The Seeds On The Rocky Ground Part 2/4
By Norman Watson

Today’s Bible Teaching is part 2 of 3 of Jesus teaching on the seeds. Part 1 was about the seed that fell on the path and how the seed was taken away by the birds and trampled on. We learned that many who call themselves a Christian just go to church sing some songs, endure a Bible teaching, then leave with out understanding what they just heard.Today’s Bible Teaching we will see what happens to the seeds when they fall on the rocks.

Parable
“Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.”  Matthew 13:5,6 (ESV)
Parable meaning
“As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” Matthew 13:20,21 (ESV)
Parable
“Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.” Mark 4:5,6 (ESV)
Parable Meaning
“And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” Mark 4:16,17 (ESV)There are many people have gone to a conference or church service to hear a charismatic person talking about the Bible or a Christian band playing music with the flashing lights and smoke. They get excited and may even go forward to say a little prayer about salvation. Yet a week or two goes by and now they are no longer excited about Jesus instead they return back to the dark world where they came from. Why?

When there is no real commitment or conviction all they hear is words and those words along with the music communicate to their feelings and not their heart. There is also no discipleship or follow up for those who desire to follow Jesus.

In general the church today does not have small groups meeting during the week and the only time the church meets is on Sunday, meeting on Wednesdays is a low priority and has become a thing of convenience.

Therefore because there is no discipleship or accountability the sheep have become prey to the wolf which is Satan.

I encourage you stay in contact with those in your fellowship, continue to pray for each other and have a Bible study together online if you can not meet in person. YouVersion has a great app that allow you to have a Bible study together or you can go online at www.bible.com

Does Anybody Hear Her
Casting Crowns

She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

She is trying
But the canyon’s ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She’s another two years older
And she’s three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know
She’s going down today

Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope
That’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?

She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in
To ride in and save the day

And in walks her prince charming
And he knows just what to say
Momentary lapse of reason
And she gives herself away

Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even know
She’s going down today

Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her?
Can anybody see?

If judgement looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we never even met her

If judgement looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we never even met her (never even met her)
Never even met her

Does anybody hear her?
Does anybody see?
Or does anybody even know
She’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me

Does anybody hear her?
Does anybody see?
Does anybody even know
She’s going down today

Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her?
Does anybody see?

He is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction

Charles Spurgeon commentary
Matthew 5,20

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: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Among the rocks, or on the shallow soil, with the unbroken rock-pan underneath, the seed fell; for if the sower had altogether avoided such places he might have missed some of the good ground. In these stony places the seed speedily sprang up, because the rock gave it all the heat that fell on it, and so hastened its germination. But, soon up, soon down. When the time came for the sun to put forth his force, the rootless plants instantly pined and died. They had no deepness of earth, and «no root»; what could they do but wither quite away? Everything was hurried with them; the seeds had no time to root themselves, and so in hot haste the speedy growth met with speedy death. No trace remained.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; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for awhile: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Here the seed was the same and the sower the same, but the result somewhat different. In this case there was earth enough to cover the seed, and heat enough to make it grow quickly. The convert was attentive, and easily persuaded; he seemed glad to accept the gospel at once, he was even eager and enthusiastic, joyful and demonstrative.

He heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Surely this looked very promising! But the soft was essentially evil, hard, barren, superficial. The man had no living entrance into the mystery of the gospel, no root in himself, no principle, no hold of the truth with a renewed heart; and so he flourished hurriedly and showily for a season, and only for a season. It is tersely put, «He dureth for a while.» That «while» may be longer or shorter according to circumstances.

When matters grow hot with Christians, either through affliction from the Lord, or persecution from the world, the temporary believer is so sapless, so rootless, so deficient in moisture of grace, that he dries up, and his profession withers. Thus, again, the sower’s hopes are disappointed, and his labour is lost. Till stony hearts are changed it must always be so. We meet with many who are soon hot and as soon cold. They receive the gospel «anon,» and leave it «by-and-by» Everything is on the surface, and therefore is hasty and unreal. May we all have broken hearts and prepared minds, that when truth comes to us it may take root in us and abide.