Tuesday, 31 July 2012
31st July 2012 Matthew 13:36-43
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”. He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up 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 weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 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 the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
I can't help but giggle at the last verse of this passage; ears - corn - hear. Sorry.
Jesus tells of the weeding out of all evil at the end of time; and as Matthew often referred to as Jesus' death and resurrection as the end we can assume that it is a message about forgiveness and accepting into the kingdom of God. Yet we can't rest on our laurels; there is work to be done in sharing the kingdom. That is our task.