May 14 - Weeds in the Field, Pt. 2

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Matthew 13:36-43

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.” 

He answered, “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.”

After talking about the mustard seed and yeast, the disciples follow Jesus into a house and ask for a little more clarification about the weeds.  Could he really mean what they think he meant?

He did.

There will be a day when judgment comes to humanity.

There are two sides on that day; Jesus doesn't equivocate and assure us that there is a grey area for those who aren't sure or for those who might have missed out. There are two sides on that day.  The sower has sown good seed … it is found in the people who believe in Him. They are part of the kingdom of God.  The evil one, though, has sown seeds within others who refuse to believe in Him.  They will not be redeemed.

The harvest has not yet come. For now, the weeds and good seeds grow together, but the day will come when everything changes.  Sin and evil will be separated from the kingdom and burned; righteousness will shine.

Jesus meant what he said. He is the Father’s Son, come to earth to offer salvation.