The key to understanding this parable is to realize it’s all about proper hearing. The way to know if someone has properly heard Jesus is if that person actually does what Jesus says. The way to know if someone has not heard Jesus is if that persons does NOT do what Jesus says.
Why doesn’t everyone respond with obedience when he or she hears the Word of God? Jesus doesn’t really explain why, but he does say (quoting from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah), that, though the Word of God might be right in front of some people, they can still totally miss it:
though seeing, they may not see;Luke 8:10
though hearing, they may not understand
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