“Here is another story Jesus told: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s workers went to him and said, “Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?” “An enemy has done this!” the farmer exclaimed. “Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked. “No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.”‘” (Matthew 13:24-30, NLT)
“Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, ‘Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.’ Jesus replied, ‘The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” (Matthew 13:36-43, NLT)
When the disciples heard this parable they knew about the weeds that enemies would sow among wheat to make the wheat be of less quality. When both plants are young you cannot tell them apart. When they mature you can see the grain on the wheat and tell which plant is which. But by then the roots of the weeds have grown so and meshed with the roots of the wheat so that if the weeds were pulled the wheat would come up with them.
What does this parable say to us?
First, Jesus is telling us that there will be a judgment. This will happen when He returns.
Second, Jesus is telling us it is not our place to condemn people. Why are we not to condemn? One reason may be that even though we might know the Bible from cover to cover we might think we know who is wheat and who is a weed but we could be wrong. It could be like once when I was younger when my mother took me out to a flower bed. She pointed out the different flowers then told me the other plants were weeds and that I was to pull them up.
Later when she checked on me I found out that I had pulled some flowers and left some weeds. I thought I knew what should stay and what should go. The same would happen if we were in charge of the condemning.
Another reason we are not to condemn is that we may not be able to tell the wheat from the weeds. The disciples didn’t know there was a weed among them.
At the Last Supper Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. The disciples didn’t point at Judas. They asked, “Lord, Is it I?” We need to examine ourselves to see if we are truly trusting in what Jesus did for our salvation and whether we are living the way He would want us to.
So that is all this parable is saying but that would mean that we are not to condemn but just let the weeds be and let them burn later. If we read the Bible we know that Jesus wishes that no one would perish so it is up to us to show the world His love.
We need to show love to other wheat (believers) to encourage them and not do things to uproot them. We need to show the love of Christ to the weeds (unbelievers) also. In nature a weed can never become wheat but a human weed can become human wheat. As we show the love of Christ to the unbelievers they might become believers. So let us all be wheat in the weeds.
By Dean W. Masters
Owner of the Master’s List