Parables of Weeds
Great Morning, I hope that this article finds you in a great place to be inspired. Yesterday on the Smart Investor Call we opened the conference with a few parables that were most enlightening. If you’d allow me to dive in;
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Weeds
24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[a] among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[b] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Quick Background: The majority of the parables are agricultural based, which I believe is because agricultural practices were more common in that time period and therefore more relate able. Earlier in the chapter starting with verse one, Jesus tells a parable of the Sower & the Seed. The Parable of the weeds is what later follows after the disciples receive knowledge and revelation.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears,[a] let him hear.”
The Purpose of the Parables
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[b] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
In the Parable of the Sower and the Seed, he gleams the revelation in a parable suggesting that seed are people. The seed comes in four types that each come with its own performance. That the physical ear of a man represents his heart. The heart is later represented as being soil, and in order for that soil to produce it must be tilled and monitored like that of any ground during agricultural practices. Although it seems easy to interpret with explanation, Jesus in fact did not explain to those who did not ask. He only allowed them to wonder away confused with no type of revelation or true information. It seems somewhat baffling that Jesus would not go in-depth into this teaching, so that everyone could be on an equal playing field. However, you will notice that in Matthew 7:6 it may seem to answer why;
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
In other words, don’t waste your precious knowledge or wisdom on those who could careless about it.
Ex. Have you ever enrolled in a class, that you had zero desire to learn in? Maybe an elective in college or a volunteering project that you were only interested in the end result? You basically took the class because you wanted an easy “A”. Meanwhile you called and pestered the student who was fully engaged in the course. Maybe the subject matter was their major, thus they were very passionate and went for the extra effort. You later would find yourself asking for help or persuading the committed student to give you answers or even give you their knowledge without having to put in the same amounts of effort that took them to embrace the concept. Thus as a result the diligent students gives you the bare minimums, merely the essentials to just get by throughout the course. Weeks after the course ends you have no ability to recall all that was covered, due to the simple fact that you never gained root in the revelation of the concepts and craft of the class.
Well if you know of this person, then you now understand why someone like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates or even Jesus, wouldn’t give their best wisdom to just anybody. The reason being is because if given easily without a true desire to comprehend and longing for the journey of the wisdom/knowledge/wealth neither would ever last. Yet, if you desire to acquire the prize without the commitment it would be devalued and unappreciated, like that of swine trampling pearls.
Primary Subject: Parable of Weeds
You will notice that the verse makes emphasis that the seed sown was “good”. Which if you go to the beginning of the chapter we will see that the good seed is meant to produce yield:
He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
So the seed was sown under the notion that something positive was to be produced from its planting. Much like in life, when you do(sow) good things in life, you expect to receive(reap) good things in return. If by example you’re helping old ladies across the street, you are expecting that some type of good fortune is to come your way in the future as well. After all who would willing do something nice to one person and later expect to receive sabotage or poison (hopefully not you)?
Likewise you reap what you sow, however while you were resting and unaware you notice that something that you did not sow you are in the contention to later reap.
25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds[c] among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[d] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
In the amplified it elaborates on the description of the weeds, suggesting that they looked and appeared as though it were weed itself. Yet the weeds true form was not revealed until the true wheat began to produce its grain(fruit/manifestation/harvest). Likewise you could have a friend, partner or business colleague who could be supportive in everything you do, however the closer you move towards your prosperity the more they challenge you. Perhaps you notice that your cousin or Aunt that you haven’t spoken to happens to show up the day of payday asking for $80.00?
If you are like the servants in this parable, you are initially resistant to the challenge. Thus you want to separate the good from the bad, maybe even give your partner a few words of expression.. But the passage would have us to instead wait until your prosperity later develops further, and then and only then dig out the weeds that try and feed off your prosperity. After all a weed is only a weed when it is in competition with that which is desired to be grown and living in the garden/field. Definition of a Weed:
a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants
Was it the fear that in tearing the weeds up prematurely that you might also tear up your wheat in the ground as well? Causing what was meant to be that of reaped 100 fold blessing, now becomes that of a 30 fold blessing.
What weeds are in your garden, and are you wise enough to inquire from God the season to cut them at the root?