Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
This is a parable that is not always fun to read. Jesus used parables to challenge our thinking and to make us ask other questions. This parable points out the results of living a life of unbelief or rejecting God; it is not pretty, rather it is disturbing. As I read through Jesus’ explanation of the parable, it made me shudder – this is not the ending I want for me or anyone for that matter. Please read the parable of the weeds.
This parable gives us a picture of end times. First, we see an explanation of the good seeds, which Jesus explains that he sows. The enemy, which is Satan, comes and sows bad seeds so when the wheat began to sprout, so did the weeds. The owner didn’t want the weeds to be pulled right away by the servants because He was concerned that the wheat would get pulled too. The commentary in my Bible explained that when they first sprout, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the wheat and the weeds; however, during the harvest it will be easy to tell the difference. Our world is like that, we are living in a world full of believers and unbelievers. God will not separate us until the end. The harvesters are angels and they will throw the weeds in the fire, which Jesus explains as the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
That is not all Jesus tells us! In verse 43, Jesus says, “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Please look up Daniel 12:3; there is a parallel with Daniel’s vision and with what Jesus said. Please read Romans 4; after reading it we can see that all who believe God are counted in as righteous. Verses 23-24 say, “The words, ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” If we believe that Jesus took our blame and our punishment and was raised back to life, we are counted as one of the righteous.
This parable can be seen as a warning for those who do not believe, yet it is a wonderful promise for those who do believe! Do you believe in the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us?