When you think of the seed falling on the path, hard hearts, deaf listeners – who comes to mind?
Yes, they have hard hearts, but that isn’t the most vivid and immediate illustration we have in our context – the Pharisees. The hard hearted believed in Yahweh. The hard hearted loved the Old Testament. The hard hearted were zealous worshippers and tithers. The hard hearted were teachers and leaders. The heard hearted were ardently moral and religious.
Beware! The pew may be the best place to bake and harden.
Beware if you think this has never been the condition of your soil (Ephesians 2:1-3).
The hardest of hearts as easily belongs to the legalist in pew as the relativist in the university.