid,
42. and Dauid himseld saith in the booke of Psalmes: Psa. 109,1. The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand,
43. til I put thine enemies, the footstoole of thy feet?
44. Dauid then calleth him Lord: and how is he his sonne?
45. And al the people hearing him, he said to his Disciples:
46. Mat. 23,6.
Mark 12,38. Beware of the Scribes, that wil walke in robes, and loue salutations in the market-place, and the fisrt chaires in the synagogues, and the cheefe roomes in feastes.
47. Which deuoure widowes houses: feining long praier. These shal receiue greater damnation.