Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 42

A New Leaf for the New Year

Dec 27 You know the story from which our text is taken, how Joseph’s brethren, being envious of him, sold him for a slave, deceived his aged father concerning him, and then endeavoured to forget the deed. They appear to have gone on with easy consciences for a number of years; but, by-and-by, there was a sore famine in all lands, and from all countries people went into Egypt to buy corn....

Genesis 42:21

The Incomparable Bridegroom and His Bride

Jun 10 THIS morning, we had the great privilege of preaching the doctrine of substitution, and of directing the minds of God’s people to the solid rock of the meritorious sacrifice of Christ whereon all their hopes of heaven must he built. What we have to say to-night is less doctrinal, and more practical; therefore let us guard ourselves at the outset. If we should, with very much earnestness, urge believers to...

Song of Solomon 5:9

Better Than Wine

Jun 2 THE Scriptural emblem of wine, which is intended to be the symbol of the richest earthly joy, has become desecrated in process of time by the sin of man. I suppose, in the earlier ages when the Word of God was written, it would hardly have been conceivable that there could have existed on the face of the earth such a mass of drunken men and women as now pollute...

Song of Solomon 1:2

Unpurchasable Love

Jun 6 THAT is a general truth, applying to all forms of real love; you cannot purchase love. If it is true love, it will not run on rails of gold. Many a marriage would have been a very happy one if there had been a tithe as much love as there was wealth; and, sometimes, love will come in at the cottage door, and make the home bright and blest, when...

Song of Solomon 8:7

Overcoming Christ

Oct 8 THIS is the language of the Heavenly Bridegroom to his spouse. In great condescension, he speaks to her, and bids her take note that her eyes have overcome him. This morning, our subject was, overcoming evil with good. We have a very different subject this evening; for we are to talk about overcoming him who is goodness itself, the perfection of everything that is excellent. Saints first learn the art...

Song of Solomon 6:5

Love’s Vigilance Rewarded

Oct 7 WHEN I look upon this great assembly of people, I think to myself, — there will be many here to whom these chapters that we have read out of Solomon’s Song will seem very strange. Of course they will; for they are meant for the inner circle of believers in the Lord. Jesus Christ. This sacred Canticle is almost the central Book of the Bible; it seems to stand like...

Song of Solomon 3:4

Spices, Flower, Lilies, and Myrrh

Aug 5 IN this chapter the spouse describes in detail the person of her Beloved. She is not satisfied with saying, “He is altogether lovely;” but she delights to talk of the charms of each part of his sacred person, and to picture the beauties of his divine form and features, so that thereby she may, perhaps, win some other heart first to admire and then to love him.

Song of Solomon 5:13

The Tender Grapes

Aug 8 THE vine is of all trees the most useless unless it bears fruit. You cannot make hardly anything of it; you would scarcely be able to cut enough wood out of a vine to hang a pot upon; you cannot turn it into furniture, and barely could you use it in the least degree for building purposes. It must either bear fruit, or else it must be consumed in the...

Song of Solomon 2:13

The Best of the Best

May 19 THE time of flowers has come, and as they are in some faint degree emblems of our Lord, it is well, when God thus calls, that we should seek to learn what he desires to teach us by them. If nature now spreads out her roses and her lilies, or prepares to do so, let us try, not only to see them, but to see Christ as he is shadowed...

Song of Solomon 2:1

“My Garden” — “His Garden”

Jul 20 WHAT a difference there is between what the believer was by nature and what the grace of God has made him! Naturally, we were like the waste howling wilderness, like the desert which yields no healthy plant or verdure. It seemed as if we were given over to be like a salt land, which is not inhabited; no good thing was in us, or could spring out of us. But...

Song of Solomon 4:16