The Wheat and the Weeds

This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our series, “Stories of the Kingdom: Parables of Jesus,” by looking at the parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30 and Jesus’ explanation of it in Matthew 13:36-43.

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Jesus told them another parable: ‘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.’” (Matthew 13:24-25)

Elements of the Parable (Matthew 13:37-39)

Overview of the Parable of the Weeds
the sowerSon of Man (Jesus)
the fieldthe world
the good seed/wheatpeople of the kingdom
the weedspeople of the evil one
the enemythe devil
the harvestthe end of the age
the harvestersangels

The Present: Wheat and Weeds Together in the Field (Matthew 13:28-30a)

  • The reality of good and evil intermixed in the world
  • The witness of the good amidst the evil
  • The strain upon the good amidst the evil

The Future: A Coming Harvest (Matthew 13:40-43)

  • Waiting for the harvest
  • The collection of the weeds
  • The gathering of the wheat

Making It Real

  • Live full life with God
  • Recognize the tension
  • Bless even when cursed
  • Wait in trust

Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper into Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds in one or more of the following ways:

  • Journal about this parable, expressing your thoughts about it, what God is teaching you through it, as well as your prayers to God about it.
  • Draw, paint, or ink the parable as a way of reflecting on what Jesus is saying and praying about your own response to the Lord.
  • Try to retell Jesus’ parable and its meaning to someone you know this week, discussing with them what it means for our lives.
  • Consider reading this article: “Reading the Parables of Jesus – Kenneth Bailey”

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