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Summary: The parable of the wheat and weeds

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Matthew 13:24-30 (NLT)

Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. [25] But that night as everyone slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. [26] When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. [27] The farmer’s servants came and told him, ’Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds!’

[28] " ’An enemy has done it!’ the farmer exclaimed.

" ’Shall we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

[29] "He replied, ’No, you’ll hurt the wheat if you do. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat in the barn.’ "

The Farmer and The Field

 The farmer – Matthew 13:36-37

Matthew 13:36-37 (NLT)

Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, "Please explain the story of the weeds in the field."

[37] "All right," he said. "I, the Son of Man, am the farmer who plants the good seed.

The Farmer and The Field

 The farmer – Matthew 13:36-37

– Jesus himself

– Planting to bring a harvest of men’s souls

 The field

The Farmer and The Field

 The farmer – Matthew 13:36-37

– Jesus himself

– Planting to bring a harvest of men’s souls

 The field – Matthew 13:38a

Matthew 13:38a

The field is the world...

The Farmer and The Field

 The farmer – Matthew 13:36-37

– Jesus himself

– Planting to bring a harvest of men’s souls

 The field

– The world

• A fertile environment for spiritual growth

Good Seed...Bad Seed

 Good Seed – Matthew 13:38a

Matthew 13:38a (NLT)

The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom.

Good Seed...Bad Seed

 Good Seed – Matthew 13:38a

– Those who have surrendered their lives to Christ and are washed in His blood

 Bad Seed – Matthew 13:38b

Matthew 13:38b (NLT)

The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.

Good Seed...Bad Seed

 Good Seed – Matthew 13:38a

– Those who have surrendered their lives to Christ and are washed in His blood

 Bad Seed – Matthew 13:38b

– Those who have not surrendered their lives to Christ and are not washed in His blood

Underhanded Tactics

 Satan also plants in the field – Matthew 13:39a

Matthew 13:39a (NLT)

The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the Devil.

Underhanded Tactics

 Satan also plants in the field – Matthew 13:39a

– Satan plants his seeds among the wheat

• Entangling roots

• Robbing the soil of nutrients

• Suffocating new seed

Why Not Pull The Weeds?

 God is patient – Matthew 13:28-29

Matthew 13:28-29 (NLT)

" ’An enemy has done it!’ the farmer exclaimed.

" ’Shall we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

[29] "He replied, ’No, you’ll hurt the wheat if you do.

Why Not Pull The Weeds?

 God is patient – Matthew 13:28-29

– To pull the weeds the roots of the good seed would also be torn out

– God loves His children enough to spare them from His wrath

Time To Separate

 A day of judgment is coming – Matthew 13:40-42


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