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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - August 18, 2015

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> "Strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house."
> Jeremiah 51:51
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> 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.
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> 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."
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> Evening
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> "And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not."
> Mark 15:23
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> 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.
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