The Remembrancer: 1902

Through the slow-rolling hours of the desolate night,
11The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? 12The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come. (Isaiah 21:11‑12)Here and there in Scripture we find different minds brought into contact with the same moral perplexity. For instance, the prosperity of the wicked; and we see the different way in which this perplexity was dealt with.
" But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet the hope of salvation."―1 Thess. 5, 8.
The Babylonish Captivity, considered as an era in the progress of divine dispensations, was most important and significant. We may well treat it as a very principal station in our journey along that path of light and wisdom which is cast up in Scripture for {s
Thou hast spoken-let me hear.
NO. 1. (Written just before departing to be with Christ)
One of the leading effects of sorrow and bereavement is to cast a veil over things present, and to bring us into the presence of God and eternal things in heaven. The result of this is that we are astonished to find how strange we are
" Rejoice in the Lord alway." Who was a fit person to say that? The man who had been in the third heaven? No. The man a prisoner at Rome. That was rejoicing always; as we have in the Psalms, " I will bless
Though " faint, yet pursuing,"
(Sequel to " Captives in Babylon.")
If there be one thing of importance now, it is Christian devotedness. I do not separate this from Christian doctrine, but found it on it. I do not surely separate it from the presence and power of the Spirit (one of the most important of these doctrines),
This is so, indeed, as we have seen.
There is a character of truth in the Epistle to the Galations, very seasonable at this present time, and very strengthening to the soul at all times.
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2:1‑20)When God is pleased to occupy Himself with the world, and to take a part in what passes therein, it is marvelous to see how He acts, and the instruction He gives. There is no agreement, but a total opposition between His ways and those of men.
As we enter these chapters, we have passed an interval of about sixty years, and are in company with a new generation of captives, and are about to witness a second exodus from Babylon.
" Who is the Lord, that I should obey His Voice? " (EXODUS. 5:2.)
I know why Christ is at God's right hand, and I know why the Holy Ghost is down here. The Holy Ghost here is the witness of the judgment of the world, and the power for me. What is He saying to the
It is after an interval of twelve years from the time of Ezra's action that Nehemiah appears. He was a captive still in Babylon (or Persia, the same thing in principle), while Ezra was doing good service to the Lord at {s
Ought not Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into His glory?”―LUKE 24:2626Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (Luke 24:26).
Satisfied with Thee, Lord Jesus,
I have lately very much enjoyed the thought that Noah had only one window to the ark, and that was at the top. This was a great mercy for him. For had there been any windows at the sides, Noah would most likely have been tempted to
There are combinations in Nehemiah which distinguish themselves very strikingly. In chap. v. we see him in his private virtues; as in preceding chapters, we have seen him in public energies. He surrenders his personal rights as governor, that he may be simple and fully the
" Christ is all, and in all." Who can be this except God? " All " excludes everything else. In getting Christ we get eternal blessedness, and life, and knowledge of the Father―all that will make heaven blessed. The object on which we look
The first Psalm is the position of the Lord Jesus Christ as the godly-separated Man here in this world. The second Psalm is the Lord exalted, risen, and glorified. At the beginning of it God sets before us the secret of all that is
These chapters witness the people still earnest and obedient. The day of revival continues. The freshness of its morning has, in no measure, faded, though we here reach a later hour of the day.
―The blood, that Justified God in pardoning me, has shut my mouth from saying a word for myself, and opened it to say much for God;
Before we are in the glory we are never on a level with the position we hold, while we have only this position to sustain us. We must look above our path to be able to walk in it. A Jew, who had the secret of
Every secret thing must reach its day of manifestation. The word which Mordecai told the king about Teresh and Bigthana, the chamberlains, though hitherto forgotten or neglected, must now be remembered. The tears and the kisses, and the spikenard of the loving sinner in
We close this Book with the deliverance of the Jews in the very moment when destruction was awaiting them, and with their exaltation in the kingdom, and the celebration of their joy.
(MATTHEW. 17:24-27.)
Thou art Thyself, my portion, Lord,
GOD in His grace has centered for us every blessing in Christ. Without Christ we have, nothing, nothing but our sins; with Christ we have all things, and therefore need nothing besides Christ.
We find blessedly brought out in this epistle God's provision for the little flock passing through the wilderness. In Ephesians all is found in heaven; but, as passers through the wilderness, our feet really treading this earth, there is a goodly portion provided for
Angels were created before any of the progressive creation, " when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." The highest of creatures were first created and abide (as unfallen) in their estate; then the progressive creation
Having read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, by themselves, as the story of the returned captives, and the book of Esther by itself as the story of the dispersed captives, we would now meditate on them together for a few moments. They give
" Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,"
42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (Matthew 24:42)30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)In this portion we have exhortations to the disciples, and the responsibility of Christians during the absence of the Lord. The general result for Christianity is developed at the end of chapter 24. All depended on the living expectation of the Lord. If these should fail, the
The truth spreads; but it is another thing to take up one's cross. And I observe that when one does not act according to the truth, there is no solidity: religious views are trifled with. When we follow the truth, difficulties are there and the opposition of {s
I have regarded this second, and indeed first, chapter of Haggai, as deeply instructive, mainly as showing God's blessing and power towards a remnant. The work of building the house of the Lord was now begun. The word of the Lord had