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A Message from God to His Church and People

Dec 16 “O LORD, I have heard thy speech!” This is the language of reverent obedience, and is a fit preface to a fervent prayer. If we are not willing to hear God’s voice, we cannot expect him to hear our voice. It is an admirable preparation for prayer, first to hearken diligently to what God the Lord shall speak, and then to be obedient to his commands. He who would hear...

Habakkuk 3:2

A Triumphal Entrance

Dec 12 ON Monday evening we expounded this Psalm. We then enlarged upon the glorious ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his triumphal entrance within the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem, to which we believe this verse is to be referred. Having on that occasion endeavoured to set forth the literal and proper meaning of the words, amplifying at some length thereon, we trust we may be permitted to use...

Psalm 24:9

The Last Enemy Destroyed

Nov 18 OUR Saviour stooped to the lowest depths of degradation, he shall be exalted to the topmost heights of glory. “Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” Our Lord was trampled beneath the feet of all, but the day cometh when...

1 Corinthians 15:26

The Gospel's Healing Power

Nov 11 LUKE, the writer of this gospel, was a physician, and therefore had a quick eye for cases of disease and instances of cure; you can trace throughout the whole of his gospel the hand of one who was skilled in surgery and medicine. From which I gather that whatever may be our calling, or in whatever art or science we may have attained proficiency, we should take care to use...

Luke 5:17

Praying in the Holy Ghost

Nov 4 THESE words occur in a passage where the apostle is indicating the contrast between the ungodly and the godly. The ungodly are mocking, speaking great swelling words, and walking after their ungodly lusts, while the righteous are building up themselves in their most holy faith, and keeping themselves in the love of God. The ungodly are showing the venom of their hearts by mourning and complaining, while the righteous are...

Jude 20

The Standard Uplifted in the Face of the Foe

Oct 28 THE Hebrew seems to be very difficult of interpretation in this place, and there have been as many translations given of it as there are days in the month. Upon the whole one is most satisfied with the translation of our authorized version; and without troubling your minds with a host of various renderings, we will keep to the one before us, which, even if it should not happen to...

Isaiah 59:19

Pray for Jesus

Oct 21 HAVING on one or two occasions made use of the phrase, “praying for King Jesus,” I have been somewhat surprised to find that it was not understood, and I have been rather astonished at receiving several notes asking for an explanation of what I supposed to be a matter of common knowledge. It seemed to hearers and readers of my sermons as if the phrase must be a mistake, as...

Psalm 72:15

Soul Murder - Who is Guilty?

Sep 30 DAVID had been grossly guilty towards his faithful and veteran friend Uriah. He had given instructions that he should be led into the hottest part of the fight, and then suddenly deserted that so he might be smitten by the sword of the Syrians, and might appear to have died in the natural order of battle; whereas, of course, his death was a cowardly murder, planned and devised by the...

Psalm 51:14

A Feast for Faith

Sep 16 ISAIAH admired the husbandman’s skill in his calling. He mentions with admiration the various methods adopted by the farmer in the rotation of crops, in the choice of different soils for certain seeds, in the methods of binding up and stowing away his produce; and he enlarges especially upon the different methods of threshing which were used by the Orientals, some tender grain being threshed out by a staff in...

Isaiah 28:29

Kicking Against the Pricks

Sep 9 THIS expression is highly characteristic of the Saviour from its figurative form. While he was on earth, without a parable spake he not unto the people; and speaking out of heaven, in this instance, he still adopts the parabolic style, as he did in Patmos, when he revealed himself to John as walking among the golden candlesticks. Here is a parable wilful, and wrapped being up stricken in a with...

Acts 4:5