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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...when men throw the seed upon the earth, and find it springing up and bringing forth thirty, sixty, and an hundred fold? Much more frequent, of course! But much less wonderful? The beginnings are so small, the process is so secret and so mysterious. The results are so great. If a yearly experience had not made us familiar with it all, we should realize better than we do how wonderful it is, and how divine. /. M. E. Ross, in The Self Portraiture of Jesus. 18. Hear ye the parable of the sower. The parable of the sower would mean little to hearers who held the crude and material ideas of the kingdom that prevailed among the contemporaries of Jesus. It was used as an invitation to consider a great truth, and for teachable disciples was full of suggestion and meaning, while for the critical curiosity of unfriendly hearers it was only a pointless story,--a means adopted by Jesus to save His pearls from being trampled under foot, and perhaps also to prevent too early a decision against Him on the part of His opponents." Rush Rees, in Life of Jesus. 23. He that was sown upon the good ground. The good seed have ever been the children of the kingdom. God's usual method is to scatter men and, if need be, nations. The Aryan or Indo-European group of nations tells of God's methods of husbandry when He would prepare Europe to be the future seed-plot of nations. Celts, Teutons, Slavs, Greeks, and Latins came from their distant home in the highland plateaus beyond the Caspian, while Persians and Hindus sought new homes nearer the sea, safeguarded by mountain passes. Sometimes the nations are seed and sometimes they are soil. Just now, when the Sultan of Turkey forbids the preaching of the gospel in Albania that furnishes his bodyguard as well as prime...
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