Abraham’s Double Blessing

November 8, 1885

Abraham’s Double Blessing   “I will bless thee, . . . . and thou shalt be a blessing.” — Genesis xii. 2.   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 …


After Two Days is the Passover

November 1, 1885

After Two Days is the Passover   “Ye know that after two clays is . . . the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” — Matthew xxvi. 2.   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 …


Deadness and Quickening

October 29, 1885

Deadness and Quickening   “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” — Psalm cxix. 37.   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 …


A Programme Never Carried Out

October 25, 1885

A Programme Never Carried Out   “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and …

Luke:15:20, 21

When should we Pray?

October 22, 1885

When should we Pray?   “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” — Luke xviii. 1.   MY mind alights with great joy upon the simple truth which gleams on the very surface of our text, — then, men may pray. If men ought to pray, they may pray. Whatever a man ought to do, it is …


A Sad Interior and a Cheery Messenger

October 18, 1885

A Sad Interior and a Cheery Messenger   “And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” — Mark xvi. 10.   SOME of you, dear friends, have seen those small pictures by famous Dutch artists where, with many little touches — very lifelike, very suggestive, very homely, — they depict an …


From Twenty-five to Thirty-five

October 11, 1885

From Twenty-five to Thirty-five   “And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them; go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.” — Matthew xx. 3, 4.   No parable teaches all sides of truth. It is …

Matthew:20:3, 4

Jesus and his Brethren

October 4, 1885

Jesus and his Brethren   “Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. …


Something worth Seeking

September 27, 1885

Something worth Seeking   “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall he added unto you.” — Matthew vi. 33.   THERE is just as much need of this exhortation to-day as there was when our Saviour first uttered it. These are times in which fretful care is very apt to …


Servus Servorum

September 6, 1885

Servus Servorum   “I am among you as ho that serveth.” — Luke xxii. 27.   OBSERVE, dear friends, that our Lord, in order to impress a great practical truth upon his twelve apostles, refers them to himself. He very often does so, quoting his own doings as an example to his servants. Does not this fact give us …