Title Index

A Bottle in the Smoke

Mar 23      The figure of "a bottle in the smoke" is essentially oriental; we must therefore go to the East for its explanation. This we will supply to our hearers and readers in the words of the Author of the Pictorial Bible: "This doubtless refers to a leathern bottle, of kid or goat-skin. The peasantry of Asia keep many articles, both dry and liquid, in such bottles, which, for security,...

Psalm 119:83

Abraham, a Pattern to Believers

Jan 22 ABRAHAM’S life, taken literally, is full of instruction; but we shall be wise to take the spirit of it, and endeavour to make it our own. We cannot live just as Abraham did; but we can carry out the great principles which lay at the root of Abraham’s life; and, if the Holy Spirit will work in us a like degree of faith to that of the holy patriarch, we...

Hebrews 11:9-10

Abraham's Prompt Obedience to the Call of God

Jun 27 One is struck with the practical character of this verse. Abraham was called, and he obeyed. There is no hint of hesitation, parleying, or delay; when he was called to go out, he went out. Would to God that—such conduct were usual, yea, universal; for with many of our fellow-men, and I fear with some now present, the call alone is not enough to produce obedience. "Many are called, but...

Hebrews 11:8

Abraham’s Trial: a lesson for Believers

Feb 12 WE may regard the father of the faithful as being a pattern of his children. As God dealt with Abraham, so will he deal in measure with all those who, as believers, are the children of believing Abraham. Everything that will abide the fire shall go through the fire, that it may be both proved and improved. We clearly understand that when God is said to “tempt” Abraham, the word...

Genesis 22:1

Abram and the Ravenous Birds

Nov 24 WE might use this text, if we chose, as a picture of the ease with which Faith repels all attacks that are made upon Christ, the great sacrifice of the new covenant. Ainsworth tells us that the original word which we translate “drove,” has in it the force of “puffed” them away; as if with a very puff of breath these kites, and vultures, and eagles, were at once driven...

Genesis 15:11

Abram’s Call; or, Half-way and All the Way

Feb 26 AFTER the flood, when men began to multiply and increase in the earth, it was not very long before they began to turn aside from the living and true God. At first the sons of Noah walked in the light of divine knowledge, though even among them was found an evil seed. When scattered over the earth after the confusion of tongues at Babel, the earth’s hoar fathers carried with...

Genesis 11:31 & 12:5

A Bright Light in Deep Shades

May 12 THE Israelites were commanded to remember all the way which the Lord their God had led them in the wilderness. That precept was not given without reason. The remembrance of God’s mercy in the past is helpful to ns in many ways. To look back upon our past condition and upon the manner in which God befriended us at such times as we were reduced to sore straits, will often...

Isaiah 51:1

Abundant Pardon

Sep 27 IN our childhood we learned from Dr. Watts’ Catechism that Isaiah was that prophet who spoke more of Jesus Christ than all the rest. In the chapter before us he had been declaring in the name of the Lord the coming and the character of the Redeemer, speaking of him thus, “Behold I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.” No...

Isaiah 55:7

A Bundle of Myrrh

Mar 6      Certain divines have doubted the inspiration of Solomon's Song; others have conceived it to be nothing more than a specimen of ancient love-songs, and some have been afraid to preach from it because of its highly poetical character. The true reason for all this avoidance of one of the most heavenly portions of God's Word lies in the fact that the spirit of this Song is not easily...

Song of Solomon 1:13

A Business-Like Account

Jun 3 OUR Saviour’s advice to those who wished to be his disciples was “Count the cost.” He did not wish to entice any man to enlist in his army by keeping him in ignorance as to the requirements of his service. Again and again he tested professed converts himself, and he frequently exhorted men to try themselves, lest they should begin a profession and be unable to maintain it. True religion...

Philippians 3:7-9