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Alive

Dec 12 YESTERDAY afternoon I was the subject of a somewhat singular circumstance. An esteemed friend and relative came over to my house, evidently labouring under great disturbance of mind, and having enquiries to make of a very important order. I was at the time walking in the garden, so that I did not see him, and he appeared to have great difficulty in mentioning the subject of his concern to my...

Psalm 119:144

The Joy of Jesus

Dec 5 LAST Lord’s-day morning we considered the lamentations of Jesus; we will now turn our thoughts to the joys of Jesus. It is remarkable that this is the only instance on record in the gospels in which our Lord is said to have rejoiced. It stands alone, and is, therefore, the more to be prized:— “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” He was the “man of sorrows and acquainted with...

Luke 10:21-22

The Lamentations of Jesus

Nov 28 ON three occasions we are told that Jesus wept. You know them well, but it may be worth while to refresh your memories. The first was when our Lord was about to raise Lazarus from the dead. He saw the sorrow of the sisters, he meditated upon the fruit of sin in the death and corruption of the body, and be groaned in spirit, and it is written that “Jesus...

Luke 19:41

The Believer Catechized

Nov 21 THE Saviour said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. BELIEVEST THOU THIS?      When believers are sorrowful they may be assured that a consolation is provided exactly adapted to their cases. For every lock that God has made he has provided a key. As...

John 11:26

The Blood of the Testament

Nov 14 THE apostle declares that whenever God has entered into covenant with man it has not been without the shedding of blood. To a covenant a sacrifice, and to a testament a death, was evidently necessary. It was so when the arrangements of Israelitish worship were first published and established in the wilderness. Paul says, “Neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.” He, probably, had in his mind’s eye the...

Hebrews 9:20

Cheer for the Worker, and Hope for London

Oct 28 IT is clear from this, dear friends, that even he who was not a whit behind the chief of the apostles sometimes needed special comfort. It is possible that even the bravest of the brave may be afraid. Sinking of heart assailed even Samson while as yet the thousand slain lay in heaps around him. Moses was cast down in the desert, and David on the throne. Even iron will...

Acts 18:9-10

Harvest Past, Summer Ended, and Men Unsaved

Oct 17 THIS is a very mournful chapter, especially if we include in it, as we rightly should, the first verse of the ninth chapter: “O that my head were waters.” The passage is full of lamentation and woe, and yet it is somewhat singular that the chief mourner here is not one who needed chiefly to be in trouble. Jeremiah was under the especial protection of God, and he escaped in...

Jeremiah 8:20

Asleep and yet Awake,-A Riddle

Oct 10 WE are glad to perceive in this Song the varied experience of the bride. She was the well-beloved of the heavenly Bridegroom, but she was not without her faults. Though the “fairest among women,” she was human, and, therefore, she had not reached angelical perfection. She was not perfect, to begin with, for at the outset she confessed, “I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: they made...

Song of Solomon 5:2

Walking Humbly with God

Sep 12 WE shall chiefly dwell upon the last line:— “To walk humbly with thy God.”      Man asks, “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?” and, as if he must set himself to answer his own question, he further enquires, “Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or...

Micah 6:8

The Glories of Forgiving Grace

Aug 29 LAST Sunday morning the subject was redemption, “Ye are not your own: ye are bought with a price.” The sequel to redemption is pardon: the text gives us that doctrine, for it tells us that redemption through the blood of Jesus involves the forgiveness of sins. Our subject at this time shall be the forgiveness of sin, the measure, mode, medium, and manifestation of it as set forth in the...

Ephesians 1:7