Don’t weed God’s field!
Scripture reading for January 18th: Matthew 13:24-43
Jesus continued His teaching using other parables. Jesus had told them that He was the farmer who was sowing the message of the kingdom of heaven. Those who received the seed of this message and acted on it would produce a crop that He would harvest one day. His followers were still wondering what this kingdom of heaven would look like so Jesus gave them another parable.
“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 root up 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.'” Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus gave an explanation to those who asked. The enemy was Satan and he sowed his followers into the same field that God had sowed with the good seed. As the harvest ripened, the weeds became evident. Some servants came to God and asked about removing the weeds. God told them He would take care of that at the end of the age. At that time the angels would pull the weeds and bundle them for burning in the fiery furnace. There would be weeping and gnashing of teeth because the weeds were really lost souls under the control of Satan. The righteous would enjoy the kingdom of light in the presence of the Father for ever. Those with ears were encouraged to hear! (Matthew 13:32-43)
Jesus’ message was simple: there are only “wheat” and “weeds”! There will be a final harvest! Angels will gather the “weeds” for burning and take the “wheat” into the kingdom. We who follow Jesus must be busy sowing the message of eternal life, not trying to weed the field! If you have ears, listen!