Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Seven)
Parable of the Sower
Martin G. Collins
Sermon; #1487; 65 minutes
Memory is a gift from God; without it, we become isolated from ourselves, our family, history and culture. The Hebrew word zakar signifies both memory and male, suggesting that, without the knowledge gleaned from memory, boys fail to mature into men who lead and protect their families. In post-modern America, responsible fatherhood has become discarded as a useless relic from the past. When examining the history, character, and prophetic references of the seven churches of Revelation 2-3, we are alerted to the dangers of 1.) losing our first love, 2.) falling prey to false teachers, 3.) compromising God's Truth and 4.) forgetting life-saving doctrine. In the Parable of the Sower, Christ teaches that He and His representatives will scatter (or sow) the seed of God's Word. Some seed falls on shallow ground (representing a fleeting interest on the part of the hearers), some on thorny ground (representing those hearers beset by the cares and attractions of the world), some on good ground (representing receptive hearers, who, over time, will bear bountiful fruit. Over the centuries, many have been called, but few have been chosen as First Fruits.
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