Monday, January 26, 2009

The Master Gardner


Matthew 13:24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner's servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Matthew 13:36 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.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 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. 42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.


Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount that the first thing for us to do is to seek his kingdom, now he begins to show us what the kingdom of heaven is like.

Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven begins on this earth and that we will have to live scattered among the weeds. The Devil is not going to allow us to live in a nice pretty field full of wheat for he just loves to scatter his weeds all around us. We have to live side by side with the devils children who are working to carry out their father’s desires.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire.

It is normal for a gardener to pull up weeds as soon as they are found but in God’s garden he allows the weeds to stay so that the wheat does not get pulled up in the process of pulling up the weeds. Sometimes the weeds can look a lot like the plants that you are trying to grow so you can't hardly tell what you need to pull, God wants to protect his wheat so it is better to wait.

I also suspect that God doesn't want the weeds pulled right away because he can perform a miracle in horticulture and maybe some of those weeds can become wheat someday.

God is going to have the angels clean up his field at harvest time so that the wheat will have good strong roots, it is the angels that will determine between the two, it isn't my job to judge.


My main concern should be whether I am wheat or if I am a poser and I should be concerned with helping to save the weeds from the fire.


You told us Jesus that the harvest is ripe; I pray that you will send more workers into the fields.