Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 35

Our Place; at Jesus’ Feet

Jun 8 THE Easterns pay more attention to posture than we do. They are demonstrative, and express by outward signs much which we do not express, or express less energetically. In their courts certain positions must be taken up by courtiers. Oriental monarchs are approached in positions which indicate the greatness of the king and the submissiveness of the petitioner. So, in their worship, the Easterns abound in postures significant of the...

Luke 7:38

Our Great Shepherd Finding the Sheep

Mar 25 THE love of Jesus, the Great Shepherd, is very practical and active. There is a sheep lost, and the Lord regrets it; but his love does not spend itself in regrets; he arises, and goes forth to seek and to save that which was lost. The love of Jesus Christ is love not in word only, but in deed and in truth. The love of Jesus is prevenient. He does...

Luke 15:4-6

Trembling at the Word of the Lord

May 1 PORTRAIT painting is a great art. Many pretend to it, but the masters of the art are few. In the Word of God we have a gallery of portraits so accurate, so striking, that only the hand of the Lord could have drawn them. Most of us have been startled to see our own portrait there. The best of all is, that at the bottom of each likeness we have...

Isaiah 66:2

Nathanael; or, the Man Needed for the Day

Sep 20 THIS morning we had a “behold”— a behold about a new convert. “Behold, he prayeth!” It seemed to me most suitable to occupy the evening with another “behold”— a behold about another new convert, who is just having his eyes opened to see the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to become his disciple. “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” When Jesus says “Behold!” we may...

John 1:47

Truth Stranger than Fiction

May 30 LOST years can never be restored literally. Time once past is gone for ever. Let no man make any mistake about this, or trifle with the present moment under any notion that the flying hour will ever wing its way back to him. As well recall the north wind, or fill again the emptied rain-cloud, or put back into their quiver the arrows of the lord of day. As well...

Joel 2:25

Essential Points in Prayer

Feb 10 BELOVED friends, it was an exceedingly encouraging thing to Solomon that the Lord should appear to him before the beginning of his great work of building the temple. See in the third chapter of this First Book of the Kings, at the fifth verse, “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.” Some of us remember how...

1 Kings 9:2-3

The Spirit and the Wind

Feb 2 OUR Saviour’s words are infinite. Some men use a great deal of language to convey a very little meaning; but our Saviour compacts boundless instruction into short sentences. If all the preachers in Christendom were to preach from this one verse for the next twelve months, they would still leave much of its teaching undeveloped.      These words remind us of the Holy Spirit. Is it not to be feared...

John 3:8

Shoes of Iron, and Strength Sufficient: a New year’s Promise

Mar 29 I ONCE heard an old minister say that he thought the blessing of Asher was peculiarly the blessing of ministers; and his eyes twinkled as he added, “At any rate, they are usually blessed with children, and it is a great blessing for them if they are acceptable to their brethren, and if they are so truly anointed that they even dip their foot in oil.” Well, well, I pray...

Deuteronomy 33:24-25

A Free Grace Promise

Oct 11 VENGEANCE was in full career. The armies of divine justice had been called forth for war: “They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war.” They had invaded and devastated the land, and turned the land from being like the garden of Eden into a desolate wilderness. All faces gathered blackness: the people were “much pained.” The sun itself was dim, the moon was...

Joel 2:32

The Filling of Empty Vessels

Jan 13 IT is needful that we read the whole story: — “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee?...

2 Kings 4:3