I am thoroughly convinced no one has more powerful teachings than Jesus. Today we will take a look at the next parable in Matthew Chapter 13 that follows the parable of the sower (see part one). Not only does this parable teach us something about God, it teaches us something about His enemy as well. As we walk through this message from the Messiah, I want to hone in on the fact of intention, in other words we can ask the questions:
1. What did God intend to accomplish?
2. What did His enemy intend to accomplish?
Here it is:
“He presented another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. The landowner’s slaves came to him and said, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from? ’ “ ‘An enemy did this! ’ he told them. “ ‘So, do you want us to go and gather them up? ’ the slaves asked him. “ ‘No,’ he said. ‘When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.’ ”
The great news is we have an explanation provided for this parable:
Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.” He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed — these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!”
These passages reveal a contrast between good and evil. Jesus (the Son of Man) sows good men (seeds) in the world (the field). His enemy, the devil, sows evil men (weeds) in the world. Thus the intention of God is revealed as good and the enemies intention is exposed as evil. This parable is critical for understanding the world we live in today. There are children of God and children of the devil (1 John 3:7-10). The children of God live for righteousness and the children of the devil live to carry out his wicked intentions.
With that in mind we can see there are two agenda’s being carried out in the world we live in. One plan is the Most High’s plan to redeem His children from sin and death. The other plan is the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. While God works through grace, mercy, and truth; the enemy works through fear, force and deception.
I was studying the writings of Josephus and I came across a very relevant and appalling message concerning Nimrod the mighty man mentioned in Genesis 10:8-9, it reads:
“Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, -a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God as if it was through His means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed their government into tyranny [cruel and oppressive rule], seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his power.” -Josephus
Don’t miss what Nimrod did. Nimrod convinced the people at the tower of babel that they should not acknowledge God as the source of goodness and happiness in their life. Instead he persuaded them to consider themselves as the source of their happiness, health and wealth so to speak.
CATCH THIS: Then he gradually changed their government to tyranny. The people became dependent on their government, which was ruled by Nimrod. What was his motive? To turn the people away from the fear (reverence) of God.
May the KING of glory give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to understand His Word and how to apply it to our lives. May He grant us discernment in our generation that we may serve as His faithful children shining light and hastening His kingdom.
Come LORD Jesus come quickly!