I am really learning a lot about the Parable of the Sower with this in-depth study. It is so exciting! Today I studied about the seed that fell into stony ground.
Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Matthew 13: 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
STONY= Inflexible; cruel; unrelenting; pitiless; obdurate; perverse; cold; morally hard; appearing as if petrified; as, a stony heart; a stony gaze; (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary). Parched, no depth, rocky land which a thin layer of soil is spread.
But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
As was noted in my Seeds that fell by the Wayside article, this soil was also afraid of the gospel and would not allow the word to take root.
SCORCHED= shrivel, change color and texture without consuming
WITHERED= deprived of natural juices ---- I found this definition especially interesting. To accept the seed was natural because everyone is born with the Light of Christ which, if followed, will lead all men to Christ. Because of their fear of persecution and tribulation they chose to go contrary to their natural, God given promptings.
Note - This series is ongoing. As I learn more, I will provide updates.
With love and gratitude,
Each of us lead a life filled with miracles, we just need to pause and see them! What's new and good with you?