Yesterday, we started looking at some of the most important words ever uttered on this planet: a series of parables in which Jesus reveals the secrets of God’s Kingdom.
Today’s selection is the Parable of the Weeds:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus and asked him to explain what the parable meant. Here’s what he said:
“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Wow. Let’s review those rather motivational words again …
- Jesus is the “Son of Man” who sows the “good seed” — the “people of the kingdom.”
- The devil sows the bad seed that grows into weeds — the “people of the evil one.”
- At the end, angels will weed out “everything that causes sin and all who do evil” and throw them into the “blazing furnace,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
- And then the “righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”
Wow again. So, what are we supposed to do? I’m not sure about you but I’d much rather shine like the sun than weep and gnash my teeth while I burn in a furnace.
As Jesus pointedly said right after explaining the parable, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Listen to Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to implant his “good seed” deeeeep in your heart so you can discern between good and evil and do God’s loving will instead of causing sin.
There’s no other way to live.
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