Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 30

Understandest Thou What Thou Readest?

May 11 How this negro chamberlain of the Queen of Ethiopia came to be a proselyte we do not know. The book which he was so fond of reading may have been the means of leading him to worship the God of Abraham; certainly it has answered that purpose thousands of times. At any rate, he followed the light he had, and though he had not yet come to the full glory...

Acts 8:30-33

Two Pauls and a Blinded Sorcerer

May 18 CYPRUS was by no means a reputable island: it was devoted to the goddess Venus, and you can imagine what her worship was, and what would be the fruitful licentiousness which sprang of it. It was the native country of Barnabas, and, as he was at first the leader of the missionary party sent out by the church of Antioch, it was fit that Barnabas and Saul should begin preaching...

Acts 13:12

The First Fruit of the Spirit

May 25 THE worst enemy we have is the flesh. Augustine used frequently to pray, “Lord, deliver me from that evil man, myself.” All the fire which the devil can bring from hell could do us little harm if we had not so much fuel in our nature. It is the powder in the magazine of the old man which is our perpetual danger. When we are guarding against foes without, we...

Galatians 5:22

Pentecost

Jun 1 LOOKING into a silversmith’s window on Thursday last I observed a notice card, upon which was printed as follows— “This shop will be closed this evening, and will not be re-opened until Tuesday evening.” I looked at the name over the window, and observed that it belonged to one of the house of Israel. I had forgotten till that moment that we have now reached the Levitical feast of Pentecost,...

Acts 2:1

Unbelief Condemned and Faith Commended

Jun 8 THESE two texts will serve to show the different estimate which God has of unbelief and of faith. He says of unbelievers, in my text taken from Deuteronomy, “They are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith”; as much as to say, that the absence of faith proves them to be froward, presumptuous, wilful, disobedient; a people at cross purposes with God. He says not only that...

Deuteronomy 32:20

Our Sanctuary

Jun 15 THIS book of Jeremiah is a very thorny one: it might be called, like his smaller work, “The Book of Lamentations.” Our text is as a lily among thorns, as a rose in the wilderness; the solitary place shall be glad for it, and the desert shall rejoice. The words sound like sweet music amid the crash of tempest. The bitter tree yields us sweet fruit. The weeping prophet wipes...

Jeremiah 17:12-14

Humility the Friend of Prayer

Jun 22 JACOB’S character was far from faultless, but equally removed from despicable. He possessed great strength of character and force of judgment, and this became somewhat a snare to him, so that he did not always move through life with the childlike repose of Isaac, or the royal serenity of Abraham, but was at times crafty and pettifogging, like his relatives on the mother’s side. Yet I demur to that depreciation...

Genesis 32:10

The Proof of Our Ministry

Jun 29 THE apostle had much joy in being the founder, the father, and the fosterer of so many churches, but this joy brought with it constant and heavy trial. Care pressed heavily upon him, for he mentions it as the crown and crush of all his burdens, — “That which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” He was not simply as a father among them, but he...

2 Corinthians 8:3-5

Joseph of Arimathaea

Jul 6 IT was a very dark day with the church of God and with the cause of Christ; for the Lord Jesus was dead, and so the sun of their souls had set. “All the disciples forsook him, and fled.” “Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone,” were the sad words of Jesus, and they had come true. He was dead upon the cross,...

Mark 15:43-46

Receiving the Holy Ghost

Jul 13 IT may be well to notice what question the apostle did not put to these Ephesian disciples of John. He did not say to them, “Have ye believed?” This would have been a very important question, but it ought to be settled once for all. Our faith must either be boldly affirmed or sorrowfully denied, but it should not remain the subject of question. It is a great pity that...

Acts 19:2