The parable of the four soils is one of my favorites.
v. 11-15 Jesus describes the means to the parable. The seed is the word of God.
- Seeds that fell on the ground but were trampled on and the birds ate up. Those are people who hear then the devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts so that they will not believe.
- Some seeds fell on rocky places. Those are people who receive the Word with joy but they have no roots. They believe for awhile but in time of testing they fall away.
- Some seeds fell among thorns. Those are people who hear but are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, they do not mature.
- The last seeds fell on good soil. Those are people with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.