19 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 seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 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. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. A. Keys to interpreting this parable: 1. Each soil represents the "heart" - v. 2 - "in his heart" - v. 19 2. The "seed" represents "the word" or gospel - "the word" - vv. 20,21,22,23 3. Each soil "received" the word - profession - vv. 19-23 4. Parable found in a context of rejection of Christ by professed People of God 1. Matt. 11:19-25 - rejection of John the Baptist by Israel and religious leaders 2. Matt. 12 - rejection of Christ by Religious leaders of Israel 3. Matt. 13:54-57 - rejection of Christ by Home town and family 5. Parable found in a context with final separation between "tares" and wheat and between good and bad fish in the professing kingdom. B. Keys to understanding Parable of soils. 1. Only "good" ground contained three essentials of true profession a. "heard" b. "understood" c. "beareth" fruit 2. First ground the seed was taken away 3. Second ground no "understanding" 4. Third ground no "beareth" fruit C. The Only soil/heart of true profession 1. Only soil Jesus calls "good" 2. Only soil that hears, undstands and provides harvest 3. Only soil inclusive of different degrees of sanctification (some thirty, sixty, hundred) D. The BAD soils of False Profession 1. First received the word by profession but it does not pentrate their heart- impentrable heart 2. Second received the word by profession with joy but without understanding or love for it in their heart 3. Third received the word by profession without any room for it in their heart or any priority.