Passage of the week:
The Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)
“24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “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?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.’”
The Parable of the Weeds Explained (Matthew 13:36-43)
“36 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.” 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 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, 39 and 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. 41 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. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
This week’s passage is a parable that talks about how amongst the field of seeds that God has sown, there are weeds that have been intertwined by the devil. I’ve been becoming more interested in home improvement and one of the major projects I’ve been focusing on is improving our backyard space. While we’ve successfully created a much better living space with the new extended deck we made, the grass is still a problem area we need to tackle. I can tell you first hand that the weeds that have taken over most of our lawn are tough plants. They seep into everything and it takes an immense amount of resilience for what’s left of our grass to survive. I think this also relates to this week’s parable. Sometimes I wonder how easy it would be to live a non-righteous life and give in to the temptations of desire. Without God’s strength and hope it would be easy to become a weed myself. God calls for us to be strong and to hold on to his steadfast arms that will pull us through to shine like the sun in the kingdom of the father.