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The Blood of Abel and the Blood of Jesus

Sep 2 THE first shedding of human blood was a very terrible experiment. Whether Cain’s murderous blow was premeditated or not, the sight of a bleeding human corpse must have been a terrible novelty to him. He had not been hardened by reading details of warfare, or listening to tales of murder; killing and slaying were new terrors to mankind, and he who was the ringleader in such violence must have been...

Genesis 4:10/Hebrews 12

Seeing and not Seeing, or Men as Trees Walking

Jul 22 OUR Saviour very frequently healed the sick by a touch, for he intended to impress upon us the truth that the infirmities of fallen humanity can only be removed by contact with his own blessed humanity. He had, however, other lessons to teach, and therefore he adopted other methods of action in healing the sick. Moreover, it was wise for other reasons to manifest variety in his methods. Had our...

Mark 8:22-25

Order and Argument in Prayer

Jul 15 IN Job’s uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father’s face. His first prayer is not, “Oh that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!” nor even, “Oh that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more...

Job 23:3,4

God's Cure for Man's Weakness

Jun 24 SOME kinds of weakness are of God’s appointment, and necessarily incident to manhood; they are not sinful, and, therefore, we may continue to be subject to them without regret. In reference to such weaknesses it may be that after beseeching the Lord even thrice to remove them, it may be for our good that they should remain. Then will our gracious God give us, in place of removing the weakness,...

Hebrews 9:34

The Axe at the Root- A Testimony Against Puseyite

Jun 17 THE woman’s conscience had been aroused by Christ’s declaration of her sin. He was touching upon matters of the most vital importance, and her depraved heart naturally shrunk from the lancet. From the truth which was becoming inconveniently personal she flew to that natural resort of the carnal mind, namely, to religious discourse upon points of outward observance. Instead of confessing her sin, and asking how it may be forgiven,...

John 4:23,24

Sin Laid on Jesus

Jun 10 THE verse opens with a confession of sin common to all the persons intended in the verse. The whole of the elect people of God seem to me to be here represented; they have all fallen, those of them who have lived to years of responsibility have all actually sinned, and therefore in common chorus they all say from the first who entered heaven to the last who shall enter...

Isaiah 53:6

Joy and Peace in Believing

May 20 I WOULD address myself this morning to a certain special class, and if there should be no spiritual instruction for others, I trust that they will follow what is said with their prayers, that the word may be useful to those for whom it is mainly intended. There are a large number of persons who profess to have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, but who assert that they have...

Romans 15:13

An Immovable Foundation

May 13 WE are walking along through the vineyard of this psalm, plucking the clusters on the right hand and on the left, when suddenly, with a tremendous roar, the “if” of our text, like a young lion leaps out upon us. What shall we do with it? Let us play the man, like Samson, and rend it as though it were a kid, and doubtless we shall find honey in it,...

Psalm 11:3

A Lesson from the Great Panic

May 13 IT is a most popular error that the world stands still, and is fixed and immovable. This has been scouted as an astronomical theory, but as a matter of practical principle it still reigns in men’s minds. Galileo said, “No, the world is not a fixed body, it moves;” Peter had long before declared that all these things should be dissolved; at last men believed the astronomer, but they still...

Hebrews 12:27

Temptations on the Pinnacle

May 6 THE clearest and most important exposition of the revelation of God in the inspired Book is the revelation of God in the renewed man. Every Christian will discover, in proportion to his advances in divine knowledge, that the very ‘things which are written in these hallowed pages are written in his own experience. We never fully understand divine truth until we have experienced it; the diamond of divine promise never...

Matthew 4:5-7