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The Preacher's Last Sermon for the Season

Nov 29 THE officers were after our Lord, and he knew it. He could spy them out in the crowd, but he was not therefore in the least afraid, or disconcerted. He reminds me of that minister who, when he was about to preach, was stopped by a soldier, who held a pistol at his head, and threatened that if he spake he would kill him. “Soldier,” said he, “Do your duty;...

John 7:37

But a Step

Nov 29 THIS was David’s description of his own condition. King Saul was seeking to destroy him. The bitter malice of that king would not be satisfied with anything short of the blood of his rival. Jonathan did not know this. He could not believe so badly of his father as that he could wish to kill the champion of Israel, the brave, true-hearted young David; and so he assured David that...

1 Samuel 20:3

The Dream of Barley Cake

Nov 22 THE Midianites were devastating the land of Israel. These wandering tribes purposely kept away during the times of ploughing and sowing, and allowed the helpless inhabitants to dream that they would be able to gather in a harvest; but no sooner did there come to be anything eatable by man or beast, than these Bedouin hordes came up like locusts, and devoured everything. Imagine a country like Israel, which had...

Judges 7:13-14

Hagar at the Fountain

Nov 8 You know the story of Hagar. I am not going to deal with the allegorical meaning of it: that would be apart from our subject this morning. I shall speak of the incident simply as it stands, and even then I shall not use it strictly as a case of sure conversion, for I am not certain that it was such. I suppose Hagar to have been an Egyptian woman,...

Genesis 16:13-14

Abraham’s Double Blessing

Nov 8 THIS was to be the double result of Abraham’s coming out from his own country and his father’s house. Those Orientals clung with great tenacity to their native homes. We in these latter ages are not so restful; we think nothing of crossing the Atlantic, and many think little of going to the other side of the globe; but those Easterns trembled even to cross the Euphrates or the Tigris....

Genesis 12:2

Death and Life: The Wage and the Gift

Nov 1 IN the fifth chapter of this Epistle, Paul had shown at considerable length our justification from sin through the righteousness of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Our apostle goes on to speak of our sanctification in Christ; that as by the righteousness of Christ we have been delivered from the guilt and penalty of sin, so by the power and life of Christ in us we are delivered from the dominion of...

Romans 6:23

After Two Days is the Passover

Nov 1 ONE likes to know how a great commander feels before a battle. What is his state of mind, and how does he look forward to to-morrow’s struggle? While yet the balances are trembling, how does he act? How does he bear himself? One likes to know the condition of heart of one’s fellow in the prospect of a great trial. There is a serious operation to be performed; how is...

Matthew 26:2

Deadness and Quickening

Oct 29 DAVID, when he wrote these words, was in downright earnest. There were times with him when he grow lukewarm and cold, and then we remember that lie soon fell into grievous sin; but at the time when he was penning this verse, his spirit was lively, and active, and energetic, and hence it was that he prayed thus carefully about himself: “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken...

Psalm 119:37

Jubilate

Oct 25 THIS is the first song unto the Lord which is recorded in holy scripture. In Jacob’s blessing of his children there are verses which may be regarded as songs; but they are mere fragments, and can scarcely be said to be sung unto the Lord. There are other couplets in the Book of Genesis, but this is the first connected song upon record. I should think that Abraham often sang...

Exodus 15:1-2

A Programme Never Carried Out

Oct 25 I THOUGHT I would hardly preach a set discourse from this familiar text, but just give you some odds and ends of thought upon these words. You know that there are many people who are in such a low state of mind, and who have such a humble opinion of themselves, that if I bring them a loaf of bread, they will be afraid to eat it; so I have...

Luke 15:20, 21