Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
I. THE NATURE OF THE GROUND.
1. Stony ground wants breaking up. These persons enter into a profession of religion before their hearts are thoroughly broken in the sense of sin.
2. Stony ground is cold; what colder than a stone? These persons are without spiritual warmth.
3. Their hearts may be compared to stony ground from the heaviness or lumpishness of their spirits. These hearts are heavy and not soon removed out of their evil course.
4. Stony ground doth not drink in the rain that falls from heaven.
5. All the hearts of men are naturally hard.
6. Stony ground seems to be the fruit of the curse for man's sin. So these persons seem still to be under the curse.
7. Stony ground by reason of the little earth that is found there, never brings forth fruit to perfection. So these persons only bring forth the externals of religion.
8. Stony ground, when the sun rises high and begins to shine hot upon it, the scorching beams thereof soon causes the blade to wither away.
II. THE SUCCESS OF THE SEED. Stony or hard hearted hearers may go a great way in the profession of religion.
1. They may hear the Word of God with diligence.
2. They may be zealous hearers.
3. They may receive the Word into their hearts.
4. They receive it with joy.
5. They believe for a while.
6. They may yield obedience to all external duties.
7. They may become members of a visible church.
8. They may leave all gross acts of sin.
9. They may have some inward joy as to the hopes they have of heaven.Why they go so far?
1. From the common illuminations of God's Word and Spirit.
2. Because a temporary faith is not wholly without product.
3. It may arise from regard for some ministers.
4. Self-respect and honour may cause them to go so far.
5. It may be self-profit.
6. It may arise from that seeming sweetness and satisfaction they meet with from within themselves whilst they continue in the profession of religion.
7. It may be from a natural desire of being saved.
8. It may be from the shame and reproach which are attached to open wickedness.From whence it arises that these hearers go no further:
1. It may arise from the great ignorance that is in them.
2. It ariseth from the unsoundness of their hearts, the ground is not good.
3. It ariseth from the deceitfulness of their hearts.
4. They go no further because of their pride.
5. Because they had no vital but artificial principle ill them.
6. Because there is some secret sin hid in their hearts.
Parallel VersesKJV: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: