Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 33

The Master-Key, Opening the Gate of Heaven

May 23 THE possession of a God, or the non-possession of a God, makes the greatest possible difference between man and man. Esau is a princely being, but he is “a profane person.” Jacob is a weak, fallible, frail creature, but he has a God. Have you not heard of “the mighty God of Jacob”? There are many wise, careful, prudent men of the world who have no God; and truly these...

Genesis 32:12

Might Have Been, or May Be

Sep 9 “JESUS WEPT:” it does not mean that he shed a tear or two, but that his tears flowed freely. Such is to be gathered from the original word. He wept copiously and continuously, till he became the observed of all observers. He was deeply affected, and his tears were the fit expression of his intense emotion. Love made him weep: nothing else ever compelled him to tears. I do not...

John 11:37

Shaven and Shorn, but Not Beyond Hope.

Sep 26 LET me introduce the text to you. Samson was set apart from his birth to be the champion of Israel, to break the power of the Philistines who lorded over God’s people. Everything in his bringing up had reference to his peculiar calling as the hero of Israel, the hammer of Philistia. He was to be a Nazarite from his birth. Amongst other things which concerned the Nazarite he never...

Judges 16:22

The Best Bread

Oct 28 You will observe that our Lord here speaks concerning himself. He speaks not of his words merely, nor of his offices, nor of his work, but of himself. “I am that bread of life.” And herein he teaches us all to fix our eye mainly upon his blessed person, and to think of himself first and foremost. He is the centre and soul of all. There is a tendency about...

John 4:48

Grace for Communion

Jan 2 THE soul of the believer is the garden of the Lord. Within it are rare plants, such as yield “spices” and “pleasant fruits.” Once it was a wilderness, overgrown with thorns and briars; but now it is “a garden enclosed,” an “orchard of pomegranates.”      At times within that garden everything is very still and quiet; indeed, more still than could be wished. Flowers are in bloom, but they seem...

Song of Solomon 4:16

Love Joying in Love.

Jan 9 No sooner does the spouse say, “Let my Beloved come into his garden,” than her Lord answers, “I am come into my garden.” “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” When we desire our Lord Jesus to come to us, he has already come in a measure; our desire is the result of his coming. He meets us in all our desires,...

Song of Solomon 5:1

Salt for Sacrifice

Jan 23 IT is taken for granted that all true Israelites would bring many oblations and offerings of different kinds to God. And so they did who were truly devout and really grateful. I am sure that, if the Lord has set our hearts on fire with his own love, we also shall be frequently saying “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” It will be...

Leviticus 2:13

Christ's Work No Failure

Jan 30 PREVIOUS verses at the close of the forty-first chapter indicate the utter failure of the hope of man from man. God himself looked, and behold “there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.” How often it is so in human history: man fails to find leadership and help in man! Great men are raised up now...

Isaiah 43:4

Eternal Life Within Present Grasp

Feb 6 “LAY hold on eternal life.” Observe that this precept is preceded by another — “Fight the good fight of faith.” Those who lay hold on eternal life will have to fight for it. The way of the spiritual life is no easy one: we shall have to contest every step of the way along which it leads us. “Contest the good contest of the faith” would be an accurate rendering...

1 Timothy 6:12

Who is This?

Feb 13 ISRAEL was often in great trouble, frequently oppressed by neighbouring nations. It would not have been so if they had been faithful to Jehovah; but as a chastisement for their idolatry they were given over into the hands of adversaries. One nation, near akin to them, was very jealous of them. The Edomites, the seed of Esau, were always watching against Israel, and whenever the nation fell on evil times,...

Isaiah 62:11-12