Wednesday, April 11: Let both grow together until the harvest
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
"'An enemy did this,' he replied.
"The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
"'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'"
In this story about a spiritual reality, Jesus uses an easily understood experience to help people grasp a truth about God's kingdom: that God allows both believers and unbelievers to live together in the world until the day of judgment. The weeds spoken of here are probably darnel, a ryegrass with poisonous seeds that resembles wheat in its early stages but looks much different when it's mature. The fact that judgment is delayed might lead some to believe there's no judgment at all. Might it also lull believers into complacency about sharing the good news of the kingdom?
Judgment may be delayed, but it's still inevitable. Are you ready for that day? What might you do today to help yourself or others be ready?