Commentary

Genesis 13:5-15:21

Another crisis in the life of Abram now comes before us. His was the faith that led to the migration from Ur, and in Lot he found a companion. Lot shared in his pilgrimage up to a certain point, but evidently, though a righteous man, he did not fully share in the faith that prompted the pilgrimage. A point had now been reached when the increase in their possessions, under the Divine blessing, was such that strife broke out among their servants and they could no longer dwell peaceably togethe...

Genesis 16:1-18:33

Chapter 16 introduces us to the episode in the life of Abram, which has an allegorical significance, as the Apostle Paul shows in Galatians 4. Hagar was a bondwoman; she came from Egypt, type of the world; her son was born "after the flesh;" her name is said to mean "Wandering." Law and the flesh and the world and bondage are closely connected all through Scripture, and here first we have them all brought together. In Genesis 12 we saw Abram's lapse in going down into Egypt, and though b...

Chapter 7 - The Gospel in the Genealogy

(Matt. i. 1-6.) "And Judas begat Pharez and Zara of Thamar; . . . and Salmon begat Booz of Rahab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias." The introduction of four women's names, and of four only, into the genealogy of our Lord as given by Matthew, has furnished material for inquiry to many students of the inspired word. That there was a special purpose in it no one who had any right claim to be such could ev...

Chapter 4 - A Brand from the Burning

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (ZECH. iii. 1—4.) The words that I have read, beloved friends, apply properly to the receiving back again of the Jews in the last days, when the Lord puts away their iniquity. Joshua the high priest is the representative of Israel, and he represents them both in their iniquity, which God puts away, and in the blessed place into which he is brought afterward. But then God’s reception of any sinner, or of any company of sinners, is on precisely the...

Chapter 3 - At the Well

A GOSPEL ADDRESS (JOHN iv.) The Lord had not one stereotyped answer, beloved friends, for those He met. He met souls; He answered souls - not questions even, but souls. And you will find, if you take this chapter for instance, and compare it with the chapter preceding, how differently the Lord answers two cases which were indeed different themselves, but the difference between which would have caused, one might naturally think, precisely opposite answers to those the Lord...

Chapter 2 - In the Pharisee's House

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (LUKE vii. 36-50.) When we first wake up to realize that we have not got any real solid peace as to the future, - I do not say hope, for I suppose everybody has something which he likes to call hope, if it is not very solid, - but when we wake up to find no solid ground for the future, we are still, if awake, yet in the darkness. We wake up ignorant how to secure what we are so anxious to secure; and therefore it is that we commonly miss, for a time at...

Chapter 1 - A Coal from the Altar

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (ISA, Chap. vi.) The lesson of this chapter, as we in our day may read it, is very full in its evangelic teaching. Its two broad features are these, that, let man but take his true place before God, he shall surely find God’s mercy for him; and then, also, that this mercy is, and must be, also righteousness. As the apostle puts it concerning the gospel: "It is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." And then, why? "For therein ...

Chapter 8 - The Healing of the Issue

"And much people followed Him, and thronged Him. And a certain woman which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she heard of ,Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched His garment for she said, If I may touch but his clothes I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed oh t...

Chapter 10 - The Lost Sheep

(Luke xv. 1 - 7.) Not only are the mines of Scripture yet little worked, there is a wealth of precious things yet upon the surface which we have never made our own, for all the centuries we have had the fields in our possession. What are we more familiar with than the parables of this chapter? They are the constant theme of the evangelist; they are among the most prized treasures of faith everywhere. They are sung in hail and in street, lisped by childhood and studied b...

Chapter 9 - The Famine in Samaria and How It Was Relieved

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (2 Kings vi. 24) We read here of a famine in Samaria, the capital city of a country most highly favoured, most deeply guilty in her abuse of the patience and goodness of a long-suffering God. And now the judgment that must needs overtake iniquity was falling upon her. The enemy was besieging her in her gates, and already we see her in most extreme distress: "they besieged it till an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth ...
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