A first century Jew from the tribe of Levi devotes an entire chapter to some of Jesus’ parables. A parable is typically a fictitious story that a broad audience can relate to and understand. Jesus uses a hypothetical character who is confronted with a specific dilemma, issue or problem. These analogies are designed to illustrate a biblical principle or moral attitude. The passage below refers to weeds that are planted in between a field of wheat.
Jesus gave them another parable [to consider], saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared also, Matthew 13:24-26.
When human beings sleep, the enemy known as the Devil is planting counterfeit, fake and phony mirages that attempt to imitate the Christian faith. Unless you receive training at an early age, it’s easy to be confused, deceived or tricked into believing a lie. King Solomon wrote about teaching a child in the way that they should go at a young age so they do not depart from this, Proverbs 22:6. When this behavior and discipline has been instilled by faith, good will remain look after a father has passed away.
He replied to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; because as you pull out the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barn,”’” Matthew 13:28-30.
In this story, the owner of the wheat field does not overreact to the evil one’s infiltration. Instead of removing adjacent weeds immediately which might weaken the root system of nearby wheat plants, patience pays off by waiting until the harvest to separate the good from the bad. From a practical stand point, we can’t control the trials and tribulations thrown our way in life. Some of you may have to endure Job like heartaches that seem to never end. Yet, when souls place their feet upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, no good thing ever dies.
by Jay Mankus