INTRODUCTION

Jesus continued the parable of the sower, using the analogy to reveal  another spiritual condition of the human heart and  its response to His word. He said that the word or seed fell into stony places, stony ground and rock  when it was preached:

Some  fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth

But he that received the seed into stonyplaces, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it (Mt 13: 5, 20)

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecutionariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended (Mk 4: 5, 16, 17) .

And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away  (Lk 8: 6,13).

KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STONY HEART

I will highlight what Jesus said about this individual:

  •  they hear the word and receive it joyfully
  • they lack depth of earth
  • as a result, the roots grow in shallow soil
  • they spring up quickly because of the lack of soil
  • they are short lived
  • Apostle Luke said that the tree withered away as soon as it sprang up,  because it lacked moisture
  • they immediately become offended in times of persecution or affliction due to their faith
  • they fall away in these times of temptation

More next time and have a blessed day!

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