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Saturday, June 4 2011
Sowing The Seed
A parable by The Prophet Of Galilee:
"13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house [i.e. in Capernaum; see Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], and sat by the sea side.
"But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit"
Jesus Christ often taught in parables to make things clearer - for those whose time of clear understanding had, or has since, come, whether back in the day when the parable was spoken, or at any time since, right up to the day of His return. Christ Himself explained why He "explained" things in parables.
"13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
The Messiah then explained the time-span meaning of the parable i.e. except for the last example "that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit," it could apply to those who fail because they haven't yet the means to understand (which they will get later - see the Fact Finder question below) or to those who have received the means to understand but squander their one and only chance for salvation, that everyone gets, sooner or later.
"13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Fact Finder: What is the "good ground" that makes the seed of salvation grow, in due "season" (see Seasons Of The Harvest)? (b) What are the "weeds" and "thorns" that stifle good growth?
This Day In History, June 4
781 BC: The first documented solar eclipse was recorded, in China.
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh established the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina is named after Sir Walter Raleigh).
1760: 22 ships carrying New England planters arrived in Nova Scotia to replace the Acadians.
1783: French brothers Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier made the first public flight of a hot-air balloon.
1792: Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
1800: Construction of the original White House was completed (it was burned in August 1814 by British Marines during the War of 1812-14 in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto months before).
1831: The Belgian Congress proclaimed Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg as the first king of Belgium after the southern provinces split with the Netherlands.
1920: The Treaty of Trianon. Signed after the First World War by Hungary and the allies (excluding U.S. and U.S.S.R.), it reduced Hungary by one third, and deprived it of access to the sea; it gave Transylvania, the East Banat, and other districts to Romania; Slovakia and Ruthenia to Czechoslovakia; Croatia, Slavonia and the West Banat to Yugoslavia; the Bergenland to Austria.
1928: Zhang Zuolin, the President of the Republic of China, was assassinated by Japanese agents.
1939: The MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner with 963 Jewish refugees aboard, was denied permission to land in Florida, after being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later died in Nazi concentration camps.
1940: The British completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk. Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his famous speech to the House of Commons: "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."
1941: Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II, ninth king of Prussia and third German emperor from 1888-1918, died in exile in the Netherlands.
1942: The 3-day Battle of Midway, the turning point in the sea war in the Pacific during the Second World War, began. The Japanese lost 4 aircraft carriers, 1 cruiser and 248 aircraft, with a total of 3,057 killed; the U.S. lost 1 aircraft carrier, 1 cruiser and 150 aircraft, with a total of 307 killed.
1989: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square were killed by the Chinese army using tanks and machine guns.
1989: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, killed 575 people when two passenger trains passing each other threw sparks onto a leaking gas pipeline.