“Now the meaning of the parable is this; the seed is the Word of God.” Luke 8:11 Amplified
Jesus told the parable of the sower and the seed to the great throng that followed Him. This throng probably included the spectrum of people just as would be around today. Some were devoted to Him such as His disciples, some had been following Him and saw the healing and liked what He said, some had heard about Him and wanted to see for themselves, and some were even there who were against Him and wanted Him destroyed. In the same way as Jesus tells them about the seed and the sower, He later tells His disciples the four types of people who hear it. We will look at these four the rest of the week starting today with the first group.
Jesus said the first group were, “those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe, acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me and be saved, here and hereafter.
This first group is pretty easy to identify for believers, these are lost people, unbelievers. It’s interesting that He says they are along the traveled road. That reminds me of when He talks about the wide and narrow paths and says the wide path is traveled by many. This also tells me that they heard the word though it doesn’t say how the devil comes and carries the message away. That being said we all hear many things throughout the day, but don’t necessarily retain all of it. I can only assume it wasn’t important to the hearer and so was easily taken away. We would probably have to put these people in the group that were against Jesus and wanted Him destroyed.
As we examine each group we need to each look in our hearts to see which one we fit in. I would hope that those reading this are believers and so would not fall in this first group.