|Jesus explains a parable to a bird|
This week we'll cover the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30).
Jesus sez (KJV):
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The cultural context
|"The Enemy Sowing Weeds"|
The meaning of the parable
The meaning of this parable is fairly straightforward. A man's enemy developed an elaborate plan of sabotage. He expected his scheme to cause great damage to the man's crops. The man, however, was completely untroubled. He simply said, "It's no big deal. Just wait awhile and then pull up the weeds." Thus, the enemy's elaborate scheme had no effect.
Through this parable, Jesus teaches us the profound truth that everything we do is meaningless. No matter what plans we make or carry out, in the end, nothing matters. We might as well not even exist.
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