Parable of the Weeds

He put before then another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, and enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

Matthew 13:24-30

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of the fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Matthew 13:36-43

The Parable of the Weeds is both an explanation of how the world works, and a warning. In particular, it answers a specific question of many non-believers: “Why would God make me a non-believer?” The answer: God didn’t, the Devil did. “Why would God put hateful people in the world?” God didn’t, it was the Devil who made them hate. God only sowed good seed on the earth, it was the Devil who stole in to our lives and put evil in our hearts. (Side note: this is also a warning not to “sleep” and let our guard down. The Devil was only able to sow the weeds because everyone was sleeping. We must always be on the lookout for him!) “Well why wouldn’t God just get rid of the bad people so the world could be a better place?” In uprooting the weeds, the wheat would come up too. A person has until the moment the die to become a follower of Jesus. By taking them out of the world before that moment, God would be taking their chance to repent and be saved.

But this parable also serves as a warning. Just because God hasn’t cast you down where you stand doesn’t mean it isn’t coming. There will be a day of judgement, and if you have chosen the path of the weed, you WILL be cast into the fire. (Notice, this fire is still the metaphorical fire, the fire of the parable. Jesus hasn’t talked about the nature of hell yet.)

Jesus says when the non-believers are thrown into the fire there will be weeping. From who? The non-believers? The angels? God? I’m inclined to believe it’s from everyone. The non-believers will weep from the pain of being separated from God. The angels and the believers will weep out of compassion for their suffering. And God will weep in sadness. They are His children as much as we are.

So, please. For your own sake and for your Father’s, repent. That is my prayer.

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