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The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed

by Thomas Taylor

1621 Edition

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The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed by Thomas Taylor (1621)

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."

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The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed by Thomas Taylor (1621 Edition)

EXCERPT: "It is true, that allowances must be made for menís natural temper, with regard to these things, as well as others; but not such allowances, as to allow men, that once were wolves and serpents, to be now converted, without any remarkable change in the spirit of their mind. The change made by true conversion is wont to be most remarkable and sensible, with respect to that which before was the wickedness the person was most notoriously guilty of. Grace has as great a tendency to restrain and mortify such sins, as are contrary to the spirit that has been spoken of, as it is to mortify drunkenness or lasciviousness. Yea, the Scripture represents the change wrought by Gospel grace, as especially appearing in an alteration of the former sort: Isa. 11:6-9, 'The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid: and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.'"

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."

Thomas Taylor

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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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