New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 18 - CASTLE JESUS
"Who have fled for refuge."--HEB. vi: 18.
Paul is here speaking of the consolations of Christians. He styles them these "who have fled for refuge."
Moses established six cities of refuge--three on the east side of the river Jordan, and three on the west. When a man had killed any one accidentally he fled to one of these cities. The roads lead ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 19 - STRIPPING THE SLAIN
"And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in Mount Gilboa."--I. SAM. xxxi: 8.
Some of you were at South Mountain, or Shiloh, or Ball's Bluff, or Gettysburg, and I ask you if there is any sadder sight than a battle-field after the guns have stopped firing? I wa ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 20 - SOLD OUT
"Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money."--ISA. lii: 3.
The Jews had gone headlong into sin, and as a punishment they had been carried captive to Babylon. They found that iniquity did not pay. Cyrus seized Babylon, and felt so sorry for these poor captive Jews that, without a dollar of compensation, he let the ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 21 - SUMMER TEMPTATIONS
"Come ye yourselves apart unto a desert place and rest awhile."--MARK vi: 31.
Here Christ advises His apostles to take a vacation. They have been living an excited as well as a useful life, and He advises that they get out into the country. When, six weeks ago, standing in this place, I advocated, with all the energy I could command, the Saturda ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 22 - THE BANISHED QUEEN
"Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to King Ahasuerus. On the seventh day when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, to bring Vashti the queen ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 23 - THE DAY WE LIVE IN
"Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"--ESTHER iv. 14.
Esther the beautiful was the wife of Ahasuerus the abominable. The time had come for her to present a petition to her infamous husband in behalf of the Jewish nation, to which she had once belonged. She was afraid to undertake the work, lest she should lo ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 24 - CAPITAL AND LABOR
"Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."--MATT. vii: 12.
The greatest war the world has ever seen is between capital and labor. The strife is not like that which in history is called the Thirty Years' War, for it is a war of centuries, it is a war of the five continents, it is a war hemispheric. The middle classes ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 25 - DESPOTISM OF THE NEEDLE
"So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter."--ECCLES. iv: 1.
Very long ago the needle was busy. It was considered honorable for women to toil in olden time. ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 26 - TOBACCO AND OPIUM
"Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed."--GEN. i: 11.
The two first born of our earth were the grass-blade and the herb. They preceded the brute creation and the human family--the grass for the animal creation, the herb for human service. The cattle came and took possession of their inheritance, the grass-blade; man came and to ...read
New Tabernacle Sermons, Vol. 1, sermon 27 - WHY ARE SATAN AND SIN PERMITTED?
"Wherefore do the wicked live?"--JOB xxi: 7,
Poor Job! With tusks and horns and hoofs and stings, all the misfortunes of life seemed to come upon him at once. Bankruptcy, bereavement, scandalization, and eruptive disease so irritating that he had to re-enforce his ten finger-nails with pieces of earthenware to scratch himself withal. His wife to ...read
The Broken Pitchers
"And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal .... And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled" (Judges 7:20-21).
That is the strangest battle ever fought. God had told Gid ...read
The Ministry of Tears
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes" (Revelation 7:17).
Riding across a western prairie, wild flowers up to the hub of the carriage wheel, and while a long distance from any shelter, there came a sudden shower, and while the rain was falling in torrents, the sun was shining as brightly as ever I saw it shine; and I thought, What a be ...read
The Question Of Questions
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).
In a cell of the Philippian dungeon, dark, damp, chill, unilluminated save by the torch Of some official who comes to see whether they are yet alive, are two Ministers of Jesus Christ; their feet fast in instruments of torture, their shoulders dripping from the strokes of leather thongs, their m ...read
The Reckless Penknife
"When Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with his penknife."-Jeremiah 36:23.
We look in upon a room in Jerusalem. Two men are there. At the table sits Baruch the scribe, with a roll of parchment and an iron pen in his hand. The other man is walking the floor, as if strangely agitated. There is an unearthly appearance about his co ...read
The Spider In Palaces
"The spider taketh hold with her hand, and is in kings' palaces" (Proverbs 30:28).
We are all watching for phenomena. A sky full of stars shining from January to January calls out not so many remarks as the blazing of one meteor. A whole flock of robins take not so much of our attention as one blundering bat darting into the window on a summe ...read
Weighed and Found Wanting
"Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."--Dan. 5:27.
Babylon was the paradise of architecture. The most elaborate structures of modern times are only the evidence of her fall.
After the site of Babylon had been selected, two million men were employed for the construction of the wall and principal works. The walls of the city we ...read