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The Blessings of Following On

I MUST first remove the mouldy piece from the text, and that is the word “if,” which has no sort of business here whatever. You notice that the translators put it in italics, to intimate to us that it was no word of God, but one of their own words which they thought necessary to complete the sense. We might read— and we should be far nearer the sense— “Then...

Hosea 6:3

The Whole-heartedness of God in Blessing His People

Jul 29 WE cannot help looking for the restoration of the scattered Israelites to the land which God has given to them by a covenant of salt: we also look for the time when they shall believe in the Messiah whom they have rejected, and shall rejoice in Jesus of Nazareth, whom to-day they despise. There is great encouragement in prophecy to those who work among the seed of Israel; and it...

Jeremiah 32:41

Marvellous! Marvellous!

Oct 28 GOD sent his servant Zechariah with a promise that Jerusalem should be rebuilt, and that it should enjoy a time of great peace and prosperity. Instead of men being slain in battle in the prime of their days, old men and old women were to dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, “every man with his staff in his hand for very age”: and whereas war had often cut off the...

Zechariah 8:6

Verily, Verily

Jan 29 THE words “Verily, verily,” as they were solemnly used by our divine Lord, indicate an utterance of special importance. If Jesus says, “Verily, verily,” there is something coming to which we should attend with all our hearts. The subject which he thus introduces is our possession of eternal life, and our being delivered from condemnation by faith in himself. Can any theme be more important? Many questions may be asked,...

John 5:24

Rivers of Water in a Dry Place

Jul 11 I SUPPOSE it must be conceded that the surface sense of this passage refers to Hezekiah and to other good kings who were the means of great blessing to the declining kingdom of Judah. We can scarcely be thankful enough for a righteous government. If for a few years we could feel the yoke of despotism we should better appreciate the joys of freedom. In the prophecy before us very...

Isaiah 32:2

Without Money and Without Price

Mar 8 THE spiritual blessings promised and provided in the gospel comprise all that man can need. They are described in the chapter before us as “water” refreshing and cleansing— the “water of life,” whereof if a man drink he shall never thirst again. They are next described as “wine” the wine of joy, exhilarating, comforting, “making glad the heart of man a wine in which is no woe, but fulness of...

Isaiah 55:1

The Lord Blessing His Saints

Sep 26 We would reply, first, that they are a people whom God has blessed because he willed to do so. He has given us no other reason, as the first cause of their being blessed, but the fact that he is good, and that he is sovereign in the distribution of his grace. If you search to the very bottom of things you hear a voice proclaiming these words, “I will...

Psalm 115:15

Covenant Blessings

Apr 14 LUTHER has well said that the experience of the minister is the best book in his library. I am persuaded it is so, and that God often leads his servants through peculiar states of mind, not so much for their own benefit as for the sake of those to whom they may afterwards minister. It is not long ago since I felt myself when engaged in devotion cold and dead,...

Ezekiel 36:26, 27

Withholding Corn

Jul 30 IF I dared, I should always preach upon the comfortable promises and gracious doctrines of God’s Word. I find it most delightful and easy work to expatiate upon those themes of revelation which abound in sweetness and are full of savour and preciousness to the child of God. I said, “If I dared,” and you will ask me why I dare not? The answer is, because I have a solemn...

Proverbs 11:26

Once a Curse but Now a Blessing

Dec 6      As these words came from the lips of Zechariah, doubtless they referred to the seed of Abraham, including the two tribes of Judah and the ten tribes of Israel. They have already received a minor fulfillment; but their most glorious accomplishment is yet to come. The Jews have for many a generation been cursed by all people. For ages no one had a good word or a kind...

Zechariah 8:13