Weeds and the Harvest

Matthew 13:24-26,28-30

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.”

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 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.’ “

In this parable of Jesus all of humanity falls into one of two categories.  We are either wheat or weeds.  Weeds are unplanted and unwanted.  They steal valuable nutrients away from wanted and producing plants.

We know that God expects us to produce fruit as Christians.  What is the purpose of the weeds?  We often ask why God allows certain things to happen or why certain people continue to get away with sin.  Sometimes it is because God is patiently waiting for people to repent and turn to Him.

In the case of the weeds however, weeds are not going to turn into wheat.  God is not going to gain anything by allowing the weeds to remain among the wheat.  However it is for the sake of the wheat that the weeds are not removed.

If God removed every sinner who was not going to repent, every Christian would be affected.  Calamity would fall upon our friends, our neighbors, and our family.  God could uproot just the unrepentant with a natural disaster but even if only the wicked were struck by it, there would still be a ripple effect that would harm those who were left.

There will be a time of judgment for sinners but it will take place at a time when Christians will not be affected.  God will not uproot Christians in order to bring judgment upon those who deserve it.  God’s judgments will always be fair and just.

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