Mark 4:2-8 says,
He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Late last spring, Kris and I were at the beach in Marblehead on my day off. It was a beautiful spring day, very warm for that time of year. There were some young people from the high school who were ditching school because of the nice weather. They came out on the beach with their towels and blankets and picnic stuff. They set all their stuff down in the sand and the whole group of them headed out into the cold water. As soon as they got half way to the water, about ten seagulls began to attack their picnic spot in the sand. These gulls were pulling sandwiches and bags of chips out of their sacks and tearing them open. I thought about going down to the water to tell the young people that the seagulls were eating their lunch, but then I decided to just go chase the seagulls away myself. Then I ate their lunch. No. Not really.
In Mark 4:15, Jesus begins to explain this parable to his disciples. He says this,
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
Jesus pictures this heart as a pathway so hard that nothing grows there. It becomes a table for birds to eat seeds from. It’s a heart that allows Satan to snatch away all of the seeds of God’s Word. These seeds are gone right away. There is no lingering consideration of the Word. As soon as they hear it…. Satan steals the seeds away. This is the devil’s main job. He wants to keep people blind to the truth of God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says,
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Hard hearted people are blind to the light of God’s word. I’ve heard these kinds of people call God’s word a fairytale, or dismiss those of us who serve God as weak minded. They say that the bible is a crutch, but I say a crutch is OK when you are crippled, and each of us are crippled by sin!
The hard heart. As this is this heart condition exists in you, there is no hope for entering the kingdom of God.
Luke 8:12 says,
Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
What kind of heart do you have? Is it hardened to the things of God?
Hosea 10:12 says,
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.