Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 27

Two Good Things

Jun 17 THERE is an old proverb which says, “When a man is forty he is either a fool or a physician”; that is to say, he either does not know anything, or else he begins to know what is good for him. Some of us who are beyond that age think that we know in some measure what is good for us. We are not inclined to be very positive as...

Psalm 119:71

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Aug 12 Do you know I had laid this text by? I meant that this choice promise should be kept in store and stock till I came near the river of Jordan, and I hoped that then, in my last hours, I might be privileged to enjoy its sweetness, and sing with joyful lips— “Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For thou...

Psalm 23:4

Silver Sockets: or, Redemption the Foundation

Jan 30 “A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men. And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents,...

Exodus 30:11-16

Four Choice Sentences

Feb 3  I. First, turn to the twenty-eighth chapter of Genesis, at the fifteenth verse, and read of PRESENT BLESSING. The Lord said to his servant Jacob,— “Behold, I am with thee.”      Jacob was the inheritor of a great blessing from his fathers, for this sentence was spoken in connection with the following words, “I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac.” It is an...

Genesis 28:15

A Greater than Solomon

Feb 6 OUR first thought is that no mere man would have said this concerning himself unless he had been altogether eaten up with vanity; for Solomon was among the Jews the very ideal of greatness and wisdom. It would be an instance of the utmost self-conceit if any mere man were to say of himself— “A greater than Solomon is here.” Any person who was really greater and wiser than Solomon...

Luke 11:31

The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Feb 6 OBSERVE, “the fruit of the Spirit,” for the product of the Spirit of God is one. As some fruits are easily divisible into several parts, so you perceive that the fruit of the Spirit, though it be but one, is threefold, nay, it makes three times three,— “love, joy, peace; longsuffering, gentleness, goodness; faith, meekness, temperance,”— all one. Perhaps ‘Move” is put first not only because it is a right...

Galatians 5:22

The Heroic in Christianity

Feb 20 BRETHREN in Christ, every word which proceeds out of our Master’s lips is precious to us. We make no distinction between his promises and his precepts, but prize every syllable above rubies. A doctrine from him we value beyond the much fine gold, and a command is equally high in our esteem. Whether his teaching be practical or doctrinal, whether it be intended to guide the feet or to encourage...

Luke 6:32-34

Jesus at a Stand

Psalm 119:20

The Believer's Deathday Better Than His Birthday.

Mar 3 IN this part of the world we can hardly understand how much the Easterns thought of perfumes. When Solomon speaks of “precious ointment” he speaks of a luxury highly appreciated by those who heard him. Orientals delighted to anoint themselves with fragrant oil, and to pour upon their heads unguents full of perfume. We do not so— at any rate, not to the same lavish extent; but among the luxuries...

Ecclesiastes 7:1

Jesus at a Stand

Mar 6 A FRIEND enquired of me yesterday, “Will you preach on Sunday morning to saints or to sinners?” I could not at the moment answer him; but I afterwards thought within myself— If I preach concerning Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, I shall kill two birds with one stone, and give both saints and sinners a profitable theme for thought. There is but one message of the gospel, and it...

Mark 10:49