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The Essence of Simplicity

Dec 29 THIS text is from the story of the blind man to whom Jesus had given sight. His narrative of the cure provoked the anger of the Jews and their rulers; and, as the man could not be brought to see with them that one who had opened his eyes could also be a bad man, they cast him out of their assembly, and by that act signified to him that...

John 9:35-36

The Hexapla of Mystery

Dec 22 THE apostle tells us in the preceeding verse that the Lord has a double design in maintaining his church in the world. The first is that it may be the place of his abode, for the church of the living God is “the house of God,” the home wherein he reveals himself unto his own children, the resting-place of his love which he has of old appointed. Jehovah still inhabits...

1 Timothy 3:16

Jesus, The King of Truth

Dec 19 THE season is almost arrived when by the custom of our fellow-citizens we are led to remember the birth of the holy child Jesus, who was born “king of the Jews.” I shall not, however, conduct you to Bethlehem, but to the foot of Calvary; there we shall learn, from the Lord’s own lips, something concerning the kingdom over which he rules, and thus we shall be led to prize...

John 18:37

The Thorn in the Flesh

Dec 8 MANY persons have a morbid desire to roll up the curtain, and gaze upon the secret lives of eminent personages. Paragraphs detailing the private habits of public men are delicacies for such minds. Books stuffed with idle gossip and the merest trash are sure of a wide circulation, if they tell how princes ate, how warriors drank, how philosophers slept, or how senators arranged their hair. For once we are...

2 Corinthians 12:7, 8, 9

The Saints Blessing the Lord

Oct 20 You see here a man talking to himself, a soul with all his soul talking to his soul. Every speaker should learn to soliloquise. His own soul is the first audience a good man ought to think of preaching to. Before we address ourselves to others we should lecture within the doors of our own heart. Indeed, if any man desires to excite the hearts of others in any given...

Psalm 103:1

A Root Out of a Dry Ground

Oct 13 THE prophet is speaking of the Messiah. He declares of him, “He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” It is marvellous that with such plain prophecies concerning the Messiah, the Jews should have made such a fatal...

Isaiah 53:2

The Paraclete

Oct 6 THE unspeakable gift of the Son of God was followed up by the equally priceless gift of the Holy Ghost. Must it not be confessed by us that we think far less of the Holy Spirit than we should? I am sure we do not exalt the Saviour too much, nor is he too often the subject of our meditations; but at the same time, we give to the Holy...

John 14:16

A Honeycomb

Sep 29 WHEN the Hebrew Christians were suffering dire persecution the apostle could suggest no better support for their faith than this, “Consider him.” He bade them look to Jesus, and compare their case with that of their Lord. Such contemplations would prove a sovereign balm for their distressed minds. A consideration of our Lord and Master is the best conceivable stay and support during persecution. Let us look into that fact...

Hebrews 12:3

The Lord Blessing His Saints

Sep 26 We would reply, first, that they are a people whom God has blessed because he willed to do so. He has given us no other reason, as the first cause of their being blessed, but the fact that he is good, and that he is sovereign in the distribution of his grace. If you search to the very bottom of things you hear a voice proclaiming these words, “I will...

Psalm 115:15

My Prayer

Sep 22 I THINK you will find the prayer for quickening repeated nine times in this Psalm. The form of it differs, but it is always the same vehement cry, “Quicken thou me, O Lord.” In addition to this, you will hear David twice acknowledge that God had quickened him, saying on one occasion, “Thy word hath quickened me,” and in another place, “Thy precepts have quickened me so that eleven times...

Psalm 119:37