Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 23

The Divine Call for Missionaries

Apr 22 BRETHREN, the heathen are perishing, and there is but one way of salvation for them, for there is but one name given under heaven among men whereby they must be saved. God in the glorious unity of his divine nature is calling for messengers who shall proclaim to men the way of life. Out of the thick darkness my ear can hear that sound mysterious and divine, “Whom shall I...

Isaiah 6:8

Strong Consolation for the Lord's Refugees

Apr 29 WHEN we read such a choice verse as this we are apt at once to conclude that it “belongeth to them that are of full age, even to those who by reason of use, have had their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” We set this aside as a choice morsel reserved for those who have worn well and borne the burden and heat of the day, who...

Hebrews 6:18

Ecce Rex

May 6 PILATE said much more than he meant, and, therefore, we shall not restrict our consideration of his words to what he intended. John tells us considering Caiaphas, “and this spake he not of himself,” and we may say the same of Pilate. Everything said or done in connection with the Saviour during the day of his crucifixion was full of meaning, far fuller of meaning than the speakers or actors...

John 19:14

All the People at Work for Jesus

May 9 I HAVE taken two texts from two successive chapters of the book of Joshua: the first is from Joshua the seventh, at the third verse. The spies who were sent to Ai returned to Joshua and said to him, “Let not all the people go up; hut let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai.” This policy led to a disastrous defeat; and our other text...

Joshua 7:3

All Things are Ready. Come.

May 13 THIS invitation was first of all made to the Jews, but it seems to me to have a peculiar appropriateness to ourselves. It is later in the day than when first the Lord was here, and therefore the supper time is evidently closer at hand. The shadows lengthen, the sun of the present dispensation is nearing its setting; by nearly nineteen hundred years has its day been shortened since first...

Luke 14:17

Our Lord's Question to the Blind Men

May 13 IN OUR own streets we meet here and there with a blind beggar, but they swarm in Eastern cities. Ophthalmia is the scourge of Egypt and Syria, and Volney declares that in Cairo, out of a hundred persons whom he met, twenty were quite blind, ten wanted one eye, and twenty others were more or less afflicted in that organ. At the present day every one is struck with the...

Matthew 9:27-30

The Heavenly Wind

May 27 THE Holy Spirit is to be admired, not only for the great truths which he teaches us in Holy Scripture, but also for the wonderful manner in which those truths are balanced. The word of God never gives us too much of one thing or too little of another: it never carries a doctrine to an extreme, but tempers it with its corresponding doctrine. Truth seems to run at least...

John 3:8

A Business-Like Account

Jun 3 OUR Saviour’s advice to those who wished to be his disciples was “Count the cost.” He did not wish to entice any man to enlist in his army by keeping him in ignorance as to the requirements of his service. Again and again he tested professed converts himself, and he frequently exhorted men to try themselves, lest they should begin a profession and be unable to maintain it. True religion...

Philippians 3:7-9

Happiness the Privilege and Duty of Christians

Jun 10 THESE are the last recorded words of Moses, and they are significant, for they show us that he found comfort in his dying moments in considering the happiness of the people for whom he had laboured all his life. From the day when, by God’s power, he led them up out of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness they had never ceased to lie near his heart. They had...

Deuteronomy 33:29

The Good Samaritan

Jun 17 OUR text is the whole story of the Samaritan; but as that is very long, suppose, for our memories’ sake, we consider the exhortation in the thirty-seventh verse to be our text. “Go, and do thou likewise.”      There are certain persons in the world who will not allow the preacher to speak upon anything but those doctrinal statements concerning the way of salvation which are known as “the gospel.”...

Luke 10:25-37