Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 31

My Comfort in Affliction

Jul 7 IT is almost needless for me to say that, in some respects, the same events happen unto all men alike— in the matter of afflictions it is certainly so. None of us can expect to escape trial. If you be ungodly, “many sorrows shall be to the wicked.” If you be godly, “many are the afflictions of the righteous.” If you walk in the ways of holiness, you shall find...

Psalm 119:50

Love’s Transformations: A Communion Meditation

Sep 4 THE loving Jesus saw a shade of sadness fall upon the faces of the twelve while he talked to them of his departure. Though he was himself to die, with his usual self-forgetfulness he only thought of them, and he desired to comfort them — to comfort them about the present sorrow of his departure. See how adroitly, how wisely, he drew upon their love for their comfort. The most...

John 14:28

The Horns of the Alter

Mar 23 WE must tell you the story. Solomon was to be the king after David, but his elder brother, Adonijah, was preferred by Joab, the captain of the host, and by Abiathar, the priest; and, therefore, they got together, and tried to steal a march upon dying David, and set up Adonijah. They utterly failed in this; and when Solomon came to the throne Adonijah was afraid for his life, and...

1 Kings 2:30

The History of Sundry Fools

May 8 THE psalm contains one picture in four panels. It illustrates a single experience in its main outlines, for in every case it is written, “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses”; and yet each case is very different from any one of the others. We have variety and similarity. It is just so in the case of the people of...

Psalm 107:17-20

An Inscription for the Mausoleum of the Saints

May 8 “THESE all died in faith.” Believers constitute a class by themselves,— “These.” They are the people that dwell alone, and shall not be numbered among the nations. We see a great many distinctions in the world which God takes no notice of: there is neither Jew nor Gentile, bond nor free, in his sight. But there is a distinction which men think little of, which is greatly observed of God;...

Hebrews 11:13-14

Smoking Flax

Jun 1 I BELIEVE that the first sense of these words is not the one usually given to them, nor yet the one upon which I intend to preach to-night. We read in the 12th of Matthew that our divine Lord was assailed by the scribes and Pharisees, but he did not enter at that time into controversy with them, neither did he make them the perpetual target of his observations. Considering...

Isaiah 42:3

Ruth's Reward; or, Cheer for Converts

Jun 29 THIS was the language of Boaz, a man of substance and of note in Bethlehem, to a poor stranger of whom he had heard that she had left her kindred, and the idols of her nation, that she might become a worshipper of the living and true God. He acted a noble part when he cheered her, and bade her be of good courage, now that she was casting in...

Ruth 2:12

Peter's Blunder: A Lesson to Ourselves

Jul 3 “NOT SO, Lord.” This is a very curious expression. I do not mind how you turn it into English from the original, but it is a very strange compound. If Peter had said, “Not so,” there would have been a clear consistency in his language and tone, But “Not so, Lord” is an odd jumble of self-will and reverence, of pride and humility, of contradiction and devotion. Surely, when you...

Acts 10:14

Certain Curious Calculations about Loaves and Fishes

Oct 30 THE disciples had come on board the vessel, and had forgotten to bring bread with them: good men’s memories sometimes fail them. For that reason they were greatly disturbed in mind, and they supposed that Jesus was disquieted also, and that he had shaped his speech so as to give them an indirect rebuke when he mentioned the leaven of the Pharisees. How little they understood his mind, though they...

Mark 8:19-21

Elijah's Plea

Nov 9 THE acts of Elijah were very singular. It had not been known from the foundations of the earth that a man should shut up the doors of the rain for the space of three years. Yet Elijah suddenly leaped upon the scene, announced the judgment of the Lord, and then disappeared for a time. When he reappears, at the bidding of God, he orders Ahab to gather the priests of...

1 Kings 18:36