Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Today, we want to continue looking at the parable of the sower. Specifically, today we want to take a look at the first two soils: the path and the rocky soil.
The first soil that Jesus mentions is the soil of the path or the wayside. In this soil, Jesus says, “Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”(Mark 4:15) This means that when the word goes forth, the ground or your heart is too hard for the seed to be planted and the devil comes and takes it away immediately. What does this mean for us? Number one, it means that the devil is out to come and take the word from us. He does not want the word to take root in our hearts so he will do all that he can to remove it from our lives. Number two, it means that when we read the word, our heart is going to be hard to parts of the word and it is not going to stick and we aren’t going to remember it. Do not be discouraged by this because it happens to everyone!
The second soil that Jesus mentions is the soil of stony or rocky ground. In this soil, Jesus says, “who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.” (Mark 4:16-17) Jesus is saying that there will be other things when we read the word that we will initially receive it and be happy about it, but as soon as we get challenged on it or because of it we let it go. We let it go because it was not rooted deep in our hearts, it was just a surface level truth to us so it was easy for us to let it go. This means it is important that we are checking our hearts for rocks, things that would prevent the Word from going deep in us. Rocks would be places of our hearts that are hard.
It is also important to note that whenever you receive the Word, it will be tested at some point in your life so that you will know what you have. Interestingly enough, Jesus says of the stony or rocky soil that when the sun was up it scorched the plant and because it had no root it withered away. (Mark 4:5-6) Then, in explaining the parable says it is tribulation or persecution for the word’s sake. (Mark 4:17) The sun is necessary for plants to grow and should not be killing them and in the same way persecution or tribulation should not kill the Word in us, it should actually cause it to grow and be strengthened.
Bible Reading Method
Today we have no specific Bible reading method for you. We think that the 5 we went over are a good starter. Use whichever method worked best for you or do a combination of them. We just want to encourage you to spend time in prayer before and after you read and to write down what God shows you.