THE GOOD CONFESSION.
plained or detracted from his confession. In the
21st verse we read of there being a disciple who
asked the Saviour to allow him to first go and bury
his father; but it does not tell us that it was this
scribe, neither is it in the least implied. Therefore
let us consider the philosophy of his utterance and
not stop to criticise.
"And a certain scribe came, and said unto him,
Master." Who this man was by name we know
not, but we would judge from the term, "certain
scribe," that he was a particular individual and pro¬
bably distinguished from the rest of the multitude
by his notability for some great work, for it may be
that he had taken a decided stand against the rest
of the scribes to follow the teachings of our Lord.
Notice:—"He came, and said unto him, Master."
He sought Jesus of his own accord; voluntarily he
came and called him Master. This shows that he
had some desire to follow Jesus, and had some
regard for him and his teachings.
Now for his confession—"I will follow thee
whithersoever thou goest." It is truly a goodly con¬
fession; but do we understand fully what it em¬
bodies? It places one under stern obligation. He
who makes this confession sacrifices his relationship
to the world, turns his back upon vanity, and de¬
clares eternal allegiance to Christ. Total submission
to the cross and nothing less makes him a true fol-