An enemy has done this.

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 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?’ 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?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 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.’”

Again Jesus speaks a farming parable. He teaches us about the mixture of wheat and weeds, real and phony believers, in the world. Consider these definitions of a weed:
  • a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
  • any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted.
No one likes weeds because they are valueless, undesirable and troublesome. When we seen one our first inclination is to pull it out. We can do this because we can recognize it. Not necessarily so with the weeds that Jesus speaks of. By inference He tells us that it is not always so easy to identify the human kind of weed. And he says that we should leave the sorting of believers and unbelievers to God and the angels.

This seems all well and good until we consider the ways that we sort out human weeds these days. Many times we judge people to be weeds that are not and sometimes we are blinded to the ones that are really weeds. It is a very complicated mess. It is why Jesus says to leave such things to God who knows the heart.. who can separate the weeds from the wheat.

Help me Lord not to judge another person's heart.

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