Friday, January 21, 2022
24-26 He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
27 “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’
28 “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’
“The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’
29-30 “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.’”
-Matthew 13:24-30 The Message
Weeds among Wheat
Verse 24: Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
Verse 24 study: Jesus gets into the meaning of the parable in verses 36-43. Every parable in this chapter teaches us about God and his kingdom. It explains what the kingdom is like as opposed to our expectations. The kingdom of heaven is not a geographic location, only a spiritual realm where God rules and where we share in his eternal life. We join that kingdom when we trust in Christ as Savior.
Verse 25: But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and left.
Verse 26: And when the wheat sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also became evident.
Verse 27: And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
Verse 28: And he said to them, An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
Verse 29: But he *said, ‘No; while you are gathering up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.
Verse 30: Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Verse 30 study: The young tares and the young blades of wheat look the same and can’t be distinguished until they are grown and ready for harvest. The unbelievers are weeds and wheat are believers who must live side by side in this world. The farmers and God allow for unbelievers and weeds to stay for a while so that the surrounding wheat and weeds aren’t uprooted with them; however, at the harvest, the weeds will be uprooted and thrown away. God’s harvest is the judgment of all people is coming. We should make ourselves ready by making sure our faith is sincere.
Matthew 13:31, 33, 45, 47; 18:23; 20:1; 22:2; 25:1; Mark 4:26-30; Luke 13:18, 20
There is a reason why we should read your Word. These parables can be our lives if we focus on them and understand the meaning behind them. Father, I pray that we stay on these parables you give us. Let us study the parables to help guide us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.