The Seed on Stony Ground

These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground 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

The parable of the sower is a fundamental piece for understanding the gospel. Its importance is such that it is presented in the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) accompanied by their explanation by the Lord. The seed, that is, the Word of God, fell on four types of land. This time we are going to study that part of the seed that fell on stony ground and of which Mark 4:16-17 says that they are the ones sown on stony ground 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.

Let’s first look at what Matthew 13:5-6 says about this part of the parable on the seed that fell among stony places: Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. While Luke 8:6 says the following: Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.

We see that between the stones there is not much earth, the depth does not exist and the humidity is not present. The little surface soil above the stones causes the seed to sprout rapidly. However, the root does not have where to grow and the lack of moisture will dry the plant once the sun rises. Hence the explanation of which Luke 8:13 says, And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.

I dare say that today the ground between rocks is abundant. Many people listening to the Word of God, especially when it is sweetened it more than enough, they receive it with great enthusiasm. If these people only look at promises and blessings for their lives, when things start to come out in another way, that is, when they are tested, they will run away and go back to the world. Some of them will feel so frustrated with Christianity that they would never go back to church.

The seed will fall among the stones when we preach the Word without clearly telling the persons that their urgent need for Jesus Christ is because without Him their destiny is eternal fire. If we tell people that when they receive Jesus Christ they will be immensely happy, they will stop having problems and prosperity will come into their lives, it is almost certain that they will receive that word with great enthusiasm. But a preaching of this kind is biblically false and harmful to that soul.

If people are not alerted to biblical truths, they will come to the feet of Christ with false expectations, which will disappear when the testing is presented. If you came to Christ believing that from now on you would have no problems, I regret to tell you that this is not true. The real thing is that tribulations and persecutions will come because of the Word and the name of Jesus. But I tell you that all these tests are worth more than a life without problems because without Christ, the only thing that awaits us when dying is hell. God bless you.

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