But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
They all heard the word but not all who heard believed or remained! Only those who were listening and heard the word with a noble and good heart kept it and bore fruit with patience. (Read all of Luke 8.)
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The yield depends upon the condition of the soil where the seed falls - not every seed falls on good soil!
(Resource: Application Bible Study)
And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’"
The Parable of the Sower Explained
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
When the farmer sowed the seed, he tried to get it to fall into the right soil, but the elements and the ground were not always right.
There were 4 different types of soil that the seed fell on:
Wayside: Heard the word but allowed the devil to steal it from them.
Rocky: Heard the word, at first received it happily, but having no root, only believed for a while and when tempted, soon fell away.
Thorny: Heard the word but when in the world that word was choked with the cares, riches and pleasures of life and brought no fruit to maturity.
Good: Heard the word and having heard it with a noble and good heart, kept it and bore fruit with patience.
It would appear from this that it is hit and miss, but not so, God knows the hearts of those who will remain faithful till the end! Hallelujah!