The second soil described in the parable is rocky. In the interpretation, the person hears the word of God and accepts it to grow but then problems arise or someone mocks and the new ideas are scorched. They are left to wither and the person moves on to other ideas and projects.
The third scenario is that the seed falls among thorns, or weeds. In this case, the person hears the word of God but the stresses of life, especially dishonesty and wealth, crowd out the seed so that it can’t grow. The ideas of the gospel were good but they were crowded out by faster growing interests.
Finally some seeds are planted in good ground. This is symbolic of the person who hears the word of God and understands it. The harvest is symbolic of the fruits of gospel principles in blessing people’s lives. Sometimes the blessings are bountiful like a 100% return on an investments. Sometimes the blessings are fewer like a 30% return.
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Jesus was a master teacher. He brought images into his parables that reminded people of the teachings of the prophets. He gave people something new to think about in terms of seeds and hearts and harvests. He protected the ignorant. He challenged the religious elite. He invites us all to bear fruit.
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