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Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed

by Thomas Taylor

1621 Edition

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(in modern english)

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

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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

Thomas Taylor Quotes

THOMAS TAYLOR (1576-1632ad) was a Puritan Preacher who, at the age of only 25, preached before Queen Elizabeth I of England; he came to be known as "a brazen wall against Popery.” The following quotes are taken from "The Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed" which is available in the Hail & Fire Library (in modernized english).

A mark to recognize a hard heart by:

“Unfeelingness of hardness, and unwillingness to feel it: no mislike of it, no desire to understand the danger of it. When men desire to sit quiet in sin, and nothing so offends them, as to hear their sin disgraced; when they turn their backs, and stop their ears, Zech. 7:11. Being as loath to be drawn to a sermon powerful against sin, as Israel to come near the mountain. Whereas a soft heart is most sensible of much hardness in it, and counts no burden comparable”

Thomas Taylor, "Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed "

Persecution makes sound and unsound fly off, but with great difference ... One flies the field, and comes no more: the other returns, and is more valiant.

“Persecution is distasteful and contrary to nature, as where nothing is but nature, it shuns it vijs et modis, by all means whatsoever. Nature will suffer nothing for Christ or for salvation by him. And no marvel, seeing tribulation for the Gospel daunts many good hearers, who being converted, and having attained to a sound and saving faith, but having yet also flesh as well as spirit, and too much love of flesh, easily shrink from Christ and profession, at least for a time; as Peter did, till Christ looked graciously back upon him: and who can deny, but that the rest of the disciples were graced with a true faith? yet after many warnings, and much confirmation of their Lord, so soon as ever he was apprehended, before themselves were sought for, they all left him and fled, every one willing to shift for himself and save his skin. So as persecution makes sound and unsound fly off, but with great difference. For the sound Christian goes away as Onesimus, for a season, Phil. 15, that God his Master may receive him forever: the hypocrite in persecution utterly, and wholly, and forever departs from the faith, from the comfort and profession of it. One flies the field, and comes no more: the other returns, and is more valiant. In one word, the difference is, the faith of the one is temporary, in the other not his faith is temporary, but his failing.”

Thomas Taylor, "Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed "

Diligence and Zeal:
 


“Carnal friends persuade a man not to be too busy.”

Thomas Taylor, "Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed "

The Spiritual Seed of Christian Faith and the Nature of it:
 


“As seed hath a natural heat, life, and virtue in it, by which it increases and begets more seeds like unto itself: so the Word cast into the good ground of a believing heart, hath a supernatural heat in it, being as fire, Jer. 5:14, and a lively power to frame men like itself, to make them of fleshly, spiritual; of blind, quick sighted; of dead in sin, alive in grace. And as one grain quickened, brings sundry tillowes, and many grains in each: so one Christian converted, and receiving this power in himself, gains many, unto God, desiring that everyone were as he is, except his bands and sins.”

Thomas Taylor, "Parable of the Sower, and of the Seed "


"Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Mat 13:52 KJV
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