Mark 4:5-6 – The Sower: Quick to Hear, Fast to Forget

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. (Mark 4:5-6 ESV)

Fast forward, if you will, to Mark’s sixth chapter. Beginning in verse fourteen, we read the account of King Herod seeking to answer an intriguing question of the day, “Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?” After some speculation, we reach verse twenty, which interestingly reports that upon hearing John the Baptist, “he heard him gladly” (Mark 6:20). We know also from Jesus’ very own words about people like Herod that for awhile they were willing to rejoice in the light, in the truth that John the Baptist brought (John 5:35). Yet these people, who were so quick to rejoice and accept the truth, were not a new phenomena. Remember those to whom Ezekiel sang “with a beautiful voice” (Ezekiel 33:32), but still would not live according to the truth? Or those hypocrites who delighted to know God’s ways yet did not live according to them (Isaiah 58:2)?

All of these were the hearts, quick to hear and fast to forget, of shallow soil. In these hearts, the word immediately takes root, and a small shoot of life appears. But the excitement of new life burns away as the sun soon rises, withering the newfound bud. To these hearts, truth is but a hobby, God’s word is only applicable when convenient, when interesting, when fun. Ultimately, there is no deep root of belief to weather the drought, no stalk of experiential faith from which to remain planted in faith. You see, in order for that root to dig deeply and entrench us in God’s truth, we must live in submission to it, walk in it. When we do, we will experience it powerfully at work in our lives. The root delves deep when we give it opportunity to grow, but is choked and stunted by our shallow heart soil.

Are you allowing the root of God’s truth to take hold in your heart? Or are you like so many others, quick to hear and fast to forget?