Jesus Teachings Part Two: Parable of Wheat/Weeds

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.’ ”
(Matthew 13:24‭-‬30)

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!”
(Matthew 13:36‭-‬43‭)

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

Wait.

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!

Series: Teachings of Jesus

I’m sitting at a railroad track and I just remembered my commitment to start a blog series on the teachings of Jesus the Messiah.

Of course everything Jesus says is profound, but I want to hone in on this verse as the basis for the series:

But I have a greater witness than John—My teachings and My miracles. The Father gave Me these works to accomplish, and they prove that He sent Me.
John 5:36

The Father gave Jesus His teachings and His miracles as proof that God sent Him. That means as we study the teachings of Christ they will give us the evidence we need to believe He is sent by God as Messiah and because He was sent by God we can trust His teachings are a roadmap to Heaven.

Day One:

Parable of the Sower.

I chose this parable because Jesus said:

“Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?” (Matthew 4:13)

As we delve into this series I would like to use this parable to note the truth, not all will understand the teachings of Jesus. The teachings are treasures and the understanding is preserved for the elect. Let’s begin.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Matthew 13:3‭-‬9

Jesus often uses the phrase, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Proverbs 20:12 says ears to hear and eyes to see are gifts from the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father please give me ears to hear and eyes to see wonderful things in Your Word. (Psalm 119:18). You reward those who diligently seek You (Hebrews 11:3), please help me to seek diligently, in Jesus Name Amen.

We are blessed to live in a time where we have the explanation given to the disciples about this parable recorded:

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Matthew 13:18‭-‬23

Wow. I’m always so amazed by everything my Savior says.

Major takeaways from this parable:

1. A lack of understanding concerning the message of the Kingdom of Heaven prevents bearing fruit.

2. Those who don’t have deep roots will not bear fruit because problems or persecution will cause them to fall away.

3. Worries of this life and the lure of wealth will prevent a hearer from producing fruit.

4. Only those who truly hear and understand the Word produce fruit.

This parable and the truth Jesus explains about it is worth meditating and praying on. Cut distractions and draw near to God to hear His Word. We are in perilous times (2 Timothy chapter 3 and 1 Timothy 4:1,2) and only those who love, hear, and understand the Word of God will escape the deception (2 Thessalonians2:7-12).

About the times and the seasons: Brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:1‭-‬11