but they have no root in themselves. So they hold out for a while, but as soon as some trouble or persecution arises on account of the message, they immediately fall away.
This describes those on rocky soil. They are unable to strike deep roots because the rocks prevent them. My understanding has always been that the soil represents different types of people. There is hope here. Fron the beginning people were meant to work the soil and make it ready to produce. We can, with help from Heaven make ourselves into good soil that will produce good fruit.