"Then he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.' " Matthew 13: 3 & 4
"Listen to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path." Matthew 13: 18 & 19
Today is the second of a 5 part series on the "Parable of the Sower." In this Parable there are 4 different ways to receive the gospel or 4 different sorts of people who come in contact with the gospel. Above you will notice that the first 2 verses are the description and then in verses 18 & 19 we have the explanation.
The seed is always the same - the gospel is the seed - the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The soil types are different. I was going to say that we are the soil but I think that the environment that we are in is the soil. I believe that we are all part of the plant that grows from that seed......maybe a branch, or a flower, or a leaf. Together we are all part of that plant which is the family of God.
The Pathway: The seed scattered in this type of soil is uncovered & unprotected. There is movement along the pathway and any seed is swept away. This is the modern way - we are always moving on to next new thing - the newest diet, the newest gadget, the newest phone, the newest supplement ......etc. We never develop a deep understanding in one area because we are swept away by so called "progress." This seed doesn't even get a chance to germinate because it is snatched away & eaten by the birds (symbolizing Satan snatching away).
If you notice that you are sowing seed along the pathway - make sure to protect it from the birds.