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neither been a Thief nor a Traytor. This fearful experiment in Judas of the fatal issues of Covetousness, whom it at length hurried on to the Commission of that horrid Crime of betraying his Master the Lord of Glory; the guilt of which Sin filled his Conscience with such Horrour as made him his own Executioner, that he might go to his own Place; I say this fearful experiment in Judas of the fatal Issues of Covetousness, should Caution all who find themselves addicted to that Sin, to set themselves against it, and use their utmost endeavours for the mortifying of it, least it prove their Ruin in the end as it did his.
And so I have done with the Charaeters of the Person that took offence at Mary.
In the Second place follows the exception that he took at Marys A&ion, together with the pretended Reason thereof. Why was not this Oyntment Sold for Three Hundred Pence and given to the Poor ? Judas put on the Vizard of Charity, and would be thought to have a great deal of Care and Solicitude for the supply of the Wants and Necessities of the Poor : And that it grieved him to the Heart to see such waste of what
might fill so many empty Bellies, and Cloath so many Naked Backs : A very likely thing that such a Covetous Wretch as he was, should so highly concern himself with the Poor, and so much take it to Heart, that such lavish and profuse expence should be needlelly made in an empty and fruitless Ceremony, while the Poor were pinched with cold and starved with Hunger.How much, think you, would he have given out of his own Purse towards their relief? Not one Penny we may fident of, and yet this is the Man that would
appear to have so much tenderness and compassion for them. And are there not too many in theWorld like him? Are there not many who can make shew of much Affection and Compassion towards the distressed so far as good words will go,
but when it comes to it that something is to be done for the Poor, they draw back, and look another way? Are there not those who would seem to shew a great deal of Zeal for the Poor in blaming other Mens backwardness, but will do nothing themselves? They are not good words, and fair flourishes, and empty Professions ofa compassionate Sense of the wants and exigencies of the
distressed that are acceptable to God, but Love unfeigned, and sincere compaflions, and the Truth and Sincerity of these really manifested by such Deeds of Charity as may afford them feasonable and effectual Succour and Relief.
So from the pretended grounds of Judas his exceptions against Marys Action, I come to the true Reason thereof, in the next words, This he said, not that he cared for the Poor, but because he was a Thief, and had the Bag, and bare that which was put therein. A Charitable regard of the Poor was pretended by him, but his own private advantage, and the satisfying of his own Covetousness was intended. He bare the common purse for Christ and his Difciples, out of which he was wont to purloyn for himself, driving on a Trade of Thieving; and so the more came into the Bag, the more might he Thievilhly detract thence and put into his own Pocket without being discovered. It was not the filling of the Poors Bellies, but his own Purse that he had so much Zeal for. Judas never learn'd these Arts from his Master ; but many have learn them from him, or from the Devil who was his Teacher. Religion,
and Piety, and Charity, Zeal for God's Glory, and Zeal for the good of Men is often held forth, but other matters are designed. Religion is only taken up
and made use of as a Cloak to cover Mens vicious Practices, or to help them to carry on their ungodly designs fo much the more secretly
and successfully. But God will have a time to unmask all such Notorious Hypocrites, that their Rottennefs may appear unto all Men. They so carry the matter as if they might safely mock God; but God is nat mocked, faith the Apostle, Gal. 6. 7. that is, he neither will nor can be mocked, and so much they shall know to their cost, when he comes to lay Judgment to the Line and Righteousness to the Plummet, and to give unto every Man according as his works shall be. Then it shall appear that Christ hath not in vain pronounced fo many Woes against Hypocrites, Matth. 23. Nor in vain threatned wicked and unfaithful Servants, with the Doom and Punishment , of Hypocrites, saying, the Lord of that Servant shall come in a Day when he looketh not for him, and in an Hour when he is not aware of, and shall cut him afunder, And appoint him his Portion with
Mat, 24. Hypocrites. And why with Hypocrites So, si
rather than with any other sort of Sinners ? Surely because they of all others shall be most dreadfully punished.
And this might have sufficed to have been spoken concerning the Reason, the true Reason of Judas his exception against Mary: but that there is a Question that may here be moved, which I shall briefly touch. If Judas were a Thief, as here he is said to have been, and if Christ knew him to be so, as being God he could not but know it, how
it that he intrusts him with the Bag rather than any other of his Disciples whom he knew to be faithful ?
Answ. 1. Christ knew him though Thievish and unfaithful, to be in some respects fittest for this imployment. He was most unfit for better Imployment, and for an higher Trust.
2. The rest of his Disciples were qualified for higher Imployment, and were not to be incumbred or distracted with the things of the World farther than there was a necessity; and there was no necessity here where there was another to undertake that mean Service.