The Power of the Bible – Preach it!May 8, 2007
Today, the last installment of a three part mini-series of Classic Materials from his book “Your Available Power”, Charles Spurgeon concludes his rallying cry to rely on the power of the inscripurated Word. Following on from “believe it!” and “quote it!” he exhorts: “preach it!”
“We are further resolved that we will preach nothing but the Word of God. The alienation of the masses from hearing the Gospel is largely due to the sad fact that it is not always the Gospel that they hear if they go to some places of worship, and all else falls short of what their souls need.
Have you ever heard of a king who made a series of great feasts and invited many, week after week? He had a number of servants who were appointed to wait at his table, and these went out on the appointed days and spoke with the people. But, somehow, after a while the bulk of the people did not come to the feasts. They came in decreasing number, but the great mass of citizens turned their backs on the banquets.
The kind made inquiry. He found that the food provided did not seem to satisfy the men who came to the banquets and so they came no more. He determined to examine the tables and the food himself. He saw much finery and many pieces on display that never came out of his storehouses.
He looked at the food and said, ‘But how can this be? These dishes, how did they get here? I did not provide these. My oxen and my fatlings were killed, yet we do not have here the flesh of fed beasts but hard meat from cattle lean and starved. Bones are here, but where is the fat and the marrow. The bread also is coarse, but where is the fat and the marrow?…
One of those who stood by and answered and said, ‘O king, we thought that the people would be tired of the marrow and fatness, and so we gave them bone and gristle to try their teeth on…It is the opinion of the learned that our provision is more suitable for these times than that which your majesty prescribed so long ago….
Then the king knew why the people did not come to the feast.
Going to the house of God has become distasteful to a great many of the population. Does the reason lie in this direction? I believe it does. Have our Lord’s servants been chopping up their own odds and ends and tainted bits to make with them a stew for the millions, and do the millions therefore turn away? Listen to the rest of the parable.
‘Clear the tables!’ cried the king in indignation. ‘Cast that rubbish to the dogs. Bring forth the sirloins of beef; set forth my royal provisions.’
They did so; and if my parable is right, very soon there was a rumour throughout the streets that truly royal dainties were to be had. They people thronged the palace, and the king’s name became exceedingly great throughout the land.
Let us try the plan. Maybe we will soon rejoice to see our Master’s banquet filled with guests.
* Calvinistic Acrostics!
* Steve Camp on Preaching with the favour of heaven
* I’d be interested to know what you think about this thought provoking article: “Full time pastor, part time follower of Jesus.” (HT: Tim Chester)
* One to take to a quiet place and reflect upon – Preaching and Hearing – over at Resurgence.
Tomorrow: Thabiti Anyabwile on Ten Questions for Expositors.