Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Let Them Grow Together

“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, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “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?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 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.’”

here we find Jesus telling a parable about sewing good seed and yet weeds appear.

I love the owner’s response to the workers when they ask, “Do you want us to go and pull them (weeds) up?”

The owner explains that while pulling up the weeds they are in danger of uprooting the wheat as well.

Now I believe in the restoration of all things and something that almost always gets asked when I discuss this concept is the fact that the world seems to be getting worse and worse and not better to which i agree, and disagree.

I think Jesus addresses this issue here. He essentially says that evil is indeed growing (weeds), however, what we sometimes fail to realize is that the Kingdom of God is also growing. They are growing together and apparently sometimes it is hard to tell them apart. The greek word used for weeds here is “darnel” which is a weed that looks very much like wheat. Jesus is stressing that it is not the servant’s job to pull up the weeds, but instead leave them for the Day when everything will be restored and evil and wickedness will be “burned” away.

It seems that many of us feel it is our job to work the field by pulling up the weeds rather than merely watering and tending to the wheat which the farmer has planted.

Your thoughts?

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