Being Active in God’s Kingdom

Posted by on Jul 19, 2020 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Being Active in God’s Kingdom

Dear Lord and Creator….as we consider the words you have for us this day, open our minds and hearts to your need for our work in your Kingdom. Speak to each one of us today and every day. Amen We are going to be considering another of Jesus’ parables in our gospel lesson today from Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. The subject of this parable is the Wheat and the Weeds. Yes…this is another of the parables that Jesus spoke to the people. In verses 34 and 35, Matthew explains that Jesus spoke to the people in parables because the truth in the parables were hidden from the people, but not the disciples. The subject of the parables that was hidden was God’s mission on earth. Parables fulfilled what had been recorded in Psalm 78:2. As in the parable of the seeds we considered last week, this parable is about wheat and weeds. Again, the subject of wheat is a familiar one to the hearers of this parable. Wheat is a stable crop, one that is planted and can be eaten when harvested. It is a crop that not only can feed a family but can be given to other people and offered in the temple. In this parable, Jesus is talking about the wheat and the weeds that can arise in a wheat field. He not only tells the parable, but later explains the parable to only the disciples for their understanding and to prepare them for their mission. Jesus begins by saying that the farmer planted the good seed in the field, but an enemy came in at night and sowed weeds in the field. So that when the wheat began to ripen and grow, so did the weeds. The workers in the field asked the owner whether they should take out the weeds. The owner replied “No, if you did that, you would disrupt the wheat. Rather, let them grow together until harvest, and at that time, the separation would occur as the weeds would be taken first and burned.” That kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? Wait to eliminate the “issues” until it is time for harvest. At the time that Jesus is telling this parable, the landscape of the area was mainly related to family. The wheat would feed the family as well as groups of people. Family was ready-made and, as we spoke of last week, inherited. Enemies would attempt to disrupt and dishonor the family. Jesus goes on to explain the details of the parable. This information is given only to his disciples as they are the ones who will be speaking to the people they minister to. In other words, it is not public information. The ground on which the wheat is planted represents our hearts. The seed is Jesus and the word of God. This seed gives life to the ground. The field, itself, is the whole world, not the church. The seed for the weeds comes from the sons of Satan and is planted to look like wheat. In reality, the seeds of the tares (weeds) can look a lot like the wheat. These seeds can be deceptive and the roots can be intertwined…so that attempting to pull the weeds could disrupt the growth of the wheat. The only way that a difference could be determined was at harvest time. Jesus tells the disciples that at harvest time, the weeds will be gathered up by the angels and burned. Then…the harvest will continue. Jesus, himself, states that the harvest of the weeds by the angels will be at the end times...

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