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.
“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 sower||Son of Man (Jesus)|
|the field||the world|
|the good seed/wheat||people of the kingdom|
|the weeds||people of the evil one|
|the enemy||the devil|
|the harvest||the end of the age|
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
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”