|And others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up because they had no depth of earth.|
|But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered.|
The rocky places that do not have much earth signify the heart that is shallow in receiving the word of the kingdom, because deep within are rocks—hidden sins, personal desires, self-seeking, and self-pity—which frustrate the seed from gaining root in the depth of the heart. The sun with its scorching heat signifies affliction or persecution (v. 21), which dries up the seed that is not rooted. The heat of the sun is for the growth and ripening of the crop once the seed is deeply rooted. But due to the seed’s lack of root, the sun’s growing and ripening heat becomes a death blow to the seed.
May the Lord have mercy upon us and dig out all the hidden rocks. May He dig out our temper, lust, self, flesh, and any other negative thing so that there may be room in our heart for the seed to be rooted deeply within us.