Read: Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-42
Jesus tells this parable and then later explained it to the disciples when they asked him to. He says that the kingdom of heaven is like a field (world vs. 37). The man who sows the good seed into the world is the Son of Man. The good seed represents the sons of the kingdom. The weeds that are sowed among the wheat during the darkness are the seeds of the evil one and the enemy that sows them is the devil.
“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 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 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is at the end of the age and the harvesters are angels (vs. 37-39). “
So the weeds are the sons of the evil one. The angels are going to pull up the weeds and burn them in the fire at the end of the age. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 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. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears let him hear (vs 40-43).” It also says that the angels will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. My interpretation is the everything that causes sin are the stumbling blocks that aid in sin and all who do evil are people who practice wickedness. What it doesn’t say is anyone who has ever done anything evil. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” As long as we are in our fleshly bodies we will be sinners. Matthew 3:8 says that we are to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” This suggests repentance is an ongoing thing. Then in Romans 2:5 Paul speaks in regards to God’s wrath and righteous judgement on those who live in wickedness.”But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed.” Again in Galatians 5:19 “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” If you have to take a minute to look some of those words up, don’t feel dumb…I did too! Can I also be honest about something else? After reading this passage, I realized that a majority of my life, I have lived in wickedness! If I can be completely honest, there are times when I have lived my life the way I want to and at times purposefully committing sins thinking I know this is a sin, but I will just ask for forgiveness later! Or at times I listen to satan make excuses for the sins and finding myself agreeing with those voices. Wow! Did I just say that out loud? I have come to realize that is a heart and mind issue. Granted, we all fall short and sometimes I feel like God helps me overcome one sin then another one surfaces that I didn’t even realize I was doing! Don’t beat yourself up! We are all a work in progress until the day that Jesus comes back and makes us whole. Jesus gives unlimited grace and mercy to us anytime we ask for forgiveness. If we are walking in the Spirit, our hearts are going to filled with fruits that keep with repentance: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Matthew 7:18-19 “A bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. Thus by their fruit will you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” The greek word for repent is μετάνοια, ας, ἡ. Transliteration for the word in English is metanoia, which mean to change one’s mind.
My interpretation of this parable is that there are good and evil people in the kingdom of heaven. When the end of the age comes the Son of Man will send the angels to separate the good from the evil. Let us examine our hearts daily so that we keep up with the fruit of repentance. Jesus’ entire ministry was spent preaching it along with the message of salvation. Matthew 4:17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
Today’s study was a difficult one to write. I have believed many different things in my life. I know that this study will not sit well with some of you, and that’s okay! Sometimes the lessons that have made me the most frustrated, have taught me the most! Don’t ever take anyone’s word and live it as the truth! Dig in deep on your own and discover the truth! Let the word speak for itself. All my life verses have contradicted what I have been taught and believed. Something was just not adding up. It wasn’t until recently, that I realized some of the bible that we teach about today is so far watered down that the truth is hard to see. We are far removed from the days of the original teachings of Jesus. Lord, help us seek you and your word first in all we do!
Will you pray with me?
Lord, I am a sinner. I thank you for your gift of forgiveness through repentance. Thank you for your unlimited grace and mercy that is available to us when we come to you. Convict us of any sins that we need to repent of. Help us to have an authentic change of mind and heart. Help us to listen and respond to the Spirit’s direction and leading. Help us to be overcomers and live free from being slaves to our sin. Help us to put on your armor and defeat the attacks from evil. Help us to live in the fruit of repentance so that we stay in a right relationship with you. In your word, it says that all of the angels rejoice over one sinner who repents. Please forgive me for the sin of ___________________. Please cleanse my heart and mind and make me whiter than snow. Set my feet back on the path you have before me, and help me to run this race in victory! I love you, Lord! Thank you for making me new again! In Jesus name, Amen!