Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 36

The Hope of Future Bliss

May 20 IT would be difficult to say to which the gospel owes most, to its friends or to its enemies. It is true, that by the help of God, its friends have done much for it; they have preached it in foreign lands, they have dared death, they have laughed to scorn the terrors of the grave, they have ventured all things for Christ, and so have glorified the doctrine they...

Psalm 17:15

The Keynote of the Year

Mar 7 BEFORE our friend who leads us in singing begins, we sometimes bear bis tuning-fork. He is getting the keynote into bis ear. When he comes forward, be often sounds out that keynote before be begins to sing. This is what David does in this wonderful psalm. He sounds the tuning-fork with this clear note— “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” It is well for all to be ready to sing...

Psalm 103:1

A Straight Talk

May 19 THERE are different ways of replying to the invitation of the gospel when you mean to refuse it. They are all, at bottom, bad, and they may all be classed under one head; for “they all with one consent began to make excuse”; but yet some are more decently worded than others, and have a greater show of reason about them. The first two sets of people, who were invited...

Luke 14:20

Faith’s Firm Resolve

Jul 19 THIS is a psalm of David’s old age, and we will carefully notice the characteristic feature of it. It is not addressed to men concerning God, but it is addressed to God himself, for he was David’s dearest friend. Our psalms and hymns are not for man’s criticism, but for the Lord’s acceptance.      This is the tenor of the psalm: he has been with his God, and he is...

Psalm 71:16

Witnesses Against You

Jan 19 THE facts are these. At the time when certain of the Jews returned with Nehemiah to Jerusalem, many of them were in very straitened circumstances; and, contrary to the Jewish law, the richer Jews lent them money upon usurious interest, amounting to the hundredth per month, or twelve per cent, per annum. They took from their poorer brethren their lands, or put a heavy mortgage upon them; and in some...

Nehemiah 5:7

Something Done For Jesus

Jan 26 STUDY carefully the story of the enthusiastic Christian woman who poured the alabaster box of very precious ointment upon the head of our ever-blessed Lord and Saviour. Honoured as that action is by the universal church of God, it did not escape criticism among the religious people of her own day. The disciples censured her, but Christ defended her; and in the course of his vindication of her he said,...

Matthew 26:10

Heaven Above, and Heaven Below

Feb 2 JORDAN is a very narrow stream. It made a sort of boundary for Canaan; but it hardly sufficed to divide it from the rest of the world, since a part of the possessions of Israel was on the eastern side of it. Those who saw the Red Sea divided, and all Israel marching through its depths, must have thought it a small thing for the Jordan to be dried up,...

Revelation 7:16,17

Love's Competition

Feb 2 I REMEMBER seeing, somewhere or other, as a sign upon an inn, the words “The First and Last.” I do not know what that may happen to be among men, but I know that love is God’s first and last. It is there that he begins with us in mercy— “We love him, because he first loved us.” His love at the first springs up like a fountain in the...

Luke 7:42, 43

God forgiving Sin

Feb 6 AT first, men have very low ideas of sin. It is a trifle, a mere mistake, a failure of judgment, a little going aside; but when the Holy Spirit begins to deal with them, sin grows to be an intolerable burden, a fearsome thing, full of horror and dismay. The more men know of the evil of sin, the more astounded they are that they ever should have found any...

Isaiah 55:7-9

Pleading, not Contradiction

Feb 9 DID you notice, in the reading of this narrative of the Syro-Phoenician woman, the two facts mentioned in the twenty-first and twenty-second verses? “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts.” See, Jesus goes towards the coast of Sidon on the land side, and the woman of Canaan comes from the sea-shore to...

Matthew 15:27