Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 4th October

“Strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house.” / Jeremiah

In this account the faces of the Lord’s people were covered with shame, for it
was a terrible thing that men should intrude into the Holy Place reserved for
the priests alone. Everywhere about us we see like cause for sorrow. How many
ungodly men are now educating with the view of entering into the ministry!
What a crying sin is that solemn lie by which our whole population is
nominally comprehended in a National Church! How fearful it is that ordinances
should be pressed upon the unconverted, and that among the more enlightened
churches of our land there should be such laxity of discipline. If the
thousands who will read this portion shall all take this matter before the
Lord Jesus this day, he will interfere and avert the evil which else will come
upon his Church. To adulterate the Church is to pollute a well, to pour water
upon fire, to sow a fertile field with stones. May we all have grace to
maintain in our own proper way the purity of the Church, as being an assembly
of believers, and not a nation, an unsaved community of unconverted men.

Our zeal must, however, begin at home. Let us examine ourselves as to our
right to eat at the Lord’s table. Let us see to it that we have on our wedding
garment, lest we ourselves be intruders in the Lord’s sanctuaries. Many are
called, but few are chosen; the way is narrow, and the gate is strait. O for
grace to come to Jesus aright, with the faith of God’s elect. He who smote
Uzzah for touching the ark is very jealous of his two ordinances; as a true
believer I may approach them freely, as an alien I must not touch them lest I
die. Heart searching is the duty of all who are baptized or come to the Lord’s
table. “Search me, O God, and know my way, try me and know my heart.”

“And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.”
/ Mark 15:23

A golden truth is couched in the fact that the Saviour put the myrrhed
wine-cup from his lips. On the heights of heaven the Son of God stood of old,
and as he looked down upon our globe he measured the long descent to the
utmost depths of human misery; he cast up the sum total of all the agonies
which expiation would require, and abated not a jot. He solemnly determined
that to offer a sufficient atoning sacrifice he must go the whole way, from
the highest to the lowest, from the throne of highest glory to the cross of
deepest woe. This myrrhed cup, with its soporific influence, would have stayed
him within a little of the utmost limit of misery, therefore he refused it. He
would not stop short of all he had undertaken to suffer for his people. Ah,
how many of us have pined after reliefs to our grief which would have been
injurious to us! Reader, did you never pray for a discharge from hard service
or suffering with a petulant and wilful eagerness? Providence has taken from
you the desire of your eyes with a stroke. Say, Christian, if it had been
said, “If you so desire it, that loved one of yours shall live, but God will
be dishonoured,” could you have put away the temptation, and said, “Thy will
be done”? Oh, it is sweet to be able to say, “My Lord, if for other reasons I
need not suffer, yet if I can honour thee more by suffering, and if the loss
of my earthly all will bring thee glory, then so let it be. I refuse the
comfort, if it comes in the way of thine honour.” O that we thus walked more
in the footsteps of our Lord, cheerfully enduring trial for his sake, promptly
and willingly putting away the thought of self and comfort when it would
interfere with our finishing the work which he has given us to do. Great grace
is needed, but great grace is provided.

– From Bible Gateway.Com

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