June 30, 2023

Joel Hernandez
“Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Matthew 13:36-43

We already saw this parable earlier in the week, but today we read about the explanation to what Jesus actually meant when discussing the weeds and the wheat. I love the relational nugget we get at the beginning of our reading: we see Jesus leave the crowd, go into the house, and sit and talk with His disciples. The disciples wanted to know more, and of course Jesus delivered.

I think that’s something we can take from this whole week of looking at these parables. Jesus is relational and desires us to seek Him while He is also pursuing us. Not only do we see this through the disciples going to Jesus asking for clarification and understanding, but we see this through the parables. Jesus uses these to teach us, guide us, and illustrate His heart for us. I am so grateful for a God that doesn’t simply say “because I said so”. He shows us so much grace and love by teaching us all while inviting our questions.

In a world that is often marked by chaos and confusion, I’m so thankful that we have God’s word to remind us of the hope we have in Christ. Even as we navigate some of the hard things, like the coexistence of good and evil Jesus speaks about in this passage, let us remember to focus on God’s promise of a future harvest. Let us wholeheartedly pursue relationship with Him as He teaches us, molds us, and guides us through His Word.