Week of October 29 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Matthew 13:36-43

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Reflect: Who is being removed in verse 41? Consider the parable Jesus taught earlier in verses 24-30. What is the result for those in the end times who seek to do evil within God’s kingdom?

Consider: The word end (Gr., sunteleia) means “completion,” as in 13:39. The gathering and burning of the weeds represent the gathering of all evil men and women out of his kingdom for punishment in the fire of hell. Jesus again used the title Son of Man, this time describing himself in the role of the judge at the completion of earth’s history. The evil people are described as those who cause sin and continually do evil. Not only do these people break God’s laws, but they also snare others into sin.[1]

Respond: What hope does this parable, and the ensuing explanation, give you regarding the strife and turmoil we see around us, even in the church as a whole? How should we respond in the meantime? What can you do personally to be a solution?

 

[1] Stuart K. Weber, Matthew, vol. 1, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 202.