| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE LEPER, AND THE MAN LET DOWN THROUGH THE ROOF
Matthew viii: 2 to 4; ix: 2 to 8; Mark i: 40 to 45; ii: 1 to 12; Luke v: 12 to 26.
FTER the great day of teaching and healing, of which
we read in the last story, Jesus lay down to rest in
the house of Simon Peter. But very early the next
morning, before it was light, he rose up, and went out
of the house to a place where he could be alone, and
there for a long time he prayed to God. Soon Simon and
the other disciples missed him, and sought for him
until they found him. They said, "Everybody is looking for you;
come back to the city."
But Jesus said, "No, I cannot stay in Capernaum. There
are other places where I must preach the kingdom of
God, for this is the work to which I am sent."
And Jesus went out through all the towns in that part
of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues, and healing
all kinds of sickness, and casting out the evil
spirits. His disciples were with him, and great crowds
followed him from all the land. They came to hear his
wonderful words and to see his wonderful works.
While he was on this journey of preaching in Galilee, a
leper came to him. You remember, from the story of
Naaman the Syrian
 (Story 86), what
a terrible disease leprosy was, and still is, in those
lands, and that no man could cure the leper.
This poor leper fell down before the feet of Jesus, and
cried out, "O Lord, if you are willing, I know that you
can make me well and clean!" Jesus was full of pity
for this poor man. He reached out his hand and touched
him, and said, "I am willing; be clean!" And in a
moment all the scales of leprosy fell away, his skin
became pure, and the leper stood up a well man. Jesus
said to him, "Do not tell any one; but go to the
priests, and offer the gift that the law commands, and
let them see that you have been cured."
Jesus said this because he knew that if the man should
tell every one whom he met how he had been cured, such
crowds would come to him for healing that he would find
no time for preaching the word of God; and preaching
God's word, and not healing the sick, was the great
work of Jesus.
But this leper who had been healed did not obey the
command of Jesus. He could not keep still, and told
everybody whom he
 knew that Jesus, the great prophet,
had taken away his leprosy. And it came to pass as
Jesus had expected; such great crowds gathered in all
the towns and villages to see Jesus, and to ask him to
heal their sick, that Jesus could not enter the cities
to preach the gospel. He went out to the fields and
the open country, and there the people followed him in
After a time Jesus came again to Capernaum, which was
now his home. As soon as the people heard that he was
there they came in great crowds to see him and to hear
him. They filled the house, and the courtyard inside
its walls, and even the streets around it, while Jesus
sat in the open court of the house and taught them. It
was the spring-time and warm, and a roof had been
placed over the court as a shelter from the sun.
In the crowd listening to Jesus were not only his
friends, but some that were his enemies, Pharisees, men
making a great show of serving God, but wicked in their
hearts, and scribes who taught the law, but were
jealous of this new teacher, whose words were so far
above theirs. These men were watching to find some
evil in Jesus, so that they might lead the people away
While Jesus was teaching, and these men were listening,
the roof was suddenly taken away above their heads.
They looked up, and saw that a man was being let down
in a bed by four men on the walls above.
THE MAN LET DOWN THROUGH THE ROOF
This man had a sickness called palsy, which made his
limbs shake all the time, and kept him helpless, so
that he could neither walk nor stand. He was so eager
to come to Jesus that these men, finding that they
could not carry him through the crowd, had lifted him
up to the top of the house, and had opened the roof,
and were now letting him down in his bed before Jesus.
This showed that they believed in Jesus, without any
doubt whether he could cure this man from his palsy.
Jesus said to the man, "My son, be of good cheer; your
sins are forgiven!"
The enemies of Jesus who were sitting near heard these
words, and they thought in their own minds, though they
did not speak it aloud, "What wicked things this man
speaks! He claims to forgive sins! Who except God
himself has power to say, 'Your sins are forgiven?' "
Jesus knew their thoughts, for he knew all things, and
he said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? Which
is the easier to say,
 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to
say, 'Rise up and walk?' But I will show you that
while I am on earth as the Son of man, I have the power
to forgive sins."
Then he spoke to the palsied man on his couch before
them, "Rise up, take up your bed, and go to your
At once a new life and power came to the palsied man.
He stood upon his feet, rolled up the bed on which he
had been lying helpless, placed it on his shoulders and
walked out through the crowd, which opened to make a
way for him. The man went, strong and well, to his own
house, praising God as he walked.
By this Jesus had shown that, as the Son of God, he had
the right to forgive the sins of men.
These enemies of Jesus could say nothing, but in their
hearts they hated him more than ever, for they saw that
the people believed on Jesus. They praised the Lord
God, and felt fear toward one who could do such mighty
works, and they said, "We have seen strange things
JESUS HEARS THE MOTHER'S PRAYER
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