The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. Mark 4:16 (NLT)
Doesn’t that sound great! A soil that 1. Hears the Message … and 2. Receives it with Joy!
But no. This is rocky soil.
Continuing… verse 17:
But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
So… just because you hear the message and Receive it with joy…that is not good enough!
You need to be able to have deep roots, or the shallowness of the soil of your heart…isn’t going to bear much fruit. The things you received, are going to fall away as soon as you have problems or face any sort of maltreatment or oppression or even teasing! (see this link at Thesaurus.com for more forms of ‘persecution’.)
Imagine… teasing… if the beliefs in your heart are so shallow that teasing could remove them..and remove the roots. So you have to go back and start all over again. Basically…no foundation, whatsoever is left behind.
May you dig deep into the soil of your heart, and me too, that we would be able to bear deep rich roots and fruit, in the midst of intense oppression.
It reminds me of how different trees have really shallow roots or deep deep roots. And how that affects them.
However, the Redwood Tree… though they are so huge … their roots are very shallow. But the redwood roots are intertwined with other redwoods, which is how they can stand through storms and so on!
Amazing. A reminder how good fellowship can support and strengthen growth. Wow.