Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 37

The Obedience of Faith

Aug 21 THE part of the text to which I shall call your attention lies in these words, “By faith Abraham obeyed.” Obedience— what a blessing it would be if we were all trained to it by the Holy Spirit! How fully should we be restored if we were perfect in it! If all the world would obey the Lord, what a heaven on earth there would be! Perfect obedience to God...

Hebrews 9:8

A Challenge and a Shield

Aug 24 HERE are two very wonderful challenges thrown out by the apostle Paul. First, he boldly defies anyone to charge the chosen of God with sin: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?” and then, even if any charges should be brought against them, he defies all our foes to secure an adverse verdict: “Who is he that condemneth?” This would be a very bold challenge even...

Romans 8:34

Entangled in the Land

Sep 21 ISRAEL was clean escaped from Egypt. Not a hoof of their cattle was left behind; nor foot of child or aged man remained in the house of bondage. But though they were gone, they were not forgotten by the tyrant who had enslaved them. They had been a very useful body of workers; for they had built treasure cities and storehouses for Pharaoh. Compelled to work without wages, they cost...

Exodus 14:3

Jehovah-Shammah: A Glorious Name for the New Year

Jan 4 THESE words may be used as a test as well as a text. They may serve for examination as well as consolation, and at the beginning of a year they may fulfil this useful double purpose. In any case they are full of marrow and fatness to those whose spiritual taste is purified. It is esteemed by the prophet to be the highest blessing that could come upon a city...

Ezekiel 48:35

A Gracious Dismissal

Jan 11 THE main part of my subject will be— that gracious dismissal, “Go in peace.” To her who had been so lately blest, the word “Go” sounded mournfully; for she would fain have remained through life with her pardoning Lord; but the added words “in peace” turned the wormwood into honey— there was now peace for her who had been so long hunted and harried by her sins. Rising from the...

Luke 7:50

A Private Enquiry

Jan 18 THE Lord would not speak directly to Eli, although he was the High Priest. In ordinary circumstances it would have been so; but Eli had grieved the Lord, and thus had lost his honourable standing. God had not cast him off; but he viewed him with such displeasure that he would only speak to him through another person: even as great kings, if they are offended with their courtiers, send...

1 Samuel 3:17

Our Manifesto

Jan 25 To me it is a pitiful sight to see Paul defending himself as an apostle; and doing this, not against the gainsaying world, but against coldhearted members of the church. They said that he was not truly an apostle, for he had not seen the Lord; and they uttered a great many other things derogatory to him. To maintain his claim to the apostleship, he was driven to commence his...

Galatians 1:11

Jesus: ‘All Blessing and All Blest.

Feb 1 THERE are many famous names in human history; but many of them are connected with deeds which have brought no blessing upon mankind. To bless, and to be blessed, is the noblest sort of fame; and yet how few have thought it worth the seeking! Full many a name in the roll of fame has been written there with a finger dipped in blood. It would seem as if men...

Psalm 72:17

Abraham’s Trial: a lesson for Believers

Feb 12 WE may regard the father of the faithful as being a pattern of his children. As God dealt with Abraham, so will he deal in measure with all those who, as believers, are the children of believing Abraham. Everything that will abide the fire shall go through the fire, that it may be both proved and improved. We clearly understand that when God is said to “tempt” Abraham, the word...

Genesis 22:1