Sun, 26 October 2014
October 26, 2014
Burned Over Stumps
Synopsis: There are about 60 of Jesus’ parables, metaphors and similes in the synoptic gospels. Joachim Jeremias lists forty one of them in his classic work The Parables of Jesus. The first one on his list is the one I am using for my text today. It is one of only five that all three of the synoptic include. Let’s look first at some background information about parables and then move on to this particular parable and lessons we need to learn from Jesus, the master storyteller.
Today at Emmanuel we are hosting a luncheon for our senior adults (55 and over crowd). Throughout their life time they have drawn a lot of attention from sociologists, politicians and religious groups trying to take advantage of their numbers in various ways. They have influenced the market place in many ways and continue to do so. They are moving now into the retirement years and promise to challenge the Social Security reserves because they are expected to live longer than the previous generation. With that being said, other generations are on the rise now. The Millennials and Generation X garner the most attention today. So many campaigns simply ignore the Baby Boomers in favor of the up and coming waves of society, but not so with Jesus.
Jesus’ parable of the sower serves as a directive to the church to never neglect one generation to serve another. Every seed of the Gospel sown has the potential of producing fruit. We are not to be the judges of the fit nature of the soil, but faithful sowers of the seed.
Scripture Text (NLT): Mark 4:1-20, NRSV
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:4-8