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The Weeds Among the Wheat



 

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.’”


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.



Who is your King?


What Kingdom are you trying to build?

What consumes your heart?


  • Power and the elimination of evil?

  • Jesus and living by faith in his promise and plan to make things right?

  • Jesus and his promise that one day I will shine like the sun in the kingdom of my Father?


What principles are you putting your hope in?


Principles

  • Jesus is focused on His Kingdom not the world

  • Jesus is focused on eternity for the win

  • Everywhere that God is at work in the world there will be counterfeits, posers, fakes and evil doers.

  • The angels do the judging and separating, not us.

  • A believers hope is in eternity, faith and character building not earthly movements, Powers, Etc.

  • There are two clear destinations for the seed. Fire weeping and gnashing of teeth and shining like the sun in the kingdom of their father.


Actions

  • Live for eternity (Be consumed with the Kingdom)

  • Lay down the distractions of an evil world (Consumed with Christ)


Ephesians 5:15-17


Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.


What kind of seed are you?


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