Matthew 13:24–30 (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 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 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.” ’ ”
It is tempting
to demand all non-Christians to be removed. But Jesus forbids this. The point of this parable is that we are to coexist together until the second coming. The Lutheran Study Bible states: The master does not seem overly upset by what
his enemy has done and shows great patience in delaying until the harvest the separation of weeds from wheat. He warns his servants not to judge prematurely by assuming they can distinguish between these plants. A mark of God’s rule is His patience (2Pt
3:8–15). For us sinners, this is a great comfort and also an encouragement for us to endure evil patiently (2Tm 2:24).
I pray: O God, help me to accept the fact that in this world good and evil will grow side by side. Lead me also to count on Your wise timing and judgment. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1608). St.
Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.