HOST: Michael Whitworth
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is 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 reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Good and bad existing together. It is difficult, frustrating, and often discouraging for those who are struggling to be faithful children of God. It certainly doesn’t seem to be a situation that would exist by God’s will, yet it does. While it is not God’s will that any be disobedient to Him and be lost eternally, He has chosen to allow His faithful children to coexist with those who choose to reject Him and live in disobedience. But this parable teaches us that that coexistence will not last forever. At “the end of the age,” Jesus says He will send out His angels to harvest the good seed and destroy the bad. The two will be eternally separated as wheat is separated from the poisonous tares. Knowing that the day of harvest is coming, there are two goals that should be of highest priority in our lives: 1) to be faithful to God so that we might be numbered among the righteous who “will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” and 2) to do all that we can to help those around us to come to know, love, and obey God as we do. In view of judgment and eternity, nothing is more important than these.
What can we do to help prepare ourselves for the day of judgment?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!