The Common People

It is recorded in Mark (12 : 37) that the common people heard Jesus gladly. It is well, always, when considering Scriptural quotations, to observe the connection in which the quoted words were used. There has been too much laxity in this respect, both by the professional and non-professional exponent, and much confusion as well as outright misunderstanding has been the result.

Jesus was teaching in the Temple when it was said that the common people heard him gladly. He evidently was telling the people who Christ was. He had asked the question, "How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?" And he thus answers: "For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?" Then says the record, "And the common people heard him gladly."

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August 16, 1900

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