⁵Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.
⁶But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
The seed also fell on stony places, the parable teaches.
The hard stones lie beneath the thin layer of earth.
The seed that falls there rises surprisingly quickly because there was no depth of soil. But when the sun started to scorch it died quickly. There was no root, so it quickly withered.
Such are the contemporary believers.
They seem receptive to the Gospel.
But beneath the surface is still the cold, hard rock.
The heart has remained the same.
It is the image of a superficial Christianity boasting in Jesus without knowing the struggle: “How can I get to the gracious God?”
We hit an important point in the parable here.
The Kingdom of God is not a superficial event.
True growth does not begin on the surface but in secret, in the depth.
The Scriptures say that we can receive the Word with joy.
But when tribulation or persecution comes, if it is going to cost anything to be a Christian, such are immediately offended.
The impressions wear off.
The beliefs pass away.
It wasn’t deep.
It soon went.
Let us also ask ourselves here:
Is it I, Lord, who has no depth?
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