Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 11

The Dove's Return to the Ark

Jul 2 THE sending forth of the raven and of the dove, have furnished ready materials for numerous allegories with which divines in different ages have sometimes edified, and more frequently amused their hearers. We cannot afford time to mention many of them, but one of the host may serve as a specimen. Certain expositors have fancied that the mission of the raven prefigured the sending forth of the law, which was...

Genesis 8:9

Who are Elected?

Jul 9 SAMUEL was sent to Bethlehem to discover the object of God’s election. This would have been a very difficult task if the God who sent him had not accompanied him, and spoken with the sure voice of inspiration within him so soon as the chosen object stood before him. Brethren, it is neither your task nor mine to guess who are God’s elect, apart from marks and evidences. What was...

1 Samuel 16:12

Zealots

Jul 16 SIMON called Zelotes has apparently two surnames in scripture, but they mean the same thing. He is called Simon the Canaanite in Hebrew — not because he was an inhabitant of Cana or a Canaanite, but that word, when interpreted, means precisely the same as the Greek word Zelotes. He was called Simon the Zealot. I suppose that he had this name before his conversion. It is thought by some...

Luke 6:15

Confession of Sin Illustrated by the Cases of Dr. Pritchard and Constance Kent

Jul 23 DAVID’S grief for sin was long and terrible. Its effects were visible upon his outward frame; “his bones waxed old;” “his moisture was turned into the drought of summer.” No remedy could he find, until he made a full confession before the throne of the heavenly grace. He tells us, that for a time he kept silence, and then his heart became more and more filled with grief: like some...

Psalm 32:5

Withholding Corn

Jul 30 IF I dared, I should always preach upon the comfortable promises and gracious doctrines of God’s Word. I find it most delightful and easy work to expatiate upon those themes of revelation which abound in sweetness and are full of savour and preciousness to the child of God. I said, “If I dared,” and you will ask me why I dare not? The answer is, because I have a solemn...

Proverbs 11:26

No Tears in Heaven

Aug 6 IT is an ill thing to be always mourning, sighing, and complaining concerning the present. However dark it may be, we may surely recal some fond remembrances of the past. There were days of brightness, there were seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Be not slow to confess, O believing soul, that the Lord has been thy help! and though now thy burden be very heavy, thou...

Revelation 7:17

God's Witnesses

Aug 13 You, most of you, know that I am incessantly engaged every hour in the week either in preaching the gospel or in endeavouring to discharge the multifarious duties connected with this immense Church. Now I always look upon my Saturdays as being consecrated, as far as possible, to meditation and study, that I may find somewhat to set before you on the Lord’s-day, but, unfortunately for me, I was served with...

Isaiah 43:10

The Blind Man's Earnest Cries

Aug 20 WHEREVER Jesus Christ is found, his presence is marvellously mighty. The disciples, when Christ was absent, were like sheep without a shepherd, they were foiled in argument, and even defeated in attempted miracles; but as soon as our Saviour made his appearance among them, they returned to their wonted strength. When a valiant general suddenly hastens to the rescue of his routed troops, the dash of his horse hoofs reassures...

Mark 10:47-48

Heart's-Ease

Aug 27 THE last month has been a peculiarly gloomy season. Evil tidings have followed on one another’s heels like Job’s messengers. Epidemics have been rampant among our families, and many are the early graves which have been filled by contagious diseases. It is greatly to be feared that the cholera is stretching its wings of death, and hastening to find its prey in our crowded lanes and alleys. The murrain among...

Psalm 112:7

Degrees of Power Attending the Gospel

Sep 3 PAUL here claimed two things which are absolutely necessary to success in the Christian ministry. He could call the gospel “our gospel,” and this is a foremost essential in a sent servant of Jesus Christ. Paul, Silas, and Timothy, here speaking at once, declare the word which they had preached to be their own in a peculiar sense: every true minister must be able to do the same; we must...

1 Thessalonians 1:5