...those who are being sown on ground* full of rocks, who, whenever they hear the Word, immediately with joy receive it; and they do not have rootage in themselves, but last only for a time; after that, affliction or persecution having come because of the Word, immediately they are displeased, indignant, resentful.
ROOTAGE: (Greek Definition) 868 APHISTEMI
*This ground, because it did not possess rootage and could not bring forth fruit, refers to the unbelievers who profess to be saved and have a temporary external change as a result of conformity to a false temporary profession of faith. The seed finds a little soil on top of the stone but it is not enough to take roots and so the growth is only seasonal. When testing comes, there's no root to hold it down. The word APHISTANTAI here does not indicate uprooting because there never was a root; the temporary plant stood by itself. The union with the soil was only an apparent union, never a true foundation with roots capable of holding up the plant.