1) More often than not, Jesus put his lessons in the form of parables - short stories that illustrate some moral or spiritual truth. In the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-9, Jesus tells of a farmer planting his seed. We can visualize a farmer with a seed bag over his shoulder, grabbing handfuls of seed and casting it out over the land. Some of the seed fell on fertile ground, but other seed fell in places where it could not grow well.
What did the seed that fell on rocky or stony areas represent?
Those people who hear the message of the kingdom of God, but do not understand it.
Those people who hear the message of the kingdom of God, understand it, and put it into action.
Those people who receive the message of the kingdom of God with joy, but do not have the courage to persevere through trouble, peer pressure or persecution.
Those people who hear the message of the kingdom of God, but who let the worries of life and the lure of wealth become more important in their lives.