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Summary: A sermon (also suitable for Seekers) covering 1) The source of evil 2) Sorting out evil 3)Separating evil from good (people)

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The Wheat and the weeds Mt13:24-30, 36-43 WBC 10/3/2 am SKR

Love these parables! So much in them… this one!

The Source of evil- (where does it come from?)

The age old question: why is there evil? Suffering? Why does God allow it?

- well, the Bible offers SOME answers. Some things it states clearly. Some not so clearly. Many briefly. And the Bible’s whole thought is summarised, here!”

“While everyone was sleeping”

- it’s not inferring God - was napping on the job

- failed in some way

- someone pulled a fast one on Him… caught Him on the hop… and introduced evil & suffering

It is perfectly normal to tend crops during the day and sleep at night.

- no negligence implied

It’s there to make a point. The point being

- God did not send evil… want evil

 the source is ELSEWHERE

- “an enemy did this”

= consistent with Bible

- = what the snake symbolises in gen 3

- someone/thing external to God

- note: you don’t know from reading Gen 3 that it’s something called ‘Satan’. We only know that because of the fuller picture

- so THIS is just like Gen 3: someone else. An enemy

The point made here, as elsewhere in the Bible is:

- God’s not the source of it…sender of evil

- An enemy did this. We call him Satan

The argument for God and suffering/evil is called “theodicy”

- and this encapsulates the theodicy of the whole Bible! One line!

- Not really told much more! Not told ‘why’

- For many of us, who like the helpers are preoccupied with the issue of suffering such an answer seems woefully inadequate and short

- But I sense this issue is far bigger than we ever could imagine (like the universe is!)- and God has His reasons for not explaining more. Maybe we

- Couldn’t understand?

- Not supposed to understand?

But we’re told in no uncertain terms

- it’s not God!

- God is good. Love. Not the source of evil

- Not to be charged with evil

- JOB 1:22 “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with evil.”

- it’s from elsewhere

 never doubt this! (you are good, you are good and your love endures)

Sorting out evil- (why doesn’t God do something?!)

= the big issue for us

is/was for these farmers

- seems logical that the farmer should do something

- “do you want us to pull them up?”

- come on! Let’s sort it out, now! Let’s do something about it

Makes agricultural sense!

- otherwise end up with a field of weeds

- worse still- if the weed is Darnel (suspect it is- as that looks like wheat until the ears form. Related to wheat)- the issue’s worse as you end up with poisonous bread- Darnel is toxic!

So the very fact that nothing is done seems even more ludicrous! Stands out

- and so it should. Jesus is flouting agronomic sense to make a theological point:

 for some very important reason… that we can only catch glimpses of.. God chooses not to sort this out NOW.

- here are some of the glimpses:

1 none of us would stand a chance!

Because the wheat and the weeds are almost indistinguishable

- it’s not as simple as ‘they’re bad, I’m good’

- wheat and weeds look alike

- WE are a mixture of wheat and weeds

- "The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor classes, nor between political parties... but right through every human heart and through all human hearts" Alexander Solzhenitsyn


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