Parable of the Weeds

July 27, 2012

Matthew 13:32-43
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The 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. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Parable of the Weeds


The Lord dropped this scripture my heart as I was asking Him about what to write.  As I read back over the chapter I guess I had heard the two parables, but it never really registered with me that there is “the parable of the sower”  and there is “the parable of weeds”.  Jesus’ disciples are asking Him to explain the parable of the weeds.   Let’s just list the metaphors to make it a little easier.
Sower of good seed = Jesus, the Son of Man
Good seed =  sons of the kingdom
Weeds = sons of the evil one
Enemy sowing the weed seed = devil
Harvesters = angels

Throughout the field of this world Jesus has planted His seed that are the sons of His kingdom.  But in the midst of this kingdom seed or kingdom son, the enemy, the devil has sowed weed seed.  Now, in the Lord’s wisdom, God has chosen to allow the two to grow together until the fullness of time or the harvest.
I find it interesting  and just food for thought that God didn’t just pull up His wheat first, put it in the barns and then destroy the weed.  He first dealt with the weeds in judgement. gather and burned them, then gathers the wheat. So when God comes to judge His house that is a good thing for the sons of the kingdom. “41The 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. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”  From this we can gather that up to the point of God’s judgement and harvest there is a mixture of good seed and the weeds growing together in the same field.  We can see through other parables, such as “the sheep and the goats” in Matthew 25 that God’s kingdom in the earth is a mixed bag.  Now the  distinguishing difference is the fruit that they produce.  Jesus told us that every tree produces fruit after its own kind.  When we look behind and in the way from where we have come from what kind of fruit trails behinds us?  What are we leaving in wake.  Is it life, blessing, goodness, kingdom fruitfulness in the lives of others, or is perhaps division, strife, backbiting, gossip, slander, jealousy, offense and unforgiveness, hurt and brokeness?   In 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 it is says, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.”  We definitely want God to deal with our issues now rather than later and we are exhorted to examine our own lives to be sure that the fruit we are producing and the kind of seed we are is a godly seed. We want to be sure we are allowing the Holy Spirit to prune and trim us so that we can be more fruitful and productive in the kingdom.
When we understand that not everyone who fellowships with the church and the body of Christ is of the body then we can be more discerning about who we follow and listen too.  The key sign here is the fruit of righteousness it is producing or the lack thereof.  Also, it important to note that God didn’t give us the job of tearing all of the weeds out, that is God’s job.
One analogy that I have heard is that this weed that was planted is also called darnel.  If it is eaten it will cause one to become lethargic, sleepy and ineffective.  It can eventually lead to death.  When it is fully ripe, it is distinguished from the rest of the wheat because its head is held high while the ripened wheat around it have their heads bowed low.
The lessons is that, yes, we should be aware of the weeds that surround us and understand that they are always going to be there until the harvest, so our focus is not on uprooting all of the weeds, but producing the fruit of what the DNA of the Sower of good seed has placed within us.  Allow your light to expose their darkness.  Allow your fruit to demonstrate what is truly of the kingdom and what produces fruitfulness for the King.

Blessings,
kent

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