Sunday, July 14, 2019
The Wheat and the Weeds
Johnny Dodsworth Associate Pastor www.EasTview.org
Jesus told the crowd another story. "Here is what the kingdom of heaven is like," he said. "A man planted good seed in his field. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the workers what to do. Here is what I will say to them. First collect the weeds. Tie them in bundles to be burned. Then gather the wheat. Bring it into my storeroom.' "
Matthew 13:24, 30 NIRV
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Week 3 of Parables
Kingdoms advance by force.
The kingdom of heaven does not. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a sower.
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Then Jesus left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him. They said, "Explain to us the story of the weeds in the field." They will throw them into the blazing furnace. There people will sob and grind their teeth. Then God's people will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Those who have ears should listen.
Matthew 13:36, 42-43 NIRV
A parable only explains a little bit so we need to be careful not to create theology.
The Sower Jesus
The Field the world
Good seed Jesus's people
The enemy the devil
Jesus flipped expectations upside down
Jesus was speaking to the Jews with a violent background.
The church is advancing. Peace and gentleness.
People from many nations will go there. They will say, "Come. Let us go up to the Lord's mountain. Let's go to the house of Jacob's God. He will teach us how we should live. Then we will live the way he wants us to." The law of the Lord will be taught at Zion. His message will go out from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations. He'll settle problems among many of them. They will hammer their swords into plows. They'll hammer their spears into pruning tools. Nations will not go to war against one another. They won't even train to fight anymore.
Isaiah 2:3-4 NIRV
The Jews thought they should bring God to the world. Jesus will eliminate evil from the world. Pray that the kingdom will come on earth as in heaven.
Are the weeds condemned to be that way?
Gentile and Jews can't be identified. Only God can separate. Weeds and wheat. Darnel weed looked very much like wheat. Bring the message of the gospel. Jesus is the judge.
Gently sow the seed. Imitate Jesus. Ceasar had no control over sowers of peace.
We don't have to be weeds but proclaim.
Not ours to judge. Only God can do that. Who is a wheat and who is a weed?
Jesus hung out with sinners and they became wheat.
Jesus invites us to partner with him with the good news. There will be persecution.
The righteous will shine like the sun. Evil eliminated. What a promise! Read the parable again. Meditate on it.