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Jehovah’s Challenge

Dec 31 A TRUTH may be sincerely believed by us, and yet it may do us good to have it put in the form of a question. As I read the chapter, I called your attention to Jeremiah’s confident declaration to God, “There is nothing too hard for thee.” Yet in our text, which is only a few verses further on in the chapter, the Lord says to this same prophet, “Is...

Jeremiah 32:27

Supposing Him to be the Gardner

Dec 31 I WAS sitting about a fortnight ago in a very lovely garden, in the midst of all kinds of flowers which were blooming in delightful abundance all around. Screening myself from the heat of the sun under the overhanging boughs of an olive, I cast my eyes upon palms and bananas, roses and camellias, oranges and aloes, lavender and heliotrope. The garden was full of colour and beauty, perfume and...

John 20:15

Learning in Private what to Teach in Public

Dec 24 I HOPE that many who are now present long beyond everything else to be useful to their fellow-creatures. We do not want to go to heaven alone; we are most anxious to lead others to the Saviour. I remember a very remarkable telegram, which was sent from England, by a lady who had sailed from New York with all her children. She landed in England after being shipwrecked, but she...

Matthew 10:27

The Star and the Wise Men

Dec 24 SEE, dear friends, the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ even in his state of humiliation! He is born of lowly parents, laid in a manger, and wrapped in swaddling bands; but, lo! the principalities and powers in the heavenly places are in commotion. First, one angel descends to proclaim the advent of the new-born King, and suddenly there is with him a multitude of the heavenly host singing glory...

Matthew 2:1-10

Neither Forsaken nor Forgotten

Nov 5 You have probably noticed, dear friends, while reading the chapter from which our text is taken, that it seems to divide itself into two parts. The first portion concerns that glorious Servant of God, “who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” even our Divine Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. There is, in this part of the chapter, somewhat of complaint; Christ...

Isaiah 49:16

The General Convocation Around Mount Zion

Nov 5 THE whole passage will be considered, but our special central text will be verse 23: “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.”      Paul is displaying the superiority of the new covenant to the old. He tells us what Israel after the flesh came to at their best in the morning hours of the law, and what the firstborn after the Spirit have...

Hebrews 12:22-24

Christ in Bonds

Nov 2 Christ in Bonds   “Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.” (The Revised Version says, “Annas therefore sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.”) — John xviii. 24.   OUR only subject, on this occasion, is, CHRIST IN BONDS, — the Son of God as an Ambassador in bonds, a King in chains, — the God-man sent, bound to take his trial...

John 18:24

The Law Written on the Heart

Oct 29 LAST Lord’s-day morning we spoke of the first great blessing of the covenant of grace, namely, the full forgiveness of sins. Then we dilated with delight upon that wonderful promise, “Their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” I hope our consciences were pacified and our hearts filled with wonder as we thought of God’s casting behind his back all the sins of his people; so that we...

Jeremiah 31:33

A Sincere Summary, and a Searching Scrutiny

Oct 29 IF anyone says that these two texts contradict one another, I say that they do not. They form a paradox, and they are both true, and true of the same man, at the same time. I will read them to you again: “I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.” “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I...

Psalm 119:168

Christ Before Annas

Oct 26 NOTE the words in verse 13: “and led him away to Annas first.” This man Annas has not become so infamous as Pontius Pilate, because his name did not happen to be mentioned in the Creed.; but, in some respects, he was even more guilty than the Roman governor. He was one of those who handed over our Lord to Pilate, and he is included in the judgment, “he that...