the parable of the wheat and the weeds

Stewart Redwine

Don’t you wish the world came with labels—GOOD SEED … BAD SEED? It’d be so much easier if we could get the wheat far from the weeds right at the start. But Jesus says that if we attempt to remove the weeds now, we endanger the wheat and must “let both grow together.”

In this video we see a recovering alcoholic father set out to reverse the destructive influence of alcoholism in his family by keeping a promise to throw a birthday party for his daughter. But his brother wants to continue the family tradition of giving liquor as a birthday present, this time to his niece. Letting the wheat and weeds grow together means we must tolerate bad influences alongside the good, and trust that God will sort it all out later.

Matthew 13:24-30
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 uproot 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.’”


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