The American Methodist (Stroud, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 41, Ed. 1 Wednesday, May 2, 1906 Page: 3 of 8
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SundaySchool Lesson for April 29,1906
Specially Prepared for This Paper.
LESSON TEXT.—Mark -1:1-110; Memory
Gulden TEXT.—“The Seed is the Word
of (iud.“—Luke 8:11.
TIME.—Autumn A. D. 2S, at close of
Christ’s second tour of Galilee, soon after
events of our last lesson.
PLACE.—On shore of Lake of Galilee,
probably near Capernaum.
passages on parable: Matt. 13:1-23 and
Luke 8:1-15. Word “parable" as used in
Scripture: Ezek. 20:49; Num. 23:7; Psa.
78:2; Mark 13:28. Six occasions of the use
of the words, “he that hath ears to hear,"
etc., as spoken by Christ: Matt. 11:15;
13:43; Mark 4:9; 4:23; 7:1(1 (Auth. Ver.); Luke
14 :;.5. See also Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:0, 13, 22;
13:9. Compare also Matt. 13:12; 25:29; Luke
3:18; I9:2i>. References to thorns, thistles,
and briers. Isa. 55:13; Ezek. 28:24; Hos. 10:8;
Psa 1 Is: 12; Prov. 24:31; Eccl. 7:0; Jer. 4:3;
12:13; Matt. 7:10; 27:29 ; 2 Cor. 12:7
Comment and Suggestive Thought.
V. 1. "Again ... by the sea.” Jujus
frequently taught by the Sea of Galilee, i
“\ cry great multitude.” "Out of every j
city.’ (Luke). “Entered into a snip
(boat) . . . sea.” Seated himself, as a j
Jewish rabbi would have done, at the ;
prow of the boat, nearest the shore.
\ . J. "Many things by parables.”
M;.::hew records seven parables spoken
r:s this occasion, aiTd Mark'adds one
more. All related to aspects of
Christ's kingdom, or its growth.
V. 3. "Behold.” An exclamation to
attract attention; quite possibly, also,
Jesus ixiiuted to the adjoining hillside,
where that of which lie told was being
enacted. "A sower ... to sow.” “Ills
basket of seed slung under his left
arm, with steady, measured pace he
marched up and down his portion of
the open field, jerking his handful of
corn before him at every step.”—Tris-
V. 4. “By the wayside.” Upon the
trodden pathway running through or
by the side of the field. “The fowls
came and devoured it.” Great flocks of
rock-pigeons and crows dwell in the
hills and valleys surrounding the Sea
V. 5, 6. "Stony grounds." Places
where a thin layer of earth covered an
underlying slab of rock. This rock,
becoming warm by the sun, causes (he
seeds which fall upon it to sprout
quickly, tut also prevents their roots
from striking downward and finding
sustenance in the soil.
V. 7. "Among thorns.” Thorn-hear-
ing plants, of which there are many
varieties in Palestine. "Choked it.”
The thorns, being stronger, soon over-
top the grain and rob it of the sun-
light: their roots also rob the grain
roots of moisture, and perhaps twine
around and actually "choke” it.
V. 8. Read this according to thp Re-
vised rendering. “Thirtyfold. . . sixty-
roid ... an hundredfofU.” It is'not
uncommon that, front one grain of
wheat sown upon the fertile soil of
Palestine, heads bearing 30, GO or even
100 grains tire produced.
V. 9. "He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear.” Jesus’ call to all His
hearers, inviting them to pay earnest
heed that they might understand and
truly profit from what they had heard.
V. 10. "When alone . . . the twelve.”
When the crowd had dispersed after
all the parables spoken on this occa-
sion had been given, a little company
truly desirous of understanding, gath-
ered about Jesus, and asked Him to
V. IT. “Unto you is given.” Be-
cause yon are sincere in heart and re-
ceptive in mind. "The mystery of the
kingdom of God.” The secret religious
rites of the Greeks were called "mys-
teries.” The Gospel of Christ is a mys-
tery in that it can be clearly under-
stood only by those whose hearts re-
V. 12. "Seeing . . . not perceive," etc.
A free quotation from Isa. 6: 9, 10, bet-
ter rendered in Matt. 13:13; where It is
clearly shown that the failure to see
is because of willfully shutting the
eyes- that is, hardening the heart.
V. 14. “The sower soweth the word.”
Jesus knows that His hearers will from
this understand that He, at the
time of speaking, is the Sower. The
seeil is the “Word of God,” the proc-
lamation of God’s love which He was
continually teaching by gracious words
nnu Kindly deeds. The ff&Id, as a sub-
sequent parable tells, is “the world.”
V. 15. "They by the wayside.” Tney
whose hearts, like the wayside, have
been hardened by being made “a com-
mon road for every evil influence.
V. 1G. The second class of hearers
"hear the Word, Immediately receive
It with gladness.” Their emotions are
stirred; they are pleased, exhilarated,
made happy, and without any deep
thought, decide hastily that they will
be followers or Jesus. Prompt decision
is not condemned, but the lack of sin-
cerity and deep purpose.
V. 17. “Have no root in themselves.”
Their hearts do not really take hold of
Jesus. They think themselves Chris-
tians, because, at the moment, that
seems to be the most attractive life.
"When tribulation or persecution
ariseth." The rock-bed of selfishness
lies under these emotions.
V. 3. It becomes us to hearken at-
tentively to every message of God.—
V. 9. We are without excuse if the
Gospel message which comes to our
ears is not permitted to find lodgment
in our hearts.—Rom. 1: 20,21 .
V. 14. Jesus’ representatives upon
earth to-day are commissioned to sow
the Word of God beside all waters.—
John 17: IS; Matt. 28:19.
V 17. Personal faith in the living
Saviour is the root which does i.ot
wither i:i the furnace of ufllicliou.—
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in REV. J. A. STATELY, IN C. C. ADVOCATE.
Our Call to Service,
"Devotional topic for May ii.
(John 1 r»: 1 <!; John 211:21; 1 Cor. 1:28-
The New-Old Ideal —The time
was when St. Simeon the Stvlite
tvpitied to tnen tin* holiness of God.
v gelistic meeting for men, when more
than liOO of them, in the solemn
| hush of the Savior's presence, de-
| dared their acceptance of his sav-
ing grace. Hut the evangelist,
Fred B. Smith, followed their con-
versions with these words; ’“The
i I is isolation on the lofty pillar (he j lu'st part of the gospel message is
j ‘Come.’ The second part, and just
is fundamental, is ‘Co ’ The man
who accepts only the first part is
only half a Christian ” Men may
not simply he receivers. To get
from God the riches of His grace,
they must also give to others the
bread of life they have themselves
received. It is the old, old message
of our Lord—and yet we had so long
forgotten it that now it seems quite
new: “Whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will lose
his life for my sake shall lind it."
The New-Old Call The call to
service is four fold:
1. “The world's need.” There
was a time when there was no
world-need. The Father of all men
was to them their all-in-all, and
from Him they had full supply.
Hut they rebelled, refused His
grace, and have since then been
ever in sorest straits of need. It
was this need—deep, unspeakable—
that called our Lord from heaven’s
dwelt there thirty-seven years) j
seemed at once the necessity and j
the proof of Ins saintliness of life.
Hut that monstrous t vpe of holiness
buds little recognition nowadays.
St Francesca more nearly realizes
the present Christian ideal. She
was unwearied in her secret devo-
tions, yet answered jovfullv every
call of duty. It washer accustom-
ed word that “a wife and mother,
when called upon, must quit her
God at the altar to hud Him in her
The New-Old Message.—It was
with dee)t meaning that Phillips
Brooks once said: ‘We cannot he
Sieve in our Christ fot ourselves,
unlei-s we believe iu Him for all the
world ” Christ cannot dwell in a
selfish heart. His presence must
transform the soul- or Christ must
leave. Men are coming to see more
clearly what the gospel means It
is not merely a call to salvation; it
is also a call to service. I was pres-
ent once in a most wonderful evau- j height. It still exists and its pres-
ence is a call to every son of God.
“Christ's example.” Not in
lordliness and arrogance of power
did Jesus come, but with lowly, lov-
ing mind -“not to be ministered
unto, but to minister.’’ “1 am
among you as he that serveth,’’
was His word, and every action of
His life agrees thereto. Thus does
He leave us an example that we
should follow in His steps.
H. “Christ’s command.” “As
the Father hath sent me, even so 1
send you.” (Jno. 20:21.) “Whoso-
ever will be chief among you, let
him be your servant.” (Matt. 20:27.)
4. “The providence of Cod.’'
Through all the centuries Cod has
held open the door of opportunity
and nas bidden His people enter,
there to serve. But, as never be-
fore, fie has in these last days pre-
pared the way before His church.
The whole world, near and far, is
open to obedient faith. Oh, that
we may be willing now, in this, the
day of His almighty power!
Hints to Leaders. Secure some
one, who has heard this call, to give
the address, showing that this call
is not simply to preach, but to serve
in every path of life. Let the ne-
cessity of heeding this call to service
be strongly urged.
No. 411, New Hymnal, should be
sung or incited.
Let there be much prayer with
open hearts that the call may be
heard eveu in this service.
No gift offered by love is ever too
Men run to the devil and creep to-
Little troubles are big troubles to
There is no sin that dies a harder
death than pride.
The loafer never blames the right
man for his bad luck.
To know Christ well, is to become
a magnet for him.
The man who is a slave to himself
has a hai'd master.
Our friends may leave us, but.
Cod will still be verv close.
There are too many people who
have more religion than love.
Great things are done by iearniog
not to slight little ones.
To ttiose who know Cod’s voice,
he is always telling his love.
We nre walking with the devil
whenever we are in bad company.
If your work seems hard, you can
make it easy by doing it for Christ.
Here’s what’s next.
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