Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Sower "Who is the Sower"

The Sower

Ill. One day, the master of Lukman, an Eastern fabulist, said to him, “Go into such a field, and sow barley.” Lukman sowed oats instead. At the time of harvest, his master went to the place, and, seeing the green oats springing up, asked him, “Did I not tell you to sow barley here? Why, then have you sown oats?” He answered, “I sowed oats in the hope that barley would grow up.” His master said, “What foolish idea is this? Have you ever heard of the like?” Lukman replied, “You yourself are constantly sowing in the field of the world the seeds of evil, and yet expect to reap in the resurrection-day the fruits of virtue. Therefore I thought, also, I might get barley by sowing oats.” The master was abashed at the reply, and set Lukman free. (6000 Sermon Illustrations pg.603)

A. Who is the sower

1. Christ

Matt. 13:3 Mark 4:3 Luke 8:5
Here we see mentioned that a sower went out to sow

Matt. 13:37
Here we see the one that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.

2. The child of God

Matt. 13:38

Here we see that the good seed are the children of the kingdom;

Ps. 126:6
Here we see that we are to go forth and bear precious seed then will we see reward.

II Cor. 9:10
The writer implies that not only dose God supply the seed for us to sow, but also supplies the food needed and will increases what you sow.

Ill. Mr. Chapman was born in Leominster Massachusetts in 1774 around the time of the battle of Bunker Hill. Mr. Chapman, not like most men. He had a big heart. During his adult life he would go from the east in Pennsylvania and travel west planting his crops in the states of Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. When he saw travelers heading west he would give them seed to plant on the homestead that they would settle.

Mr. Chapman even when faced with the dangers of the Indians, had such a reputation of a man with a different heart, that the Indians would give him safe passage across their land.

Mr. Chapman spent 40 years of his life traveling looking over the fruit of his labor. He was an unusual man. You would often see him with a tin pot for a hat, and old cloth sacks for clothing. Many others have enjoyed the fruit of his labor, in his life and ours

Mr. Chapman later died in 1845 at Ft. Wayne Indiana. You see Mr. Johnny Chapman was his name given by his parents, but we know him as Johnny Appleseed.

His Legacy not only left for all to enjoy the fruit of his labor. But it also left us with one of this nations greatest folk hero.

As a child of God we to can leave a legacy for others to enjoy and bear the fruit of our labor.