Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 25

The Sick Man Left Behind

Jan 12 THESE are among the last words of Paul the Apostle, for we find them in the closing verses of the last of his epistles. The chapter reminds us of a dying man’s final adieu to his best beloved friend, in the course of which he calls to mind the associates of his life. Among his memories of love we find Paul recollecting Trophimus, who had frequently shared with him the...

2 Timothy 4:20

Concealing the Words of God

Apr 27 JOB’S dire distress was aggravated by the remarks of his friends. Eliphaz the Temanite opened fire against him in such words as these: “Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.” As much as...

Job 6:10

The Glory, Unity, and Triumphs of the Church

May 4 SOME words serve diverse uses and have many meanings. We are very apt to make mistakes if we give the same sense in all places to the same word. The word “world” throughout Scripture is used with a very remarkable variety of meaning, and one had need to have his wits about him, and to read carefully, in order to know what is the precise force of the term in...

John 17:22-23

Forts Demolished and Prisoners Taken

May 11 THIS chapter presents the remarkable spectacle of a minister of the gospel of peace going forth to war. At first sight we wonder how the meek and gentle Paul should speak about warring and talk of pulling down strongholds, and “having a readiness to revenge all disobedience.” The surprise is all the greater because he is going to war in the church: a shepherd entering the fold with a sword....

Crowning Blessings Ascribed to God

May 18 GODLY men in olden times felt God to be very near them, and they attributed everything they saw in nature to the direct operation of his hand. They were not accustomed to speak of “the laws of matter,” and “the operation of natural forces,” and “the outcome of divers causes”; but they thought more of the First Cause, the foundation and pillar of all existence, and they saw him at...

Psalm 65:11

The Middle Passage

May 18 HABAKKUK had the sadness of living at a time when true religion was in a very deplorable state. The nation had to a great extent departed from the living God; there was a godly party in the kingdom, but the ungodly and idolatrous faction was exceedingly strong. The Lord threatened judgment on the people on account of this, and it was revealed to the prophet that an invasion by the...

Habakkuk 3:2

The Withered Hand

May 22 NOTE well the expression. Jesus “went into their synagogue; and, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered.” A mark is set, as it were, in the margin, as if it were a notable fact. That word “behold” is a sort of note of exclamation to draw attention to it. “Behold, there was a man which had his hand withered.” In many congregations, if there should step in...

Matthew 12:10-13

Jesus, the Judge

May 25 You will notice throughout this short address by Peter how very careful he is to speak not at all upon his own authority, but wholly upon the authority of the Most High. He commences his conversation by saying that God had shown him that it would be right for him, as a Jew, to commune with Gentiles. God had shown it to him; he had not, therefore, broken through Jewish...

Acts 10:42

Jesus Admired in Them That Believe

Jun 1 WHAT a difference between the first and second comings of our Lord! When he shall come a second time it will be to be glorified and admired, but when he came the first time it was to be despised and rejected of men. He comes a second time to reign with unexampled splendour, but the first time he came to die in circumstances of shame and sorrow. Lift up your...

2 Thessalonians 1:10

Greater Things Yet. Who Shall See Them

Jun 8 WE cannot help making a few remarks upon the narrative before we proceed to the distinct subject of discourse. Certain catch words are exceedingly worthy of notice, since they are abundantly full of instruction. When Nathanael had doubts as to whether the Messiah could come from Nazareth, Philip answered him, “Come and see.” Now, those were the precise words which the Lord Jesus had himself used to his earliest disciples...

John 1:50-51