Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 30

The Lord with Two or Three

Oct 4 WE have in the verses preceding the text a mention of the first church-meeting of which I remember to have found mention in the New Testament. The Saviour declares of his assembled people, “Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” A few believers, gathered out of the world, have...

Matthew 18:20

He Shall be Great

Dec 2 STRICTLY speaking, I suppose these words refer to the human nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is as to his humanity that Christ was born of Mary. The context runs thus— “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give...

Luke 1:32

The New Year's Guest

Dec 16 I LATELY received a New Year’s card, which suggested to me the topic on which I am about to speak to you. The designer of the card has, with holy insight, seen the relation of the two texts to each other, and rendered both of them eminently suggestive by placing them together. There is freshness in the thought that, by receiving Jesus as a stranger, our believing hospitality works in...

Matthew 25:35

The Rocky Fortress and Its Inhabitant

Feb 3 THERE were terrible times in Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah. The Assyrian power was exceedingly formidable, and it was ferocious to the last degree. Woe to the unhappy land which fell under the power of this spoiler. Assyria knew not the meaning of “mercy;” it came down “like a wolf on the fold,” rending and devouring without pity. The armies of Sennacherib were ravaging the kingdom of Judah, and...

Isaiah 33:15-16

First King of Righteousness, and After That King of Peace

Feb 3 WE will not enlarge upon the story of Melchisedec, nor discuss the question as to who he was. It is near enough for us to believe that he was one who worshipped God after the primitive fashion, a believer in God such as Job was in the land of Uz, one of the world’s grey fathers who had kept faithful to the Most High God. He combined in his own...

Hebrews 7:2

Before Day-Break with Christ

Feb 4 A WONDERFUL day was closed and crowned by a wonderful evening. Capernaum had been exalted to heaven that day, for deeds worthy of heaven had been wrought in her. Within the synagogue the power and authority of the new Teacher had been seen; but at the close of the Sabbath, when the people felt more free to lay their sick before him, his divine majesty was glorified of all in...

Mark 1:35-39

An Astounding Miracle

Feb 10 You will find the same narrative in Luke, at the fourth chapter, from the thirty-first to the thirty-seventh verse. It will be handy for you to be able to refer to the second passage, from which I shall quote one or two matters.      These two evangelists commence the narrative by telling us of the singular authority and power which there was about the Saviour’s teaching— authority, so that no...

Mark 1:21-28

A Waiting God and a Waiting People

Feb 17 THE people were in a great hurry to be delivered from their enemies. The Assyrians had come up in great force, and were covering the land with their armies. They had already devastated the neighbouring kingdom of Israel, and therefore the men of Judah were afraid that they would be swallowed up quick, even as dry stubble is devoured of the fire. The prophet bade the inhabitants of Jerusalem remain...

Isaiah 30:18

Recruits for King Jesus

Feb 17 AT this time David was in the hold— I suppose in the stronghold of Ziklag, which the king of the Philistines had given to him. It was in that fortress-town that he received a welcome addition to his band. David was an exile; and it is not every man who cares to cast in his lot with a banished nobleman. He was outlawed, and his sovereign would have slain him...

1 Chronicles 12:16-18

Putting the Hand Upon the Head of the Sacrifice

Mar 16 No doubt there are clear distinctions in the teaching of the burnt offering, the meat offering, the peace offering, and the sin offering. In those various sacrifices we have views of our Lord’s atoning work taken from different stand-points. On another occasion it will be profitable to note these delightful lessons and lay them to heart; but at this time I am not about to enter into such matters. These...

Leviticus 1:4-5