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The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed
by Thomas Taylor
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Thomas Taylor, a Puritan Preacher, at only 25 preached before Queen Elizabeth I of England; he came to be known as "a brazen wall against Popery."
EXCERPT: "Great is the similitude between the spiritual Manna of God's Word, and that corporal of the Israelites in the wilderness. That refreshed hungry and famished bodies; this, hungry souls. The was small both in substance and show, but great in virtue and power: so this seems week, when it is most powerful. That came from heaven and fell with the dew: so this is heavenly, and with it comes the dew of grace. That was white as snow and sweet as honey: so this is pure, and rejoices the heart. That fell every day, and all, both good and bad gathered it, but not all to the same end: so all must daily of this Manna. Everyone hears the Word, but not all alike ... He that was the true Manna, and the Bread from heaven, our Lord Jesus, in this parable shows the nature, quality, use, and diverse sorts of gathering, and gathers of this little, white, and sweet feed of God's Word, afforded to feed and strengthen us through the barren wilderness of this world."
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"And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: ĎA sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.í" Luke 8:4-8 KJV
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