Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 40

The Birth of Christ

Dec 24 THE kingdom of Judah was in a condition of imminent peril. Two monarchs had leagued themselves against her, two nations had risen up for her destruction. Syria and Israel had come up against the walls of Jerusalem, with full intent to raze them to the ground, and utterly to destroy the monarchy of Judah. Ahaz the king, in great trouble, exerted all his ingenuity to defend the city; and amongst...

Isaiah 7:14, 15

A Comforting Message for the Closing Year

Mar 1 IT is certain, Christian, that thou hast nowhere else to rest. Of the whole of this time-state it was well said, “This is not your rest,” and of all the comfort that you find in earthly friendships and relationships, in the good things of this life, or in any hopes short of heaven, we may truly say, “This is not your rest.” The other day, at Highgate, I passed some...

Psalm 37:7

The Keeper of the Vineyard

Jul 5 MY discourse this evening can hardly be called a sermon; it will be just a simple talk about a few experimental truths, but I trust that it will be useful to some of the Lord’s people.      The text follows a terrible verse, in which the Lord’s enemies are threatened with “his sore and great and strong sword.” But even when God has the most anger against his adversaries, he...

Isaiah 27:3

A New Year’s Retrospect and Prospect

Dec 31 IT has been sometimes said that a good Sabbath makes a good week. Sir Matthew Hale long ago said:— “A Sabbath well spent Brings a week of content;” while George Herbert quaintly wrote:— “The Sundays of man’s life, Threaded together on Time’s string, Make bracelets to adorn the wife Of the eternal, glorious King. On Sunday, Heaven’s gate stands ope; Blessings are...

Psalm 10:17

Moses’ Dying Charge to Israel

Jun 17 THESE are the words of Moses, the man of God, when he was near his departure. They make up a part of what has been called his “swan song.” He did not often sing, he did give us at least one song; hut when he came near the time he was to die, like the fabled swan, he began to sing, and most sweetly did he sing.      Notice the...

Deuteronomy 8:2

Take, Eat.

Jan 8 WE are all agreed upon this one point, that the Lord’s supper is an emblem of the death of Jesus Christ, and of the way by which we receive benefit from him. The bread sets forth his broken body, and the cup his shed blood; these, separated from each other, show forth his death. The way by which we receive this bread and this wine is by eating and drinking,...

Matthew 26:26

Prayer, the Cure for Care

Jan 12 WE have the faculty of forethought; but, like all our faculties, it has been perverted, and it is often abused. It is good for a man to have a holy care, and to pay due attention to every item of his life; but, alas! it is very easy to make it into an unholy care, and to try to wrest from the hand of God that office of providence which...

Philippians 4:6, 7

Great Joy in the City

Jan 22 PHILIP went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them,” and the result of his preaching was that “there was great joy in that city.” He had very speedy and very remarkable success. He scarcely opened his mouth without gaining attention, and had not long proclaimed his message before people willingly received it, and many were converted to Christ, so that “there was great joy in that...

Acts 8:8

"Out of the Depths"

Jan 26 You remember that these were the words of a man of God, a man after God’s own heart, a man undoubtedly the possessor of the grace of God. They were the words, also, of a preacher, one who could say, “I have preached righteousness in the great congregation. . . . I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the...

Psalm 40:12-13

Scarlet Sinners Pardoned and Purified

Jan 29 THERE is a quarrel between man and his Maker. It is a sad thing that the creature should have fallen out with his Creator, it is a pitiful business that those who are dependent upon the bounty of God should have rebelled against the hand that has fed them; yet it is even so. Man has turned aside from the way of God’s commandments; he will not submit to Jehovah’s...

Isaiah 1:18