“The kingdom of heaven is like this: A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up.
The man’s servant came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weed come from?’
‘It was some enemy, who did this,’ he answered.
‘Do you want us to go out and pull up the weeds?’ They asked him.
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them up in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’” (Matthew 13: 24-30).
This is another parable told by Jesus, commonly known as the parable of the weed, which He went on to explain:
Jesus explains the parable of the weeds
When Jesus had left the crowd and gone indoors, His disciples came to Him and said, “Tell us what the parable about the weeds in the field means.”
Jesus answered, “The man who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; the good seed is the people who belong to the kingdom; the weeds are the people who belong to the evil one; and the enemy who sowed the weeds is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvest workers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, so the same thing will happen at the end of age: The Son of Man will send His angels to gather up out of His Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all those who do evil things, and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash the teeth.
Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!” (Matthew 13: 36-43).
Jesus’ use of parables
Jesus used parables to tell all these things to the crowds; He would not say a thing to them without using a parable. He did this to make come true what the prophet had said:
“I will use parables when I speak to them;
I will tell them things unknown since the creation of the world.”
Jesus likened believers, who live in accordance to God’s commandments as wheat, which after the great harvest will be gathered and put in the farmer’s barn; and sinners to weed, which will be tied up in bundles and burned.
Life is a journey; sometimes we bump into obstacles which weaken our faith and subsequently make us fall from the grace of God. Whatever we do with our lives, we should always remember that at the end of it all, we will stand before God, and we will be judged.
Everytime we’re doing something, we should take some time to reflect; whatever it is we’re doing, does it pull us close to God or further from Him? Will our actions, thoughts, words…etc. have us thrown in the barn or in the fiery furnace?
According to the gospel, there’s good and wrong. That is why Jesus used two examples: wheat and weeds. And from what I’ve been learning since I was a kid, each one of us has the power to curve out our own destiny. We should therefore strive to be in God’s good books, by being kind, loving others and basically, doing what He requires of us.
It’s not easy trying to walk a straight road, but with determination and God’s guidance, we can all secure ourselves places in the farmer’s barn after the great harvest.