Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 14

King's Gardens

Dec 28 THERE have been many very famous king’s gardens, such as those “hanging gardens” in Nineveh, wherein Sardanapalus delighted himself, and that remarkable garden of Cyrus, in which he took such great interest, because, as he said, every tree and every plant in it had been both planted and tended by his own royal hand. Imagination might bid you wander among the beauties of the celebrated villas and gardens of the...

Nehemiah 3:15

Creation's Groans and the Saints' Sighs

Jan 5 MY venerable friend, who, on the first Sabbath of the year, always sends me a text to preach from, has on this occasion selected one which it is very far from easy to handle. The more I have read it, the more certainly have I come to the conclusion that this is one of the things in Paul’s epistles to which Peter referred when he said, “Wherein are some things...

Romans 8:22, 23

Lingerers Hastened

Jan 11 EVEN as Lot lingered in Sodom, awakened sinners are apt to tarry long in their sin and unbelief. Some few are suddenly brought to Christ, and, like Saul of Tarsus, within a few hours enjoy complete gospel liberty ; but many others are unwise children, and tarry long in the place of danger, loitering where they ought to hasten, and wasting time which they should diligently redeem. It is angelic...

Genesis 19:16

Good Earnests of Great Success

Jan 11 CERTAIN things preceded this prosperity — the counterpart of which I verily believe we have experienced among ourselves. There had been a little trouble in the church; some had thought one thing, some had thought another. There appeared to have been a just cause for complaint. The apostles, conciliatory in their temper, and earnest in their endeavour to keep the church together, as all true ministers should be, proposed the...

Acts 6:7

The Arrows of the Bow Broken in Zion

Jan 18 THE writer of this song of triumph gloried as a patriot in the defeat of his country’s foes: he did better, he triumphed as a believer in Jehovah in the victories which were wrought by the power of the Lord his God. I have sometimes wished that we English Christians blended in ourselves a little more the two characters of patriots and believers. I am persuaded that if our poets...

Psalm 76:3

Mary Magdalene

Jan 25 EXPERIMENTAL preaching, when truthful, is almost always profitable. As the spouse of old desired to see the footsteps of the flock, so souls in distress are always happy to observe the proofs that others have trodden that same pathway heretofore. It may be, and I trust it shall be, that while we are speaking upon the life of Magdalene, and showing how the Lord was pleased to lead her up...

Mark 16:9

Nearer and Dearer

Feb 2 THE most healthy state for a Christian is that of unbroken and intimate fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. From such a state of heart he should never decline. “Abide in me, and I in you,” is the loving precept of our ever loving Lord. But, alas! my brethren, as in this world our bodies are subject to many sicknesses, so our souls also, by reason of the body of...

Song of Solomon 5:2-8

Jesus and the Lambs

Feb 8 IN the chapter before us, our Saviour is described as Jehovah God. He is spoken of as clothed with irresistible power: “He shall come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him;” but, as if to soften a glory far too bright for the weak eyes of the trembling, the prophet introduces the delightful words of the text: “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall...

Isaiah 40:11

Joshua's Vision

Feb 15 THE Lord divided the Jordan that his people might pass through dryshod. This miracle greatly disspirited the Canaanites, and so prepared the way for an easy triumph for the invading Israelites. You would have naturally expected that the Lord would have bidden his people avail themselves immediately of this terror to strike a heavy blow at once, and press on with might and main before the enemy could take breath,...

Joshua 5:13-15

Spots in Our Feasts of Charity

Feb 22 WHEN the church of God is extending her bounds rapidly, it is of the utmost importance that the growth should be real and permanent. If the walls of Zion are being builded quickly, the master builders should keep an anxious eye upon the workmanship, lest the stones should be put together with untempered mortar, and therefore the whole erection should by-and-by come to the ground. We desire not to grow...

Jude 12