Matthew 13:18-19. “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received the seed by the way side.”
In verse 19, Jesus explained the seed that was cast onto the wayside, which was trodden down and hardened. He said that the seed was sown to the heart; however, the heart would not receive it, and refused to understand it. The birds who came to devour it represent the Evil One, who is always ready to snatch the seed from the field, which is the world.
“Oh,” we may say, “But if the seed were truly sown to the heart, then wouldn’t the receiver of the seed WANT to understand and accept it?”
The answer is, sadly, a resounding NO. There are hearts down through history that have deliberately and arrogantly refused the word. Think of Noah’s day when his preaching was mocked and scorned. Or think of the time of the judges of Israel, during which men did that which was right in their own eyes. Think of the Israelites when Jesus walked the earth, who chose as a nation to reject Messiah because He did not come as they believed He would. And think of our own day, when the gospel is so readily available and yet the hearts of so many in America mock and reject true Christianity.
It’s nothing new for hardened hearts to reject the good seed, and for Satan to snatch it away.
My son shared this video on his page yesterday. I think it’s worth passing on to you.