The parable of the sower (or soil) is interesting to me because it deals with two primary thoughts that I like to emphasize. First, there is the sentiment of 13:11-15. Why did Jesus speak in parables? Because He wants those who have an interest in “plowing” ground to take the necessary time to allow the sown seed to germinate. The one who will allow this to occur is one who is patiently considering that which was sowed. To say it a little differently, that which we take time to thoroughly consider is that which we value. What do you value? A second point I like to emphasize is the nature of the soil. The wayside heart has no time to allow any seed to take root. There are too many things to do and not enough time to do it. The wayside heart can see value, but it is like a man running through his house and grabbing what food he can before he heads off to his next appointment. The food he has grabbed is healthy, but not enough of it to sustain him. More than that, however, though he can see value in the seed (teaching) he sees greater value in other things. His heart is hardened to such a point that the seeds lays there exposed – like a heartless person would do to a child not wanted! The stony heart is a heart that, perhaps, is considering a great many ideologies of the religious world, and when the Lord’s word is heard, it is considered. It is not long after hearing that the value of the word received is deemed great. Nevertheless, because of the track record and satisfaction one has gained in giving a due hearing to the many ideologies, the seed just hadn’t taken root like desired. There are those who look upon the Lord’s teaching, but in their rejection they soon ridicule it. The one who received the seed understands its value, has some seeming desire to hold on to it, but finally gives it up on account of the affliction and persecution received. The thorny heart is similar to the stony heart, it seems to me, but the difference is in the roots. Not only has the seed taken root, but the value of that rooted plant is so rewarding that one is doing what they can to hold on to it – so it is thought and believed. However, other seeds have taken root also and, in time, those roots begin competing with one another. The root that gives the greatest satisfaction contributes to the beginning stages and then ultimate accomplishment of uprooting the other plants (seeds). The fertile heart is a heart that sees value in the seed and a determination is made to set all other things in life to the side – they are just not as important anymore as they once were. Perhaps the crop produced has to do with the time in life in which the seed is received. Or, perhaps, the crop produced has to do with the ability of the one who received the seed. In either case, a crop is produced.