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Q. What was the Seat of the Zealots ?
A. Iç began in Mattathias, the Root of the Maccabean Family, and was continued among
the Jews till our Saviour's Time. They looked Num. 25. upon Phineas as their Patron, who in a mighty 8. Zecl for the Honour of God, did immediate Ex
cution upon Zimri and Costi. They took upon them a Power of executing the Law upon Offenders, without any formal Trial and Accusation; and that not only by Connivance, but with the Leave both of the Rulers and the People. Under this Pretence, their Zeal afterwards degenerated into Licentiousness and Ex
travagance, and they became the Occasion of De Eel. great Miseries to their own Nation; as is largeJud. lib.4: ly related by Yosephus.
Q. What Account is there of St. Simon efter our Lord's Pasion?
A. He continued with the other Apostles and Disciples of Christ at Jerusalem, joining in Worship and Communion with them; and did not leave that City till after the Feast of Penticost, when they were all furnished with the necessary Gifts of the Holy Ghost, in order to the Exercise of their Ministry in all Parts of the World. Q. Wicre is
. it thought S.. Simon planted Chriftianity, cud fuffered Martyrdom ?
A. Some say he went into Egypt, Cyrene, and Africa, and there preached the Gospel; and after some Time from thence into Lilya and Mauritania for the fame Purpose. He is faid allo to have passed into Britain, where, after having converted many to the Faith, and suffered many Perfecutions, he was crucified by the Infidels, and there buried. Others, in their
Martyrologies affirm, that the idolatrous Priests
Q. What Account have we of St. Jude?
A. That, as to his Descent and Parentage, he
Q. In what Sense was be Brother of our
A. Some of the Ancients would have it un-
Q. By what Name is St. Jude described ?
A. By two besides Jude, Thaddæus and Lebbeus : It being usual for the same Person in holy Writ to have more proper Names than one. These Names were given him partly to distinguish him from Judas the Traitor, and partly as a Commendation of his Wisdom and Zeal. Lebbeus, according to St. Jerom, denoting Prudence and Understanding ; and Thaddæus signifing a Person zealous in praising God.
Q. What is particularly recorded of St. Jude at our Lord's last Supper?
A. That upon our Saviour's having told his Disciples what particular Manifestations he
would make of himself after his Resurrection to
his fincere Followers, St. Jude asked him what John 14. was the Reason he would manifest bimself to them,
and not to the World? Which seems to hint at fome Expectation of our Saviour's temporal Grandeur.
Q. How doth our Saviour answer St. Jude's
A. That because the World had no Respect ver. 23. for him and his Doctrine, therefore they should
not enjoy the Happiness of his Presence; but since they, who had been his constant Disciples, had shewed their Love to him, by obeying his Laws and attending upon his Person, he would make them the comfortable Returns of his Love, by revealing himself to them.
Q. Wbat may we learn from this?
A. That after the Refurrellion of our Saviour, his Appearances were necesiary to be made to the Apostles, because they were to be the Witnesses of his Resurrection to the World but not to his Enemies, who had rejected him and his Doctrine. That good Men, Persons of Godlike Tempers and Dispositions, religious Observers of God's Laws, are qualified to be admitted to particular Acts of God's Grace and Favour.
Q. What Province was allotted to St. Jude for the Exercise of his Ministry?
A. It is most probable that he preached in Fudæa and Galilee, and from thence went thro' Samaria into Idumea; and to the Cities of Arabia and neighbouring Countries, yea to Syria and Mesopotamia.
Q. Where did he suffer Martyrdom ?
the Latin Church, he is said to have travelled into Persia, where, after great Success in the Labours of his Ministry, he was, for his free and open reproving the superstitious Rites of the Magi, cruelly put to Death.
Ö. What Account bave we of his Family?
A. That he was a married Man, and that his two Grandchildren bore Evidence to the Truth of Christianity before Domitian the Emperor ; who being jealous of any Co-rival in the Empire, fummoned them before him, as some of the Remains of the Pofterity of David, and of those that were related to Christ.
Q. How did they escape when they appeared before the Emperor ?
A. They were dismissed without any severe Usage ; for, answering with great Sincerity, and owning themselves of the Race of David, but that they were very poor, and lived by Hufbandry, as was manifest by the Hardness of their Hands; and that as to the Mesab, though he was a King, yet it was in Heaven, not on Earth, where his Kingdom should not appear till the End of the World, when he should come in Glory to judge both the Quick and Dead: Domitian despised their Poverty and Meanness, as below his Jealousy and Fears.
Q. What Writings did this Apostle leave bebind bim?
A. He left but one Epistle, inscribed at large to all Christians ; but it is thought to have been chiefly intended for the converted Jews in their several Dispersions. He exhorts them to stand manfully upon the Defence of the Faith once de- Jude 3. livered to the Saints, and to oppose the false Teachers, the Nicolatians, and the Gnasticks,
who laboured so much to corrupt it. But because true Christian Charity, though zealous, is without Bitterness and Hatred, he exhorts all Christians by all gentle Means to save them, and to pull them out of the Fire, into which their own Folly had cast them.
Q. What may we learn from the Observation of this Feftival ?
A. To be content that our best Actions should be known to God only, since there remains so little Remembrance of many eminent Apostles. That our Labours in doing good should rather appear by the bappy Effecis of them, than by any Publication from ourselves or others. That to court the Applause of Men is Vanity; and that nothing is worth our Care more than to approve ourselves to that Almighty Being who cannot be imposed upon. That in all our Undertakings we ought to be diligent and faithful in the Difcharge of our own Duty, and leave the Success quietly to the All-wise Disposer of all Things. That Men of great Piety and Virtue are chiefly prepared to receive particular Acts of God's Grace and Favour. That Zeal ought to be applied, in the first place, to the most solid and Jubstantial Parts of Religion ; but that upon all Occasions it ought to be governed by Christian Measures in the Manner of its acting.
Q. Wberein consists the Nature of Zeal?
A. It is an earnest Concernment for or against something, and a violent Pursuit and Prołecution of it, and is in its own Nature indifferent, like the rest of the Passions, but good or bad, according to the Object and Degree of it. And after this manner it is used in the holy Scriptures : In a good Sense when applied to those Things where