Good and Bad plants, telling the difference.


Good and Bad plants, telling the difference.

Talk  for Sunday 20th July 2014

My notes

Matthew 13

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest.

 

When hearing this we need to remember that unlike today when crops are  very different to weeds, grain crops then were still very close to there wild origins so early on they would all look alike.

 

Also if you are anything like me you do not know what is a weed and what isn’t unless they are vastly different. I tend not to pull things out of the garden anymore.

 

Can you tell productive seedlings from weeds?

How long do have to have grown before you can?

Even then if you pull a nice big obvious weed out can you be sure you will not damage good seed or young plants around it?

 

This is what Jesus is getting at here

all the seed starts out looking the same.

 

Things around the seed can change it, it can be slowed as Robert talked about last week by the conditions around it.

 

It can be effected by the influence of the world around it.

 

have you been influenced by people, culture, the environment around you?

 

 

 

37 Jesus replied, “The Son of Man[d] is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world,[e] and the harvesters are the angels.

 

The plants are us.

We all start off the same, with the same potential for growth and yield.

However some of us are corrupted early on by the workers of the devil.

 

Do you want to decide who should be pulled out and thrown away?

How do you tell?

 

Who will chose before full growth what is to be destroyed and what is to be kept.

 

 

Jesus says that will happen by his harvesters the angels at harvest time, the end of time.

A few examples of why Jesus says it this way.

Luke 19

Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, 

 

Jonah 3

The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.

 

 

Zacchaeus and Nineveh both changed and ended up producing good fruit.

What would have happened if they had been judged early?

 

 

vFrom  Psalm  86

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
    a violent gang is trying to kill me.
    You mean nothing to them.

 

 

If we are a good healthy plant in Christ then we can often feel this about the plants around us.

That they are ganging up on us, chocking us, depriving us of what we need to live. Food, water, nutrients.

 

Instead they are attacking us with there thorns.

We call out

16 Look down and have mercy on me.
    Give your strength to your servant;
    save me, the son of your servant.

Would pulling the people around us out be a good answer to that prayer, would you want to see family members and friends die before they had the very last chance to change?

 

 

 

vJesus doesn’t, he wants to wait till the last moment to give each person the chance to throw off the parasites destroying them.

Just as a farmer will use various ways to clear bugs and infections from his crop so does God.

 

He wants all to be saved and brought to harvest.

 

 

Isaiah

Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
    Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?

We are the treatment God is using to do this, the healthy plants will help the poor ones to overcome there infections.

 

 

vSo it is not our job to judge the good and the bad plants, that has to wait until the harvest.

 

Jonah 4

“Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this,Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.

 

Jonah understood this, he just knew God would want to save the bad stock.

He knew that his journey would be a waste of his time and that God would change His mind.

 

However Jonah is missing the point, the wayward people had to be challenged and shown the infection on them.

Only then could they be made clean ready for the harvest.

 

 

 

vMathew 28

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

 

Jesus command to us is to do the same, challenge those around us so that they will be ready for the harvest. He also said that the farmer will be there with the plants, Giving His strength to them.

The strength is the Spirit, that is also the water to help us grow and the word is the food we need.

 

 

Will you do that?

Or will you just be a plant who worries about its own needs?

Ending up infected by those around you, because you will not let the Farmer help.

 

 

Let us Pray.

 

 

 

Matthew 13 24-30  36-43

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds Explained

36 Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.”

37 Jesus replied, “The Son of Man[d] is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world,[e] and the harvesters are the angels.

40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

 

Isaiah 44 6-8

The Foolishness of Idols

This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:

“I am the First and the Last;
there is no other God.
Who is like me?
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
Let him do as I have done since ancient times
when I established a people and explained its future.
Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
    Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?
    No! There is no other Rock—not one!”

 

Psalm 86 11-17

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.[a]

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
    a violent gang is trying to kill me.
    You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
    Give your strength to your servant;
    save me, the son of your servant.
17 
Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

 

 

All bible qoutes are form the  NLT

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