Stony Places

Matthew 13:20-21. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it: Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

The stony ground represents the person who hears the Word, and seems to receive it joyfully. Older believers may become quite excited at this person’s early enthusiasm for the Word, but as time passes they are disappointed to see that the early joy does not last.  When trouble comes, and it always will, this person is seen to have no depth, no place for a root to take hold. The heat increases, and the quickly-springing plant withers under the blast.

No fruit. This person is offended; that is, he is easily caused to stumble off the path set by the Word, and he fails in his journey.

Psalm 119:165. “Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend them.”

2 thoughts on “Stony Places

  1. Steve O.

    Yes, “offended” is the right word to describe this person. They also have a victim mentality.

    The process of mentoring new Christians is a vital one in the local church. The accountability and encouragement that young Christians receive would help the soil stay soft and receptive. They need to told the “realities” of the Christian walk, not some pie-in-the-sky vision as to what we think it should be.

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    1. Bingo! Sometimes we lose new believers because we just don’t bother to “grow” them, assuming that they will figure everything out. And yes we need to make sure they understand that salvation doesn’t come with a promise of an easy trouble-free life. Hoo boy. Not even close!

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