Matthew: The thing to remember about the parable of the sower is that his only job is to bring the gospel – that’s his only job. If the hearer does not understand that is another issue. One may explain the gospel (or Scripture) as in the case of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip (the deacon) found in Acts 8. But what one cannot do is to believe it for him. True belief is much deeper than the rocky soil would permit, but perhaps the most pitiful of these is the one choked by the trials of the world, who gives up so much for so little.
Gospel: Matthew 13:18-23
New Testament: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Old Testament: Leviticus 26:1-20