The Wheat and the Weeds

1-16-17
Monday
 
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 root up 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 this week is remarkable. Jesus brings us insight into what the kingdom of heaven is like. A concrete depiction of a cosmic truth. And it has some surprises, some discoveries that shake our own reality.
 
 
Jesus is allowing us to have a glimpse into the Kingdom, an introductory look at the bare bones of what it means to be a child of God. The simplest description and the essence of relationship with God. And who would have thought? It’s like farming!
 
 
The kingdom of God is like a farmer who planted good seed in a field. It is the most basic and simple first line you will ever read. God is like a farmer. Who’d of thought?
 
 
He created dirt. He designed seeds and life after death. (That is what happens to a seed when it germinates). He put photosynthesis into play. He made the process of reproduction of seed inherent in the lifecycle of plants. And all this is like the kingdom of heaven. But how?
 
A plant does not bring itself into being.
A baby does not bring itself into the world.
A child of God is not born again of the will of man.
 
There is a God who is responsible for all these actions.
 
As a farmer plants seeds, God is at work planting sons of God into the kingdom… the field of God.
 
 
Prayer: Open my eyes to see the truth contained in this parable and allow me to simplify my understanding of the kingdom so that even I can understand.

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