Spurgeon’s Commentary on Matthew – A Review by Jeremy Walker
A product of Spurgeon’s last years, this1 is the only complete commentary on a book he wrote (excepting his treatment of the Psalms, which was in some senses more of a compendium of others’ comments). You will forgive me for saying it is magnificently Spurgeonic: from its opening paragraph, Spurgeon points us to Christ and never once loses sight of him in all the pages that follow. With laudable brevity, wry wit, proverbial pithiness, earnest devotion, vigorous plainness and gripping earthiness, Spurgeon paints his portrait of the King of kings, bringing the beauties of the Lord Christ into sharp relief and sweet expression. Other commentaries may provide an anatomically correct model of this Gospel, but Spurgeon gives you its beating heart.
Profitable for personal Bible study or private devotion, useful for family worship, stimulating for preachers, it is a joy to see this newly-typeset and well-bound edition of Spurgeon’s Matthew once more available. If I could for a moment adopt the plural so beloved of Spurgeon, our only minor gripe is that the header on each page does not note which chapter we are in (as in Passmore & Alabaster’s original), which would greatly aid us in our finding our way around the volume in a hurry.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
A product of Spurgeon’s last years, this1 is the only complete commentary on a book he wrote (excepting his treatment of the Psalms, which was in some senses more of a compendium of others’ comments). You will forgive me for saying it is magnificently Spurgeonic: from its opening paragraph, Spurgeon points us to Christ and […]
Jeremy Walker is Joint Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, West Sussex. This review first appeared on his blog, and is used with kind permission.
Tired and Scared? — An Easter Reflection April 9, 2020
Ol’ Man River — a song from the Kern and Hammerstein musical Show Boat — has suggested both our title and subject. Listen on YouTube to Paul Robeson singing it in the 1936 film version or to William Warfield in the 1951 re-make and enjoy the treat. It movingly expresses the hardships and struggles of […]
Habakkuk — A Book for Times of Crisis April 3, 2020
Habakkuk asked God to remove wickedness and injustice from a nation that professed to believe in the High and Holy One who inhabits eternity. He was told of God’s purpose to chastise severely this wayward people. The rod with which the Lord would correct them would be a violent invasion by a cruel and bloodthirsty […]