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The Weeds among the Wheat

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In this parable we find a farmer sowing his wheat. At night an enemy comes in and sows weeds on the same soil. As the wheat grows so do the weeds. If the farmer tries to remove the weeds before the harvest he will also destroy the wheat (v. 24-30).

As Jesus explains this parable to His disciples He says that the farmer is the Son of Man, the Lord Himself. The field is the world and the good seed represents people converted through trusting the Word of God. The weeds are professing Christians who Satan has scattered among the true believers. The harvest takes place at the end of the world so this period of time must be from Christ’s work on earth to the time of the judgment at His return.

Our task as true believers is not to pull up the false, but to plant the true. We are not detectives but evangelists! We need to oppose Satan and expose his lies but our main job is to sow the Word of God and bear fruit. We can not tell the false from the true but at the end of the age the angels will separate them.

Fruit is something which man cannot produce in his own effort but something which God must produce in us by His power. Singing, preaching, teaching, witnessing etc. are all works. Loving people, having inner joy and being at peace with others are fruits of the spirit.


Have I ever tried to pull up the weeds (professing Christians) in a group. What has been the result? I must remember that my job is to sow seed, not pull up weeds.

Matthew 13:18-30 (English Standard Version)

"Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' So the servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"

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