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John E. Hazelton, Sermons

Satisfied

31 May 2022, by

A Sermon Preached By John E. Hazelton

“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house: and Thou shall make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures. For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light.”—Psalm 36:8,9

The older the child of God grows, the more he realises the disappointing and transitory and heart-sickening character of the world in which he dwells. The more he knows of his own heart, so fickle and changeable, the more he knows of the fulness and the lovingkindness of his never-changing God, the more precious does the book of Psalms become to him. Of all parts of the Word of God, this book is perhaps most frequently before the eyes, and under the contemplation, of the experienced Christian.

In the psalm which we have before us we have the declaration of David, who is designated here the servant of the Lord; the declaration of the power of God’s grace in his own soul; the outlook which it gave him, in the…

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Should It Be So?

18 May 2022, by

A Sermon Preached By John E. Hazelton When His Only Son Died, August 1st, 1909

“Should it be according to thy mind?”—Job 34:33

The Book of Leviticus contains a series of very blessed illustrations of the Gospel of our God, of the Person and of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are enabled prayerfully to read it with a spiritual eye, by the side of the gospel as recorded in the New Testament, and in the light of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we are favoured to become somewhat instructed in the things that make for our eternal peace. It is Jehovah Himself who is speaking in nearly every verse in this book. I would draw your attention first, ere we pass on, to the very heart of the subject, to the place where the contents of the Book of Leviticus were spoken.

The whole verse reads, “Should it be according to thy mind? He will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest;” but we will seek to confine our attention to the first clause. They are the words of Elihu to Job, “Should it be according to thy mind?”

When we read the book of Job, the pathetic central figure pretty well absorbs our attention. Our hearts thrill as we gaze upon him. The book opens and we see that man of God sitting in the midst of the calm and cloudless day of prosperity; a rich man, an influential man, a God-fearing man, a man evidently singularly happy in his…

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Manna

6 May 2022, by

“There is nothing at all beside this manna.”—Numbers 11:6

The Children of Israel, about six weeks after they were brought out of Egypt, were led into the Wilderness of Sin. For a whole month between their resting at Elim and their entry into the Wilderness of Sin we know nothing of their history: but at the end of the full six weeks we see them travelling through this wilderness. The word “Sin” means “The thorn bush;” the Israelites were about to pass through the Wilderness of the Thorn Bush. The stores of food which they had brought out of Egypt had, by the end of six weeks, come practically to an end. Here in the Wilderness of the Thorn Bush were a million and a half people without food, and they looked upon the barren place unto which their steps had been directed. They beheld the stern and inhospitable mountains frowning upon them, and they complained bitterly unto Moses and Aaron, and wished themselves back in the land out of which they had been so gloriously delivered. And when Moses and Aaron went before the Lord with their complaints, the Lord was pleased to speak at once to His servant Moses, and to declare to him that His glory would shine forth in the…

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“And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him, to make atonement for him.”—Leviticus 1:4,5

The Book of Leviticus contains a series of very blessed illustrations of the Gospel of our God, of the Person and of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are enabled prayerfully to read it with a spiritual eye, by the side of the gospel as recorded in the New Testament, and in the light of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we are favoured to become somewhat instructed in the things that make for our eternal peace. It is Jehovah Himself who is speaking in nearly every verse in this book. I would draw your attention first, ere we pass on, to the very heart of the subject, to the place where the contents of the Book of Leviticus were spoken.

The Lord had been speaking to the people from Mount Sinai. When God spake to the people thence the “voice of the trumpet waxed louder and louder,” the earth trembled and shook, the whole mountain was in a smoke; no beast might touch it. The people were…

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The Breastplate

7 Feb 2022, by

“And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim.”—Exodus 28:30

The breastplate that formed so prominent and beautiful an object in the dress of the High Priest of Israel, was designated the breastplate of judgment because, as this verse affirms, God directed that the Urim and Thummim—” lights and perfections “—should be placed in it. The breastplate was fastened to the blue robe of the ephod; a bag was at the back of the breastplate, and in this bag what is designated Urim and Thummim were placed. The marginal reading has it “lights and perfections.” By Urim and Thummim the High Priest of Israel consulted the Lord in seasons of embarrassment and perplexity; and by Urim and Thummim the mind and the will of the Lord were made known again and yet again to those who thus enquired.

Many speculations have been made as to what Urim and Thummim were. Moses is nowhere directed to make these objects, but is ordered to put them in the bag. Some have said they were two beautiful gems. This would seem to be the…

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Mount Moriah

12 Dec 2021, by

“And the Angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham; and he said. Here am I.”—Genesis 22:11

The biographies of Holy Scripture contain records of the lives and of the conduct of men and women whom the Holy Ghost the great Author of Scripture, brings prominently under our notice. Every biography of Holy Writ is a faithful delineation of the character of the man or woman whose history it portrays. God the Holy Ghost has drawn these lives out for our profit and for our edification. ” Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,” that is, with a special design of conveying instruction to the Church and people of God. The lives of ordinary great men are soon forgotten; those of kings, poets, statesmen and others have an interest chiefly for their own generation, so that it is practically commonplace to say concerning a prominent man who has recently died, “If his biography be not written within a year or so of his decease, he will be practically forgotten.” One evening last week I had occasion to…

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God With Us

8 Nov 2021, by

The First Sermon Preached By John E. Hazelton In Streatley Hall, March 28th, 1909

“Certainly I will be with thee.”—Exodus 3:12

Very various is the discipline, the schooling, the training through which each one of God’s people may pass. I have sometimes said, and it is perfectly true, that God does not teach His people in classes, but that each one has to learn his lesson for himself. One by one are the people of God taught. How wonderful was the training of God’s servant Moses for the mighty work which the Lord had allotted to him! The wonder-working hand of God in Providence is seen at the very outset of his career, when from the reedy river Moses was drawn out, and brought to Pharaoh’s daughter—drawn out of the jaws of death, and presently drawn out of an ungodly world. His training was exactly suited to the work which God had for him to do, and so is yours, and so is mine. We kick against it; we often fight and rebel against it, but depend upon it, each one’s pathway and training, whether we serve God in public or in private, is justly managed by our great and wise and glorious Lord.

Now Moses we are told by Stephen, was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in words and in deeds—that is, the whole compass of science, and of earthly knowledge so far as the…

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