Within the Holiest, and Without the Camp
Thoughts on Luke 7: 36-50
The "last hour"
To our Readers
"After all this"
The Inspiration of Daniel and His Book
The Ark and its Contents
The Vatican and the Criticism of the Pentateuch
Notes of an Address on Hebrews 1: 1-4
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
"Who are we?"
Belshazzar's Feast and the Day of the Lord
Grace and Peace
Notes of an Address on Matthew 11: 26
Thoughts on John 16: 8-11
1 John 1: 1-4
Our Standing in Grace
'The Being and the Attributes of the Lord God'
The Poor Brother
Jottings of a Bible Reading on Colossians 1: 12-20
The Ministry of Elisha
Brief Remarks on Rev. 1 - 11
Zion's King and His Co-heirs
Brief Notes on Scripture
The steps which led to the setting up of a king in Israel are easily traced, and easily accounted for, by all who have studied with any attention the humbling history of the human heart, either as presented in themselves or in others.
In the opening chapters of 1 Samuel we are furnished with a most instructive and solemn picture of Israel's condition. The house of Elkanah is taken up by the sacred penman as a striking illustration of Israel after the flesh, and Israel after the Spirit. "He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children."
Thus we have in the domestic circle of this Ephrathite the early scenes of Sarah and Hagar enacted over again. Hannah was the barren woman,—and she was made to feel it deeply, for "her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb."
The barren woman is in Scripture the type of nature's ruined and helpless condition. There is no ability to do anything for God—no power to bring forth any fruit to Him; all is death and barrenness. Such is the real condition of every child of Adam. He can neither do anything for God nor for himself, as regards his eternal destiny. He is emphatically "without strength"; he is "a dry tree," "a heath in the desert." Such is the lesson taught us by the barren woman.
However, the Lord caused his grace to abound over all Hannah's weakness and need, and put a song of praise into her mouth. He enabled her to say, "My horn is exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in Thy salvation." It is the Lord's special province to make the barren woman rejoice. He alone can say, "Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord" (Isa. liv. 1).
Hannah realized this, and widowed Israel will ere long realize it also, "for her Maker is her husband; the Lord of Hosts is His name; and her Redeemer the Holy One of Israel." The beautiful song of Hannah is the soul's thankful acknowledgment of God's actings in reference to Israel. "The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory." All this will be most fully exemplified in Israel in the latter day; and it is now exemplified in the person of every one who through grace is raised from his ruined condition in nature to blessedness and peace in Christ.
A Song of Praise.
Across the Jordan.
Characteristics of Remnant Times.
Christ our Food.
Enduring Temptation and Entering into Temptation
The Everlasting Arms
Fitted for the Tent.
Gideon's Sevenfold Qualification for Service
The Glory of the Lord
The King in His Beauty
"His Name shall be in Their Foreheads."
His Servants shall Serve Him.
God's Inheritance in the Saints, etc
Law and Grace
Rich in Mercy
Christ the Truth
Christ the Way
The Advocacy of Christ.
The Christian's Place.
The Circle of the Church's Affections.
"The House of Dates."
The Lord's Table
The Love of Christ.
The Patience of God.
The Peerless One.
The Present Priesthood of Christ.
Woman's Place in Service.