Monday, September 11
In this parable, Jesus explains that there are 4 types of responses to his message, and 3/4s of those responses will reject him for various reasons. The enemy plays a role, as do hardened hearts. Jesus compares the seeds of the Kingdom of God with seeds that the enemy sows.
Knowing what you do about the current events of the day, the way the Roman empire was oppressing the people, and the political environment in which Jesus worked, what sort of things distract people from hearing the word of Jesus? How can we prepare the soil of our own hearts to welcome God's word?