Christians in all generations, that covetousness obsti-nately persevered in its dominion over Judas. ot-withstanding the example and warnings of his blessedLord, this sin became the cruel master of his soul, andthe cause of his terrible fall. It seems as if Alm^htyGod had been pleased to bring out before the eyes of mankind, by the most startling example possible, thefearful guilt of this sin, by placing it in immediate con-flict with the most precious of His gifts, His own dearSon. The discipleship and fall of Judas is one of thesaddest tragedies the world has ever known, and itshould ever be a warning against covetousness and thelove of money.Furthermore, another inference may be drawn from theattention which our Lord gives to this sin in His teach-ing, — and the parable of the sower tends to strengthenthe conclusion, — that it was the chief hindrance to thedue success of our Saviour's ministry. Why was notChrist's ministry more effective in the conversion of theJews ? Why was the most active, loving, solemn minis-try which the world has ever known, so unfruitful invisible results, so barren in souls ? What was the chief reason why the Son of God Himself failed to convert Hisown nation ? You will find an answer in the parable of the sower, and more especially in the words of my text." The cares of this world, and the deceitf ulness of riches,choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful." Bead thehistory of those times, and you will find how easy it wasfor any impostor and false Messiah to convert the JewsXDigitized by VjOOQIC322 THE DECEITFULESS OF RICHES.