Summary of passages: Matthew 13:24-30: Another parable Jesus told was of a man who sowed good seed in his field but while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds alongside the seed. Once the wheat and the weeds sprouted, the farmer will first pull the weeds and then harvest the wheat so as not to pull up the wheat with the weeds.
Matthew 13:36-43: Jesus explained this parable by saying the farmer was him, the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed are believers, the weeds are unbelievers, the enemy is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. At the end of the age, the angels will weed out all the evil and sin in the world and will throw them into the furnace. Then the righteous will shine.
12a) The Son of Man (Jesus)
b) The sons of the kingdom (believers)
d) The sons of the evil one one (unbelievers)
e) The end of the age (Jesus’ Second Coming)
13a) He is sneaky and crafty. He does come when we are least aware, when we are weak, when we are unprepared, when we are distracted, when we are needy. He comes at our weakest point, when we are furthest from God.
b) He said because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Basically, you may damage the wheat along with the weeds.
c) Personal Question. My answer: According to these verses, because Christians themselves will rise up and distort the truth or they will turn their ears away from the truth to myths and hear only what they want to hear because they do not like what they hear.
There has been and will continue to be Christians who don’t like what the Bible has to say so they ignore those parts and say it doesn’t apply to them or they will misconstrue the meaning and say it means something else. An example are those who blatantly ignore what the Bible says about homosexuality and marriage.
Many Christians live how they want to live despite what the Bible says. They are hypocrites and know it but continue to live in their sin instead of changing it.
Living a Christian life is hard work and many in today’s society aren’t up for the challenge.
14) Personal Question. My answer: The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. It gives me strength to know at the end of the day all my struggles and trials will all be worth it and are just temporary for I have a permanent home in heaven.
Conclusions: I would say this is one of the best explained parables by Jesus in the Bible. Very straight-forward and very encouraging. Although I liked Question 13c, it really had nothing to do with this passage and I am not for sure why it was thrown in there. Nothing else to ask? Hmmm….
End Notes: The commentaries I read said the weeds represent corruption (or false believers) amongst the people of God so people of God who are corrupt (hence why BSF asked 13c). Well, I submit if they are false believers, then they are unbelievers and hence are not God’s people.
This parable show’s it is God’s job to judge at the end of the day, not man’s, and it is God who will call out the professed “believers” who truly aren’t. Our job here on Earth is to follow God in our lives and do His purpose. What others do, we should care about, but not judge them righteous or not.